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Natus Vincere vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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

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

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

Format

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

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Observer:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi Roster:

  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Edward
  • Electronic
  • Flamie

Natus Vincere won three consecutive tournaments prior to coming in for the London FaceIT Major. They won the Starseries I-League Season 5, CS: GO Asia Championships as well as the ESL One Cologne 2018. This put them firmly amongst the top teams’ radar as Na’Vi was suddenly a huge threat to the top teams. With the likes of Electronic and S1mple on their roster, it would be foolhardy to dismiss this current version of Natus Vincere.

Na’Vi has two of the best players in Counter-Strike right now. With Electronic and S1mple, Na’Vi remains one of the most talented teams in the scene. Both Electronic and S1mple are in amazing form. Indeed yesterday, Electronic had a rating of 1.3 while S1mple went even further with a 1.7 rating. These numbers are actually quite huge, and it is surprising to see both of them on one team.

S1mple : The World’s best player.

S1mple mentioned in an Interview yesterday that the focus of the team remains on their strategy and synergy. However, post the team practice the team relies on enhancing individual player performances. The current meta heavily favours clutches ensuring that teams with highly skilled players S1mple is the best player in the world ofcourse and it is much easier for him to clutch in really tight and almost impossible situations. By now, it is not surprising to see s1mple post 30 + frags in a single map regularly. His high skill level just outclasses so many of his opponents. Entire opposition strategies can fall apart due to his ability to shut down certain sections of the map. He does not only rely on his aim as we have seen him readjust after the first kill in order to secure an advantage for the second kill. Often on the CT side, one kill isn’t enough as the team needs to ensure that they have a decent personnel advantage when it comes to the retake. S1mple has seen the most change when it comes to his playstyle and his dependence on the team’s well-being in a round. The earlier s1mple would often just rush down into the enemy. He would get more than 2-3 kills, however, he would leave a side of the mao exposed ensuring that this team finds it very difficult to retake the side or even get any more frags.

Electronic is one of the best players in the world, but he lives in the shadow of S1mple.

S1mple is not the only skilled player on this roster. Electronic is one of the best talents to come up from the CIS region. With S1mple definitely helping the team in terms of frags, Electronic is not far behind. Indeed if it were not for S1mple’s amazingly high KDA ratings, Electronic would be the star on this roster. But S1mple being S1mple means that he is always one of the flashiest and yet effective players on the server. Electronic has a very stable performance and he shines on the CT side of the map. Not known as much for his entry frags, Electronic can definitely be the most clutch player in certain disadvantageous situations. His ability to hold clutch can be the single most impactful type of play for Na’Vi. With their consistent force buys, it is imperative for Na’Vi to have top class aimers on their team.

Edward has steadily improved his personal performance at the CSGO FaceIT Major.

Speaking of force buys and success it seems Zeus is the key to Na’Vi’s success. The player who has been a part of four Major finals is one of the best brains in Counter-Strike. Knowing the fact that he has so much talent on his roster, Zeus often calls for force buys allowing his team to take the monetary advantage and cripple the opponents. It is not only on the T side where he calls for a force-buy but also on the CT side. The risks of a failed force-buy can be devastating for the team’s economy, but Na’Vi has a very high success rate with their force buys. Zeus has rallied his troops around him and he can truly study the tactics of any team. Their ability to make the correct kind of plays is exactly what makes them a strong team. In the instances where the round does not go according to plan, it is often S1mple and Electronic who step up and put up stellar performances.

Natus Vincere is one of the strongest teams at the Major. They seem to be a real contender for the trophy especially with Astralis waiting in the Finals.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The Astralis bandwagon has shown no signs of stopping at the FaceIT London Major. There is just too much going in Astralis’ favour right now. From having a very deep map pool, great individual skill as well as amazingly good mid-round calls, the Astralis roster seems to have it all in their favour.

Consistently a candidate for the title of the World’s best player, Device.

We all know of Device’s capabilities. The player has been consistently amongst the best players in the world for a long time. His ability to hold down sections of the map is what makes him one of the best players in the world. Device has a very unique style of preparation. After winning the Eleague Major 2017, the core of the team realised that they had fulfilled one of their long-standing dreams. They won a Major, something that had eluded them for a long time. However, what followed was very difficult. The team was simply not prepared for becoming the best team in the world. They had no experience of what to do while staying on top, how to handle the countermeasures against their playstyle. Device is a regular user of CS: GO Heat Maps. This gives him a timeline of player movements on certain maps and their timings. This is exactly what he uses in his gameplay and gives him the peek advantage. Device does his homework on what his opponents could use against him, this ensures that he has a knowledge of what might come his way. It is not without intense preparation that Astralis has managed to earn the title of the best team in the world.

Dupreeh has been a constant figure in the Astralis core roster.

