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FaZe Clan vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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Introduction

The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.

Format

  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Credit to Liquipedia

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Europe FaZe Clan  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKo
  • Slovakia GuardiaN
  • Denmark karrigan
  • Sweden olofmeister
  • Norway rain
  • Sweden RobbaN (coach)

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of FaZe Clan here.

FaZe Clan handled Astralis with relative ease, albeit they were subject to mini-comebacks from the Danish side. Overall though, it was the typical FaZe the Spodek arena saw in a brutalizing 2-0 win. The main reason for FaZe’s win was the resilience and their ability to keep Astralis’ economy in check. Upgraded pistols and brute aggression were the key, and some heroic plays to win clutches settled the deal for FaZe.

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

As usual, the best performers on FaZe came to play. NiKo, rain, and GuardiaN had their fair share of the pot with 40, 46, and 41 kills respectively. olof and karrigan were following in tandem, with all 5 members having their fair share of individual prowess. karrigan’s strategies have been absolutely powerful, relying on his team’s star power and team work to brute force their way into bombsites with ease.

FaZe are truly looking scary right now, with all of their players performing equal to one another in one of the most electric arenas in CS:GO LAN history. If NiKo and co. don’t falter to the psychological pressure in the grand finals, the viewers are in for a huge treat. Esports bettors may feel safe betting on FaZe, but they have been known to choke under pressure.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of fnatic here.

fnatic’s dominance rained over Liquid in their semi-final matchup, as they managed to turn the tide around after a 8-2 deficit on de_inferno. Liquid were simply at a loss in dealing with the fnatic momentum, especially after losing a demoralizing 2v5 against Golden and flusha.

fnatic’s relentless aggression and ability to win force buys was a huge benefactor for the fnatic side, as they converted about ~5 total force buy rounds against Liquid across de_inferno and de_mirage, and not to mention the individual plays from KRiMZ and JW altogether. Golden’s gimmicky eco strats worked to full effect, as Liquid could not find an answer to the force buys of fnatic.

JW proved to be a surprising x-factor versus Liquid (StarLadder)

fnatic’s last tournament win was last year at IEM Katowice 2016, where the legendary fnatic lineup took their last championship win against Luminosity Gaming. And the huge factor in winning this matchup is winning the force buy game against FaZe Clan and shutting down any brute/individual aggression from the FaZe side. JW needs to turn it up against GuardiaN if they want any chance at winning this.

 

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FaZe Clan vs. Astralis CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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Introduction

The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.

Format

  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Credit to Liquipedia

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Europe FaZe Clan  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKo
  • Slovakia GuardiaN
  •  karrigan
  • Sweden olofmeister
  • Norway rain
  • Sweden RobbaN (coach)

FaZe Clan have been looking a bit up-and-down in recent times, faltering to teams they wouldn’t fall to on usual occasions. That doesn’t take away FaZe’s prestige as the “European international all-stars,” as they pack some of the deadliest firepower in the current CS:GO scene.

Ever since the major, their play-style and usual roles have shifted. While karrigan remains to be the support and IGL, GuardiaN has taken a shift into having a lot more impact with the AWP; it’s almost as if the Slovakian is slowly returning to his Na`Vi days. olofmeister has defined himself as a lurker and clutch-time player, whereas NiKo and rain continue to represent their usual anchor and fragging roles.

The team has become well-rounded, but many holes still fill the FaZe team. While they are, unarguably, a top 3 team, some of their star players seem to falter against the pressure. The most prominent name would be NiKo, who has shown time and time again to disappear in high pressure matches. While same can be said for many, NiKo’s potential is on a whole new level to that of his team’s. He disappointed many with subpar performances at StarLadder, ESL Pro League, and the ELEAGUE Major more importantly.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

FaZe’s roles are set in stone and work as a well-oiled machine. To counter that, a team must remove FaZe’s “OPness,” which equates to a stable economy and also nullify FaZe’s ability to win force-buys or cause important economical damage. That is when FaZe start to “tilt,” and karrigan finds himself at a loss for words on how to lead his men.

Denmark Astralis (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Denmark gla1ve
  • Denmark device
  • Denmark dupreeh
  • Denmark Xyp9x
  • Denmark Magisk
  • Denmark zonic (coach)

Astralis have been deadly since the addition of Magisk, who promptly meshed well with gla1ve’s system. The more surprising part is dupreeh reprising his role from the device-less Astralis, performing up to par with his counterpart in the fragging and rating department. dupreeh and device have been headlining Astralis’ Katowice and StarLadder runs as the two clear stars, with the other half playing a support and stability role in tow.

Astralis has always been the mix of a well-rounded team. The star players, gla1ve’s intuitive in-game leading style, and Xyp9x’s clutching. Add in a star like Magisk who can anchor and has the experience to mesh in with gla1ve’s play-style, and you have a set team. In fact, gla1ve’s leading is renowned for his ability to call mid round and read the enemy team like a book. With a style like glaive’s, Astralis surely should be a championship contending team, right?

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

Not necessarily. Even with the support of zonic’s coaching, Astralis find a way to fall under the pressure of high level games. While they do have the experience, they can find themselves stumped easily when a part of their system isn’t working, and it all leads from there. A relatable moment of this was their inability to close out de_inferno vs. Na`Vi in a pivotal round, where the round ended due to a lack of defuse kits from Astralis. As long as they’re able to continue to mesh together and overcome the psychological hurdle of closing out games, Astralis should be a team to fear.

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Team Liquid vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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Introduction

The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.

