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Mousesports vs Made in Brazil: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals

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The ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals will see the top teams in Counter-Strike in attendance. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000 one of the largest amounts in Counter-Strike outside of the Majors. Every year the ESL Pro League LAN Finals is a way of ending the current season. They are usually held twice in a year and they provide a good understanding of the professional scene at the top level. This tournament will see the top teams such as Astralis, MiBr, Na’Vi, Team Liquid in participation. Their performance at this tournament will be a good prelude to the upcoming months. With the ESL One Katowice Major only a few months away, this tournament will be great preparation for many of the current teams.

The tournament is still in its Group stage and the teams will play their Best of One Opening matches on Day 1. This will be followed by Best of Three series of matches until three teams from each group are selected for the playoffs.

This match will be between Team Astralis and Team Liquid. The two teams have a history of playing against each other in LAN PLayoffs. This particular match might not be the knockout match and hence it does not carry the same significance. The winner of the match goes directly to the semifinals, while the loser goes to the quarterfinals. It essentially means that the loser will have to play one extra match in order to reach the Grand finals. Considering the quality of teams in participation at the event, this could mean a disaster for either team.

Primary Broadcast

Stage Host:

OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)

Desk Host.

Stunna (Tres Saranthus).

Analysts:

  • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Finland natu (Joona Leppänen)
  • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

    Commentators:
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Hugo Byron (Hugo Byron)
  • JustHarry (Harry Russell)

Interviewer:
James Banks (James Banks)

Observer:

Rushly (Alex Rush)


Secondary BroadcastCommentators:

Observer:
Rushly (Alex Rush)


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 8 teams
  • The group stage is seeded based on Online League Placements

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: December 7th – 9th, 2018
Single-Elimination bracket
The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
The Grand Final is Bo5

Made in Brazil vs Mousesports

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik

Made in Brazil had a scare against NRG esports yesterday. The team looked extremely lost on Train and despite their best attempts, they were not able to put up strong results. They did manage a comeback in the end which was a testimony to the raw skill on the team. However, at one point in time, both Stewie2k and Tarik looked extremely lost and sad about their own performance.

Fallen had a wonderful series against NRG, but MiBr would probably have lost without him.

Made in Brazil roster has a lot of talent. They have five former Major Champions and that speaks in itself for their skill level. However, the team’s performance of late has not been the best. With YNK getting almost half a year with the roster, we expected the team to perform much better. After all, they did manage to win a map against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals.

Fallen was exceptional in yesterday’s serious. For many, he was the only reason why Made in Brazil won their series against NRG. Fallen has taken his role and his ability to make aggressive plays seriously. On Inferno, Fallen was responsible for giving away many early frags. This was probably because the team felt confident after their game on Overpass. The team has developed synergy, but their current performance reminds us of a former Virtus Pro without the aim to back them up. The fact that Daps was able to easily understand Fallen’s playstyle and prepare the round accordingly spells doom for the team. They want to ensure that Fallen will have the upper hand when it comes to tactics and strategy. It is only this way that they can further utilise their skill set and ensure the best results for the team.

Tarik and Stewie2k need to be more comfortable on this team.

YNK does have a tough time on his hands as he is constantly seen trying to make the team perform well. However, there obviously seems to be a gap in his understanding of their gameplay and the actual gameplay of the team. There is no lack in the skill ceiling of the players. They are all exceptional players, however, they lack confidence and the current form is not enough to ensure a decent performance in the upcoming tournaments.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Styko
  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar

The Mousesports team looked menacing in their match against Natus Vincere. Not only was the score extremely one-sided, but it was the sheer aim of the Mousesports players which provides a lot of hope for this team. After all, this team has known success with the current roster. Ofcourse the management made a mistake of bringing on Snax to spoil an existing, well-performing team.

The team is looking strong once more with multiple members performing really well on the team. The performance of the team comes from the amazing chemistry between the players. Their aim was always great and as we watch them perform, we can see how the team likes to play with each other. They make aggressive pushes on certain areas of the map, but that is usually coordinated with a passive defensive style on the other. The fact that they can get away with so much space might also be a problem for their opponents.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

Styko is the young player who has been making waves on this roster. Being in familiar company, Styko is able to make space for himself and provide decent information for the team. He is one of the upcoming players and his movement to Cloud9 and then back to Mousesports definitely signals the fact that he will put in extra efforts to start winning matches for Mousespsorts.

