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ENCE vs Vega Squadron: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries &; I-League Season 6 Grand Finals.

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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 Grand finals is a matchup between ENCE and Vega Squadron. These are not two teams that many expected to reach the Grand finals. As such it will be interesting to see this unique matchup between the two teams. ENCE is a very young roster with several highly skilled players on their team. Vega Squadron, on the other hand, represents a team that is experienced, calm and composed. They have the knowledge of being exceptionally strong in their playstyle and this is what makes them a very strong force.

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 vs Vega Squadron.

The Starseries I-league Season 6 is down to its last two contestants. Neither of these two contestants was favourites to win the event especially in the presence of other teams such a BIG Clan and North Gaming. However, after a tedious group stage process and a dominant performance in the playoffs, we have Vega Squadron and ENCE in the Grand finals.

The Grand finals is a Best of Five series and the winner takes home $125,000 in cash prize. However, for either of these teams, a win is crucial as it would cement their playstyle and position in the Tier 2 scene.

We take a look at the two teams, their individual players and playstyle in this article.

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has already made an impact at this tournament. Following some stellar performances, ENCE has been able to put forth strong performances against some quality opposition. The ENCE team has developed its own style of play and they are not afraid to try new things. Leading from the front is AleksiB who has been able to make the plays necessary for the team.

The team is comprised of a mixture of experienced players such as Allu as well as several young players but with a high skill ceiling. The likes of Sergej and AleksiB bring something new to the team’s playstyle. AleksiB has been able to change ENCE’s map pool. Their map pool in this tournament has seen a wide array of maps ranging from Cache to CT heavy maps like Train and Nuke. For now, it is not sure what they prefer since they seem to ban a map as well as pick it depending on the opposition. AleksiB has been really strong on a personal level, often taking the lead in making plays for the team. During their match against BIG Gaming, AleksiB was solely responsible for obliterating the CT defence on two separate occasions. While the direct impact of his playstyle was on the immediate round win, it also crippled the CT economy and defence. Ultimately ENCE won the map & the series with comfortable ease.

The ENCE team is filled with talented inexperienced young individuals.

For an In-Game leader to provide such daredevil plays and performance is really rare. To see aleksiB constantly near the top of the scoreboard is very impressive. He has many players who have risen along with him and are very new to the scene. As such, he has a good understanding of their thought process. He is able to convey his thoughts and ideas to the rest of the team clearly.

Allu, despite being the veteran on this roster is also the player who is constantly leading from the front. Allu is especially important for the team’s performance as he is able to provide the same level of consistency on LAN as well as in Online matches. At Starseries, his confidence seems to be at an all-time high. He is making aggressive peeks with the AWP pushing down squeaky doors in Cache. He even pushed down mid in an eco round all the way to T spawn to gain valuable information of Optic Gaming’s positioning. Ofcourse that was a mistake by Optic Gaming as well who completely ignored him and allowed him the space to move around the map freely. However, for Allu to drop 25 frags in just 15 rounds of the map, it is really a testament to his current form.

Allu had 25 kills in 15 rounds during the semifinal match against NRG.

Sergej has been very quiet at Starseries so far. His online presence is usually quite good and he is the one leading the scoreboard with relative ease. However, in this tournament, Sergej seems to be suffering from on-stage problems. While he is still putting forth decent results, his individual performance is just not as good as his average performance is.

Sergej has been visibly absent from the Starseries scoreboard.

Overall, ENCE is a well-rounded team that has repeatedly put forth strong performances. They seem to be in great form right now and they should continue in their current form. The Grand finals is a Best of Five and this is where ENCE might have a decent advantage when it comes to their match against Vega Squadron.

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Jr
  • HutJi
  • TonyBlack
  • Chopper
  • Crush

The CIS roster has looked extremely dominant in this tournament and this comes from their ability to play to their strengths. The team has been able tp put forth some really strong individual performances throughout the tournament. This team is not always present in various LAN tournaments and that is evident from their online qualifier results.

jR is a very calm and composed In game Leader. He does not disappoint with the AWP either.

The team’s performance on LAN has always been a challenging prediction, as they are able to defeat the best teams int he world on their day. However, long-term consistency has been a problem for the team, especially in the wake of new recruits to the roster.

One of their most recent additions is TonyBlack who joined the team in May 2018 from Forze. He is an exceptional rifler and has been able to make several aggressive plays for the team. His timing with his peeks is what makes him one of the better players to hold down particular bombsites. TonyBlack is extremely effective with his rifle providing entries to the team on the Terrorist side.