Format

  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Credit to Liquipedia

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North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • USA nitr0
  • Brazil steel
  • USA EliGE
  • Canada Twistzz
  • Canada NAF
  • Brazil zews (coach)

Team Liquid have rebranded themselves completely since the addition of Renegades star NAF. Unarguably, one could say that this is probably the best Liquid lineup since the one that took the world by storm at ESL Cologne 2016.

NAF himself has taken Liquid under the reigns of his firepower. He’s boasted the highest rating in Team Liquid in the 3 LAN events he’s participated, boasting an average rating equating to ~1.24 at cs_summit 2, StarLadder, and IEM Katowice. In that run, he secured Team Liquid their first international championship at cs_summit 2, and also made a running for one of the top 5 players of the year in CS:GO.

Also, I dare say this day may have come already – NAF is[, in my opinion,] currently a top 5 player in the world. Based on how he’s playing and how much impact he’s having in these big events, against the very top teams, I can’t argue myself out of it.

– Peter “Twgri1s” Milovanovic, Twitter

Liquid have turned solid under the flagship of NAF (StarLadder)

With that, EliGE and Twistzz prove to be one of the best fragging duos for Liquid, as they have proven to be stable riflers and masters of their own trades. Twistzz has been renowned for his eco play with the desert eagle, whereas EliGE continues to impress with his improbable rifle play when it’s needed most. Count in the supporting brains of nitr0, steel, and zews, and you have a world-class team. While nitr0 has the potential as seen at ELEAGUE, he and steel have been working well in providing opportunities both on the CT and T side. steel is a great lurker and support who is willing to throw himself for the team, and a brain like zews’ instills discipline and teamwork altogether.

If Liquid keep this up, they are sure to overtake Cloud9 as North America’s best.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

fnatic completely resurged from a poor showing at StarLadder, which saw them go out without a single best of 3 win while losing to the likes of TyLoo and Renegades. The Swedes, who were fishing for a solution, have reeled in a great one as they displayed themselves at Katowice with utter superiority, destroying FaZe Clan and G2 Esports along the way.

fnatic completely reverted from the well-known aim-style fnatic that was seen during the “fnatic era” of CS:GO, picking up Golden to bring in a more in-depth tactical style to the squad. It has worked very well so far, but the true star over the last few stints is comes with huge surprise: KRiMZ. KRiMZ has absolutely been phenomenal in fnatic’s LAN runs, performing well above anyone else in crucial matches and moments. The man, who has been revered as one of the best anchors and all-around players in CS:GO, has come back to form.

KRiMZ and flusha have renowned themselves as fnatic’s frontrunners (StarLadder)

Of course, the roles have been structured to fit fnatic’s individual play-styles. flusha has been lurking and playing anchor like KRiMZ, with Golden and Lekr0 playing clean-up and support roles, and JW has been playing a hybrid entry-AWPer role to suit the aggressiveness of his play-style. fnatic look completely revitalized with this lineup, and we’re starting to see the prime of these players come out in a time where fnatic need to resurge as one of the best.

 

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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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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)

Ah, Cloud9, the ELEAGUE Major Champions and the first North American team in CS:GO History to win a Valve-sponsored Major event. They truly cement themselves as one of the best teams in CS:GO and in North America as a whole. Their play at the major was truly superb, as tarik’s IGLing powered them through the grand finals. Actually, all in all, it was Skadoodle, Stewie2k, and tarik who went big in the finals, as Stewie’s holds on B during de_inferno and Skadoodle’s clutch ability throughout the series was extremely vital; tarik’s ability to open up space was just as crucial too.

Each member of Cloud9 played a huge role in their championship run (ELEAGUE)

The important part to note from this major was the resurgence of all Cloud9 members, as they all posted 1.05+ ratings throughout their ELEAGUE run. It’s undeniable that their CT strongholds were impeccable, and were akin to their T sides throughout the major. While this major may have been a historical moment for North American, there is the possibility that Cloud9 may falter in the aftermath. This is primarily due to the fact that teams will be prone to analyzing them.

Still, C9’s dangerous arsenal involves the relentless aggression of tarik, the anchor of RUSH, and the double AWP setup of Stewie2k and Skadoodle. Add to that Skadoodle and Stewie2k’s clutch ability in the late game, and C9 are a pretty unstoppable squad.

Team Liquid

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

Liquid relinquished the struggling AWPer of his duties (jdm), and brought in a player known for his performance on Renegades: NAF.

Liquid welcomed back NAF just a few days ago, and boy are they grateful (Twitter)

NAF is no stranger to Liquid, having played with nitr0 before back in 2015 under the Liquid banner. After his removal, he trekked across North America, before settling in at Renegades. Becoming notable for his resurgence, NAF was pivotal in Renegades’ rise in performance, even netting them a championship at StarLadder. Now, he joins Liquid and relieves them with much needed firepower.

Due to this change, nitr0 has assumed the AWP role. steel, while not the IGL yet, has assumed a concrete support role once held by nitr0. EliGE and Twistzz together play the entry duo (with Twistzz lurking at times), and their CT sides feature a similar set of roles. The only change is that NAF/Twistzz will occasionally switch between secondary AWP roles. But, generally, NAF and Twistzz play anchor roles whereas steel plays “uncomfortable” spots and EliGE plays flex rotate.

While this new roster had yet to play an official together, Liquid showed a strong debut by defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas in a 2-1 thriller. Winning the last map on a comeback to end 16-14, it is safe to say that Liquid are adjusting to their roles very easily. But, with this new roster change, it may be a honeymoon period for this squad. Roles are not fully set in stone, and the chemistry and synergy is still building for this squad. But, their future at this event is not bleak at all after defeating the Swedes.

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