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Astralis vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Denmark Astralis (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Denmark gla1ve
  • Denmark device
  • Denmark dupreeh
  • Denmark Xyp9x
  • Denmark Magisk
  • Denmark zonic (coach)

Astralis have been looking stronger since Kjaerbye’s departure in favor of Magisk, having refreshed their new system; Magisk is also a clearly stronger fragger than that of the former. With that, we’ve seen the return of the device carry on the AWP alongside stellar performances from his partner-in-crime, dupreeh.

But, at this event, we’ve seen the star play of Magisk, carrying Astralis towards a semifinal birth against their nordic rivals. There shouldn’t be any discredit for gla1ve, though, as his tactical prowess has led to Astralis making very minimal mistakes. Luckily, Astralis did not have to make any changes to their structure, as shown in an interview with Magisk. This allowed gla1ve to continue from where he left off, making very little changes while improving Astralis from a strategic standpoint.

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

In terms of current form, Astralis may as well be considered top 3 in the world (alongside mousesports, fnatic, and possibly FaZe). They’re clearly the strongest team that has made a recent roster change, and their semifinal placing at StarLadder i-Series is the most latest of results to prove it. Their ability to play off each other so well while also preventing the enemy from making any openings is impeccable. Astralis’ tactical prowess is shown to be the strongest on a map like de_overpass or de_cache, as shown when they completely obliterated Liquid.

As per their current performance at Dreamhack (obliterating FaZe, Liquid, and Gambit with less than 6 rounds lost in 4 of the 5 maps played between the 2) Astralis are a team that allow very little exploits in their gameplan. The only problem Astralis have is in regards to their ability to close out games or perform against individual star power, which has been mitigated since their choking days, but still show (like in the 1st map against Liquid). Right now, though, Astralis are probably one of the most consistent and strongest teams out there,

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

fnatic has been powering through their last few tournament appearances, which include becoming one of the two teams to win 2 major tournaments in 2018. IEM Katowice was thanks to some late-game heroics from flusha, whereas WESG 2018 saw them defeat the Turkish contenders Space Soldiers.

So far, the main catalyst for fnatic’s success is not Golden’s ability to bring structure and tacticality to the roster, but KRiMZ himself. In their quarterfinals win against Ninjas in Pyjamas, KRiMZ scored 70 kills across 3 maps that ended with a CT-train comeback from fnatic. If that isn’t enough to say how KRiMZ has been performing in 2018 so far, there’s no telling as to what can describe KRiMZ so far. He has been the clear star of the team, whereas Lekr0 and co. are supporting him from the backlines.

Golden came, saw, and conquered fnatic with two championship wins (credit: Daily Dot Esports)

fnatic try to give KRiMZ opportunities to trade frags and get multi-kills while anchoring on CT side. This usually leads to Golden and JW creating space for KRiMZ, whereas Lekr0 comes in and does some work here and there with the trusty deagle/AK-47. flusha, staying in his usual lurk spot, can be seen creating space, albeit doing it alone and on the other side of the map. This is to be expected from a player of flusha’s playstyle, and works best with a player as intelligent as him.

The only problem that rises around fnatic is their inconsistent map pool. While de_cobblestone has proven to be an ace up in the sleeve against Na`Vi and Renegades, they’ve been faltering on one of their other trademark maps, de_inferno, and only have de_mirage to rely on. While they have beat FaZe and Ninjas in Pyjamas on de_train, it’s really hard to say that it’s a map to be relied on when fnatic have a spotty history around in. Considering it’s against Astralis, it may not work.

It doesn’t help that Golden can’t hold his own while fragging, but it’s hard to fragout when a player like KRiMZ is playing like an MVP each game.