However, it is one of the most underestimated players on the roster who has started showing up in tournament matches. Xyp9x is often regarded as the core of this roster. He might not be the flashiest player in the team, but his ability to dissect the opponent gameplay and position himself perfectly makes him one of the most valuable assets on the team. Indeed, he provides so much space to the rest of the team. Xyp9x is crucial to the team maintaining its temperament and ensuring the plays that only Astralis can manage.

Glaive has been the reason for Astralis’ excellent mid-game calls

Glaive is the In-Game Leader for Astralis. The player has brought with him an excellent read of their opposition. Despite being an In-game Leader, Glaive is not the worst player on this roster in terms of frags. Indeed, the player has often put up strong performances on an individual skill level repeatedly for the team. However, his trademark capabilities are felt when it comes to the mid-round calls on Astralis. Astralis have some of the best mid-round calls constantly evaluating their options and making excellent use of their grenades. While they are not at the same levels as BIG Gaming, Astralis also has a very high-efficiency ration.

Prediction:

The two teams are very evenly matched with a lot of skill on either side. AStralis has maintained its position as the world’s best team repeatedly. But the team has also shown a lot of its hand and playstyle on a myriad of maps. Magisk and Xy9x will be crucial for Astralis as they are the ‘weak links’ despite being so strong individual players themselves. Astralis has shown amazing mid-round calls which just goes to show how well Glaive knows their opponents. This is crucial for the team as any positional advantage could mean a round win or a round loss in this match.

Their opponents Na’Vi are not someone to be scoffed at. The Na’Vi roster is improving with each match. This includes their team synergy and individual aim. For a team that peaks at the right team, Na’Vi could really put forth some really strong performances. With Electronic and S1mple on the team, Na’Vi as no lack of aim. Edward has also shown up so far in the FaceiT London Major playoffs. His performance can be crucial to how effective Astralis is against Na’Vi.

For the most part, Na’Vi has a disadvantage when it comes to the map veto. Na’Vi and Astralis almost share a common map veto, in Cache. I would assume that Astralis lets Na’Vi ban Cache instead of banning it themselves. This is because Na’Vi’s Cache has been weak since several years now. There is almost no way that Na’Vi will suddenly become decent on this map. That being said, Na’Vi has definitely looked strong on their T sides with constant force-buys to break the CT economy. They have also practised new maps at the bootcamp. This might suggest the possibility of an improvement on Cache, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

We recommend a low bet on Na’Vi despite the map disadvantage. They have the individual players who have proven time and again that they can compete with and win against the best players on other teams. Astralis is no different and Na’Vi definitely have a slight chance at this Major.

 

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Team Liquid vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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

 

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

 

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

 

Format

 

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

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

 

Broadcast Talent

 

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

Observer:

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • TACO

Team Liquid is one of the few North American teams still remaining at the FaceIT London Major. The North American squad has put forth strong performances so far at the major and their dominance against Hellraisers is bound to raise a few eyebrows. Team liquid has several talented players on the roster.

EliGE powered Team Liquid to a swift 2-0 victory against Heroic (Beyond the Summit)

The single biggest factor on the Liquid lineup coming into this semifinal is Twistzz. The youngster has been able to be phenomenal, not only in his individual performance but also his ability to play tag with the rest of the team. Twistzz has put up big numbers so far at the Major. He has been called the best talent in North America and he is definitely proving the same at this Major. Team Liquid, however, does have a problem when their opponents start mounting a comeback against them. They are unable to close out games, despite having a huge lead. This is a repetitive feature in several of their matches so far at the major. They even lost a match despite being up by more than 10 rounds. In yesterday’s quarterfinal, Team Liquid was unable to ensure a smooth finish on Mirage despite being up by a significant margin.

 

Ofcourse Twistzz is not the only player who has shown us tremendous potential on this roster. The team also has players like NAF and Elige who have so much experience after playing on several top teams in the past. NAF has been consistent for a long time. He provides a very stable and tactical acumen to the team.

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

One of the latest members on this team is TACO, formerly in a fully Brazilian roster. TACO has mostly been playing as a lurker on this roster. However, for a player of his calibre, TACO simply has not had the same impact as he has had on his previous rosters. At this Major, TACO has mostly been as a lurker, but not as effective so far.

Another potential weakness for this team is Nitro on the AWP. He is a make-do AWP player at best and is definitely not flashy as a Device, S1mple or Guardian. We often see him miss crucial shots which could have sealed the round for the team. During their match against Hellraisers, we saw NAF and TACO pick up the AWP later in the game. This was mostly due to Nitro not feeling quite as confident with the AWP. Team Liquid is one with a lot of potentials, but they definitely need to improve on their teamwork. They do have strengths and they need to ensure a great strategy to play around these strengths.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The world’s best team is going to have a relatively easier time in the semifinals compared to the quarterfinals. The Danes had a clinical finish in the quarterfinals against Faze Clan. They defeated Faze Clan both in terms of individual skill level and definitely when it comes to their strategy and in-game tactics. Device has been a beast for Astralis for quite some time now. His ability to be extremely potent with the AWP, the rifle or the pistol is what makes him a strong player in the team. He even retraces his heat map in order to understand better how the enemy will counter him. His ability to understand the enemy AWPer is what makes him great with his positioning and timings.