Chopper is the star on the team when it comes to positioning on the scoreboard. Leonid ‘Chopper’ Vishnyakov shines in disadvantageous situations and enables the Vega Squadron team to have positional as well as a manual advantage. He has been able to win multiple clutch rounds and provide entry frags on others. He might not have the flashiest playstyle, however, he has been a consistent high-fragger for the team Throughout this tournament, Chopper has been one of the best players for Vega Squadron. Their success as they reach the Grand finals is partly due to Chopper and his rifle.

One of the most important players for the team is JR. Not only is he the In-Game leader in the roster but he is also the AWPer. He is not afraid to take duels at short range and is able to win several 1v1 situations. Jr is a very calm and composed player who keeps the team on its toes. The Vega Squadron roster is rarely seen to be shouting on the stage. The team is always composed and has a cool demeanour on-stage. The performance of the team reflects this as they are rarely rattled by losses and it only makes them more determined to win the next map.

Vega Squadron will face-off against ENCE in the Grand Finals at the Kiev Cybersport Arena.

Prediction :

The biggest factor in the Grand finals of Starseries I-League Season 6 has to be the Best of Five series. There are only a handful of maps in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Even the best teams often have a few maps that they generally avoid in order to increase the output on the other maps.

Vega Squadron has the experience of playing together for several years. All the players on this roster might not be on the same team, however, they have moved between teams. They have a good understanding of each others’ playstyle as well as excellent communication. From what we saw yesterday, the map pool for Vega is a big mystery. NRG picked Overpass assuming Vega would not be able to compete on the map. After all, Vega does not have any official matches on the map for the last four months. But Vega Squadron surprised NRG with some excellent movement throughout the map. Jr was not afraid to take single aggressive shots, he would often connect with the opponent. Even if he did not connect with the opponent, it was a low-risk move. Ultimately NRG were forced to clear out aggressive AWP spots, which essentially resulted in the usage of grenades and utility much before the actual bomb site.

Even in wins, Vega Squadron is collected and calm.

ENCE has already shown us their superior map pool. We have not been able to see their dominance on most of the maps, but their readiness to play on any map in the pool makes the map veto an extremely tough task for Vega Squadron. ENCE also seem to have trouble in closing out maps especially from a sizeable lead. However, the team has the talent required to easily win the grand finals. Their star player on the roster, Sergej, however, has been underperforming so far in the tournament. Allu has picked up his slack of sorts, but we cannot expect the same superpower performance from the former NIP player. He was able to make extremely aggressive plays and was unpunished for the same. Against Vega Squadron, this playstyle will cripple the ENCE roster.

For now, we recommend a low to medium sized bet on Vega Squadron. They are the more experienced roster along with the local crowd support. This is bound to give them an advantage especially as many of the ENCE players are inexperienced on the big stage.

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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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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.

NRG vs North

NRG and North round up the list of quarterfinalists at Starseries & I-League Season 6. The two teams are definitely struggling when it comes to show off their consistency. NRG has a lot of talent but transitioning into strong performances has been a problem. North, on the other hand, has recently made changes to their leadership. This tournament will be a true test for Cadian as he attempts to establish North firmly in the Tier two scene once more.

NRG Gaming

NRG Roster:

  • Cerq
  • Daps
  • Nahte
  • Brehze
  • Fugly

NRG is a very young roster with some veterans from the North American scene. First making a splash at IEM Sydney, this team has a lot of potentials. The addition of CERQ has definitely inspired the team’s recent success and scripted their name as an upcoming team.

However, they have not had the best results in most of their LAN events. Their online success story seems very decoupled from their LAN performance. The NRG team requires great coordination in order to improve their standings. Right now, we see a broad playstyle which is helped immensely by individual performances from the like so Cerq, Fugly and NahtE.

 

NRG needs to have a much better map pool when it comes to their map veto. Currently, the NRG roster is reliant on maps like Mirage, Inferno and Cache. The NRG roster seems to be very well versed on Inferno, however, it is no longer a surprise. For North, this should be a very good map veto as they have a map pool diametrically opposite to that of NRG.

NRG will rely on excellent individual performances to try to win this match. However, that is a tough task especially as it would require multiple members to perform at their peak.

 

North Gaming.

North Roster:

  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Cadian
  • Gade

North Gaming is one of the strongest Tier two Counter-Strike teams. However, they are not a regular feature in all CS: GO tournaments. Despite winning a few tournaments in between, we cannot really lay claim to North being the best Tier two CS: GO team. They recently won Dreamhack Stockholm defeating Astralis in the Grand finals [ and in the Group stages itself]. Considering how dominant the Astralis performance in the FaceIT London Major was, this is actually a great feat. However, North has been unable to replicate the same level of performance in other tournaments and online matches.

