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Faze Clan vs Team Liquid : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan roster is the first truly international team when it comes to Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in the recent months has seen a significant uptick after multiple members of this team have started performing well. With Guardian’s performance showing a huge boost, we can expect Faze Clan to become a strong dominant force once more. For most of 2018, they did not have their full lineup, especially as Olofmeister was away from the game for a significant period of time. When he did come back, he was in excellent form. Unfortunately for the team, the rest of the team did not look so strong at the Major.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian’s aggressive AWP playstyle is exactly what Faze Clan needs. It provides the rest of the team with space and the necessary advantage to further secure the round. Guardian is one of the best AWPers in the game. He has extremely fast reaction times and that is what makes him such a force. He can get kills even in situations where it might seem impossible to do so. This is because of his years of experience and predicting the movements of the opponent professional players. For now, Guardian is one of the key members of Faze Clan and their results are directly linked to Guardian’s.

The lurker on this roster, Olofmeister has put up great performances since his return. But for the most part, he has been one of the best performing players on this team. There was a time during the Major when people were comparing his 2018 performance with that of his 2015 performance, which is a compliment in itself. Olfomeister has excelled his role as the lurker. Not only does he evoke fear in the minds of his opponents, but he is also one of the top fraggers on the team. If left unchecked he can single-handedly eliminate the opposing team due to his positioning. Understanding the timing of his movement and the decision-making process behind all of this is crucial to learning how to counter Olofmiester. IT is a task that not many teams and players have been able to do till now.

The biggest change to the team comes in the form of their In-Game Leadership. With Karrigan mourning the lack of time for himself on this team, we might see a few changes on this roster. However, we also have to keep in mind that Faze Clan won EPICENTEr 2018. This does buy them time as well as the confidence to take on other teams. Their match is against Team Liquid, another team which plays heavily based on their fragging capability. For Faze Clan this is a suitable matchup as long as they can get the proper map vetoes in.

We expect Faze Clan to have a splendid performance, judging from their Group Stage performance. If they can have multiple members being as lethal as they were, then this team has the potential to easily be the best team in the world.

Team Liquid

 

  • Twistzz
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • TACO

While Faze Clan has seen a significant improvement in their performance, Team Liquid is quite the opposite. They seem to be quite underwhelming, so far in the tournament. With Elige failing to perform as per usual, Team Liquid lost to Fnatic in the Group stage. Regardless no one can discount this team due to the sheer strength of the team’s individual fragging capability.

Led by Nitro, the team has developed its unique style of play. They are a team that relies overly on their communication and their ability to play off each other. This is truly great as that can be the sole reason for Faze Clan’s defeat. Nitro is not the flashy player on the team, but he has taken a passive role on the roster. He wants to allow the youngsters on the team to perform to their full extent. His ability to customise the gameplay according to the playstyle of certain players is important to instil confidence in the youngsters.

Over the past months, we have seen Team Liquid make changes and yet be extremely comfortable playing around each other. The team’s performance through the Major, however, has suffered, mainly due to Elige not performing as per usual. Elige is one of those players who consistently tops the scoreboard, no matter which team Liquid plays. His insane fragging capability is equivalent to the Get_rights of 2012. He can turn 180 degrees and still headshot you, leaving you awestruck. However, as with any star player, it is always difficult to maintain their peak form. For now, Elige does not look as good and we might just be witness to the start of a slump for the player.

Joining Elige near the top of the scoreboard is almost always Twistzz. The player is widely regarded as the best player in North America. His positioning and aim with the rifle are what makes him truly inspirational and a dominant force against the top teams. For now, Team  Team is the slight underdog in this matchup. However, considering how volatile Faze Clan can be, despite being one of the top teams in the world, this might be Team Liquid’s chance to get into the Grand finals at IEM Chicago.

Prediction:

Faze Clan is definitely looking menacing so far in this tournament. They have a fantastic lineup with some of the biggest names in the world. But it is indeed rare to see multiple players performing at their peak on this roster. The Faze Clan roster has remained one of the strongest lineups on paper, but they have failed miserably so far. The Faze Clan team has not been able to dominate the professional scene as one would expect. However, in the recent few tournaments, we are witnessing multiple players, especially Guardian and Olofmeister put forth strong performances. These two form the strongest members on the team and if they both perform well, there is little that can stop the Faze Clan in sheer firepower. This is exactly why we saw Faze Clan play a very casual run and gun approach to the game when it comes to their match against Astralis.

Team Liquid\s performance, on the other hand, has been somewhat lacklustre. They have had a much easier route to the playoffs, however, we have seen that this team can perform well against the top echelons of Counter-Strike. It depends heavily on Elige and his individual score in this match-up.

