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ENCE vs Team Spirit: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice New Challengers Stage.

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Introduction

The IEM Katowice Major starts on the 14th of February 2019. It will continue over the period of several weeks with the world’s best teams coming together to compete for glory and the prize money. IEM Katowice has slowly gained recognition as one of the premier esports events in the world. It features several game titles such as CS: GO, Rocket League, Dota 2, Starcraft 2 etc. The best talents from each of these games come together at Katowice 2019.

The CS: GO event is a Valve sponsored Major. It has featured a lengthy qualification process via the regional minors. The Challengers stage features the teams which have qualified from the Minors. It also features eight teams from FaceIT London Major 2018. The teams compete in a Swiss format which ensures that there are little chances of an upset changing the outcome of the tournament.

The CS: GO Major in 2019 is a big step forward for whichever team manages to win the event. While astralis is undoubtedly the best team at the Major; there are several teams with changes to their roster in the past few weeks. If we can see these teams step up in their counterplay to the Astralis playstyle, it can indeed cause some discomfort to the Danish powerhouse.

Specifically speaking of the Challengers stage, it pits some of the stronger Tier 2 teams against new upcoming challenger teams. The Challengers stage is sure to throw up a few surprises. ENCE and Vitality are two of the stronger teams in this section of the Major. However, they will also face stern competition from the likes of Fnatic, G2 and NIP who are returning challengers from FaceIT London 2018.

Format

The tournament features a unique format. The new seeding system means that we will see the teams positioned based on their opponents’ opinion.

The New Challengers Stage: February 13th – 17th, 2019

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • The initial matches-ups are seeded using an improved “Player-Selected Seeding”, first seen at IEM Season XIII – Chicago [1]
    • Following rounds are seeded using a “Live ELO Rating” system with the initial seeding as the baseline [1]
    • Elimination and Advancement matches are Bo3
    • All other matches are Bo1
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format.

Source: Liquipedia

ENCE


ENCE Roster:

  • Aleksi “allu” Jalli
  • Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen
  • Jere “sergej” Salo
  • Jani “Aerial” Jussila
  • Sami “xseveN” Laasanen

The Finnish team ENCE cruised through the European qualifiers. They were unbeaten in the Minor and only lost one map to Valiance in the playoffs. The team thrives on enabling players to take their own decisions within the grand scheme of things. They have a very effective mixture of experience and raw young talent.

Allu is the pinnacle of the Finnish CS: GO scene. He has been on top tier teams in the past, most famous for his stint on the Ninjas in Pyjamas. Allu’s AWP playstyle is a unique mixture of aggressive positioning as well as taking a passive note when the team is ahead. Allu’s presence on the team obviously adds a lot of experience and situational guidance to the younger players. It is indeed refreshing to see Allu combine so well with AleksiB and xSeven in order to be a strong part of the Finnish scene. Not many expected ENCE to remain as strong as they are. However, ENCE’s performance over the past few months has been nothing short than impressive. They are constantly a top tier team in Europe and while they cannot always become the best team in the world they are always a challenge. It will not be a huge surprise to see ENCE take down some stronger teams in their IEM Katowice 2019 run.


AleksiB remains the In-Game leader for ENCE. He has been able to foster camaraderies amongst the five members on the team. Despite being such a young player, he has a clear vision of the future of the team along with the rest of the squad. We can see the impact of his decision making, as ENCE often pulls off innovative plays in the middle of the game. ENCE remains a very strong roster and that is mostly due to the leadership qualities of AleksiB. The young player has a bright future either in the Finnish scene or in an International roster in the future. He has already proved his worth with ENCE. Despite being the In-Game Leader, it is not uncommon to see him topping the scoreboard. He has a huge impact on the ENCE results both with the tactics as well as with his individual skill. The player usually plays the rifle and is adept at selecting vantage points for a small advantage for his own self. His positioning is based on input from his teammates about the opponents’ whereabouts. However, he is not averse to letting his teammates take the limelight, especially in games where they are confident and are having a great performance. These are trademarks of strong In-Game leaders, something that should help the youngster put forth a strong foot forward.