 

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Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. mousesports CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Sweden Ninjas in Pyjamas (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden GeT_RiGhT
  • Sweden REZ
  • Sweden draken
  • Sweden f0rest
  • Sweden dennis
  • Sweden pita (coach)

Two of the 2012 Ninjas in Pyjamas core is left: the legendary duo of GeT_RiGhT and f0rest. Having swapped Xizt for dennis after an abysmal cs_summit 2 run, Ninjas in Pyjamas went on to the playoffs of IEM Katowice, eventually losing to Team Liquid in a best of three. One could say that their results have slightly improved, as the Ninjas in Pyjamas have secured their spot in the ESL Pro League Finals in Dallas; ECS has been different for them, as they’re currently in the middle of the pack with a slim chance to make the finals.

Having removed Xizt should be seen as a huge improvement for Ninjas in Pyjamas. An IGL with inconsistent individual performances and team results overall, it was time for NiP to throw a spanner of the works and shake up their lineup. With the addition of dennis, not only does the team bring a refreshed structure with new coach pita, dennis himself is a pivotal player that can single-handily win rounds with his pistol play. fnatic’s dominant run with dennis on the roster was contributed to by his high kill rate on pistol rounds, which helped fnatic on the majority of their dominating games and comebacks.

 

dennis at the helm may be the breath of life the Ninjas needed (Credit: Fragbite)

Over time, with the additions of REZ and draken beforehand, we’ve seen a shift in roles for the old guards too. GeT_RiGhT has moved on towards a traditional supportive role, whereas f0rest has been shown to play anchor and entry fragger when needed. On the other hand, most of the star roles have been handed upon the youngsters of REZ and draken, both of whom have shown signs of individual brilliance—especially draken—at major events in the past. On T side, expect the Ninjas to play slowly and wait for REZ/draken to get a pick, then playoff the man advantage and enemy information.

Can draken single handedly power Ninjas in Pyjamas to a win and win you your esports betting money? (Credit: Metro)

The Ninjas are best when teams give openings or try to exploit them with aggression, to which the Ninjas counter easily. On the CT side, REZ and draken generally play anchor roles, with both of them being part of the NiP double AWP setup whenever utilized. On the other hand, GeT_RiGhT and f0rest play anchor roles on sites, with dennis usually opting to play rotational spots such as arch on de_inferno.

Albeit, their opening match against SK Gaming was very shaky, with the Brazilians capitalizing on the Ninjas’ mistakes and making a mini-comeback on SK Gaming’s CT side. Luckily, thanks to some even more costlier mistakes from the Brazilians, the Ninjas capitalized on SK’s weak economy and strung together some rounds. If Ninjas in Pyjamas can’t find a way to single handedly dominate a game without having to rely on a star performance from draken, they might be in trouble against an all-out slug-fest mousesports.

Ninjas in Pyjamas’ trademark maps so far have been de_cache and de_train. Surprisingly enough, their form has deteriorated from their trademark map, de_nuke, as shown by recent losses to North and LDLC in the ESL Pro League. Yet, de_cache has also been an ace in the sleeve, which might be pulled out, should their opponents be unwise.

 

Europe mousesports (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Netherlands chrisJ
  • Czech Republic oskar
  • Estonia ropz
  • Finland suNny
  • Slovakia STYKO
  • Ukraine lmbt (coach)

mousesports, in terms of recent form and achievements, are actually the team that should be the favorites to win Dreamhack Marseille. In 2018 alone, they are one of the two teams (along with fnatic to have won more than one international event on a tier 1 scale (V4 Future Esports Festival and StarLadder i-Series) and have yet to make a roster change to their current lineup since then. Consistently, they have proven time and time again to be a deadly roster to this date.