Most recently they brought in Cadian to replace Niko on the roster. Niko goes back to Optic Gaming in what was the end period of his loan. Cadian’s addition to the team is a mixed bag. He does not really have a lot of experience in leading a ‘veteran’ team like North. The likes of K0nfig, CajunB and Valde have been around in the Danish scene much before Cadian. Cadian will have to dig out better strategies and tactics as North aims to become a strong team once more. For now, it does not look good for the Danish roster. Despite qualifying to the Playoffs at Starseries & I-League Season 6, North is not really considered to be a huge favourite to win the tournament. This is because of the inconsistencies in their performance in the recent weeks.

North is a team that is lacking results for the type and quality of their players. On paper, this team takes Starseries easily, however, the reality is quite different. They need to ensure a better map pool along with better team coordination for them to achieve results.

Prediction:

NRG is a team that has been quite on and off of late. They don’t have the consistency that is required of a top level team. First highlighted during IEM Sydney, the team sunk into lack of performance after that. This tournament is actually a very good opportunity for them to come online. The quality of their opposition is not the best. It presents a perfect chance for the North American team to use its skill.

However, they are up against North, a very experienced roster with the likes of Aizy, Valde and CajunB. Each of these players

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Team Liquid vs Mousesports: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One New York 2018

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Introduction

ESL One New York will see the Top eight teams compete to take bragging rights as well as a prize pool of $250,000. The tournament will see several top teams in attendance. It does not have the Major winners, Astralis present and this opens up the potential for other teams to claim silverware.

There are only two teams remaining at this event, Mousesports and XYZ. These two teams are both undefeated till now through the Group stage as well as the playoffs. ESL One New York will see the best of Tier two talent compete at the Barclay’s Center. The New York crowd will obviously want their North American team, Team Liquid to take home the trophy.

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: September 26th – 28th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • All matches are Bo3
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 29th – 30th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • The Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Format Credit to Liquipedia.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Snax

The Mousesports team is made up of players from various nationalities. Over time, the organisation has succeeded in getting together a star quality team. However, the biggest problem for Mousesports has been their ability to coordinate with each other. In a recent interview, Oskar revealed that communication within the team was still a problem.

Mousesports recently acquired Snax to their CS: GO roster. A player like Snax is obviously one of the most well-known and represented players in Counter-Strike. He has led Virtus Pro to be one of the best teams in the world in the past. Through 2016, Snax was able to make Virtus Pro the best team single-handedly. While they did lose out to Astralis at the Eleague Major 2017, Virtus Pro has a huge fan following. But through the last few months, Snax has not proven to be a strong player. His individual performance has seen a significant dip and he does not look as effective as before.

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

However, with time, the Mousesports roster does seem to be making amends for their poor communication skills. The likes of ChrisJ, Oskar are returning to form and it is evident in the way they play. Mousesports has been able to reach the Grand finals of ESL One New York. This tournament did not have the world’s best teams in attendance, however, there was decent competition.

For Mousesports to remain a top-level competitive team, Oskar’s individual performance is crucial. He is not a player who is easy to get along with in terms of personality, but he has been able to find a comfortable place in Mousesports. However, despite being the most consistent player on Mouz for several months now, he has seen a dip in performance. Oskar will need to step up if Mousesports is to improve not only their results but also their performance.

Overall, Mousesports is a team which has great potential, but they need to improve their individual results. The lack of team cohesion is painfully evident in their playstyle as they do not have much synergy between the players. Each player is exceptionally talented, however, at this level of Counter-Strike relying only on talent will not help the team.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • Taco
  • Twistzz

The only North American hope, Team Liquid will look forward to establishing their name in this tournament. After reaching the semifinals of the FaceIT London Major, Team Liquid has emerged as a notable opponent to most of the teams. Whether team Liquid can ensure consistent performances with this roster is a question that only time can answer.

As for the team, they have all the necessary components to be successful. With he experience of veterans such as Elige and NAF. But, the team also has amazing individual talent in the form of Twistzz and Taco. The players have been able to put forth excellent performances both at the Major as well as during the ESL One New York.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

Twistzz, in particular, has been really strong so far at the ESL One New York. His ability to dissect disadvantageous situations and gain an advantage for himself is what makes him a very strong player. He does have amazing individual skill and firepower, but he also has the mind to make it against the best players in the world. Twistzz is the best North American player in CS: GO and that is not without reason. How Team Liquid manages him and use him to his maximum potential is important to the development of his career.