However, ENCE esports also has Jere “Sergej” Salo on their team. The young player is one of the upcoming players in Europe and has had quite an impact on FPL. He is heralded by many of his peers as exceptionally talented and is not afraid to take risks. The playstyle is quite synchronous with the rest of the team; however, his playstyle is not blatant aggression without caution. The player has a knack of his surroundings and is usually backed up by some of his teammates in order to push through a particular area of the map. If he does go through the B site on Train Map, it is usually syncronised with a more defensive approach on the A site. Depending on information gained by the player, ENCE readjusts their positioning and defence on either of the sites. It is not a gamble, but an educated positioning based on their opponents and their movements.

Overall, the ENCE esports team has a very standard approach to their playstyle. They are a team that can put forth strong and aggressive performances. This surprises their opponents; however, they are not one to go for continuous aggression and become predictable. The fact that AleksiB can manage such tactics with the general playstyle of the players is why this team has scope for improvement in the near future.

Team Spirit


Team Spirit Roster:

  • Pavel “COLDYY1” Veklenko
  • Dmitry “S0tF1k” Forostyanko
  • Vadim “DavCost” Vasilyev
  • Dmitriy “Dima” Bandurka
  • Victor “somedieyoung” Orudzhev

Team Spirit had a very strong performance at the CIS Minor. They secured the second spot behind Avangar CS: GO roster. They are one of the three teams to qualify to the Major before the start of the Challengers Stage. They will accompany Avangar and Winstrike to Katowice as they attempt to secure a spot in the Top eight of the Major.

Team Spirit has players who have a lot of experience playing with each other. Players such as asSotF1k, Coldyy1, Dima and Davcost have years of experience playing with each other. Over the years, they have played with each other on the same team or against each other in opposing teams. But there is a general consensus of understanding of each other; playstyle. Team Spirit’s performance and their success come from their ability to understand each other’s playstyle. They are always there to back each other up and that is what minimises the impact of mistakes from the team. The team does make a lot of mistakes, and it is evident from the number of times they end of giving up the first frag. They are not always perfect and these mistakes often put them in precarious situations. However, having the confidence of excellent communication and having each other’s backs means that they are willing to make extremely dangerous plays in crucial situations. At times, this means that they look extremely uncomfortable when playing in some of their matches. However, when it does work; a lot of the credit goes to their innovative strategies and performance.


Davcost from Team Spirit.

Team Spirit’s performance, however, relies excessively on Dima putting forth entry frags. A big part of their play at the CIS Minor was following Dima, waiting for him to get an entry frag and then executing their plan. There were instances when Dima would be the first to fall flat and in those instances, it would be mayhem for the team. They had some really simplistic approaches on Mirage; however, their excellent synergy and execution meant that they were always aware of their role in the round. Dima has put up strong performances and the team is not wrong to entrust him with their initial success. However, as the team develops further, we expect Dima’s significance to the rounds to fall significantly. The Team Spirit is a team that can have a few good matches, however, realistically they should not be able to best ENCE which has been together for quite a few months now.


Spirit rely excessively on Dima to give them the opening to the round.

They have recently brought in SomedieYoung from EL’quvet CS: GO team. The 21-year-old player has the raw talent necessary to be on a strong team. However, he does not have much time with the rest of the roster. There is obviously a synergy gap between the four veteran players and the young player. They have had more than a month now to make it past their initial hiccups. We hope that with enough time, the team has been able to overcome several issues within their roster last month. Team Spirit has put up really strong individual performances during the CS: GO Minor. Granted, they were using an outdated format for their play, which relies heavily on Dima; but it worked for them during the Minor.

Prediction:

The ENCE roster has experience and has been playing together for some time. They are not as experienced as some members on the Spirit team, however over the past few months they have developed excellent synergy within their team. ENCE’s performance over the past months has been nothing short of splendid. For a team with little to no big names on their roster; they are a constant threat to the very best teams in the world. However, they have lost a lot of their sheen and are rarely seen deep in tournaments. What is expected of ENCE at this Major? We expect ENCE to try to make it into the Top Ten of the CS: GO major. If they can achieve this, it would be a great accomplishment for the Finnish team.

However, they are going to play a Best of One match against Team Spirit. The outcome of this match will heavily depend on the veto. Team Spirit is not known for their map pool, and we expect them to thrive or have problems based on the map in question. Team Spirit is strong on certain maps such as Mirage, Overpass and Dust 2. If Ence can move the map to be on their home turf such as Overpass and Train, we will see a dominating performance by the Finnish squad. However, even on Spirit’s favourite maps, their playstyle allows a lot of room for ENCE to take advantage. Since Spirit relies on Dima to score the opening in a bombsite, it wont be uncommon to see Allu push through certain regions in order to gain information.

