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Virtus Pro vs Tyloo : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Shanghai 2018

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Introduction

IEM Shanghai 2018 was postponed well into the player break due to certain logistical hurdles. This is one of the first stops in China for the Event organizer. They are looking to tap into the Asian market, especially with their recent appointment of new personnel heading the division. IEM Shanghai features a prize pool of $250,000 and will see eight teams compete at the tournament.

This tournament is aptly called as the race amongst Tier 2 teams, there are so many teams which are striving to break into the top scene. Teams like NRG, Grayhound, Tyloo and Virtus pro are all capable teams. We have seen them cause upsets in the past and create chaos amongst the rankings. But in this tournament, amongst equals, it is going to be a true test for several of these teams.

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Analysts:
    • Norway vENdetta (Halvor Gulestøl)
    • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
    • India Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)
  • Observers:
    • United Kingdom Rushly (Alex Rush)
    • Australia MC (Michael Campagna)

Format

  • Group Stage: August 1st – 3rd, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 4 teams
      • The group stage is seeded based on the ESL CS:GO World Rankings
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: August 4th – 6th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia for the Broadcast talent and the format.

Virtus Pro

Virtus Pro Roster:

  • NEO
  • Byali
  • PashaBiceps
  • Michu
  • Morelz

The Virtus Pro team rose to prominence early in Counterstrike Global Offensive. Most of them made their names in CS 1.6. In recent months, however, Virtus Pro has been nowhere near their former glory. The Polish squad has made several changes to their roster including breaking up the original squad.

They brought on Morelz to the team as well as added Michu to their active roster. Now Michu is a player that has been a consistent performer in the Polish scene. He has been under the radar, but that is mostly because the Golden Five was by far the most talented players in the scene. Since there were no players able to live up to their skill level, the Virtus Pro roster of the former did not change. But they would occasionally bring in Michu as a stand-in. As a team, it is important for them to understand and gel well with each other. The time that Michu spent as a stand-in on the roster was obviously a trial period for the team and the player.

However, just today, Virtus Pro announced that they will be adding yet another player to the roster. This is despite the current roster still in contention to advance at IEM Shanghai. This Is obviously because the team does not feel comfortable with the current roster as it is. Snatchie from AGO Gaming is a young and upcoming player. While he has not had many victories to his name, his temperament on the roster is well known. But announcing Snatchie right now also means a death sentence for Morelz time on the roster. It means that Morelz will not be on the active roster.

Virtus Pro has been very aggressive in their gameplay. While it used to work in their earlier iteration, their aggressive gameplay has led to their downfall of late. They are unable to win singular battles and they lose cause of the lack of firepower. Virtus Pro lost to Hellraisers in the Group stage match 16-12. While they did manage to overcome the team in the elimination match, they do not look very strong. The latest news about Snatchie is definite to bring down the team morale.

Tyloo

Tyloo Roster:

  • Somebody
  • Mo
  • DD
  • BnTeT
  • xAccurate

Tyloo is the best Chinese CS GO team for quite some time. While the core roster has seen several changes over the years, Tyloo remained dominant in the scene. Tyloo won against Gambit Gaming in the Group stage of IEM Shanghai 2018. They were quite dominant in their performance.

The biggest improvement for the Tylo roster is the addition of BnTeT to their roster. BnTet is one of the most talented and skilled players from the region. He has maintained a consistent performance throughout the past few months. His ability to maintain a very high KDA irrespective of the opponents is what drives him to become one of the best players in the scene. But unfortunately he is not playing on a top level team and that does not utilize his skills to their maximum potential.

Regardless of these Tyloo is a strong roster. The former roster used a very aggressive stance and would win matches based off their skill alone. When they burst onto the scene, the top teams would constantly be surprised by their brazen and forward attacks. This would create a slight opportunity for Tyloo. They are a team which would win most of their matches. But once the top teams figured them out, the team has since adapted. They have a more strategic approach to their game. This has helped create them into a much stronger team while still maintaining the high level of skill on the roster.