Liquid has a decent map pool, but they need to still improve if they are to compete against the best teams. Team Liquid has seen NAF provide consistent performances which enable the stars on the team.

Prediction:

The two teams are quite diverse in their performances. While Mouz is still trying to find the sweet spot on their roster, Team Liquid seems to have already found it. Their major run was actually quite good and if they had not faced Astralis in the semifinals, it probably would have resulted in a Liquid – Astralis Grand finals.

Regardless, Team Liquid will rely on open maps such as Cache to secure their victory. However, these maps also have an advantage for Mousesports. The Mousesports roster is filled with individual talent, but they need to ensure a better overall performance. We have seen the team look completely in disarray with no idea of what their game plan is. Often time, they would lose 2-3 teammates for a single enemy. The actual outcome of the round could be successful just because of the individual talent on the players. But as a team, they have shown us very little in terms of strategy and communication. The confusion that prevails in their gameplay just does not cut it for the top level of CS: GO.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, look like a well-oiled machine which can proceed to become a force in CS: GO. They have the skill, experience and leadership which are essential to the team’s success in the long run. With Twistzz and TACO definitely providing the necessary frags, Team Liquid looks very strong. As such we have to recommend a bet on Team Liquid for this match.

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Team USA vs Team Canada: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch World Cup Los Angeles Qualifier

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Introduction

The Overwatch World Cup will be the next showcase event for Blizzard and the Overwatch League. The best players from all over the world will compete at this tournament. It is an event which serves as an exhibition of skill and served as a means of luring in investors during the previous editions. This year, there will be new players looking to find a home in the Overwatch League as well as the national pride.

The Overwatch World Cup will take place during Blizzcon  [ 2nd and 3rd November 2018]. However, there are several qualifiers currently underway which will constantly provide some Overwatch content to the fans. After the massively successful Incheon qualifiers, we are not live with the Los Angeles Qualifiers. The best of the North American countries, as well as a few European countries, are battling it out at the Los Angeles qualifiers.

There are six teams participating in the OWWC Los Angeles qualifier. These teams are USA, Brazil, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The teams will play several matches against each other. Each match consists of four maps. The top two teams at the end of the qualifier will advance to Blizzcon 2018 for the Overwatch World Cup.

Format

Group Stage: Round Robin

  • All matches are 4 Game Sets.
  • If two teams win the same number of maps, it will be broken by head-to-head results and Tiebreakers are played if necessary.
  • Top 2 advance to Main Event at BlizzCon.

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast

  • Reporter:
    • USA Malik (Malik Forté)

Brazilian Broadcast

  • Host:
    • Brazil Vecet (Arthur Rage Nogueira)
  • Analyst:

Italian Broadcast

Team USA

Team USA Roster:

  • Hydration
  • Sinaatra
  • Zacharee
  • Space
  • Muma
  • Rawkus
  • Moth

Team USA will be the team with a huge fan following at Blizzcon 2018. The team has some big fan favourites on their roster, but they also have allowed space to several ‘lesser known’ players. The committee deciding on the team is a very experienced committee and they have taken into consideration several factors such as team chemistry, their synergy as well as the amount of firepower on this roster.

Hydration and Sinaatra will be the DPS players for Team USA. This dup is an excellent choice for the DPS players on this roster. Hydration is one of the most versatile DPS Players in Overwatch. He has a mean Genji, but he can also pull out heroes such as Sombra, Doomfist etc. These heroes are mostly used to stall the point, but for Hydration, he can use them to the maximum effect. His Doomfist is one of the most feared Doomfists in the League. He has some really adept movement with the hero, living life on the edge with the heroes. As a DPS Player, Hydration is largely and does not rely heavily on the supports for healing.

Sinaatra is a very well known DPS player, mostly known for his Tracer Gameplay. He has the right temperament to play Tracer, almost always taking up risky gameplays. He is often behind the enemy and diving their supports in order to gain the maximum advantage for the team. Sinaatra’s playstyle is defined by his control over the Tracer blinks. He is always playing in such a way that he has a way out of a sticky situation.

The two tanks on this lineup are what make the roster extremely strong. Even in yesterday’s match against Brazil, the two tanks won a team fight almost 2v5. After their supports died in a

2018-01-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

D’va bomb, it was up to Space and Muma to try to stall the point. Not only did they stall the point, but they actually managed to win. Space was instrumental in blocking out projectiles to keep Muma alive. Later Space was able to get multiple kills to ensure that they were ablet o stay alive on the payload and zone Brazil out.