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

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

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

Overall, Astralis is a very well-rounded team. They are the team to defeat at the Major and they have only looked stronger post the player break.

Prediction

Astralis’ performance at the Major is nothing short of exemplary. It was almost impossible to better their performance prior to the break, but this new Astralis look even better and more organised. Their In-Game round calls is what gives them the better positioning and strong playstyle. While Astralis is the team to defeat and usually teams at No.1 have it the most difficult, Astralis is good at covering their steps. They watch and understand their own gameplay and think how enemy teams would want to defeat them. They constantly end up changing their timings and ensuring they are not easily read by their opponents.

TeaM liquid might be the best team in North America, but they really are no competition for Astralis. They fall behind in the map pool, individual player skill as well as the AWP battle. Device is definitely going to be a much bigger impact on the server than Nitro. His ability to remain on top fo the scene and take calculated risks makes him one of the potential MVPs for this match.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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

The FaceIT Major playoffs are held at the SSE Arena, Wembley. The top Eight teams compete for the bragging rights of being the best team in Counter Strike Global Offensive. Astralis seems to be the strongest team at the Major so far, but teams like Na’Vi and team Liquid are fast closing in.

Format

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

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Observer:

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik
  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera

Made in Brazil’s current roster comprises of five Major winners with several years of experience between them. Made in Brazil’s performance, despite having a stacked roster was not something to write about. This is exactly why they brought in YNK into their roster as a coach. YNK has been a player and an analyst in Counter-Strike and has a good outside view of MiBR’s performance and their shortcomings.

Fallen has pulled off some really strong performances. Once known for his really aggressive style of AWP. With YNK holding MiBr player’s hands with the help on the strategy and tactics, we are seeing a boost in Fallen’s personal confidence. He is constantly pushing through smokes and making really unexpected plays. His accuracy and personal skill are obviously on a rise, which is why he often come out ahead of this extraordinary plays.

YNK has rejuvenated this roster into becoming a strong force once more. The team’s performance is seeing a significant uptick thanks to how YNK has been able to draft the team’s performance. They have a tendency to rely on individual performances of the players, but for a top tier team, this does not work enough. YNK has enabled the team to have a much better coordination and synergy amongst the players.

But it is the duo of Fer and Coldzera who need to step up on this roster. The two players have been phenomenal in the past and have been superstars. Coldzera even has a graffiti on the Mirage map named after him, however, they are far off from their peak performance levels. These two players’ performance can definitely make or break the team’s final placements. Right now MiBr is not the best team in the world, but they have the potential to become so.

Natus Vincere

 

Natus Vincere Roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Flamie
  • Edward
  • Zeus

Natus Vincere has always been a strong team in Counter-Strike. And yet, they have never really won a Major despite having some of the biggest names in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. This current iteration of the team is after almost a year of preparation. They brought in Zeus and Kane after the PGL Krakow Major 2017. This was followed by Electronic entering the team in early 2018.

Electronic and S1mple prove as a backup plan for Na’Vi. For a team with this much firepower, Na’Vi has relied heavily on Zeus and Kane to provide the overall strategies and tactics on the roster. However, there are often times when things don’t go according to plan. This is when the high skill ceiling of S1mple and Electronic becomes instrumental in enabling Na’Vi to win their matches. They can pull off frags from seemingly unwinnable situations and this gives them a huge advantage.

One interesting gameplay that Na’Vi has adopted at the Major is their force buys. They have a knack for forcing inferior weaponry and relying on their superior aim to win those rounds. That being said they also often have set executes with a single AK on their lineup at times. The problem for other teams is that even if they know Na’Vi will force a buy in a round, they still end up losing many times. Na’Vi’s individual performance has been really good and they have been able to provide great synergy and coordination to help each other get the frags.

Right now, Na’Vi looks like a viable contender to Astralis at the FaceIT major. They have a great map pool, two of the best players in the world as well a the right performance at the Major. With this current trend, Na’Vi can easily be the team to defeat at the Major. But for now, they have to play their semifinal match against Made in Brazil.

Prediction:

Natus Vincere has shown us some dominant performances at the FceIT London Major. They have actually shown significant improvements over the course of the past few months. However, as we see the performance of the team they are actually improving during the Major. This makes them a very difficult team to defeat as they seem to be approaching their peak levels in Counter-Strike right now.

