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Faze Clan vs Cloud9: Esports Betting Analysis @ Eleague CSGO Invitational.

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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, Team Liquid, 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 Team Liquid. Coming hot off their win at the IBuyPower Masters; Team liquid are the hot favourites to win Eleague CS: GO Invitational.

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[edit]

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

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev
  • åvard “rain” Nygaard
  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson

Faze Clan remains one of the strongest teams in the CS: GO scene on paper. However, in reality; the team has not been able to put forth strong results. The team has been riddled with poor results and they seemed to place the blame with their In-Game Leader ‘Karrigan’. With the new changes on the team; they have added Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev as their fifth player to replace Karrigan. He is well-known for being a part of the Gambit roster that won the PGL Krakow 2017 Major. He is well-known as a team player and not for putting up flashy performances. However, despite the fact that he was on a relatively weaker team, AdreN has years of experience playing CS: GO along the best players in the world. He was a part of the CIS Virtus Pro roster which gained critical acclaim during their time. He is a thinking player and that makes him a very good fit for Faze Clan. Ofcourse there is the added synergy with Guardian and Faze Clan hopes to take advantage of the same.


The team has the likes of Niko on their roster. His position as the World’s best player is obviously gone, thanks to the team’s miserable performance. But he remains one of the most skilled players in CS: GO. His individual level of performance is at a high and he can ensure that the team gets out of sticky situations. However, he had taken on the role of the In-Game Leader for several months now, and that was obviously affecting him on an individual level.

Apart from Niko; however, Faze Clan has players such as Guardian and Olofmeister. These are well-known players who have been at the top of the CS: GO scene in their best days. Ofcourse, their current form is a glimmer of their former selves. However, it is still very capable of ensuring some amazing plays. Guardian’s playstyle relies on him being able to provide aggressive peaks He makes these aggressive peeks which usually rely upon a frag. Ultimately, it provides a big advantage to the team as they are able to ensure amazing plays.


GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

The Faze Clan is one of the most talented teams in the CS: GO scene, however lack of results definitely hurts them a lot. Faze Clan’s new roster is definitely capable of being one of the best teams in the world. They can ensure that they will choose to improve their statistics and become a better team with more depth than just their firepower.

Cloud9

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Cloud9 Roster:

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

The Cloud9 roster has made several changes to their team. They have brought on Zellsis as a stand-in. However, things don’t seem to be going too well for the team as they already have announced that they will try out a new player for their team. They will try out Ronald “Rambo” Kim for their team as reported by HLTV.

Autimatic is one of the most exciting In-Game Leaders in North America. The In-Game Leader has proven himself capable of leading the players to success. He has a way with the team and it definitely shows in the way the team seems to present itself in the way the team plays. Cloud9’s playstyle is reminiscent of the entire Cloud9’s playstyle and his effect is clearly seen.


Can Kioshima help the team move to greater heights?

However, Cloud9 is not entirely North American roster. They have Flusha and Kioshima; two players who are exceptionally talented. Flusha is not playing at the same level as before, but his experience in positioning and granting a huge advantage to the team is what makes him essential for the team. However, he does end up losing several key fights and that might be the bane for the team.

Kioshima is not the player who has consistently found himself on a roster for a long time. The player has talent and we have repeatedly seen himself out of some of the best teams in the world. The player has a good awareness of the team’s situation and can take sensible decisions. What is truly wonderful of this player is that since he has not been on an active roster for so long, his focus is on being stable right now. He is a reliable player, a player whom Cloud9 can count to be the rock behind their flashy roster.


Flusha is now on Cloud9’s roster and is a signficant part of their firepower

Ofcourse the star on this team remains Rush who has made a name for himself in the North American scene. He has a high skill ceiling and this remains his USP to the team. He can definitely make a bigger impact on the team provided the rest of the team provide him the space to make his moves.

Cloud9 is a decent team, but they have not been together in many LAN events to provide decent performance. The Cloud9 roster can possibly reach deep in this tournament, especially because of its format and the lack of top tier teams.

Prediction:

The two teams are very new when it comes to their current roster. Faze Clan recently made some changes when they brought in AdreN and YNK as a player and coach respectively. These changes definitely add a perspective to their new roster and we hope to see some structure around their gameplay. The Faze Clan roster is still mostly the same and they have some amazing individual players on their team.

On the other hand, we have Cloud9 a team that had to make changes out of necessity. The absence of Golden definitely skews the balance of the team and the new roster definitely is capable of reaching great heights. However, as a team, Cloud9 has not proven anything and it is a long shot to just say that they will suddenly defeat Faze Clan in this match.


