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Faze Clan vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Faze Clan

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)


Faze Clan roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

Faze Clan was the finalist at the previous Major, The Eleague Boston Major 2018. They lost to Cloud9 in a hotly contested series partly due to the pressure of playing in front of an American crowd. Post the Major, Faze continued to be the nemesis to Astralis, however, that did not last long. The performance of the team took a huge setback when they had to lose Olofmeister due to personal problems for the player

With Olofmeister’s absence, the team relied on several stand-ins during the course of the next few months. They got in players like Xizt, Cromen who helped the team lift several trophies or become extremely strong in their tournaments. The rest of the team did adjust to the new players on their roster, but overall Faze looked like the only team in CS: GO which could potentially challenge Astralis at their peak. But with Faze Clan now having Olofmeister back on their roster, they seem to have actually fallen off. The team’s performance has actually gotten worse, despite having Olofmeister play at his peak.

Olofmeister has put up strong performances after his return from the Major

Olofmeister has been able to play almost at his 2015 levels in this tournament. His individual performance looks better than the rest of the team’s performance. The remaining four members on the team, however, don’t seem to be playing anywhere near their normal levels. The levels of burnout on this roster is quite high and we can witness that in their scoreboard and the performance of star players like Guardian, Niko etc. There also seems to be some kind of friction within the team. This is why Niko said that he is calling for the team to post the team reaching 0-2 at the Major. So far, it seems to have worked out for the team as they are not a part of the New Champions stage.

Niko has assumed the role of an In-Game Leader post the 0-2 Legends stage

But Niko is not traditional In Game Leader. His presence on this team is mostly due to his ability to hit insane shots and his firepower. If he goes on the role of a shot-caller, it is bound to affect his personal performance. Either way, it seems that Faze Clan’s current roster might be in for some changes post the Major.

Faze also has several players such as Guardian and rain who can step up. But the players just don’t have the right temperament and the burnout is severely affecting their personal performances. So there is a lot riding on the shoulders of a few, which if not successful means that the team won’t be able to put up really good performances.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis come into this tournament as the favourites. Without any competition from the remainder of the teams, they are definitely en route to win the FaceIT London Major. However, they have to maintain their momentum and this match against Faze clan will be one of their biggest tests. These two teams have been at loggerheads for most of the time between the previous Major and the current Major.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

Astralis team in action

Obviously, Device is the MVP on this roster. He has remained the best player on this roster for a long time. His ability to be consistently defensive on certain sections of the map and at the same time mix it up with aggressive plays elsewhere makes him a very unpredictable AWPer for the team. So Device’s ability to hold out certain zones on the map is exactly what makes him the right kind of player [ AWPer ] for Astralis.

The Astralis roster has Xyp9x, one of the most underrated heroes in the game. He always lurks under the radar but quickly dissects the enemy. His positioning on the map is exactly what makes him a constant threat in most of the games. His positioning compliments his playstyle which does not allow free movement on part of the enemy. Yet, he is not caught out and can dictate the pace of the game. This allows his teammates in Device and Dupreeh to burst onto the site and potentially get crucial frags. Xyp9x’s role on this team is a big understatement as he is crucial to the survival and the effectiveness of the team.

Prediction:

Both the teams are extremely strong and are finalist material. But it is the randomness of the draw and the lack of seeding which puts the two teams against each other. Astralis has shown a whole new level so far at the new legends stage. With the lack of good performances during the New Challengers stage, there were teams that were hopeful of an Astralis decline. But the time between the New Challengers stage and the New Legends stage definitely helped Astralis as they look extremely strong right now. Their focus on enabling their coordination and synergy on the team is exactly what the team relies on.

The performance of the team is scary right now and they don’t really look as if they have an opponent. Faze Clan was a decent matchup against Astralis till recently. But Faze Clan has not been able to put up consistently good performances in their matches. They didn’t have Olofmeister obviously because of his personal problems. And despite not having Olofmeister, Faze actually looked quite decent. But the bigger problem for the team remains that most of the players on their roster have been burnt out right now.