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Astralis vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast
  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Faze Clan

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Glaive
  • Magisk
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster is one of the strongest teams in the game. Their dominance over their opponents is not only in their skill but also in their understanding of the opponents’ gameplay. They know their limitations on the players and constantly position and ensure playstyles that suit their strengths. This is why, the Astralis team, despite not being the strongest team in the scene is definitely the one with the best performances.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

The Astralis roster consists of an all-Danish team, but the star on the team has to be Zonic, their coach. The former MTW Player has been able to mould astralis in his particular style and that has resulted in Astralis being miles ahead of the competition. While the like of Faze Clan and Na’Vi might theoretically be much stronger on paper, Astralis is able to mask their weaknesses and ensure that their opponents do not take advantage of the same. One characteristic playstyle for the team is their ability to push through one area of the map in pairs. This often gains them valuable information which is then used to act in other areas of the map. If the team pushes through A site on Overpass, and find no one or a minimal number of people, they know the positioning of the remaining members will be nearer to B bomb site. This allows them to reinforce the B Bombsite or play defensively according to their read of the game.

This is why the Astralis roster remains very strong and yet exceptionally skilled. Their individual aim is very high thanks tot he inclusion of Device, a top-tier player on the roster. Device with the AWP is well known to trace his own steps and work on eliminating any gaps in his playstyle. He does not believe himself to be the best AWper in the world, so he works to secure an advantage in the aim duels. This can be through smokes or just a very passive angle for Nicolai.

However, it has to be Glaive who has truly transformed this team. After Kjaerbye’s departure in January, Glaive was able to transform this team into its current position. We can clearly see the effect Glaive has as an In-Game Leader. He is able to put forth strong opinions and amazing mid-round calls. His quick assessment of the situation and his ability to read the opponents positioning correctly is not something that many can emulate.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

The Faze Clan roster is comprised of the best players in Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in recent months has been somewhat lukewarm, but there is a tendency to start showing results of late. The team’s performance has slowly increased in performance especially with Guardian also starting to get the AWP kills he is most well-known for.

The Faze Clan roster contains several big names, however, it has not always been a merry journey for them. The team’s performance has slowly improved in results after a slow start to their journey in 2018. For the most part of 2018, the team’s performance has been lacklustre. They played with a stand-in [ or several ] for many months when Olofmeister was taking a break. However, when he did return for the FaceIT London Major, we had only olofmeister as the best performing player. The entire team seemed burnt out and they were unable to make the same impact as they did a few months earlier.

Guardian remains a player who is extremely strong on the AWP. Recently, we have seen Guardian pull out amazing shots with the AWP, often ones that remain the highlights of the game irrespective of the final results. If Guardian starts reaching his peak level, the player can truly become a menace for their opponents. He remains an extremely skilled player with lightning fast reflexes. The player’s ability to read the situation and be intelligent with the AWP performance

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

In addition to Guardian, Olofmeister is also another potent player who has been extremely strong on the lurk role. The player’s performance remains one of the highlights for the team. The team’s performance in the past months has been successful [ of sorts ] only because of Olofmeister’s skill and presence. Faze Clan does not need Olofmeister to constantly put up the big numbers on the server. However, the Swedish player’s mere presence can evoke fear in the opponents.

Overall, Faze Clan will have a tough time against Astralis. Thankfully for them, the Faze Clan roster is still in the upper bracket, so even if they lose this match they will have more chances to qualify for the Playoffs.

Prediction:

Despite their recent loss of form, Astralis still remains a very strong team. They have a much better map pool and have a thorough understanding of Faze Clan. For the early part of 2018, the Faze Clan roster was the primary opponent for Glaive. As such he has a very good read on the opponents and positioning. The performance of Astralis in the past few tournaments has been largely underwhelming. This is mostly because teams have begun to spot chinks in their armour. The astralis roster is no longer unbeatable and that is partly due to the loss in form for the players.

Faze Clan will look towards ensuring that they can play a very strong, pug style play. They will need to ensure strong pushes on their T side to cripple the opponents’ performance. The Faze Clan has better aim, however, they also need a much better strategic gameplay against Astralis. We have seen Faze Clan put up big numbers before, but with Niko on their leadership role right now, we have seen the team falter when it comes to their tactics and strategy.

