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SK vs Na’Vi: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Starladder I-League Season 5

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StarSeries & i-League CS GO Season 5 is one of the few tournaments before the London FaceIT major. This tournament comes at a very opportune moment as it presents the preparation of the teams either for the Major or the major qualifiers. Starladder is well known for its production and the efficient hosting of several LAN tournaments.

This version of the tournament is currently being held at the ‘National Palace of Arts’ Ukrania. The tournament features a prize pool of $300,000. It is a very top heavy prize distribution with $125000 going to the first place. The second place victory will receive $50,000 in cash prize. The tournament has 16 teams in attendance with five invited teams and the rest coming via regional qualifiers. The tournament features a BO3 Swiss format, which is essentially considered to be one of the ‘fair tournament formats’ in Counter-Strike Global Offensive.

The tournament already has seen the resurgence of several teams so far in the tournament. The group stages are almost over and we can see how certain teams such as SK Gaming, NIP which have had ample time together are coming along. NIP has already qualified for the quarterfinal and that is a remarkable achievement for a team which has been struggling for the better part of the past several years.

 

Format

  • Group Stage: May 28th – June 1st, 2018
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo3
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format.
  • Playoffs: June 2nd – 3rd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the final) are Bo3

Prize Pool:

  1. $125,000
  2. $50,000
  3. $25,000
  4. $25,000
  5. $10,000
  6. $10,000
  7. $10,000
  8. $10,000
  9. $6,000
  10. $6,000
  11. $6,000
  12. $4,000
  13. $4,000
  14. $4,000
  15. $2,500
  16. $2,500

SK Gaming vs Natus Vincere

SK Gaming

Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Coldzera
  • Stewie2k
  • Boltz
  • Fer

SK Gaming is one of the powerhouses in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The organization which was well known in previous versions of Counter-Strike. They have had their share of glory in Global Offensive with the Brazilian lineup. The winners of several Counter-Strike Majors, SK Gaming lately has not been the best in the world. They are clearly climbing up the path to success especially post the roster changes they made.

The SK Gaming roster consists of four Brazilian players and Stewie2k. Each player has shown an indication to be the best in the business. Their ability to constantly be one of the best in the world despite the various shortcomings renders this team as a strong contender no matter their place on the Counter-Strike leaderboards.

Fallen remains one of the best leadership in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. His reach extends not just in his phenomenal AWP capability but also as a friend and in real life. His contribution to the team and the Brazilian CS GO scene is astounding and beyond measure. Of course, the SK team still remains one of the best and are constantly amongst the Top 5 teams. Fallen is not afraid to make drastic changes to the strategy and the roster in their attempt to achieve number 1 position in the standings. He also receives a lot of support from his teammates who instinctively and they trust his callouts on maps that are not favored. Fallen has a very aggressive playstyle which surprises his opponents. He is well known for the extremely short range unscoped AWP shot, one that has won the team countless tournaments.

As we look at the rest of the team, we notice several superstars active on the roster. We have Coldzera who has graffiti named after him on some maps. The individual skill ceiling on the player remains one of the best in the game. However, of late, he has not had the best time proving himself to his fans and the SK Gaming fans. Coldzera is usually very calculated with his positioning, but when the time comes for a clash he is very aggressive. Multiple high risk peeks often result in near impossible shots. Coldzera has been having a mediocre time on the team which coincides with the lack of results on the roster.

Stewie2k is the latest addition to the SK Gaming squad. After successfully leading Cloud9 to victory at the Eleague Boston Major, he switched teams to join SK Gaming and help them regain their past glory. The team is doing quite well with the addition of Stewie2k. He is still integrating with the team on the communications and tactical aspect of their gameplay. But as we look at the team’s performance and the rise.

SK Gaming is preparing it’s best for the London Major. This tournament would be a useful stepping stone en route to the next Counter-Strike Major.Natus Vincere

Roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

The CIS roster has made a name for itself, but one player stands out amongst the rest. The world’s best player, S1mple has always put forth really strong results on the team. However, despite the poor performances on an individual level from the rest of the team, Na’Vi is a successful top five CS GO team.

S1mple’s ability to perform at a high level despite the performance of the team supposedly dragging him down is the only reason why Na’Vi still remains relevant. S1mple’s performance has been great and he can single-handedly win any game when the time is right. However, the rest of the team doesn’t shy away from trying out different strategies and tactics. Their Train might not be the best, but Na’Vi has taken the game to its opponents. They make aggressive plays when required and they play passive at times.