When you think about stars on this team, it’s usually oskar that is considered to be the hard carry. But, anyone on this team can pop off, and even chrisJ has proved to do it on his specialty map, de_mirage. ropz is the cool headed clutch player, suNny can be a mad dash fragger and pop off absurdly on crunch-time maps, and STYKO is that support rifler who can support and frag on a consistent basis. Overall, the team relies on unusual setups and aggression, as seen from their aggressive pushes on de_mirage mid and their forward A hold against Valiance in their opener.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

The opener was a bit of a shocker, as Valiance almost pulled it back from a 13-2 deficit (flashbacks to QBF if you’re a mouz fan) to defeat mousesports. Luckily, mousesports won 16-13, but it was a match that was way too close for comfort. Albeit, mousesports were in control for most of the game, but it is clear that nerves and cockiness did get in their hands throughout the match.

On their map pool, mousesports are the strongest when it comes to de_mirage or de_inferno, whereas they handle themselves considerably on the rest. de_mirage has been their staple map for a long time, but mousesports have been known to play all 7 maps in the current pool with general consistency.

Arguably, esports betting odds will have them as the favorites for this match, and don’t be surprised to see esports sites and percentages in favor of them. mousesports are arguably the strongest team coming into Marseille, and their esports results and form recently have to show for it.

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Natus Vincere (NaVi) vs. Space Soldiers CSGO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League 7 Relegation LAN

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Introduction

The ESL Pro League Relegation will be in junction with ESEA MDL S26’s Global Challenge LAN Finals. Teams participating will be the second to last and third to last teams of the 6th ESL Pro League Season and the silver and bronze finishers of the EU and NA MDL S26 Premier seasons.

Careers will be made. Careers will be over (or temporarily postponed). Whoever qualifies are guaranteed a new breath of life and temporary prosperity, while the ones who fail have their careers on the line. Only two of the four can make it, and the competition is very fierce.

On the European side, the CIS giants of Natus Vincere and the Swedish hopefuls of GODSENT have been pitted against the up and coming Turkish squad of Space Soldiers and the frozen-featured and Czech-Slovak squadron Alza eXtatus.

For the North American side, the stand-in affected Ghost Gaming and mutually alike Rogue Gaming face off in grudge matches against the North American hope Rise Nation and the ex-iBP bolstered GX.

With many fan favorites on both the European and North American side, who will come out on top? Stay tuned!

Format

  • North American and European Relegation
  • Double Elimination Bracket (Best of 3 Format)
  • Top 2 advance to ESL Pro League Season 7 NA/EU
    • Bottom 2 are relegated to ESEA MDL S27 NA/EU

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Natus Vincere

  • s1mple, electronic, Zeus, flamie, Edward

You may be surprised to see Natus Vincere having been forced into a relegation situation, but roster troubles with seized and requiring a temporary stand-in through the last season were main contributors to this situation. Now, having retooled the lineup with electronic, Natus Vincere are stronger than ever, having won their first LAN event with this lineup (Dreamhack Winter Open 2017).

The main stars of this team are obviously s1mple and electronic, with flamie occasionally chiming in and Edward playing the support anchor role in many situations. Zeus’ return as an IGL has had varying amounts of success compared to before, but Na`Vi’s tempo has changed to include fast executes.

The only problem that they’ll have coming into this match is the jet lag, and the fact that Space Soldiers will have warmed up beforehand with the grand finals match against AGO Gaming. That doesn’t excuse the fact that Natus Vincere are another beast on LAN, though. They are naturally known as a LAN team, and are still a team to be feared in that environment regardless of their current condition. Having boot-camped too, everyone will be eager to see what this new lineup has in preparation fro the major.

Space Soldiers

  • Calyx, paz, XANTARES, MAJ3R, ngiN

Many will be quick to count out Space Soldiers for this match, but let’s not forget that they have been in the LAN setting for the past 2 days. Right before this matchup, they will have played the grand final of the ESEA MDL S26, and warm up against a fierce opponent in AGO Gaming. They’ve been practicing their trade at this LAN, and are sure to come fired up in the EPL Season 7 Relegation stage.