It would also mean that ENCE can specifically target one player and lower his confidence into the match. At present, the stakes fall heavily in favour of ENCE to win this match. We recommend a medium sized bet on ENCE for this opening match of the Challengers Stage.

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Cloud9 vs BIG Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Eleague CSGO Invitational.

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Cloud9

Cloud9 Roster:

  • Timothy “autimatic” Ta
  • Will “RUSH” Wierzba
  • Robin “flusha” Rönnquist
  • Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey
  • Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro

Cloud9 had a very close set of matches against Faze Clan in their opening match. They won both the games in Overtime with 19 rounds in their name. The North American team is definitely looking very strong and they might be a top contender at the Eleague CS: GO Invitational tournament.

The North American team has Flusha on the team as their In-Game Leader. With Flusha taking reigns of the team, we see very slow and methodical gameplay from the roster. Flusha uses his experience of playing the game for multiple years as he looks to enable his team to become a stronger roster in the North American scene. However, this is also something that might backfire on the team. Cloud9 is a team that has spent quite some time under the leadership and in-game shot-calling of Golden. But with medical problems for the player, he is no longer a part of the active roster on Cloud9. Flusha’s calling is different and it is bound to create its own set of instances for the team.


Kioshima was the top fragger during Cloud9’s match against Faze Clan.

Yes, we did not really have much practice time, but we did get just two or three days in between. We figured some stuff out on Mirage after losing to Fnatic on that map at iBUYPOWER. We played with Zellsis some more and added one more map to our map pool. We got some things done but far from good enough.

Flusha

The bigger problem for the team remains that their coach Valens is not present at this tournament. Instead, they have Rambo standing behind the team and helping the team achieve better results. He will have an impact in this match as Cloud9 seems to be playing a very mental game against their opponents. They tend to ensure that they can put forth strong results on a regular basis due to their strategies and tactics. Finding a case for themselves in the playstyle also ensures that the team is very comfortable around their playstyle. Understanding the team’s synergy and coordination is often the most important part of playing in a CS:GO team.

Rush and Autimatic’s performance is crucial to the team’s results. They are two of the better players in North America and their presence on the Cloud9 roster raises hopes for the team’s results. Rush might not always be at the top of the scoreboard, but his cerebral playstyle means that he has excellent positioning as a player. He is able to constantly put up strong results and is aware of his position on the map. If he is the sole defender on a particular site, he ensures that does not take unnecessary risks. However, with adequate backup; Rush is an extremely aggressive player surprising his opponents.


The stable force on the Cloud9 roster Timothy “autimatic” Ta

Cloud9 had a very lucky break against Faze Clan, but it was also due to their individual skill. Kioshima and Autimatic were the most impactful players on the Cloud9 team. They were able to win their individual aim duels consistently against Faze Clan. They look very strong and if Kioshima can keep up his performance; we think they have a very good chance of making it past into the finals.

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming Roster:

  • Fatih “gob b” Dayik
  • Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz
  • Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
  • Owen “smooya” Butterfield
  • İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş

The BIG Gaming roster is made up of many German players as well as Smooya who hails from Britain. The team has made a name for itself thanks to their strategic approach to the game. They are not seen in many LAN events and their decision to choose only certain tournaments to attend speaks volumes for their ability to play big tournaments. However, they always have a huge impact in whichever tournament they play in. their performance throughout the year has been really good, but we see this team rely a bit too much on their primary AWPer to make plays for them.

Smooya is the AWP player for BIG Gaming and has a signficant impact on the final result.

Speaking of their primary AWPer; Smooya had a fabulous performance in their match against Complexity. The player was moving everywhere on the map. He was takin the aggressive peeks that comes with the amount of confidence that he has in his own gameplay. Smooya is crucial to the team’s gameplay and it is necessary that BIG feed him the confidence required to make such skilled plays.

That being said, we have all seen the level of talent on other players too such as Tizian and Tabsen. They have excellent muscle memory, which ensures that they get frags when they are even in a disadvantageous situation. We have seen how Tizian was able to get multiple frags on Overpass B site despite being overpowered by his opponents.