Na’Vi’s recent results don’t show much off their strategies. The fact remains that despite being an overly tactical team, the team relies heavily on it’s firepower and the individual fragging capabilities of players such as Electronic and S1mple. The duo are great when they can perform, but it is difficult to constantly keep carrying the rest of the team.

Prediction:

Both the teams are pretty much in a similar condition right now. The two teams are recovering and trying to become the best. They have had roster changes recently and the integration of the teams in their gameplay and chemistry is clearly visible.

SK Gaming recently added Stewie2k and they have made significant progress together as a team. The Brazilian squad might not be the best and are way behind Faze Clan and Astralis, but their rate of progress is definitely exciting and in time for the London FaceIT Major.

As for Na’Vi, the squad remains overly dependent on S1mple. The player who has shown so much progress in his attitude and individual performance is definitely the top performer on the roster. As Na’Vi depends on S1mple and their performance, they have learnt to adjust their playstyle accordingly. The CIS squad, however does not rely only on S1mple. They focus most of their energy into ensuring a good team performance. As we look back at the team’s results, however, we see that SK Gaming has consistently managed to win against Na’Vi. It might be a psychological advantage or simply consistently better performances against Na’Vi.

 

Just judging by their past performances and the fact that they are so close in their current results, we have to recommend a bet on SK Gaming for this match.

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Team Liquid (TL) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Team Liquid

  • NAF
  • Twistzz
  • nitr0
  • EliGE
  • steel
  • zews (coach)

For a preview of Team Liquid before this match, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

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

Team Liquid started off the day on the wrong foot, nearly losing to Torqued on de_mirage before closing it out 16-14. Had it not been for strong performances from nitr0 and steel on each map, Team Liquid may have been flushed down the drain.

The next best of 3 came around against Heroic, and it felt as if a switch from Liquid came to fruition. They completely vaporized Heroic into the vicinity thanks to a monstrous performance by EliGE. With NAF and EliGE on the gears, Team Liquid shut down Heroic to only 10 rounds across the entire best of 3, cruising to an easy victory and to a loser’s final matchup against SK Gaming.

From what we saw from Liquid across the 2 matches, it is clear that each individual member has the potential to shine on each map. Twistzz’ pistol play is key to keeping the opponent’s economy in check, nitr0 and steel pop off on the entry from time to time, whereas NAF and EliGE shine as the stars of the team. After Liquid’s performance against Heroic, it must just be safe to say that this is the strongest Liquid have looked in a long time.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

For a preview of SK Gaming before this match, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

coldzera won’t be all smiles and laughter after going cold against Cloud9 (Beyond The Summit)

In SK Gaming’s only best of 3 of the day, they saw themselves overwhelmed by Cloud9. Both of their CT sides on de_overpass and de_inferno were horrendous, as viewers saw a spectacle of SK Gaming getting utterly smashed by the relentless aggression of Cloud9. The more important x-factor of this match, coldzera, seems to always go cold against Cloud9, as he performs at his worst when playing against the US lineup in a total of 9 maps.

It didn’t help either that boltz had the wrong screw bolted into him, having his worst map at the event with a 6-21 score on de_inferno. Of course, he wasn’t the true problem for SK Gaming. Remember that a team game is lost as a team, and SK Gaming clearly did not look like the championship winning SK Gaming we saw back in December.

If SK Gaming want to get back into the groove, they’ll need to show a different SK Gaming compared to the one that struggled against North and Cloud9. coldzera and fer need to step up tremendously, and boltz needs to be more confident in his play if they want to take it against Liquid.

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Cloud9 (C9) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • tarik
  • RUSH
  • Skadoodle
  • valens (coach)

For a preview of Cloud9 before this event, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

Cloud9 at the cs_summit LAN have had two convincing best of 3s against Team Liquid and Heroic. While they are not necessarily at the caliber of Cloud9 yet, these wins solidify C9’s ranking at this event and from the previous major.

During the bo3s, Cloud9 played with no absolute care in the world. What’s more important is that even though Cloud9 lost most pistol rounds, they converted the majority of their force buys and clutch rounds, which is the reason they were able to defeat Heroic and Team Liquid so handily. Breaking the opponent’s economy and morale are very important psychological factors to winning, as this can demoralize an unprepared team very easily.

tarik and co. manhandled their opponents with relative ease at cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

The question will be against SK Gaming, who they’ve had mixed results with when playing against SK at full strength. Generally, SK Gaming are the favorites here, but recent events may just turn the tide for Cloud9 against SK Gaming. Of course, most people still remember the shroud and n0thing C9 who defeated this SK Gaming lineup (w/o boltz) and the ESL Pro League Finals, but that is from a time that has long passed.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

SK Gaming were marred by the roster lock troubles at the major, but were able to secure a semifinalist finishing with the help of ex-member felps. Before, they were practicing with boltz, and ended up continuing their dynasty under a newly reformed roster.  Considering recent form with boltz and their win against FaZe in the latest ESL Pro League Finals, there’s no doubting that with this lineup, SK Gaming are the best in the world (currently). Cloud9 are on the rise, but an asterisk remains, for they have yet to face a strengthened SK Gaming.