If Mousesports win this match, they will secure a semifinals berth for themselves. That is a huge achievement for the team. They will be back in the playoff of big tournaments and make a name for themselves. With the Katowice Major on the horizon, we can expect this team to have much better results in the future.

Prediction.

Mousesports looks much better both in terms of form and their ability to play off each other. We are seeing a level of synergy similar to that pre-Snax Mousespsorts. Their current form is exciting and the way they defeated Na’Vi in two maps definitely inspires confidence in the team’s ability. They are definitely a team which can challenge Astralis on their day. If they keep their current course of form, Mousesports could be the team that Na’Vi never was.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports. They are looking much better than Made in Brazil who seemed lost and confused in their match against NRG.

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Made in Brazil vs NRG Esports: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals

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The ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals will see the top teams in Counter-Strike in attendance. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000 one of the largest amounts in Counter-Strike outside of the Majors. Every year the ESL Pro League LAN Finals is a way of ending the current season. They are usually held twice in a year and they provide a good understanding of the professional scene at the top level. This tournament will see the top teams such as Astralis, MiBr, Na’Vi, Team Liquid in participation. Their performance at this tournament will be a good prelude to the upcoming months. With the ESL One Katowice Major only a few months away, this tournament will be great preparation for many of the current teams.

The tournament is still in its Group stage and the teams will play their Best of One Opening matches on Day 1. This will be followed by Best of Three series of matches until three teams from each group are selected for the playoffs.

Primary Broadcast

Stage Host:

OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)

Desk Host.

Stunna (Tres Saranthus).

Analysts:

  • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Finland natu (Joona Leppänen)
  • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

    Commentators:
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Hugo Byron (Hugo Byron)
  • JustHarry (Harry Russell) 

Interviewer:
James Banks (James Banks)

Observer:

Rushly (Alex Rush)


Secondary BroadcastCommentators:

Observer:
Rushly (Alex Rush)


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 8 teams
  • The group stage is seeded based on Online League Placements

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: December 7th – 9th, 2018
Single-Elimination bracket
The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
The Grand Final is Bo5

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fer
  • Coldzera

The made in Brazil roster is definitely showing signs of improvement with their current form. They added Coach YNK to the team a few months ago. While the immediate impact was somewhat visible with Fallen’s playstyle, we are just witnessing the full impact in this tournament. During their ECS Season 6 LAN run, MiBr had a strong showing even against teams like Astralis. They managed to defeat Astralis in the Group stage. Although they could not repeat their performance in the Grand finals, this does raise hope for a potential competitor to the Astralis dominance era.

Coldzera is the player with the maximum room to grow on this team. We have all seen how dominant Coldzera can be at his peak. He was the best player in the world for well over a year. However, with subsequent roster changes and the loss in form, he does not look the same as his former self. It is also partially due to his personal lack in confidence. The player lacks the ability to make invasive plays and secure kills right now. While a lack of form is definitely true, it is also important for the player to realise that he needs to retain his own style of play. He is playing extremely cautiously. While that is not a bad thing in itself, the rest of the team has not adjusted their gameplay according to his change. The lack of synergy among the team especially the Brazilian players is painfully evident. With time, we might see roster changes on this team, but for now, they remain committed to each other.

Fallen will play a big role in the team’s development going forward. The In-Game Leader is constantly in close talks with YNK in order to analyze their own performance. Their ability to make invasive plays remains linked to their confidence. With their strong ECS Season 6 LAN showing, we expect this team to be much more confident than before. Tarik and Stewie2k are already putting up big numbers for the team and that is encouraging for the coach, YNK.

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Daps
  • NahTe
  • Cerq
  • Fugly
  • BrehZe

NRG has to be an enigma in Counter-Strike. The team has so many talented players and at times it looks competent enough to defeat even Astralis. However, they have been unable to keep up their consistent performance. The lack of consistency on part of NRG is truly the biggest obstacle to the team’s progress. They have a high skill ceiling when it comes to sheer firepower. While they do have Cerq, who is a prodigy in himself, it is the other members on the team who show a more consistent showing. Players like Nahte and Brehze have been instrumental in enabling the progress of NRG.