We have to recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are the better team and have been extremely consistent over time. With Faze Clan still figuring out their performance and the potential of a return to form for several of their members, Astralis seems to have it quite easy in this matchup.

 

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • F0rest
  • Get_Right
  • Rez
  • Dennis
  • Lekro

The Ninjas in Pyjamas is one of the most iconic Swedish teams in Counter-Strike. Their dominance in the early days of Counter-Strike earned them a lot of fans for their troubles. Over the course of the next few years, however, NIP saw their performance decline severely. For the longest time, the organisation did not want to change the roster. But it only resulted in the team having poorer performance.

Get_Right is a player with a very strong work ethic

Right now NIP has added Dennis and Lekro to the team. The two bring forth a steady mixture of great in Game Leading and excellent talent. Dennis is a player who is extremely comfortable with the rest of the veterans on the roster. He has great synergy with Get_Right and F0rest. On an individual level, Dennis has shown amazing aim so far at the London FaceIT Major. He has been tapping heads left and right. Often times, Dennis is the reason for NIP to gain entry onto a bomb site. The performance of the team is definitely heavily dependent on how good a game Dennis has in their matches. He remains a cheerful guy for the team constantly lifting up their spirits.

Dennis has been really strong at the FaceIT London Major so far

The other ‘new player’ on this team, Jonas ‘Lekro’ Olofsson has taken up the mantle of In-Game Leading. This is the first time that Lekro will is leading a team. Its something that players are often compelled to do and Lekro has already proven himself to be a decent In Game leader so far. One of the biggest advantages of Lekro is the fact that he is consistently performing well despite being an In-Game Leader. The team’s performance, especially in the New Challengers stage was led by great individual performances by Lekro and Dennis. It is interesting to understand that NIP’s performance can vary depending on these two players. Get_Right and F0rest are doing just about decent at the London Major.

 

The Ninjas in Pyjamas qualified to the Legends stage after a gap of almost 2 years. This was unprecedented and their return to the Legends stage definitely makes for exciting times for their fans. Today we will see NIP in action against MiBr, another former Major winner.

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Fallen

The Made in Brazil roster has come into formation post the addition of Stewie2k and Tarik from Cloud9. These two additions were supposed to severely improve the performance of the team allowing them to become great once again. While on an individual level, the team does look very strong; we can’t say the same for their overall performance as a team. They seem to lack team chemistry and have much weaker strategies.

For their match against Astralis, the map was Dust2. It is a fairly even map with any team having the possibility to win it. With Ynk’s recent addition to the team, Astralis had a set of maps to view and review the performance of MiBr on Dust 2. This was not a tough task for them as they were able to ultimately crush Mibr 16-0. This is the first 16-0 in CS: GO Major history, and it was against a team with 5 Former Major winners.

Fallen and Coldzera in action

Fallen has shown a lot of aggressive plays during London FaceIT major. His pushes through smokes while calculated often leave Mibr with an advantage. Once a team smokes off a particular area, it is mostly due to the fact that they want to focus on another area. So while it is risky, since you do not know if a team will be watching the smoke; Fallens pushes through smokes have often resulted in multiple kills for the AWPer. Watching Fallen put together such a strong performance is definitely something exciting for MiBr fans. It is reminiscent of the time when Made in Brazil [ then SK Gaming] was one of the best teams in the world. And Fallen with the aggressive AWP was one of the biggest reasons for their success.

Coldzera needs to improve his individual performance if Mibr is to have a decent showing at the Major

Coldzera has seen a significant drop in form from his peak levels. He is still a very good and talented player, but he does not have the same peak levels as before. Coldzera’s performance, however, can only go upwards which means this is good news for the Brazilian roster.