Prediction:

The outcome of this match is not easy to predict. On one hand, we have Virtus Pro who looked good in their match against Hellraisers. However, the news about Snatchie replacing Morelz on the roster is definitely going to come as a shock for the player and the team alike. This will definitely act as a motivating factor for the team. Skill-wise, they are not doing too good, which sees losses with big margins for the Polish squad.

Tyloo, on the other hand, has been accomplishing most of their goals and achievements. The team has been winning most of their recent matches. While mostly they are playing against Australian teams such as Grayhound, Renegades and Tainted Minds, they are still winning them with comfortable margins. The team is looking very strong with a mixture of tactics and firepower.

We recommend a low bet on Tyloo for this match.

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Gambit vs Grayhound : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Shanghai 2018

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Introduction

IEM Shanghai 2018 was postponed well into the player break due to certain logistical hurdles. This is one of the first stops in China for the Event organizer. They are looking to tap into the Asian market, especially with their recent appointment of new personnel heading the division. IEM Shanghai features a prize pool of $250,000 and will see eight teams compete at the tournament.

This tournament is aptly called as the race amongst Tier 2 teams, there are so many teams which are striving to break into the top scene. Teams like NRG, Grayhound, Tyloo and Virtus pro are all capable teams. We have seen them cause upsets in the past and create chaos amongst the rankings. But in this tournament, amongst equals, it is going to be a true test for several of these teams.

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Analysts:
    • Norway vENdetta (Halvor Gulestøl)
    • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
    • India Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)
  • Observers:
    • United Kingdom Rushly (Alex Rush)
    • Australia MC (Michael Campagna)

Format

  • Group Stage: August 1st – 3rd, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 4 teams
      • The group stage is seeded based on the ESL CS:GO World Rankings
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: August 4th – 6th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia for the Broadcast talent and the format.

Gambit Gaming

Gambit Gaming Roster:

  • Dosia
  • Adren
  • Mou
  • Hobbit
  • Mir

Gambit Gaming is the winners of PGL Krakow 2017. The former Major winners were struck with tragedy soon after as Zeus decided to leave the team. The team has not really been strong since then, despite having talented players were able to lead them to victory in the past.

The current Gambit Gaming roster has many components of the former roster, but they have not had anywhere close to the result that the former roster achieved. Dosia, Adren, Mou and Hobbit are household names in the CIS region. Dosia has definitely seen a huge drop in form and is no longer the same brazen attitude player that we are used to seeing in the server. This is also due to his lack of confidence as a player on an individual level.

While this can be said about the remainder of the players as well, the general consensus is that the team lacks the confidence required. This stems from repeated failures in the recent past. Gambit Gamign recently added B1ade as their coach. The coach has helped several superstar players in the recent past and that is something that is going to work for them. However, he just recently joined the team and we don’t expect any big changes from the coach yet. Gambit can improve, but it’s not in this tournament.

Grayhound Gaming

Grayhound Gaming roster:

  • Erkast
  • Dexter
  • Dickstacy
  • Maita
  • Gratisfactoin

The Grayhound roster first appeared on the International scene a few tournaments ago. The team rose to prominence after a spirited performance during IEM sydney. The team is not really the best team in Australia, but they are definitely quite handy. Now, on Paper Grayhound is probably the weaker of the two teams. We have seen Grayhound mostly play in their local scene against the Australian teams.

The star on the team is obviously Gratisfaction. The player is lethal with his AWP often turning the outcome of games on his own. Gratisfaction’s ability to control certain sections of the map ensures that Grayhound have decent spread on the rest of the part. While Grayhound plays extremely aggressive on their CT side, they tend to gather information first on their Terrorist side. Grayhound, is a team that has a much even spread of kills through the leaderboard. While Gratisfaction is often the player at the top, his performance on the team is not something that outclasses the remainder.