For now, we recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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Mousesports vs BIG Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast
  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Mousesports vs BIG Gaming

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Styko
  • ChrisJ
  • Sunny
  • Oskar
  • Ropz

Mousesports remains a team that is slowly rebuilding this team. They did make the mistake of adding Snax to the roster despite having a relatively successful team with Styko. The team with Styko had achieved a lot of success and were constantly playing in the playoffs and sometimes in the Grand finals of tournaments. On paper, Snax is a much better player than Styko, however, the reality was quite different than expected. Snax did not find a proper fit with the team and he is now a free agent.

The Mousesports team is now a part of its old roster and it is already looking quite good. The team’s preparation has been much better with results already showing on the International stage. However, the hiatus from the team meant that the team is not yet fully in synergy despite Styko being on their team right now.

ChrisJ is the glue that holds this team together. Formerly the star on the roster, ChrisJ has allowed other players to take the spotlight on the team. His ability to take the back seat allowing for new, often younger players take the lead is truly inspirational. ChrisJ is also performing really well with the AWP. He is extremely potent with the AWP and can often play aggressively as well.

In addition to the Captain, this team relies on Sunny to put up strong performances. He might not have the most amenable attitude when it comes to being on a team, however, there is no doubt about his talent. His positioning and the mental fortitude while making strong plays is unparalleled. The team relies on Sunny to consistently put up decent numbers and he does not disappoint. Sunny’s performance definitely is one that does remain extremely consistent and then he has peaked in his performance which truly makes him a strong player.

Overall Mousepsorts also has the likes of Ropz and Oskar who put up the big numbers on a repetitive nature. The team is extremely fortunate to have such players of talent and little to no ego. As such they are able to adjust their gameplay according to what they want. Mousesports’ current set of results, however, is not their best and they definitely are looking forth to improving their results. IEM Chicago will be a good test for the team as it looks to rebuild their past success.

BIG Gaming.

BIG Gaming Roster:

  • Tabsen
  • Tizian
  • Smooya
  • Gob B
  • Nex

BIG Gaming is a very tactical team under the leadership of Gob B. The man himself is a legend in Counter-Strike and is considered an inspiration for new IGLs. He understands his team better than anyone else and customises the strategies depending on the team’s playstyle. This is why BIG Gaming looks so comfortable in their gameplay right now.

The team has made a name for itself with the efficient use of grenades. This ensures that they soften up the enemy or puts them out of position much before the team fights actually start. As such, it becomes much easier for the team to potentially win the round. However, no amount of tactics or strategy would help them reach their current level in Counter-Strike if they did not have the firepower to go along with it. The likes of Smooya, Tizian and Tabsen have been able to enable the team to make strong plays in their recent tournaments.

BIG surprised at WESG, with tabseN leading the way (BIG)

The individual level of Smooya remains a very strong point for BIG Gaming. But as we see with several talented players, Smooya is not always able to maintain the same level of consistency. Being a very momentum based player, it is not rare to see Smooya severely underperforming on the team. His ability to pull off amazing shots is often directly related to the prior performance of the player. It is not rare to see Smooya shouting on stage and being extremely excited about the team’s prospects.

However, BIG also rely on Tizian and Tabsen to keep performing at their level. It is not rare to see Tabsen put up as the best player on the server. However, he does not really have ‘bad’ days as he is always very consistent with the game. The players’ synergy is what determines how strong their store is. There have been reports of Smooya possibly leaving BIG Gaming for another organisation. However, until now, they have been woefully inaccurate and Smooya has remained on this team for now. This also means that the team believes in its ability to put up challenges to the best teams in the world. IT is not without reason as we see BIG Gaming constantly putting up good numbers against the top teams. Their win against Na’Vi definitely serves as an inspiration to the other players on the team. It will also make Smooya full of confidence which is what will make this team a strong force at IEM Chicago.

Prediction :

BIG Gaming will play against Mousesports for the lower bracket round 2 matches. The two teams are extremely even, especially as saw BIG Gaming pull off that win against Natus Vincere. The German team definitely has proven itself on the big stage repeatedly. The team’s performance in this tournament will be very crucial to determine their place on the International stage.

Their opponents, Mousepsorts, on the other hand, need this tournament to start producing results. The team is definitely looking much better than their time with Snax. Currently, Mouseposrts does have a decent chance but they have not had the most time to practice together with Styko. AS such as we recommend a low bet on BIG Gaming.

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The CS_Summit 3 is the third event for Beyond the Summit in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The tournament is well known for its chilled atmosphere where the talent and sometimes the players on the cast are on a couch. The background is filled with players and production crew moving around constantly in the house. It is a very casual approach to esports tournaments and it has seen massive success in Dota 2 and now Counter-Strike.