NRG is led by Daps, a player who has a lot of experience in the North American scene. For Daps, NRG has made significant progress as a team. His recent interview with HLTV showcased his thoughts on the matter.

The ideal situation is we win the event, but I’m always a realist in interviews, and I think if we won here it would be a huge upset, a Cinderella story because I don’t think we’re playing at maximum capacity right now. A lot of our players are burnt out from going to so many back-to-back LANs. I think the first goal is playoffs, and if we beat MIBR convincingly tomorrow then I think we do have a shot at making the finals, 100%. If we play, like, Astralis in the finals, then I just hope we can keep the form up. [laughs]

As you can clearly see Daps himself mentions that burnout is a serious problem on the team. With the level of players on this roster and their constant endeavour to become the best team in the world, it is no surprise to see their players suffering from burnout. Nahte is still a very young player and his position on the team is crucial to the results. He has improved with time and it was only a year ago that he first managed to win against a European team in any capacity [ Bo1 or BO3]. As such the player’s confidence has seen a significant increase over the past few years.

 

The team skyrockets when Cerq has a good game. Unfortunately for NRG, Cerq has not proven to be as good on LAN. Maybe it is the nerves and the pressure of performing on LAN, but he does not have the same LAN presence as his online domination. Ofcourse there are still games where the player does exceedingly well, but they are few and far between. However, it is these games which show us a glimpse of the team’s potential. It is important for the team to find the right balance between excessive play and their ability to perform at a high level on a consistent basis. This is what separates the best teams from the have-nots. As such NRG needs a good support staff and possibly player management coaches. Right now, we don’t want to see this team feeling the burnout on a regular basis.

Their match against Made in Brazil will be a really tough one since MIBr looks stronger than ever.

Prediction :

This match is a Best of Three series and the map picks become important. NRG as a team has a very limited map pool and this is going to be a big problem for the North American side. In addition to this, the team does suffer from consistency issues, which can change from one match to another. So NRG needs to get the right matches and maps in order to possibly proceed further in this series. Their performance will need to come from multiple areas in the map. Fallen being the shrewd in Game Leader that he is, will readily exploit any weakness shown on part of NRG.

The made in Brazil roster has five of the best players in the world at their peak. Each player has won a Major and a dominant period in Counter-Strike scene. With YNK added as their coach, this team already looks very strong. Their recent efforts also saw them win against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals. Coming into ESL Pro League, we expect MiBr to put up a strong performance, possibly even winning the tournament.

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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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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:

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • F0rest
  • Get_Right
  • Rez
  • Dennis
  • Lekro

The Ninjas in Pyjamas is one of the most iconic Swedish teams in Counter-Strike. Their dominance in the early days of Counter-Strike earned them a lot of fans for their troubles. Over the course of the next few years, however, NIP saw their performance decline severely. For the longest time, the organisation did not want to change the roster. But it only resulted in the team having poorer performance.

Get_Right is a player with a very strong work ethic

Right now NIP has added Dennis and Lekro to the team. The two bring forth a steady mixture of great in Game Leading and excellent talent. Dennis is a player who is extremely comfortable with the rest of the veterans on the roster. He has great synergy with Get_Right and F0rest. On an individual level, Dennis has shown amazing aim so far at the London FaceIT Major. He has been tapping heads left and right. Often times, Dennis is the reason for NIP to gain entry onto a bomb site. The performance of the team is definitely heavily dependent on how good a game Dennis has in their matches. He remains a cheerful guy for the team constantly lifting up their spirits.

Dennis has been really strong at the FaceIT London Major so far

The other ‘new player’ on this team, Jonas ‘Lekro’ Olofsson has taken up the mantle of In-Game Leading. This is the first time that Lekro will is leading a team. Its something that players are often compelled to do and Lekro has already proven himself to be a decent In Game leader so far. One of the biggest advantages of Lekro is the fact that he is consistently performing well despite being an In-Game Leader. The team’s performance, especially in the New Challengers stage was led by great individual performances by Lekro and Dennis. It is interesting to understand that NIP’s performance can vary depending on these two players. Get_Right and F0rest are doing just about decent at the London Major.