Made in Brazil still need to go a long way before they can truly approach their peak. We are seeing improvements, but the MiBr team also lacks a decent map pool. Without an adequate map pool, the team falters and they can look really out of their depth on Na’Vi’s map picks. Despite Na’Vi having a very tactical approach in their game, any mistakes are quickly covered up by the high skill ceiling on the Na’Vi players ( S1mple and Electronic).

We recommend a medium sized bet on Natus Vincere for this match. They have the better map pool and are considerably improving their performance over time. It is important for them to peak at the right moment and their current trajectory definitely seems to point towards a much stronger Na’Vi.

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

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

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

Format

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

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Observer:

Complexity

Complexity Roster:

  • Dephh
  • Android
  • Yay
  • Stanislaw
  • Shahzam

Complexity is one of the biggest names in Counterstrike. However, most of their successes have been only in the earlier version of the game. In Global Offensive, Complexity has not been a strong team. But in this major, they have surprised everyone with some really strong performances.

The biggest advantage that Complexity has going for them is their mystery. They have played a surprisingly large amount of Inferno and a couple of maps here and there. This basically means that teams do not know the full extent of their map pool. If Complexity can get a good veto they have a realistic chance with this matchup.

Dephh has been a revelation at this tournament. The player, who received multiple offers from various teams has put up great performances so far at the Major. Ofcourse it is not an individual talent, but the team enables him to play as he does. His efficiency with the rifle and his superior positioning often get him into an advantageous situation. However, we have only seen him much on Inferno and we do not know how he will perform on other maps per se.

Shahzam is the primary AWPer on the team. The former Cloud9 member has seen a return to form, although not at his peak levels. His ability to take a single aggressive peak and win the duel is what makes him so strong. He puts himself at minimal risk while checking up on a place and he still manages to often win the duel. Getting an early advantage for the team, Shahzam has been crucial to Complexity’s CT Side. Right now, we can only hope that he maintains the current form and continues to play as well.

Another potential candidate for the AWP role on the team is Stanislaw. We have seen Stanislaw pick up the AWP on his previous rosters to relative success. Stanislaw also helps the team in their tactics, which we have seen to be very successful so far at the Major. Complexity has a decent understanding of their opponents and can easily read them for their playstyle. This is especially important for top-tier teams who rely on great strategies in order to create an advantage for themselves. The fact that Complexity could actually manage to easily defeat BIG Gaming proves this point. Stanislaw has had ample time to prepare for Mibr and this should be a slight advantage for the team. But is it enough? That’s something that only time can tell.

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil roster:

  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera

The Made in Brazil roster won a very convincing match against Ninjas in Pyjamas. But they have not looked extremely strong as their lineup suggests. For the most part of the past three months, MiBr has looked weak and without deep strategies against top teams. Even now, they did lose a 0-16 on Dust 2 to astralis. Ofcourse Astralis being the best team and having the level of preparation that they do was a crucial part in the final result.

MiBr’s roster consists of five Major champions. They include three Brazilian players in Fallen, Fer and Coldzera. Each of these players is extremely well known for their very aggressive and yet accurate plays. Fallen has seen a resurgence of sorts with his aggressive style of AWPing. He would push through smokes in unimaginable situations get a kill and fall back safely. Of course with the playoffs and the much better teams, it won’t work all the time. Their opponents will have studied Fallen’s playstyle and will expect such plays from him. If he dares to repeat such aggressive plays, then he will definitely have a problem in the upcoming matches.

However, despite his risky plays, Fallen is getting his job done. It is the other two Brazilian players, Coldzera and Fer who are definitely not playing at the same level as before. Coldzera who also has a signage in CS:GO according to his name is no longer playing at the same level as before. His performance on this team needs to be much better if Coldzera will need to contest against the best teams.

Fer too has been rather lacklustre so far in the tournament. His lack of performance could hurt the MiBr roster which is seeing improving performances from the two NA players in Stewie2k and Tarik. Those two players are improving and the latest Video on Stewie2k will definitely help improve the players’ morale. In a way, the 16-0 loss to Astralis can actually turn into a boon for the team as they will be more motivated to not let such a situation arise again.

Prediction:

Complexity has definitely surprised everyone with their performance at this Major. The boot camp prior to the Major has paid off. They were at best a middle-tier team in the NA Region. They weren’t even the strongest team in the North American region, however, they look extremely strong at this Major so far. But they have to face off against a resurgent Made in Brazil roster. This team has all the necessary components to win the Major. They have the best quality players and an amazing coach.

YNK’s addition to the team definitely makes them a much more tactical team than before. They have always had the individual skill set necessary to enable a great performance. But their strategies were getting old and not as effective as before. For this game, we recommend a bet on Made in Brazil roster. They have the experience and the firepower necessary to overcome Complexity.

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

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

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

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

Format

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

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Observer:

Faze Clan

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)


Faze Clan roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

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

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1

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

Astralis team in action

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

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

 

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