Beyond the Summit is made up of several avid gamers and they understand the production viewpoint of an average fan. This particular event will see a prize pool of $150,000. It was initially supposed to be held in the second week of October. However, due to unspecified reasons, the organisers decided to push it further. We assume it is to accommodate the teams’ schedules. Ofcourse owning the venue has its advantages as all the matches are played at the Summit Arena.

Broadcast Talent

Format

  • Playoffs:
    • Double-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (excl. Grand Final) are Bo3 series
    • The Grand Final is a Bo5 series; the upper bracket team has a 1 map advantage

The CS_Summit 3 format is definitely an interesting one. The tournament will see double elimination bracket where the teams have to prove themselves multiple times to advance to the next stage. The Grand finals is a Best of Five series, and if recent tournaments are any standards, we should be in for an exciting finish. However, the team coming into the Grand finals from the upper bracket receives a One map advantage. This is a big advantage and it could essentially lead to a lopsided Grand finals.

BIG Gaming vs Optic Gaming.

BIG Clan

BIG Clan Roster:

  • Nex
  • Smooya
  • Tabsen
  • Tizian
  • Gob B

BIG Clan is one of the few teams that does not play almost every tournament. And yet they impress us in whatever tournaments they do decide to play. The team led by legendary In-Game leader Gob B has seen great progress over the past few months. Gob B’s effect on the team’s performance transcends just in-game. He is a guide to several of the young talent and is constantly helping them to advance in their career.

On the team, we have several well-known players who have made a name for themselves due to their superior firepower and performance. Players like Tabsen, Tizian and Smooya are all capable of turning the tide of the match on its head. Their performance is crucial to the final outcome of their matches. Tabsen is a very experienced player who has been alongside Gob B for a long time. Not only is he a player who can turn up great performances repeatedly, but his experience also provides valuable insight into the team’s functioning. In a way, you can say that Tabsen is the glue that cements the firepower and the leadership. His influence as the deputy to Gob B of sorts is important as we head into this match.

Smooya ofcourse remains the X-factor on this team. His ability with the AWP is well-known, but we do not get to see the same level of performance across multiple tournaments. On the occasion where Smooya is performing well, we see him being hyped up on stage, shouting and often doing as much damage verbally as he does with the AWP. However, when he is not feeling it, we see the player being extremely calm and often absent on the server’s scoreboard. Smooya is crucial to the team’s performance because his AWP playstyle suits the rest of the team. He does have a healthy mixture of aggressive as well as defensive positions. It keeps the opponent guessing as to BIG’s plan on the next round.

Another supporting player for the team, Nex has been very quiet, yet consistent in his performances. The player’s ability to constantly support the big heavyweights on the team such as Tizian and Smooya is what makes him such a silent performance. If we actually look at the statistics, we see that Nex is not really doing bad, but he is not your flashy kind of player.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming roster:

  • K0nfig
  • CajunB
  • Snappi
  • Jugi
  • Niko

Optic Gaming recently got back Niko from their Danish counterparts. For the organisation, this has proven to be a bright light. In an otherwise bad period for the parent organisation, their CS: GO division is probably the best news.

Optic gaming has had good performance in recent weeks. While most of their matches are online matches, the victories and the margins of these victories is what inspires confidence in the team. They are a very skill-focussed lineup who rely on individual performances to gain the early advantage. This is in contrast to that of BIG gaming, so timing is extremely important in this matchup. Their performance amongst North American teams has been nothing short of exciting and exemplary.

For K0nfig, this match is extremely important. The player has the ability to constantly lift up individual matches on his shoulders. He has a very high skill-ceiling and is almost a consistent performer for the team. He is not afraid to make exceptionally aggressive plays, ensuring a great advantage for Optic Gaming. K0nfig is a person who has won innumerable Man of the Match awards. His experience and timing are crucial in most of his duels. He is responsible for the team’s performance especially on open maps such as Cache and Dust 2.

On any other map, we see how strong the Danish CT side is. They are not one to stick to the ‘traditional Danish maps’. We see them constantly play different maps with a wider map pool. However, their map pool being wide does not guarantee a win for the team. More often than not, we would have liked to see them being extremely proficient on certain maps. For now, Snappi has his task cut out as he leads the team against BIG Gaming, one of the more tactics focussed roster out there.

Prediction:

The two teams present a very diverse approach to the game. While BIG gaming has a focus on strategy and grenade usage, Optic Gaming is not on a similar level when it comes to the tactical focus within the game. Gob B’s influence on BIG gaming’s performance is painfully evident and it is one of the reasons for their success in recent months.

Optic Gaming’s performance in this tournament as well as in the upcoming months depends on how quickly Niko integrates with the team. So far, in online matches, the results have been satisfactory. It will be interesting to see whether the greater firepower on Optic Gaming prevails over BIG Clan’s strategical approach to the game.