Xantares is the newest player on BIG Gaming.

The recent addition to BIG Gaming is the best Turkish CS: GO player. Xantares has been surprising many of the CS: GO community repeatedly for many years. His insane skill level is almost at the same level as some of the best teams in the world. Xantares is primarily a rifle player and he has very high firepower. As such, it is necessary for Gob B to understand his individual gameplay. He can make plays all over the map and even turn around games on an individual level. But coming into BIG Gaming; he is out of his comfort zone. Being in Space Soldiers, Xantares always received the adequate support and help from the rest of the teammates. Will he receive the same on BIG Gaming? This is a question that can only be answered by the German team as we see them in action.

Prediction:

Cloud9 looked very strong in their match against Faze Clan. The International team of Faze Clan might not be as strong as a few months ago; however, Cloud9 was still one of the better team in this match. They had an excellent read of the Faze Clan team and to defeat them in just two maps is a tremendous achievement for Cloud9.


Zellsis is a stand-in for Cloud9 at the Eleague CSGO Invitational.

The fact that Cloud9 has managed to put up such a performance against Faze Clans speaks volumes of their potential. With experienced European players such as Flusha and Kioshima leading the way for the team, Cloud9 has a bright future. They have already proven their worth to the organisation both as a player and as the In-Game Leader in case of Flusha. He has been able to lead the way for Cloud9 and enabling the youngsters on this roster to success. They recently brought in Zellsis as a stand-in and need to ensure a comfortable playing environment for the youngster.

However, they are up against BIG Gaming; a team that is known for its tactical approach to the game. With Gob B firmly controlling the tactical approach of the team, BIG has excellent grenade usage. This game will see Flusha and Gob B firmly going at each other via their tactics and strategy. The teams’ movement around the map and their positioning are of critical importance. The In-Game leaders will have their work cut out for them as they go into this critical match.

BIG Gaming has the potential to make it big in this match; however, their fortunes depend a bit too much on Smooya and his individual performance. If Smooya has a great game, as he did against Complexity; BIG are the hot favourites to win this match. Smooya looks excessively good so far in the tournament and therefore, we recommend a bet on BIG Gaming to win this match.

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NRG vs Team Envy: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor

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Introduction

IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The Americas Minor will see several well-known players in contention. As we head into the Minors, every match assumes significance. Each minor has only eight teams in attendance. The top two teams from the Minor will advance to the Katowice Major. One team from each minor [ the third-place team] will move to the 3rd Place Play-in stage.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

The event is already underway and is down to its last four teams. They are NRG Esports, Team Envy, Furia and INTZ esports. Two out of these teams will get a spot at the upcoming Major. This match is critically important for either team. While it is not an elimination match, it will decide the course of future for many of these teams.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
    • Each group has four teams
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Double-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3
  • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Jacob “FugLy” Medina
  • Damian “daps” Steele
  • Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
  • Vetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov
  • Ethan “nahtE” Arnold

The NRG roster made waves during IEM Sydney 2018. They looked extremely strong and did actually make a big impact during that tournament. However, NRG has since fallen off their peak and they do not look anywhere close to their former selves. The team can potentially become a contender in the North American region. However, the NA scene is filled with irregular teams. These teams do not have the consistency required of a top tier roster.


NRG’s roster, despite having a superstar player like Cerq actually sees Fugle and Brehze put up most of the work. Vincent and Ethan have been able to bring about tremendous changes to their gameplay and are taking the assertive role quite well on the roster. However, there are times when Cerq performs exceptionally well and these are instances when NRG looks like a top-tier team. However, the young player is not used to the LAN environment on a regular basis.

Daps is yet another player who has proven himself capable of standing up to the very best in the North American region. The player has been able to lead the team to success in the past. As we see NRG putting up a defence against NRG, there will be a battle between NRG and Envy in this match. Both the In-Game Leaders are veterans and have a lot of experience behind them.

However, despite their best efforts, NRG does seem to be the slightly better team in this match. They have the synergy and have been together for a long time.

Envy

Envy roster:

  • Tayler “Drone” Johnson
  • Stephen “reltuC” Cutler
  • Noah “Nifty” Francis
  • Josh “jdm64” Marzano
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen [ Loan ].