Tarik and Stewie2k are looking decent on this team. Stewie2k is not at the same level as before and that is something to worry about, but Tarik is seeing an improvement in his individual performance. Tarik’s performance at the Major has a lot to show for itself and he has a very sharp mind especially when dissecting the plays of the opponents. In clutch situations, he can take on multiple 1 on 1 fights resulting in a favourable situation for the player.

Will Fallen continue with his hyper-aggressive peeks with the AWP?

Ynk will now be feeling the heat of having to perform well at the major. His first obvious goal is to ensure that the team reaches the New Champions stage. If MIbr is able to reach the New Champions stage, it would be an achievement for the players as well as their coach. They are still very much in their honeymoon period and hence they will be able to work out their differences and put forth a stronger performance in the future. Their 0-16 loss to Astralis definitely rings a few bells and if anything, it will only help Mibr perform better.

Prediction:

Watching MIBr’s 16-0 routing yesterday, many would believe that the team could actually be on a slippery slope. However, the 16-0 was against Astralis, a team that had prepared for Dust 2 specifically against MiBr. As Glaive said in the post-match interview, they felt they knew a lot of things that MiBr was about to do. The high level of preparedness on the Danish side definitely caught Mibr unawares as they were unable to secure a single round. Even in cases where they had a big advantage, Dupreeh or someone else from the Danish side would get multiple kills to put the round back in Astralis’ favour. MiBr does need to get their team chemistry and their synergy back on track if they are to have a chance of defeating the top teams in Counter Strike. Right now, however, they have to face off against NIP in the Day 5 match of the NCounter-Strikeew Legends stage.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas definitely look much strong both in terms of firepower as well as team strategy at the London FaceIT Major. The team’s performance has improved significantly with multiple things going in their favour. With Dennis, Rez and Lekro having a good time in terms of their aim, the experience fo Get_right and F0rest helps the team in tougher situations. But this match is a BO3 match and that is where the teams will face their true test. With a map pool as wide as MIBr’s NIP will face a tough task in the veto stage. It almost feels like NIP has minimal room to manoeuvre in the veto stage, which puts them at a disadvantage. Ofcourse the team can still surprise us [ and MiBr] by some unconventional vetoes. However, it can also backfire terribly.

For now, we recommend a medium bet on MiBr. They have the better map pool and slightly better aim and confidence when it comes to winning their matches against NIP.

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dev1ce
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Gla1ve
  • Magisk
  • Zonic

Astralis is the best Counter-Strike Global Offensive team in the world. They have a very dominant performance which results from months of great performances. For many months post the Boston Major, Astralis had only one competitor, Faze Clan. But Faze ran afoul with several players not being in any kind of form right now.

Astralis’ performance as a team is what other teams want to emulate. They have great synergy and coordination which comes from months of practice, some great linguistic synergy as well as amazing individual skill. The Astralis team also benefited when Valve decided to take out Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. The performance of the team has definitely improved dramatically over time. Astralis’ strength comes from having some of the most versatile and yet strong players on their roster.

The Astralis roster is looking stronger with each passing tournament

Device has remained consistent with the best player tag for several years now. He is as good with the rifle as he is with the AWP. His CZ kills can also lead to several outcome-altering rounds in the future. As we see Device in his current form is still a terror for enemies. He remains a very strong candidate for what we see as the MVP of the tournament. But Device isn’t alone in the team and the rest of the squad enables his strong performances. They understand their strengths and are ready to capitalize on it in order to achieve success.

Glaive is the In-Game Leader of the team. One of his unique aspects is his ability to make the right calls mid-round. He is able to suddenly change the course of the round via insane mid-round calls. We haIn-Gameve seen Astralis suddenly all swarm down to the B Bomb site in order to be effective in their attack. The quick decision making, as well as being a very high performing IGL [ difficult to find in these times] makes Glaive a crucial aspect of the Astralis roster.