We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match. They have the proven track record and their matches and results have definitely secured a bet on this International team for this match.

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Faze Clan vs Ghost Gaming : Esports Betting Analysis @ IBuyPower Cup Masters IV

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Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

  • Håvard “rain” Nygaard
  • Nikola “NiKo” Kovač
  • Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács
  • Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer
  • Dauren “AdreN” Kystaubayev

The Faze Clan roster is one team which always garners a lot of attention of the Counter-Strike community. The members of Faze Clan include some of the best players in Counter-Strike. The likes of Guardian, Niko and Olofmeister have all made a name for themselves in their previous teams.

However, the biggest change tot eh team is two-fold. They recently let go of Karrigan [ who is on Team Envy ]. Replacing him on the team is AdreN who has been instrumental and a key component of several CIS teams. His experience and different style of play will be crucial to determining the next course of action for Faze Clan in the future months. The team has provided us with some amazing plays over the past year. They have been able to make exciting plays which are helped the individual skill ceiling on the team.

Guardian is one of the best AWpers in the game and over the past year, we have seen him improve his individual performance. Guardian’s performance in 2018 has been steady which is not the same that can be said for the rest of the team. Guardian is known to play extremely aggressive when it comes to the AWP. It really depends on his individual confidence, however, the player is at a much higher skill level than his counterparts.

What would be really interesting would be the performance of the team in synergy with AdreN. The Kazakh player has not had much experience playing on an international team. He is a veteran in Counter-Strike coming from various top tier CIS teams in the past. He is also a Major winner [ after winning the PGL Krakow Major 2017]. However, of late, his individual performance has seen a downward trend. It possibly has to do more with Gambit’s overall lack of performance than an individual downward trend.

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

There are many elements at play in this new-look Faze Clan roster. The team’s performance over the past few months notwithstanding, we do expect them to easily win over Ghost Gaming. However, the manner of their victory will be crucial to determining the final outcome of the tournament. Faze Clan is a top tier contender for the tournament and if they are not able to comfortably win against a weaker team such as Ghost Gaming, then they have a problem on their hands for the upcoming IEM Katowice 2019 Major.

Ghost Gaming

Ghost Gaming roster :

  • Matthew “Wardell” Yu
  • Yassine “Subroza”‘ Taoufik
  • Joshua “steel” Nissan
  • Kenneth “koosta” Suen
  • Jason “neptune” Tran

The Ghost Gaming team is made up of several well-known North American players. Players such as Wardell, Subroza and Koosta are interesting additions to the team. At the same time, they also have Steel, a player who has received bans by Valve due to his involvement in the IBuyPower incident [ several years ago ]. Since this is not a Valve event, John Nissan will be able to play in the tournament without any problems.

Steel is the In-Game Leader of the team and that is a very interesting move. The player has a lot of experience. He was one of the members of the original IBP roster which made huge waves for North American counter strike. With time, ofcourse there have been other teams putting up big results in the scene, but Steel has been a consistent involvement in the scene. It is only recently that he was allowed to play on the team and Ghost Gaming picked him up.

Several of the team’s members had a promising future a few years ago. They have high individual skill ceiling. But their current roster does not help them achieve the type of results that we have known them to produce. The team has a good upper limit, but they need Koosta to step up his individual game. We know he can put up big numbers as an individual. The player has played for several teams in the past such as  Team Liquid, CLG, Torqued etc.

He has an uncanny ability to have a good spatial sense of the opposition’s positioning.

Overall, this team has the capability to turn into a strong roster, but their current form is nowhere near to close to take down Faze Clan.

Prediction

On paper, the two teams might have a chance against each other. However, Faze Clan has a lot of practice with the top teams of the world. They have produced excellent results and the addition of YNK as their coach and AdreN as their new player will definitely help the team to provide better results. They have had individual performances but as a team, they need to put forth the best foot forward.

Faze Clan is the best roster on paper and they should be able to take down Ghost Gaming with relative ease. The skill difference is just too wide for Ghost Gaming to overcome. Considering how important it is for Ghost Gaming to make it deep in this tournament [it’s their last with this lineup before the Major] we will see some spirited action by the NA team.

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

Cloud9 vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan’s performance will require a good performance from multiple members of the team. The international team has had its hands full in trying to form the correct combination of players and their roles on the team. With the FaceIT London Major, we saw Karrigan give up the In-Game Leader position. Replacing his role on the team was Niko, the best player on the roster. However, taking up the role of the In-Game Leader definitely affects your individual performance. This is exactly what we saw with Niko and his individual performance struggled immensely.