The Librarian almost had his library disrupted by the roar of the North (Beyond the Summit)

SK’s cs_summit 2 run has very little to say apart from their bo3 against North. Against North, it was an uphill struggle, as a massive performance by valde kept both maps close. In the end, it was SK Gaming taking it 2-0 on de_inferno and de_cobblestone 22-20 and 16-13. Of course, this can be attributed to SK Gaming shaking off the rust and FalleN having the inability to read into this newly formed North lineup. Yet, they might want to stop having to rely on FalleN’s clutch entries and openings with the AWP if they want to beat Cloud9 handily.

SK, as usual, prefer to rely on fer’s relentless and hard-to-counter aggression, whereas TACO generally plays bait and opens up avenues for boltz/FalleN/coldzera to trade. In reality, apart from boltz’ lurking, each SK player “share” all other roles in retrospect, and this makes them a very dangerous team. Their chemistry and synergy together is on another level, and it’s what makes them one of the hardest teams to beat. A team can predict their plays, their strats, and each player’s tendencies, but their skill and teamwork together is unparalleled to many others. That is why SK Gaming is one of the best teams in the world.

 

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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: North vs. SK Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Another tournament that is a part of the Intel Grand Slam, the ESL Pro League LAN Finals shows a drastic variety of teams. Some of which compete at the most top level of CS:GO, whereas some have proven themselves online to be up and coming competitors. Some old faces appear again, while new lineups and teams will be looking to make a splash at this LAN.

Coming right of Blast Pro Series are Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan and Astralis(?), who all played admirably in the past few months to either rise or maintain their spot as a tier 1 CS:GO team individually. New teams like HellRaisers, NRG Esports, OpTic, and Luminosity Gaming are eager and hungry with young/old talent alike to prove their weight in gold at this LAN event. On the other hand, a team like Liquid will have to face the music as they’ll be playing with coach zews instead of steel (due to roster restrictions).

The ESL Pro League Finals has always delivered a plentiful amount of close and competitive matches, and it comes back for a 6th time to reintroduce the reason as to why CS:GO is the most popular FPS esport in the world. A game and organizer combined with a storied history within esports, get ready again and prepare to be amazed by the level of competition at the ESL Pro League LAN Finals.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each) [1]
      • Top team from each region becomes a group head. They then pick a team to go into the others’ group.
        The picked teams then pick a team to go into the other group, this repeats until all teams have been put into the two groups
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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North

  • MSL, aizy, k0nfig, valde, cajunb

North come into this tournament after a string of good results, and it seems that adding valde to the team has added the synergy lost during the time with Magisk. Having valde play a lurk role on T side whereas MSL and k0nfig work together to entry-frag has proved wonders for the North side. Plus, with valde, they find a flexible rotate/anchor player on the CT side. To the agenda of North, valde fits in perfectly with MSL’s leadership plans.

Their last results have been considerably subpar, considering the peak form that this North lineup once showed at ELEAGUE and with the old roster that had Magisk instead of valde. Group stage exits at EPICENTER and not making it to the grand finals after a great start at Blast Pro Series surely will disappoint a lineup like North’s. They’ll be looking to bounce back at the EPL Finals, and in a month that will precede the upcoming ELEAGUE Boston Major in January.

North’s strategies are based off of MSL’s calls, and can be seen in their matches at Blast Pro Series wins against FaZe and Astralis. Playing the entry-fragger and calling role, MSL leads by example, while the supporting cast of k0nfig, valde/aizy, and cajunb will be working right behind him. Depending on the map, either aizy or k0nfig will play the lurk role on the other side of the map, catching off rotating CTs or going for potential opening picks at their intuition. The lineup of North is a grey line in terms of their position among the best, seeing as one day can be the EPICENTER 2016 North (then Dignitas), or a North that looked nearly demolished at the last two major showings. Nonetheless, brains, pure aggression and aim, and the clutch ability of cajunb work together to form a great trio for the Danish lineup.