Team Envy’s roster has made a recent change when they brought in Karrigan from Faze Clan [ technically he was already on the bench]. The organisation has a rich history in CS: GO and was even the winner of the Dreamhack Winter 2014 Major. However, their current roster wears a very different look and will see the North American players attempting to secure a place at the upcoming Major.


The Envy roster has several talented players from the North American scene. Players like reltuC and JDM have proven track records of being in the best teams in North America. Cutler has been in CLG for a long time and together with his teammates, he was one of the most influential players in the North American region. The player has great synergy with the rest of the teammates and works towards ensuring that the team puts forth the best results. However, it does mean that his individual performance at times, suffers from this attitude. But he is a great influence on the overall team chemistry and coordination.

They also have JDM on the roster, who was known as the best AWP player in North America for a long time. JDM has the ability to constantly hold down certain areas of the map. However, we have also seen him take an aggressive course of action when required by the rest of the team. JDM has since lost his peak performance and is not as impactful as he was before. However, he remains a very skilled player and his experience will come in handy for the team going forward in the tournament.

Team Envy has a mixture of talent as well as firepower. With Drone, Nifty they have the necessary firepower. They are counting on JDM to show up in a big way. The team’s fortunes are directly related to the AWPers capability to get some frags done. The team has an overall good vibe around it, and they need to bring up their individual performances to match their potential.


With Karrigan’s addition to the team, we have a great in-game leader. There is little to no doubt that the Envy organisation will be working with karrigan in order to help develop the current roster. If that is not possible, then we might see changes for the team in the time post the major [ or minor itself]. If Karrigan can outmanoeuvre his opponents, then we will see Envy come out on top of the entire concept with a very strong performance overall.

The team has a good mixture of young North American talent and several other players. The team definitely can prove to be a contender in the the North American scene. However, we will have to wait and see their impact on the scene with this match. After all the North American minors are usually a good representation of their performance and the team rankings in the scene.

Prediction:

Team Envy does have the advantage of having big names on the team. However, Karrigan’s recent addition to the team suggests that the team might not be as well coordinated as many believe. His style of leadership is much different from that of others. He can herd his team and enable them to perform to the best of their abilities. The team has potential, but they have also lost to their opponents multiple times in the past.

The skill ceiling of the NRG team is much higher than that of Team Envy. Even when they are not at their peak, NRG is a much better roster than that of Envy. They should be able to defeat Team Envy and proceed to the semifinals of the Minor. We recommend a bet on Team NRG for this match.

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The Eleague CS: GO Invitational is the last Premier LAN event before the commencement of the CS: GO Major. However, it is not as stacked as some of the other Eleague tournaments. In fact, it has only four teams in attendance, and not all of them are Tier one teams.  

The tournament features four teams namely BIG Gaming, Cloud9, Complexity Gaming and Faze Clan. These four teams are not representative of the best teams in the world. However, there is a sort of delicacy in the balance of the teams’ rankings. Faze Clan has recently introduced a new player and coach. This definitely makes them one of the unknown performers at this event. On the other hand, BIG Gaming is a team that is rarely seen at multiple LAN events. However, they always have a great grenade usage in the games that they are involved in. The team always receives praise from the casters and analysts for their strategies and their playstyle.

Complexity might not be one of the strongest teams, but it has a loyal fanbase. They have Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert as a stand-in for this event. It is a four-team event and there is technically a 25% chance for this team. The last and final team in this event is Cloud9. Cloud9 is a team that has made changes to its team recently and they are an unknown force in the tournament. Judging from their roster; they have the potential to defeat Faze Clan and take home the trophy.

The Eleague CS: GO Invitational will take place from the 25th to 27th of January, 2019. It takes place at the Eleague Arena in Atlanta. All the matches will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Commentators & Analysts:
  • Observer:
    • TBA

Format

  • Playoffs: January 25th – 27th, 2018
    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming Roster

  • Fatih “gob b” Dayik
  • Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz
  • Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
  • Owen “smooya” Butterfield
  • İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş

BIG Gaming is the German organisation which has ensured some really high quality and strategic gameplay in the past. BIG Gaming does not play in all the LAN tournaments; however, when they do, the team has provided us with some really complex yet perfectly executed performances.

The team comprises players from Germany as well as Smooya, from the UK. Together the team has a unique combination of firepower as well as a greater focus on strategy. The BIG Gaming roster is has provided us and casters with a lot of excitement in the past. Their grenade usage has been one of the best and they can deal a lot of damage to the opponents much before the actual contact play begins.