Glaive is the reason for Astralis’ increasingly good tactics and strategy

When Kjaerbye left the team, there was a huge void on the roster. This was filled by Magisk, although not exactly in the same way as Kjaerbye. He came on for his firepower and he remained on the team, albeit not as a leader but as firepower. Magisk has been the silent lurker who does not draw too much attention to himself on the team. He has been consistent through the months, which is exactly why no one bothers with him. His consistency is taken for granted by allies and enemies alike. He is not as flashy as the Dupreehs and Device on the roster, but his consistency enables his teammates to be able to get multiple kills in a round.

The Astralis roster is a perfect example of a team that has worked with what it has and created a world class team. They dominated the CS: GO scene for well over 4 months in the recent history. They had a slow start to the Major with a few hiccups en route to the Legends stage.

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Fallen

The Made In Brazil team is a mixture of former Cloud9 members and several players from the former SK Gaming. The team is a Championship team with each player already a winner of a CS: GO, Major. But their form in the recent months has been very uninspiring.

Can Coldzera regain his former form?

Made In Brazil is an iconic brand, one which can truly put forth strong memories of the game’s dominance and reach. The team has been making waves with their performance of late which is partly due to the resurgence on the roster thanks to YNK.

Stewie2k and Tarik’s joining from Cloud9 is the biggest news for the MiBR roster. The two bring with them a lot of firepowers, something that the team previously seemed to lack. With Tarik showing an upswing in his individual performance, we can be sure that the team will look forth to him playing extremely well. Stewie2k is having a slight fall in performance, but if the other son the team pick up the slack, it won’t be noticeable at all. The NA players are very good in their coordination and playing off each other. There is always the extra effort put in to make sure that they end up on the better side of a team fight. The team’s performance has improved dramatically over the past few months, but they are still a long way from their peak.

Tarik is seeing a resurgence in his individual performance

Fallen makes or breaks this team. His ability to play a myriad of roles on the roster is what makes the team as strong as it is. He has recently shown the ability to push through smokes and make really aggressive plays. Usually, when a team smokes off an area, they forget about it. Pushing through smokes is a very risky affair and once teams get a whiff of his playstyle, it can easily be punished pushing MiBr down into a spiralling hole.


The team had one big problem and that was the differences between the players. Coldzera and Fallen were on two sides of the coin when it comes to the team’s direction in strategy and tactics. In order to fix this problem, MiBr added YNK to their coach list. His addition presents the best opportunity for Mibr to be extremely effective in their gameplay. The players can focus on ensuring that their individual performance remains at top of the game. With YNK, MiBr is already looking very good. They have amazing performances in the tournament at the Major and are still looking good for more.

Prediction:

This match is a 2-1 match and the winner will qualify for The Champions stage. It ensures them the prestige of being a Top eight team. Both Astralis and Mibr look extremely strong right now. Astralis as a team definitely has shown us some signs of weaknesses over the past few days. Their inability to crush their opponents definitely raises some questions about their playstyle. They have had a few very close matches which could have gone either way. But they remain the team with the much better map pool. This gives them a big advantage when it comes to their map veto against almost any team.

The Mibr roster will depend heavily on ensuring that they have the tactical advantage over the Danish roster. In terms of firepower, I would rate both the teams equally right now. Especially with Astralis not looking as hot as a few months ago, their performance definitely is something that other teams can overcome. MiBr is seeing an upward tick in their performance. They have had very dominating performances in the recent few days and that raises hopes for a great finish at the Major.

For now, we recommend a low bet on Mibr. They are looking good so far and the odds for Mibr definitely are favourable for a bet on the Brazilian team.

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

 

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Zeus

Natus Vincere is one of the top teams in Counter-Strike. They have a rich history and their potential for the future looks even brighter. With two of the best players in the world, S1mple and Electronic on their active roster this team has a lot of potential on paper. However, they have not been able to convert it into results and that is a sore point in their performance.