SK Gaming

 

  • coldzera, TACO, FalleN, fer, boltz

SK Gaming came in swinging in their first event with boltz, surprisingly winning the event at EPICENTER 2017. Beating FaZe Clan and a revolted Virtus.Pro along the way, the SK Gaming seen at the event saw a huge difference with boltz at the lurking position instead of felps. coldzera and FalleN returned to form, whereas boltz and fer seemed to fit their roles respectively. Same happened at Blast Pro Series, where they exacted their revenge on Astralis to take the grand finals in an otherwise-flawed format.

Many have critiqued TACO’s play at IEM Oakland. Being caught out on rotations and in many positions in SK Gaming’s time to play on the stage, many have questioned if he is still adjusting to the old SK play style. Regardless, SK Gaming are winning, but very uncomfortably. Most of their wins and losses have gone down to the wire, and shows a very vulnerable SK Gaming compared to the one at EPICENTER. Can SK Gaming pick it up?

But, much like with the addition of boltz, both TACO and the former have been fulfilling roles that are necessarily for fer’s timely aggression, FalleN’s control-game AWP, and coldzera’s fragging power to succeed in a match. With boltz and TACO’s team roles taken into consideration, it’s the reason as to why SK Gaming have been very successful and the reasons for FalleN and coldzera’s MVPs at their last two tournament wins. Having a passive and entry lurker like boltz and a sacrificial entry fragger like TACO can do wonders for an SK Gaming lineup whose team-oriented style is regarded as one of the best in the entirety of CS:GO’s history.

 

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IEM Oakland 2017 CS:GO: Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) vs. SK Gaming Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

IEM Oakland will be another part of ESL’s Grand Slam series, where the teams with the most Grand Slam tournament wins have a chance of winning a bountiful $ prize (courtesy of ESL). The competition is fierce, especially with the unexpected entrance of steel to Liquid, SK’s hot start with boltz, and Renegades replacing the stagnant Immortals at the event.

Many questions remain to be asked, such as OpTic’s ability to compete at the top with their European all-star lineup or FaZe’s ability to claim a 2nd Grand Slam title and continue their dominant form from the past few months. With CS:GO having a unique esports scene due to all teams having the capability to defeat each other, prepare for a round robin group stage that has yet to reveal its surprises!

The winner takes home $125,000 and extra cash from winning matches in the group stage, who will it be? The current favorites are SK Gaming, Astralis, and FaZe, but can some of the sleeper teams dethrone the three kings? Find out soon!

Format 

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each)
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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Ninjas in Pyjamas

  • draken, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, f0rest, REZ

The Ninjas of draken and REZ continue to have their highs and lows, whereas f0rest has made himself the clear cut star of the team alongside draken. GeT_RiGhT and Xizt put up admirable performances on occasion, but it’s now a matter of finding consistency and translating it into results.

Luckily, the Ninjas come into the tournaments having qualified for the ESL Pro League Odense Finals. It puts a huge break to the Ninjas, who have long sought a considerable result—considering the standards and expectations pressured towards the Swedes. But, considering their inconsistency and their ability to find a fluid strategy/aim based style, this may be a re-learning experience for the Ninjas.

Since they have not been on LAN for a while, the Ninjas surprisingly topped their group, with their only hiccup being a blown lead that equated into an overtime loss to SK Gaming on de_cobblestone.

The last time these 2 met, Ninjas in Pyjamas won in a bo3 to take the championship of the last IEM Oakland tournament.

SK Gaming

  • TACO, coldzera, FalleN, boltz, fer

SK Gaming came in swinging in their first event with boltz, surprisingly winning the event at EPICENTER 2017. Beating FaZe Clan and a revolted Virtus.Pro along the way, the SK Gaming seen at the event saw a huge difference with boltz at the lurking position instead of felps. coldzera and FalleN returned to form, whereas boltz and fer seemed to fit their roles respectively.

At IEM Oakland, they made it through the groups with relative ease, albeit dropping their last 2 maps in the group stage. After defeating OpTic handily, SK Gaming now see themselves facing the Swedes of NiP in the semi-finals. Last time these two faced, SK Gaming lost in the grand finals after a close affair on the final map: de_cobblestone.

Many have critiqued TACO’s play at IEM Oakland. Being caught out on rotations and in many positions in SK Gaming’s time to play on the stage, many have questioned if he is still adjusting to the old SK play style. Regardless, SK Gaming are winning, but very uncomfortably. Most of their wins and losses have gone down to the wire, and shows a very vulnerable SK Gaming compared to the one at EPICENTER. Can SK Gaming pick it up?

 

 

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