Gob B is the inspiration on this roster and is solely responsible for ensuring the success of the BIG Gaming team. He does not always have an impact with the firepower, but he is seen to be extremely aggressive on eco rounds. Most of his frags are usually eco frags with the SMG weapons. His positioning in key rounds is such that he can have knowledge of the opponents’ whereabouts and take mid-round calls accordingly. The player has shown himself to be capable of ensuring strong success on multiple fronts. He commands the respect of the players and it is instilled out of admiration for his performance and his attitude with the rest of the team.


There are many veterans on the BIG Gaming roster such as Tizian and Tabsen. The skill ceiling of these players is exceptionally high and we have seen them practice certain positions and shots to suit their muscle memory. They can ensure decent positions and multiple frags in a round depending on their movement across and around smoke grenades. Playing intelligently; they often ensure better performance and results than the other teams in a similar situation.

However, one of the most impactful players on the team remains their primary AWP player Smooya. The player has shown himself capable of handling himself in high-pressure situations. He can ensure very strong performances on multiple occasions. The team’s results are often in sync with Smooya’s overall performance in the match. Gob B allows him the freedom to make plays on his own. If he is successful, Smooya goes for more aggressive plays. He can often turn the outcome of the round on his own by racking up several important kills for the team.

Complexity


Complexity Roster:

  • Rory “dephh” Jackson
  • Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
  • Shahzeeb “ShahZaM” Khan
  • Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland
  • Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert ( stand-in)

The Complexity Roster looks like a Tier two team on paper. They do have n0thing on their team and that is a significant addition to the roster [ he is still a stand-in ]. However, the rest of the team, despite their skill is at best a Tier two team. However, we have seen this ‘Tier two’ team cause huge upsets in the pat. They reached high in the FaceIT London Major, despite not being in a favourable situation in their matches. The team relies on Stanislaw, one of the best In Game Leader that North America has to offer.


Stanislaw’s leadership presents the biggest advantage that Complexity has in this match. The North American side is not really a contender for this tournament and is probably the worst team in the tournament. Complexity’s fortunes rely on their ability to surprise their opponents and win this match. They have Shahzam who was once the best AWPer in North America. However, the player has not been in excellent form for quite sometime. It might have to do with the remainder of the team not giving him the same amount of space as he needs. Or it might just be that he has just lost touch with his form. Either ways, the key to Complexity’s success and their chances of securing a win at this tournament remain in the hands of Shahzam.


He has developed a very passive style of AWPing of late. The passive style is fine, however, unless he changes his angles and understands the dangers of his positioning, he will remain under threat. N0thing will need to ensure some really out of the ordinary performances in order to uplift the team’s results. However, despite N0thing putting up big results, we don’t expect Complexity to post a real threat to the likes of Cloud9 / Faze Clan in this tournament.

Prediction :

The two teams are the weakest teams in the event and they are up against two heavy-weight teams in the tournament. Whoever wins this match will go up against the winner of the other match between Faze Clan and Cloud9. Despite the strength of the two teams on paper, there is no clear cut winner in this particular tournament. Faze Clah has made roster changes and they did not have a significant impact during IBuyPower Masters IV.

This particular match between BIG Gaming and Complexity will come down to the performances of individual players. On BIG Gaming; Smooya forms the most important asset on the roster. His AWP performance can make or break the entire round and it can result in the team’s confidence going up or down. The team has provided us with quality Counter-Strike in the past and it has come on the backs of Smooya and excellent performances by the other members on the roster.

Their opponents, Complexity Gaming is a roster that is playing with a stand-in. Ofcourse this move seems to be a placeholder, at least until the actual roster changes start after the Major. We are also seeing Tarik sit out the current period in an attempt to form a stronger team post-IEM Katowice 2019 Major. Complexity Gaming’s performance has not really been exemplary so far, and we think that they should not really have a decent chance in this match-up. They will not be able to match-up to BIG Gaming’s strategic approach. Despite having Stanislaw on the team, the stand-in will affect their overall gameplay and communication on the team. As such, we recommend a bet on BIG Gaming for this match.

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Runaway vs Element Mystic: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch Contenders Korea 2018 Seaosn 3.