S1mple joined Na’Vi after a very controversial past with regards to his attitude within the game. The veterans on the Na’Vi roster were able to mould S1mple into being the team player that he is today. His ability to understand the situation of the round and control his movements across the map is something that was a recent addition to the player’s skill set. S1mple remains a player with a lot of firepower and he can single-handedly turn the outcome of a match. He often plays within the confines of the team’s tactics in order to ensure a better team-play and overall coordination. As we have seen multiple times in the past, we have seen S1mple performing really well on an individual level. However, the team does not always live up to his standards which is why they often fail.

The world’s best player: S1mple

Na’Vi is a team that relies heavily on individual performances while striving towards ensuring better team play and coordination. They added Electronic to their team very recently and that is a smart move. Electronic has shown us glimpses of what he is capable of recently. Regularly posting 30 or more frags in matches, Electronic is able to have a big impact on the team’s performance. Recently, he has been improving his individual performance. Electronic and S1mple form the perfect duo who can help Na’Vi become a top-tier team once again.

However, for Na’Vi the bigger problem lies in their map pool and team synergy. The top teams in Counterstrike Global Offensive [ read Astralis and Faze Clan] have very deep map pools. Ofcourse a lot of it had to do with Valve’s decision to remove Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. But regardless, if Na’Vi is to compete at the top level and remain consistent, they need to be able to start winning on a variety of maps. A match’s result can often be decided in the veto phase itself as some teams are just too good on certain maps. But a team like Astralis will always pose a challenge, no matter which map is selected.

S1mple believes Electronic will be the MVP at FaceIT London Major

Na’Vi won three consecutive tournaments recently, which has sparked hopes that the team can pose a serious threat at the FaceIT London Major. However, two of these tournaments were with relatively weaker teams which definitely puts a marker on this performance. Na’Vi is always the team that can defeat the best teams in the world, but they lack the consistency to do it on a regular basis. It is important for a team to be consistent in order to be considered a top three ranked team.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

The Danish powerhouse has been the dominant team in CS: GO for some time now. They did not have a good run at the Eleague Boston major. This led to a roster change with Kjaerbye no longer with the team. However, this proved to be a boon for the Astralis roster since they actually improved their results with the new team. Magisk brought on a lot of firepowers, but he also allowed for changes in the roles.

 

Glaive is key to Astralis tactical advantage over other teams

Glaive as the In-game leader is crucial to Astralis’ success as a CS: GO, team. In terms of skill, they are as good as some of the other teams in the scene, however, Glaive’s excellent mid-round calls make up for any potential disadvantage. The core of the roster has been playing together for quite some time. Their level of comfort is unprecedented in esports, so it becomes natural for them to focus on developing the team synergy and coordination. Glaive has excellent control over the team’s game flow and their movement across the map. But what makes the Astralis roster thrive is their ability to change the plan mid-round. It is not always that Astralis gets everything according to plan. So when something goes into in their favour, they take some time to reassess the situation, enemy positions and their strengths. All of this is done within seconds as they have to plan their next attack.

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

The Astralis roster is possible for its success mainly due to the skill level of Dupreeh and Device. The duo is one of the most talented duos in all of Counter-Strike. Device himself is a challenger for the title of the best player in the world. His consistency over the past few years is exactly what is necessary for a top team like Astralis. He is a dependent player on the team and can often hold back certain sections of the map on his own. He is one of the few AWPers who is as effective with the rifle as he is with the AWP.

Prediction:

Astralis is supposed to be the best team in the world. After all, they have been dominating the entire scene for quite some time. The Danish roster has had to fend off challenges from Faze Clan and Na’Vi in the past. But Na’Vi really has only put up strong performances very recently. They won the three tournaments, although, as we said it was against much weaker teams.

But Na’Vi is looking decent so far, although we are not sure if it is enough to defeat a team like Astralis. Astralis has had the dominance and experience to play against the top teams regularly. They are obviously well-versed in Na’Vi’s tactics and strategies which form the core of the team’s success.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. It is because of their past success that we recommend placing a bet on the Danish roster.