Following up close to Gratisfaction and probably the most popular on the team is DickStacy. The player who became famous during IEM Sydney thanks to his unique username is also a force to reckon with in the server. DickStacy has a very aggressive, often risky style of play. Against weaker teams or teams of the same skill level, this works wonders; but when Grayhound are up against stronger teams, this is often their undoing.

The Grayhound roster is not really a world class roster, but they are improving with each passing tournament. They have been able to make a name for themselves partly due to their perofrmance and partly due to their attitude and charisma.

Prediction:

We have to recommend a bet on Grayhound for this match. While Gambit Gaming does seem strong on paper, they don’t really have the necessary confidence to warrant a bet on them. The odds for a Grayhound bet are also much better and that should be a relatively low risk bet for us.

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Na’Vi vs Astralis : Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Na’Vi

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The Danish team is currently the best team in the world. The core roster has been together for quite some time now. They have been able to mold the team and its gameplay due to their consistency and their coordination. The core roster has spent time since their Dignitas days several years ago.

Device has always been a contender for the best player in the world title. While S1mple easily holds the title in his current form, Device is not really that far behind. He can carry the team on his own, but his trademark has been consistent performances through the years. Device is strong both with the AWP as well as a rifle, so the Astralis team is not limited by their economic problems.

Astralis quickly picked up where they left off with Magisk (credit: StarLadder)

Dupreeh is one of the best Entry fraggers in the game and his ability to survive after taking the first kill makes him an invaluable asset in the team. He is often seen pulling off great individual opening kills and then remaining alive till the end of the round. This gives the team a huge advantage in their matches.

Astralis is undefeated so far at ESL One Cologne. They have not lost a single map, which just shows how dominating the team is right now. Coming off a short break, Astralis has had time to practice and secure their tactics. With Cobblestone no longer a part of the map rotation, Astralis has a huge advantage. They can easily shuffle their vetoes, but prefer to veto Cache instead. The current Astralis roster is definitely the favored team in this matchup and this game is theirs to lose.

Natus Vincere


Na’Vi roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

Natus Vincere is one of the well-known organizations in Counter-Strike. The team has had their fair share of glory in the past, but the current iteration of the team sees an infusion of fresh blood into the team.

Any discussion of the current Na’Vi squad is incomplete without talking about S1mple. The world’s best player has seen a new composure in his gameplay helped immensely by the veterans on the Na’Vi squad. The team has helped the young player calm his nerves and focus on making the roster more successful. So while we were used to seeing S1mple put great numbers and individual performances in his past teams, on Na’Vi he has reclined to a more team-oriented gameplay. Even this has not stopped him from torching the servers with his firepower. He remains at the top of the Na’Vi scoreboard in 90% of their matches.

S1mple is helped by yet another young player on the roster Electronic. Electronic has had trouble in maintaining his consistency as a player on the roster. But as he looks menacing so far at ESL One Cologne 2018, we will see how effective Na’Vi can truly be with the dual youngblood setup.

The players are led by Zeus who helped Gambit achieve victory at PGL Krakow Major. There has never been a doubt about Zeus’ leadership abilities. However the Na’Vi team often lacks enough firepower despite having two of the best players in the world on their roster. This puts the focus on Edward and Flamie who have been subpar for quite some time. If they can manage to step up their game to the top level, Na’Vi is a force to reckon with. Na’Vi also has a map veto problem one which sees them being extremely predictable in all their map vetoes. They always veto Cache since several years now. This puts their opponents always at an advantage when it comes to deciding how the veto should go forth.

Prediction:

Astralis has been the dominant team in Counter Strike for quite sometime now. While they were challenged by Faze Clan for a few tournaments in early 2018, right now there is no doubt that Astralis is the team to defeat. This is slowly turning into an Astralis era as we see them taking one tournament after another. The Device and Dupreeh duo have presented themselves as a great force to reckon with. While Kjaerbye’s exit from the team did shock everyone including the players themselves, this truly has turned into a strong suit for the team. They have been able to utilize Magisk to his full potential and propel themselves further from the next best team.