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The Overwatch Contenders scene recently got a revamp when Blizzard announced the addition of three new LAN events for the calendar year. These LAN events will be held during the off-season/break between the Overwatch League matches. This will ensure maximum exposure for the matches. This will indirectly benefit the teams and the players. As we head into Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3, the Korean matchup is in its Grand finals. Element Mystic and Runaway will face off against each other in the Grand finals. For Runaway, this will be a wonderful opportunity to get the silverware. The Korean Overwatch scene is full of competition as most o the top teams are looking to hire talent from the Korean Contenders scene.

Mostly this has to do with their insanely high skill ceiling and their work ethics. The OWL bosses are impressed with their dedication for the game and their regiemen ahead of the Overwatch LEague. There is a reason why the majority of Overwatch League players Korean and that does not seem to be coming to a stop any time soon. The Korean players are always going to be in demand and for many western players; they might just need to learn Korean or allow themselves the liberty to adjust to the Korean player style and practice regimen.

The Korean Finals of the Overwatch Contenders will be a Best of Five match series. Runaway and Element Mystic will play against each other on these maps ensuring that the viewers and the fans get the best possible experience. You can catch all the action live on Twitch.

BroadCast

Korean Broadcast

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The match will take place at the FreecUP Studio in Seoul. The teams will play in one day and the winner gets the prize money of 30,000. However, it is the recognition and the path to pro coming to an end for these players which is a bigger prize. The teams will need to ensure that they put their best foot forward in this match. It has the potential to make or break their career.

Runaway

Runaway Roster

  • Nam-jin “Gangnamjin” Gang
  • Sung-jun “QoQ” Yu
  • Tae-sung “Mag” Kim
  • Jae-gon “LeeJaeGon” Lee
  • Dong-jae “Schwi” Lee
  • Hee-Su “Heesu” Jeong

The Runaway teams cannot receive a mention without mentioning the team owners and their mentors in Dae-hoon “Runner” Yoon and his wife Flowervin. The two have been pillars for their payers and ensured the best possible contracts and facilities for their players in their capacity. Paying for the players with their own money, in the beginning, the couple had to face hardships and were almost on the verge of going broke for their own personal finances. However, with renewed determination, they decided to make it work and the players themselves helped the couple to live their dreams. In turn, the couple were able to motivate the players with the right mental framework and provide them with a platform to ensure that the players are able to pursue their goal of becoming a professional Overwatch player at the highest level.


Over the years. Runaway has fielded several teams and we have never seen a single negative comment about this owner couple. They form the identity of the Runaway roster and are responsible for the players’ well-being, their mental and physical comforts. They keep the players as their priority and that is why they are highly regarded in the Korean Overwatch community. Being a former player on the team himself, Runaway has experienced what it means to be like when it is regarding treatment from the team owners.


However, the team does have some very talented players on the team. These players are definitely one of the best in the Korean region and that is why we are seeing them in the Grand finals of the Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3. They will battle it out against Element Mystic, which is a team that they have managed to win against in the recent past. There is little doubt that Runaway is the favourite to win this match and Contenders 2018 Season 3.


LeeJaeGon’s addition to the team definitely improves their backlines by a tremendous margin. The young Korean player is extremely talented and has great awareness of his position vis-a-vis the opponents DPS position. This new meta is not dangerous for support players and as such, we will see him in action all the time. He has a wide range of heroes that he can play. While his favourite characters include Lucio and Mercy, we have also seen him on the Zenyatta and Ana when required. However, he prefers characters which don’t require the best of aim. His strength lies in his positioning and his call-outs to the rest of the team which can ensure that they take the right decision in the next couple of seconds. With the GOATS meta taking precedence still and looking forth to ensure that this style will continue in the Overwatch League, it is important for the player to have great communication and synergy with the rest of the team. The player has a good view of all that is happening and can make the right calls on the team, even though he is not technically the In-Game leader of the team.

Speaking of the In-Game Leader, we don’t know who the In-Game Leader is on the team. The team has great synergy and the players are all having excellent communication with each other. They have a great understanding of each other positioning.


However for Runaway their performance always boils down to their tanks and their DPS players. The previous editions of Runaway have all fielded world class players on these roles and they have been crucial to the team’s success in Contenders and in other tournaments. For this match; Runaway has Schwi and Heesu on the DPS role. The two players have been with the organisation since October 2018 and have developed great synergy with each other. They can ensure coordinated attacks and choose their target with ease. Their ability to constantly deal immense amounts of damage in coordination with the rest of the team ensures that the teams can put forth a really synergized attack phase.