 

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BIG gaming vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

 

  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Karrigan
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan is back to playing on its full roster. The performance of the even without Olofmeister was still worthy of a top-class team. They played with several stand-ins during this time and still came out with a few trophies.

But the core of the roster has remained constant throughout the past few months. This is what enables the team to form its tactics and still be effective on them. When Olofmeister returned to the active roster recently, there were doubts about his form and whether he would be able to fit into the team again. But Olofmeister was spectacular with his individual performance. When a player of Olofmeister’s calibre is on the lurk, it is impossible for the enemy to avoid him. They need a plan to deal with the lurker, or else they will have big problems.

There is lack of talent on the Faze Clan roster. The team has some of the best talents from other teams. The likes of Guardian, Karrigan and Niuko definitely make this team one to be feared. Guardian has found his form in recent weeks but he has not been lights out blazing as he was during his peak on Na’Vi. Regardless Guardian’s form and consistency are crucial for the team’s potential success. He is not supposed to be the star on this roster.

Speaking of stars, Niko is easily within the top 3 players in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The player’s aim and his understanding of the game require no introduction. He has the best game sense and is extremely skilled with a very high skill ceiling. Niko’s position on the team, however, is only possible due to the space and the support of his teammates. This team, regardless of how diverse it looks on paper just works. Karrigan is probably the only leader who can actually keep such big superstars together.

Karrigan is one of the few IGLs who can hold such a star studded team together

Being on a previous top team such as Dignitas, Karrigan has the right mentality and attitude to keep big egos together. He has been able to guide this team to success. They did not win the Eleague Boston Major, but this is their best chance to win a Counterstrike Global Offensive Major.  

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming roster:

  • Gob B
  • Tabsen
  • Nex
  • Tizian
  • Smooya

BIG Gaming somehow just pops up during CS: GO Majors. The team led by Gob B has one of the best Grenade usages in all of. They are very well trained by their IGL as well as coach on how and when to use the grenades. We have not seen the same level of grenade usage even from the best team in the world, Astralis.

But BIG Gaming does have a problem and that is ensuring a consistent level of skill on the roster. The likes of Tizian and Tabsen definitely have the talent required to make BIG a top-level team once more. However, they have not been consistent in their performances and that affects BIG’s standings. They recently won ESL One Cologne 2018, a home match for the team. It was one of the first time that the Cologne crowd had a home team to cheer for.

Gob B has always been a great leader, one who can help his team get into an advantageous situation irrespective of their individual skill level. He puts in a lot of hours in reviewing other teams and he always has a strategy on how to counter them. We have seen BIG gaming win eco rounds or rounds with lesser weaponry on a consistent basis. Most of it is due to their grenade usage and some really good individual calls by Gob B.

But that is not to say that the BIG Gaming roster does not have talent. They have some really talented individuals in the form of Tizian and Tabsen. The two have been excellent so far at the Major and are really responsible for multiple kills in crucial rounds. Without the performance of these two players, BIG would not have been able to reach the stage that they are at now.

But it is Smooya who forms the biggest concern for the team. The best UK AWPer who shone during ESL One Cologne has been visibly absent during the major. His lack of performance has not gone unnoticed since even Gob B has been handing him the rifle. Smooya needs to be back in form if BIG Gaming is to proceed further into the Champions stage.

Prediction

The two teams present really diverse playstyles. Faze Clan is a team that does not have very deep strategies but it is covered thanks to their amazing individual skill. The Faze Clan is obviously the better team mainly because they have proven themselves over the last few months. The Faze Clan is so strong that even without a core member of their roster they still won several tournaments and stayed relevant. For any other team, this would have been an uphill task.

BIG Gaming is a team that comes into prominence only after several months. The team did win ESL One cologne, but that was on the back of Smooya having a really good tournament. And frankly, he does not look at the same level during FaceiT Major. For Smooya, this is a home match, since he hails from Great Britain too, but he needs to step up his performance if BIG is to have a chance at winning and moving forth.

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