Karrigan’s role on this team comes into question with their current performance. If he is not the In-Game Leader, what is his requirement on the team? He is, after all, one of the best In Game Leaders. But if the team feels like they don’t need him or can do better with him not being on the leadership position, it puts him on the notice. Karrigan is instrumental on certain maps like Inferno and Mirage. We might see him taking on the mantle of the In-Game Leader on these maps. His calls and positioning with whatever elements he has at his disposal are just too good to negate.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

The roster has the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister. These two players have proven to be the best in the business and have led their respective former teams to victory. Over the course of the next few months, however, both of them need to start putting up big numbers in order for the team to materialize into the strong roster that it can be. Guardian needs to get a few good performances in order to feel confident once again. If he is confident, he can ensure aggressive plays and still get frags off them. This is what makes him one of the most dangerous AWP players in the world. He can ensure that he puts up big numbers with differing styles of play.

On the other hand, we have Olofmeister. The player did look the only decent player in any shape on the team. However, it has been several months since we saw them in action at the FaceIT London Major. Their recent outings do not inspire confidence as the team has been unable to make it to the Playoffs of the big LAN events that they participate in.

Cloud9

Cloud9 Roster:

  • Autimatic
  • Rush
  • Golden
  • Flusha
  • Kioshima

Cloud9’s CS: GO roster is in peril right now. A recent report suggests that Cloud9 is possibly going to be undergoing a roster change. This would be a huge change for the team going forward. After all, the current roster did show signs of improvement. But Golden’s unavailability force Cloud9 management to make changes. They added Kioshima and if the reports are to be believed then they will be adding Stewie2k very soon. Stewie2k’s return to the team might signal a dramatic shift in the overall team’s performance. After all, he is one of the best players in North America, even though he is currently undergoing a massive slump with MiBr.

The Cloud9 roster for the most part of the past few months has seen one roster change after another. What initially started as a way to develop the team and making it much better than its current performance. For the most part, the team did look as if it was making a sizeable improvement for the most part. But then Golden has his personal problems and would not be able to attend two tournaments alongside Cloud9. The current reports suggest that there might be roster changes and it does not surprise us. Cloud9 is a premier esports organisation and it is unacceptable that they have such a sub-par team. After all, this team won the Boston Eleague Major and then faded into oblivion. It is time for this team to start making a name for themselves and there is no better way than to make changes to their current roster.

autimatic has auto-tuned himself into mid 2016 autimatic (DBLTap)

Kioshima is a player who has been around top-tier teams for a long time now, There is little doubt of his skill level and the cooperation he has with the rest of the team. Unfortunately for him, he was an outcast from the French and later the Faze Clan scene causing him to stay out in the free agency for a very long time. With his inclusion into Cloud9, there are hopes that the Cloud9 roster can make a huge improvement in their current form. Ofcourse we don’t know how Cloud9 will perform when it comes to his particular match against Faze Clan. After all, they are on the verge of a transition and it will definitely affect the confidence and the will-power of the players to give their best for this particular match.

Prediction:

The Cloud9 team might be a good-looking team on paper. They have talented players who have had their fair share of glory on their individual teams. However, on Cloud9, they have not been able to put together their skill and their synergy together. The current Cloud9 roster does not seem like it can compete with the likes of Faze Clan.

Faze Clan might not be in their best form right now, but they are a team that should easily be able to defeat Cloud9 even on their worst day. The Faze Clan team has brought us some quality Counter-Strike in the past and this tournament should not be any worse. After all, despite all their In-Game Leadership and synergy problems, the team still has a lot of firepower and aim. Since we have not seen the team for quite some time, it might just well be a great opportunity for them to have used their practice to develop the team synergy and coordination. The map is Mirage, which is actually quite a good map for both the teams. We expect Karrigan to have more of a say on this team with the map being Mirage. It is one of the best maps for Faze Clan and that is why they are at a huge advantage coming into this match.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match.

Faze Clan vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

 

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9X
  • Glaive
  • Magisk

The Astralis roster is the best team in the world. After winning the FaceIT Major, they continued their victories with the IEM Chicago, ESL Pro League Season 8 and the ECS Season 6 LAN finals. This team has the capacity to adapt to their opponents and modify their gameplay on any particular day. During their Grand final match against Team Liquid at the ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN finals, Device had a very poor start to the series. The player was not able to hit any shots and in fact, at the end of the first half on Mirage, he only managed to get 4 kills for himself. This was definitely way below the average for the player.