Na’Vi on the other hand, has had consistency issues, which would basically guarantee them a slot in the top two teams. Their consistency is based heavily on how well the players apart from Simple perform in their matches. Edward, Electronic and Flamie all need to step up their game by a level in order for Na’Vi to constantly pose a challenge to the best teams in the world. This match against Astralis is their first chance as they are keen to redeem some respect for themselves. However, as we have seen Astralis just dominate so far in the tournament, they have not lost a single map so far.

So we recommend a medium bet on Astralis for this match. They should be able to win the tournament 2-1.

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Fnatic vs North: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs North

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • Xizt
  • Flusha
  • Krimz
  • JW
  • Draken

Fnatic is one of the biggest names in Counter-Strike. The organization which held the mantle for the best team in the world for a prolonged period of time during 2015 saw some roster and organization changes henceforth.  However, they have not been able to replicate the same level of success since then. The current Fnatic roster retains the core of the team. The trio of Flusha, Krimz, and JW are joined by former NIP players Xizt and Draken.

The performance of this team and their results heavily depend on the performance of the Fnatic core. The three players have already shown us their peak, and that is unchallenged so far in Counter-Strike. But as far as the current form goes, they are not really at their peak. The Fnatic roster did win some big tournaments in 2018, including IEM Katowice and WESG. IEM Katowice was an impressive performance led by Golden, now a substitute on the team. There were plans to remove Golden prior to IEM Katowice, but the sudden spurt in the trophies and victories made Fnatic organization to push their decision down the line. With Golden now on the substitute bench and possibly looking for a new organization, the new Fnatic roster has little to no experience together.

Draken has to be the guy to help Fnatic over the edge. Bet at Arcanebet

Indeed this will be Draken’s first map together with the rest of the squad. Draken has a very aggressive performance as an AWPer. It is confusing why they picked up Draken on the team when they have JW on the roster. However, Draken could just be the infusion of young blood and upcoming talent that they need. They have entailed Xizt as their In-Game Leader. Xizt’s IGL performance on NIP was limited due to the resources he had at his disposal. NIP’s refusal to change their core for such a prolonged period of time definitely impacted their results and performance.

Xizt has also been performing really well in his personal capacity as a rifle. He has had several clutch situations, where he helped Faze Clan when he was a stand-in. His personal performance, new talent available for the In-Game leader definitely will help him to surprise the naysayers.

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Mertz
  • Kjaerbye

North is the second best Danish roster in Counter-Strike. Constantly living in the Shadows of the world’s best team, Astralis, North has been improving dramatically over the years. The current roster has been together for almost six to seven months now. They have had ample time to gel together and put up great synergy and coordination.

Team North is currently ranked 8th on the HLTV world rankings, but there seems to be a huge gap between the top five and the rest. While North does put up surprising performances at times, they have not really been in the same league as the top CS GO teams. North has been playing in lower tier tournaments, so their performance and titles have to be taken with a grain of salt. They last won the Dreamhack Open tours 2018, a tournament with Tier ⅔ teams at best.

MSL’s in Game leadership is one of the best, but his form on an individual level is highly questionable. It is not rare to see In-Game Leaders suffer from lack of personal performance. But MSL has been at the bottom of the list. But despite his lower than average performances, North still retains the eight position on the world rankings. The rest of the team, especially when it comes to Aizy and Kjaerbye have been really consistent and strong. Kjaerbye and Aizy, former Astralis members do have the experience of playing at the top level. Their experience along with the obvious talent on the team is what makes this team extremely strong. But they don’t have much practice against the top teams and that is a big disadvantage for them.

Prediction:

Both the teams have had varied results when it comes to head to head matches. While Fnatic has won 8 matches, North has won 5 against Fnatic. This is pretty much balanced as much as the difference between the teams goes. The Fnatic roster has way more experience amongst themselves, however. The team with the likes of Xizt, flusha, JW, and Krimz consists of several veterans on the team. While they have been consistently average, it is Draken who can be their trump card in this tournament. Fnatic’s roster has changed quite a bit and that is going to affect their synergy and coordination for this matchup.