For now, we recommend a bet on BIG gaming because they always have a chance of Smooya going off on the AWP. His performance is crucial to the outcome of this match.

 

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ENCE vs Optic Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 6

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

ENCE esports vs Optic Gaming

ENCE

ENCE roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Aerial
  • Sergej
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has shown us a dominance in their quarterfinal match against BIG Gaming. Despite being so young, ENCE has remained capable of putting out big tactics and being the superior team when it comes to their positioning and firepower.

Allu and Sergej are usually the top fraggers on this team throughout the tournament. The veteran and the youngster combination has provided ENCE with several winning rounds. Allu has been very consistent with the AWP throughout the tournament often even hitting shots through the smoke. Allu’s performance does take some time to go through which is evident in the way his score reflects in the game. Even in the quarterfinals, Allu was underperforming in the first map but later picked up steam to start steamrolling his opponents. Along with his individual skill, Allu also provides insight into the team’s composure often ensuring that the entire roster is on one page. As a type of mentor, it takes a lot of pressure off AleksiB who can focus on ensuring decent strategies and his individual performance.

Sergej also has been quite underwhelming on the big stage till now. His group and online performance are one of the best in the industry, however, it does seem that pressure gets to him especially on LAN. If ENCE are to continue their current form and have a good performance at Starseries & I-League Season 6, they need Sergej to start performing better. He remains a player with exceptional aim and positioning.

The one man who brings the entire roster together is AleksiB with his In Game leadership. He has a very deep strat book yet is always able to pull out the best and most effective strategies against their opponents. Apart from his tactics, AleksiB is one of the most explosive In GAme Leaders in recent times. It is not uncommon to see him take the reins of the round in his own hands via a quick Vent rush on Nuke. BIG Gaming was caught out unawares on two occasions where AleksiB was down in the B Bomb site and BIG had no idea about it. In both the rounds,   initial frag was crucial to secure ENCE the round win and ultimately the map.

The Finnish organisation has supported local players for a long time. Despite being a region with exceptional talent, Finland has not really produced any legendary Counter-Strike teams. This is their opportunity to create a Finnish team which can truly develop the scene and provide a boost to the grassroots scene as well. ENCE will face off against Optic Gaming in the semifinals at Starseries & I-League Season 6.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming roster:

  • K0nfig
  • CajunB
  • Snappi
  • Jugi
  • Niko

Optic Gaming has made its presence felt in Tier 2 European scene after putting forth some great results. Most of these results have been possible because of the influx of skill and talent on this roster. Niko\s return from North Gaming provided the adequate boost that the Optic Gaming squad requires. Niko, for his part on North gaming, has come back with considerable experience and expertise of playing against top teams. He does not rush out and put his own team at risk with his positioning, but we see a very calculated response from the player. He is very efficient with his movement and grenade usage which makes him all the more effective in clutch situations.

Optic Gaming has a plethora of talented individuals on this roster. Each player on this team has been on Tier 1 Danish squad [ read current Astralis] in some form or the other. K0nfig is a very brazen player often not afraid to make risky plays to secure an advantage for the team. His ability to push through smokes and lock down the opponents’ set strategies is what makes him a real threat to any team. He has great synergy and coordination with the rest of the team and even if he goes down, it is often because the rest of the team is backing him up.

Optic Gaming has not appeared in many LAN tournaments after Nko\s return. This will be the perfect opportunity for them to start building their legacy. For now, optic does seem to somewhat lack coordination especially with the new member on their roster. They need to start building their map pool and ensure a good start to the series in the map veto itself. However, the team is built around fragging and they include some of the best Tier 2 talents in the scene.

Prediction:

While Optic does look strong on paper, the lack of proper coordination and synergy is plainly evident, especially on CT heavy maps. They are often caught unawares due to either lack of communication or lack of preparation. We have seen amazing individual performances from almost every player of the Danish squad and that is the saving grace for the roster.

ENCE esports, on the other hand, has shown us a very talented and skilled roster. Their match yesterday should have ended in 2-0 victory, especially since they were up 15-11 at one point. But BIG was able to  make a comeback and take the map to Overtime and win. This did not deter the ENCE roster as they made an even stronger comeback on the second map. ENCE looked very dominant and had great control over their economy. One of the biggest flaws of even the top teams in the scene is their inability to correctly estimate their economy and how a force buy could cripple them in the rounds to come.

For now, we recommend a medium bet on ENCE as they have looked very dominant at Starseries & I-League Season 6.

 

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