Muma is a player who regularly takes calculated risks with his Winston. His time on the Houston Outlaws saw him regularly create space for his DPS players. He is very skilled on an individual level, but on this team, he needs to find the coordination with the support players. The player also acts as a leadership role on this roster and that is what makes him invaluable tot he team. He has the experience and the right attitude to make Team USA successful.

Team Canada

Team Canada Roster:

  • Surefour
  • Agilities
  • Mangachu
  • Note
  • XQC
  • Bani
  • Crimzo

Team Canada has some of the players with huge fanbases. The likes of Surefour, XQC, Agilities and Mangachu are very popular amongst Overwatch fans. This year, Team Canada looks very strong, especially when it comes to their potential against Team USA.

Surefour is obviously the player who has renewed his aim and firepower on the roster recently. On his team, Surefour was helped by Fissure as he found his form in order to compete at the highest level in Overwatch. Surefour will also act as the leader on this roster outside of the server. With his experience and calm aptitude, he makes the perfect example of a player who can lighten the mood on the roster. Surefour usually plays the hitscan DPS roles on heroes such as Soldier, Mccree and Widowmaker. His aim has been really good of late, and he has been able to blow off heads on his teams.

Surefour is the primary DPS For Team Canada

Joining him will be Agilities, a player who has been hailed as a very talented player by Coach Moon. Coming from Coach moon, this is definitely a compliment for the young player. However, he needs to work on his positioning and his movement on the map. Agilities is usually a player who has great coordination with his main tank while using his ultimate. The two of them often jump into the backline and this ensures that the mayhem created is the right environment for Agilities.

He can then work on his Genji and ensure that he gets multiple kills and dash resets over the map. Dash resets are important for a Genji player since it allows his Genji to be as effective as he can be. For this, a Genji player often requires that the team helps him in his ultimate. With his former team, Los Angeles valiant, this is exactly what Agilities was provided. We still don’t know how his coordination on Team Canada for this type of play is. There is no doubt that he will have to adjust to the new players and their strategy. But how much of an impact will that have on his personal playstyle and affect the overall match is still up in the air.

XQC returns to top level Overwatch with Team Canada

Team Canada has XQC, Mangachu as well as Note as their tank players. The diversity in their tank plays is characterized by the heroes that these players are most well known for. XQC is obviously a very talented player and he is very adept in the main tank role. It is rare to see a player with such individual skill on the main tank role as XQC. His Winston is well known for staying alive for a long time, despite being under a lot of pressure. His bubble placement is legendary and it often saves multiple teammates, even if it sometimes means he has to waste a lot of positioning and skills in order to have the proper bubble placement.

Mangachu is probably one of the best Roadhog players in the Overwatch League. He has a very high hook accuracy, something that helps him stay a relevant Roadhog. Despite the recent complaints that Roadhog is not in a good place right now, Mangachu can make this work, especially in the right composition. His ability to constantly hook out the enemy D’va and ensure that they can de-mech the character is invaluable in team fights.

Prediction :

Both the teams look very strong in their current form. They have a focus on having good tank players on their roster and it is evident from their lineup. The likes of XQC, Note, Mangachu, Muma and Space are some of the best tank players in the world. The team committees obviously wanted to have a very strong tank lineup which can then be self-reliant up to a point. Obviously, this does not mean that the DPS and the support players are any less. They will have the more important task of ensuring the frags for the team.

This match will be the last match for the tournament and it might very well become a match where the result is redundant. After all, both the teams are very good and they might very well be the teams that have already qualified for Blizzcon. After all, Canada and United States are both 3-0 right now. They both have one match left in the qualifiers. Canada will be playing against Switzerland and USA will play against Norway. We expect both of them to win their respective matches with ease. This makes Canada vs USA game a showmatch of sorts which can only serve to excite fans about the outcome. It will be a true test to show which country is the best in Overwatch right now.

With the heavy focus on the tank lineup, we feel that Canda has a much better chance of winning this match. The likes of XQC have not been seen in the Overwatch League for quite some time. His playstyle is sort of an unknown factor to the rest of the players. And yet with his highly individual skill level, he can wreak havoc on the opponents. So it is imperative that the team is able to find the right balance in order to counter him and his aggressive playstyle.

We recommend a small bet on Team Canada for this match. They simply seem to have the much better firepower on their roster.

 

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