They’ve been the main talk of the esports community as an up and coming team. If there is a duo that one could alike to s1mple and electronic, it is XANTARES and Calyx. While they may not play top level competition like the former, they have proven to be the hardest carry duo in the Turkish scene for a long time. When you include paz, who can go lights out when necessary, this Space Soldiers lineup just gets even more dangerous.

Space Soldiers share a similar depth pool versus Natus Vincere, and one should benchmark their performance against AGO Gaming to determine whether they’ll have a similar performance against Natus Vincere. As both NaVi and AGO Gaming are aim-heavy style teams, Space Soldiers share striking similarities in their own style too, making this bo3 a battle of the aimers.

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League of Legends Championship Series European Playoff Finals

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After ten weeks of games and two rounds of playoff games, we reach the culmination of the season. (Scroll down for score prediction odds) The game that everyone dreams being apart of with one eye on the European crown and the other pointing towards the World Championships in September. This coming weekend will settle the Summer Split winner as well as the third and fourth place game, which is equally important for qualification to the World Championships. We will preview both games and try to predict their outcomes.

European Playoff BracketEuropean LCS Summer Split Playoff Bracket. Copyright @LoLeSports Twitter

In the Final on Sunday evening we will see Fnatic face off against Origen, a game that would’ve been considered the safe bet if asked at the start of the season who would feature in this game. Their road to the final was similar at the start of the season as they both showed dominant play, Origen however faltered and were proved across the season to be the second best team in the league. Fnatic roared through the season and the playoffs without losing a single game, currently on a twenty one game win streak, will enter the final as the clear favourites. They are a team led by their carry players of Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten and Martin “Rekkles” Larsson who each only died once in their clean sweep of Unicorns of Love in the previous round. With such performances they will be looked towards again for the finals to pick up the kills and be a consistent force that if a player is being targeted by Origen the other can step up and guide the team to victory. Origen on the other hand overcame a more difficult test in the previous round besting H2k so will feel match ready, and their game plan will remain the same aiming to propel Enrique “xPeke” Cedeño-Martinez ahead in the early game and then have him anchor and call the shots for the team to close out the game. Origen will need to have an early game presence and pressure as well as take an early game.

 Fnatic LoL On Stage
Fnatic LoL Team. Copyright Fnatic Facebook.

If Fnatic take the first game in a decisive fashion the rest of the series could be over very quickly and Origen may find themselves in a hole before they’ve realised it’s begun. I predict a Fnatic clean sweep as a team who know how to win and have already two victories over Origen, this will be another day at the office for the Summer Split league winners.

Score Prediction: Fnatic 3 – 0 Origen, Sign up to Pinnacle below and place your bet->

In the third place playoff will feature H2k versus Unicorns of Love, having both fallen in the semi-finals both teams have something to prove as well as fight for the last World Championship spot available to Europe. H2k will come out as the team who will be the more disappointed to find themselves here after losing out to Origen. H2k will say that they only really played like their true selves in the one game that they won where Sangwook “Ryu” Yoo and Raymond “kaSing” Tsang stepped up and did not lose their lane matchup. They were able to take control of the game and dictate where the fights would take place, they should have a much easier job against Unicorns providing they can dodge and plan around the Unicorns unpredictable style. The Unicorns will try to create confusion across the map and pull H2k into fights they think they can win and surprise them with teleport or roaming plays. Unicorns will know, as they’ve done before, that they aren’t the best skilled or strategic team and need to find other ways to win. These out of the box plays with early lane swaps, barons and drag plays will be the Unicorns only method to victory as five versus five team fights against H2k will be playing into their strongest plans.

UOL
Unicorns of Love. Copyright League of Legends, Riot Games.

H2k will need their mid and support back to firing on all cylinders and to control the early game, Unicorns will try to exploit H2k’s weak and conservative level one plays to try and snowball a lead. H2k will be working to keep play as standard as possible and grind out a victory with superior farm and rotational play.

Score Prediction: H2k 3 – 1 Unicorns of Love, Sign up to Pinnacle below and place your bet->

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