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

So Astralis decided to take away the AWP from his hands and move it to Dupreeh and Glaive. Granted they only used the double AWP set-up for just one round, but even in subsequent rounds, Glaive continued with the AWP instead of Device. This definitely provided the necessary change for the team as Glaive was able to get multiple frags and turn the tide of the game. His multi-frags on a couple of rounds turned the direction of the map. He often gets kills through smokes as well which was a bit of luck but it definitely fired up the rest of the squad.

The Astralis roster is made up of Zonic as one of the best coaches to coach a CS: GO team. His ideas about the game and how Astralis should prepare to stay on the top have helped the Danish team to reach their current position. After all, the Astralis roster has made it to the top and stayed there for so long. Zonic’s influence on the team is one of the biggest reasons for this. He has helped the team stay on top and despite their recent lack of form, they still look as strong as ever.

 

The other factor contributing to the Danish team is Glaive. The player who took on the In-Game Leader when Kjaerbye left the team has been a natural fit for the team. He has made some incredible mid-round calls on maps such as Nuke and Mirage. The team transitions quickly to making grand decisions which can alter the course of the round. Glaive also top frags consistently as we saw during their Grand finals against Team liquid. It was Glaive who managed to help Astralis recover from the poor performance on Map 1 and most of the first half of Map 2.

Overall, Astralis is one of the better teams in the world and they have reached there after making some impressive performances. This tournament will be just another stop for the Danish team as there is little that they can do to lose the tournament. After all, they are the heavy favourites.

 

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain

The Faze Clan roster, once upon a time was the only team with the potential to topple Astralis of their pedestal. After all, they are a team that is made up of five amazing individuals. Each player is one of the best in his role and there is little that the Faze Clan can do wrong in order to lose easily. However, they keep on making mistakes and the ego is one of the biggest factors which comes into play when Faze Clan plays. Made up of five individuals from different countries, this team has seen a lot of friction amongst its players.

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

Niko has taken over the In-Game Leader right now and that has altered the structure of the team. His role as the In-Game Leader comes as the team felt that Karrigan was no longer well-equipped to lead the team. After all, the Faze Clan was on the verge of being eliminated from the FaceIT London Major with just two early losses. But is that really a big deal? There was no way for others to say whether Faze Clan would have been eliminated or gone forth to win the entire tournament under Karrigan. After all, Cloud9 in January did the same thing where they were able to bounce back from a 0-2 deficit in the Group stage to win the entire tournament. And it was against Faze Clan, the team in question right now.

For most of the past few months, Olofmeister has been the player in form for Faze Clan. He had taken a sabbatical for the earlier part of the year and his return saw him in exceptional form. Some analysts equated it with his form during Fnatic of 2015. However, the rest of the team seemed to be out of sync and not in form. They seemed to be burnt out in a big way and there was no one except Olofmeister hitting their shots. Now don’t get me wrong, Faze Clan, even the team not in form is an excellent team. Their skill ceiling is so high and we are used to see them perform at a very high level. So when we see them not in form, it does become a big disappointment for many. Unfortunately for Faze Clan, their team results have been a mixture of poor performance, bad luck as well as lack of synergy. Their timings have been way off and often it is individual performances which result in making this team a success.

They go up against Astralis, a very familiar team for the Faze Clan. However, the fact that they are meeting Astralis early in the Group stage does not bode well for the team. They are not a team that can simply challenge Astralis anymore. Astralis has transcended into being a much better team right now.

Prediction:

Faze Clan might look good on paper, but we all know how the team seems to implode in difficult situations. Unfortunately for the team, they have not been able to win matches in order to boost the confidence of their players. Without confidence, the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister are not the best when it comes to slogging around and winning matches. The lack of synergy on this team also makes a big problem for the team especially going against a well-established and in-sync team such as Astralis.

The map for this matchup is Dust 2, a very open map which is based on aim punch. Astralis is decent on Dust 2 and we have seen them defeat their opponents with ease on this map. Despite not always choosing Dust 2, they are able to make a huge impact, especially when it comes to their T side. Their dominance with their AK 47’s makes it difficult for the CT economy to build up. Indeed in a recent LAN event, we saw Astralis constantly switch up the AWP role based on their spawns. Since Dust 2 is such a spawn based map, it becomes necessary for the team to ensure excellent communication and an overall good performance.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are doing quite well for themselves and there is little that others can do to dethrone Astarlis. Faze clan definitely needs to solve a lot more of their own problems before they can dream of making it past Astralis on Dust 2.

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

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

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

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

Primary Broadcast

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

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

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

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

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

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

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

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

Team Liquid

 

  • Twistzz
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • TACO

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

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.