Runaway is a team that will rely extensively on its coordination and team synergy in order to get a foot ahead in this matchup. It is their advantage, and they would definitely want to use it to their benefit. It will be interesting to see what the map orders are since they can have an adverse impact on the initial matches and ultimately the team’s confidence ahead of the Grand Finals.

Element Mystic

Element Mystic Roster:

  • Yeong-han “Sp9rk1e” Kim
  • Ki-hyo “Xzi” Jung
  • Jae-hyeon “Alpha” Sin
  • Han-been “Hanbin” Choi
  • Young-hyun “Takoyaki” Lee
  • Dong-hyun “Unique” Yoo
  • Hwan “Fixme” Lim
  • Dong-ha “Doha” Kim

Element Mystic is a team that has always been a strong component of the Korean Overwatch scene. They have always been in the Top Four of the previous editions of the Overwatch Contenders. They reached the semifinals in Overwatch Contenders Korea 2018 Season 2.

The team had a nearly flawless Group stage, only losing to Meta Athena in the Groups, Even this loss, was a very close loss with a 2-3 scoreline. The team mostly dominated the Overwatch Contenders Korean scene with 4-0 wins over their opponents in the Group stage. Apart from their loss to Meta Athena and the one map loss [ they won the series 3-1 ] to StormQuake, there has been little opposition to this team in their run to the finals.

They cruised through the quarterfinals and the semifinals 3-0 over Geekstar and StormQuake with ease. The team has displayed excellent coordination and synergy to reach their high-points in the series till now. The team’s performance over the course of the past few months has only seen their individual and team performance increase to the optimal level. Right now, Element Mystic is one of the stronger teams in the Korean region.l There is a lot at stake in this match which will put their players firmly in the eyes of the Overwatch League scouts. It is important for the players and the team owners to ensure that their players receive maximum visibility in this match. They need to win this match and secure themselves as the champions of the Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3.

Each one of their former players has moved to the Overwatch League, and just like Runaway; this is also a team well-known for their nurturing of young players. However, it does not have a family look like Runaway does, instead, it is a corporate look; sometimes that is exactly what layers need to push them over to the next level.

Sp9rk1e and Xzi are the primary DPS on the roster. The team has added Doha very recently, but we don’t know what combination of the players they will be fielding. This will be an interesting challenge for Runaway who don’t really have any substitutes on their team. It brings ahead a huge advantage for Element NMystiuc as they could have focussed much of the past week in trying out new combinations in an attempt to surprise Runaway. After all, with their limited roster, Runaway cannot really hope to field different combinations and surprise their opponents in this match.

The tank lineup for the team will have importance in the current meta of the GOATS meta. They need to ensure that the time of their focussed dive is important and they are not caught out of position. After all, for most, the GOATS is just a more focussed dive meta. The team’s decision making and how they handle the versatile Runaway roster will be important ahead of their matches.

The two teams are very evenly matched and it will be interesting to see how they come out ahead of this match. They have had one week to counter-strategize their opponents. With Runaway’s limited roster and Element Mystic’s relatively younger team; this match is going to be a roller-coaster ride for both.

Prediction:

The two teams have met each other in the very recent past. The series between Element Mystic and Runaway saw Runaway take home the series with a 3-1 victory. While one match is not an indication of the teams’ performance, it definitely gives us a hint towards their current standings in the overwatch scene. The 2018 Contenders Season 3 will be an important measure for the two teams to put forth their best foot forward. They want to ensure maximum visibility for their players and th organisation as well. Winning the Contenders is the best way to do this, and possibly be scouted by the Overwatch League talents who will be present at the venue.

Since Korea is the hotspot for new talent into the Overwatch League, the Overwatch League teams will be looking to making new signings. There might be drastic changes mid-season as we saw during the last year. For now, Runaway does look to be the better team. Coming off a slightly better roster; they also have the likes of Runner and Flowervin supporting them through every stage of their journey. They are veterans in the Korean Overwatch industry now and have helped several amateur players come up with amazing performances in the past. The likes of LeeJaeGon are definitely going to make an impact in this match. We recommend a bet on Runaway for this match.

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