North, on the other hand, is quite stable compared to Fnatic. There is not much difference in rankings or team performance. The stability of Team North is what makes them an endearing pick for us. We recommend a medium sized bet on Team North for this match.

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G2 vs Na’Vi: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

G2 vs Natus Vincere

 

G2 esports


G2 Roster

  • KennyS
  • Bodyy
  • Shox
  • Ex6tenz
  • SmthzZ

The latest ‘French Shuffle’ left one team standing in the French Scene. While we do have the rest of the players forming another team called ‘Leftouts’ they really don’t stand a chance to compete with the current G2 roster. Why did this G2 roster come into existence? The previous G2 team, or the French Superteam which was formed purely based on skill. With the best of the French in one team, they suddenly were exposed for the lack of tactics and strategy on the roster. This is why the top players on the team felt that they needed the tactical acumen of Ex6tenz one of the masterminds in Counter-Strike.

Ex6tenz has to receive special attention while trying to analyze the G2 CS GO roster. One of the best masterminds in Counter-Strike, Ex6tenz has vowed not to quit Counter-Strike till he wins a Major. After being shunned by the French players due to his excessive control of tactics and strategies, Ex6tenz plummeted in the scene. He played in multiple Tier ¾ French teams, often helping these teams grow and develop. With the French superteam project failing miserably, Ex6tenz stock rose dramatically. The French players realized that they need a tactical mind to help the likes of Shox, KennyS who are amazingly talented. Ex6tenz on his part will have analyzed what went wrong in previous teams. His excessive control and over-aggressive gameplay on Strategies and tactics will obviously be tamed down. On his individual performance, Ex6tenz is no longer the sitting duck as he was during Titan days. We have seen him actually surprise several analysts and performances with great individual performances.

Now speaking about the rest of the team, we see Shox and KennyS, the two superstars of French Counter-Strike. KennyS is one player who has great individual talent and despite not always putting in a huge number of hours into practice, he is one of the best AWPers and players in the region. Shox is the Kingmaker of the French scene, no French team has been able to succeed without Shox in their lineup. How do we actually compare this team’s potential to their actual performances?

This is where most of the problems arise. On paper, this team is probably better than even Faze Clan and Astralis. However, they have not really produced any results as a roster so they are still an unknown quantity.

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

Na’Vi is all about S1mple, their star player who is the only reason this team is anywhere close to relevant today. The team which added S1mple and nurtured his attitude and behavior has shown great performances in the past. However, S1mple’s splendid performances have been in stark contrast to that of the rest of the team. The number of social media outrage at not providing S1mple with a rifle when they can have made it to several news websites.

So why exactly is Na’Vi in this situation right now? The straight answer is that despite them trying to tame Sm1ple into becoming more of a team player, the player’s individual skill level is at a peak. He can single-handedly carry the team and the server irrespective of the final outcome of the match. Often times, he is the top fragger despite Na’Vi suffering a shameful loss.

Na’Vi has been on a big winning streak of course buoyed by S1mple’s performance. Now, most of these matches have obviously been against weaker teams such as Virtus Pro, NIP, EnVyUs, and NRG. Their last won game was against Mousesports, which as we have mentioned, is quite a strong team.

Prediction :

This match is about an unknown roster versus a team that is consistently placing in the top of the scene. G2 esports has put together a team that they think is quite strong. It is strong on paper, however, the French scene does not always work as intended. It is a very tactic heavy lineup and as such, we need to give them time to work out their tactics and understand their gameplay. G2 has not produced results either to warrant a bet on them.

Na’Vi on the other hand, despite their shortcomings, have been consistently good at the top scene. Yes, they are short of the likes of Faze, Astralis but they are a strong dominant second tier team. We recommend a medium bet on Na’Vi for this match.

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