 

The Ninjas in Pyjamas qualified to the Legends stage after a gap of almost 2 years. This was unprecedented and their return to the Legends stage definitely makes for exciting times for their fans. Today we will see NIP in action against MiBr, another former Major winner.

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Fallen

The Made in Brazil roster has come into formation post the addition of Stewie2k and Tarik from Cloud9. These two additions were supposed to severely improve the performance of the team allowing them to become great once again. While on an individual level, the team does look very strong; we can’t say the same for their overall performance as a team. They seem to lack team chemistry and have much weaker strategies.

For their match against Astralis, the map was Dust2. It is a fairly even map with any team having the possibility to win it. With Ynk’s recent addition to the team, Astralis had a set of maps to view and review the performance of MiBr on Dust 2. This was not a tough task for them as they were able to ultimately crush Mibr 16-0. This is the first 16-0 in CS: GO Major history, and it was against a team with 5 Former Major winners.

Fallen and Coldzera in action

Fallen has shown a lot of aggressive plays during London FaceIT major. His pushes through smokes while calculated often leave Mibr with an advantage. Once a team smokes off a particular area, it is mostly due to the fact that they want to focus on another area. So while it is risky, since you do not know if a team will be watching the smoke; Fallens pushes through smokes have often resulted in multiple kills for the AWPer. Watching Fallen put together such a strong performance is definitely something exciting for MiBr fans. It is reminiscent of the time when Made in Brazil [ then SK Gaming] was one of the best teams in the world. And Fallen with the aggressive AWP was one of the biggest reasons for their success.

Coldzera needs to improve his individual performance if Mibr is to have a decent showing at the Major

Coldzera has seen a significant drop in form from his peak levels. He is still a very good and talented player, but he does not have the same peak levels as before. Coldzera’s performance, however, can only go upwards which means this is good news for the Brazilian roster.

Tarik and Stewie2k are looking decent on this team. Stewie2k is not at the same level as before and that is something to worry about, but Tarik is seeing an improvement in his individual performance. Tarik’s performance at the Major has a lot to show for itself and he has a very sharp mind especially when dissecting the plays of the opponents. In clutch situations, he can take on multiple 1 on 1 fights resulting in a favourable situation for the player.

Will Fallen continue with his hyper-aggressive peeks with the AWP?

Ynk will now be feeling the heat of having to perform well at the major. His first obvious goal is to ensure that the team reaches the New Champions stage. If MIbr is able to reach the New Champions stage, it would be an achievement for the players as well as their coach. They are still very much in their honeymoon period and hence they will be able to work out their differences and put forth a stronger performance in the future. Their 0-16 loss to Astralis definitely rings a few bells and if anything, it will only help Mibr perform better.

Prediction:

Watching MIBr’s 16-0 routing yesterday, many would believe that the team could actually be on a slippery slope. However, the 16-0 was against Astralis, a team that had prepared for Dust 2 specifically against MiBr. As Glaive said in the post-match interview, they felt they knew a lot of things that MiBr was about to do. The high level of preparedness on the Danish side definitely caught Mibr unawares as they were unable to secure a single round. Even in cases where they had a big advantage, Dupreeh or someone else from the Danish side would get multiple kills to put the round back in Astralis’ favour. MiBr does need to get their team chemistry and their synergy back on track if they are to have a chance of defeating the top teams in Counter Strike. Right now, however, they have to face off against NIP in the Day 5 match of the NCounter-Strikeew Legends stage.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas definitely look much strong both in terms of firepower as well as team strategy at the London FaceIT Major. The team’s performance has improved significantly with multiple things going in their favour. With Dennis, Rez and Lekro having a good time in terms of their aim, the experience fo Get_right and F0rest helps the team in tougher situations. But this match is a BO3 match and that is where the teams will face their true test. With a map pool as wide as MIBr’s NIP will face a tough task in the veto stage. It almost feels like NIP has minimal room to manoeuvre in the veto stage, which puts them at a disadvantage. Ofcourse the team can still surprise us [ and MiBr] by some unconventional vetoes. However, it can also backfire terribly.

For now, we recommend a medium bet on MiBr. They have the better map pool and slightly better aim and confidence when it comes to winning their matches against NIP.

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