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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.

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Fnatic vs North: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs North

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • Xizt
  • Flusha
  • Krimz
  • JW
  • Draken

Fnatic is one of the biggest names in Counter-Strike. The organization which held the mantle for the best team in the world for a prolonged period of time during 2015 saw some roster and organization changes henceforth.  However, they have not been able to replicate the same level of success since then. The current Fnatic roster retains the core of the team. The trio of Flusha, Krimz, and JW are joined by former NIP players Xizt and Draken.

The performance of this team and their results heavily depend on the performance of the Fnatic core. The three players have already shown us their peak, and that is unchallenged so far in Counter-Strike. But as far as the current form goes, they are not really at their peak. The Fnatic roster did win some big tournaments in 2018, including IEM Katowice and WESG. IEM Katowice was an impressive performance led by Golden, now a substitute on the team. There were plans to remove Golden prior to IEM Katowice, but the sudden spurt in the trophies and victories made Fnatic organization to push their decision down the line. With Golden now on the substitute bench and possibly looking for a new organization, the new Fnatic roster has little to no experience together.

Draken has to be the guy to help Fnatic over the edge. Bet at Arcanebet

Indeed this will be Draken’s first map together with the rest of the squad. Draken has a very aggressive performance as an AWPer. It is confusing why they picked up Draken on the team when they have JW on the roster. However, Draken could just be the infusion of young blood and upcoming talent that they need. They have entailed Xizt as their In-Game Leader. Xizt’s IGL performance on NIP was limited due to the resources he had at his disposal. NIP’s refusal to change their core for such a prolonged period of time definitely impacted their results and performance.

Xizt has also been performing really well in his personal capacity as a rifle. He has had several clutch situations, where he helped Faze Clan when he was a stand-in. His personal performance, new talent available for the In-Game leader definitely will help him to surprise the naysayers.

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Mertz
  • Kjaerbye

North is the second best Danish roster in Counter-Strike. Constantly living in the Shadows of the world’s best team, Astralis, North has been improving dramatically over the years. The current roster has been together for almost six to seven months now. They have had ample time to gel together and put up great synergy and coordination.

Team North is currently ranked 8th on the HLTV world rankings, but there seems to be a huge gap between the top five and the rest. While North does put up surprising performances at times, they have not really been in the same league as the top CS GO teams. North has been playing in lower tier tournaments, so their performance and titles have to be taken with a grain of salt. They last won the Dreamhack Open tours 2018, a tournament with Tier ⅔ teams at best.

MSL’s in Game leadership is one of the best, but his form on an individual level is highly questionable. It is not rare to see In-Game Leaders suffer from lack of personal performance. But MSL has been at the bottom of the list. But despite his lower than average performances, North still retains the eight position on the world rankings. The rest of the team, especially when it comes to Aizy and Kjaerbye have been really consistent and strong. Kjaerbye and Aizy, former Astralis members do have the experience of playing at the top level. Their experience along with the obvious talent on the team is what makes this team extremely strong. But they don’t have much practice against the top teams and that is a big disadvantage for them.

Prediction:

Both the teams have had varied results when it comes to head to head matches. While Fnatic has won 8 matches, North has won 5 against Fnatic. This is pretty much balanced as much as the difference between the teams goes. The Fnatic roster has way more experience amongst themselves, however. The team with the likes of Xizt, flusha, JW, and Krimz consists of several veterans on the team. While they have been consistently average, it is Draken who can be their trump card in this tournament. Fnatic’s roster has changed quite a bit and that is going to affect their synergy and coordination for this matchup.


North, on the other hand, is quite stable compared to Fnatic. There is not much difference in rankings or team performance. The stability of Team North is what makes them an endearing pick for us. We recommend a medium sized bet on Team North for this match.

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Astralis vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Denmark Astralis (powered by EsportsBet)

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

Astralis have been looking stronger since Kjaerbye’s departure in favor of Magisk, having refreshed their new system; Magisk is also a clearly stronger fragger than that of the former. With that, we’ve seen the return of the device carry on the AWP alongside stellar performances from his partner-in-crime, dupreeh.

But, at this event, we’ve seen the star play of Magisk, carrying Astralis towards a semifinal birth against their nordic rivals. There shouldn’t be any discredit for gla1ve, though, as his tactical prowess has led to Astralis making very minimal mistakes. Luckily, Astralis did not have to make any changes to their structure, as shown in an interview with Magisk. This allowed gla1ve to continue from where he left off, making very little changes while improving Astralis from a strategic standpoint.

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

In terms of current form, Astralis may as well be considered top 3 in the world (alongside mousesports, fnatic, and possibly FaZe). They’re clearly the strongest team that has made a recent roster change, and their semifinal placing at StarLadder i-Series is the most latest of results to prove it. Their ability to play off each other so well while also preventing the enemy from making any openings is impeccable. Astralis’ tactical prowess is shown to be the strongest on a map like de_overpass or de_cache, as shown when they completely obliterated Liquid.

As per their current performance at Dreamhack (obliterating FaZe, Liquid, and Gambit with less than 6 rounds lost in 4 of the 5 maps played between the 2) Astralis are a team that allow very little exploits in their gameplan. The only problem Astralis have is in regards to their ability to close out games or perform against individual star power, which has been mitigated since their choking days, but still show (like in the 1st map against Liquid). Right now, though, Astralis are probably one of the most consistent and strongest teams out there,

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

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

fnatic has been powering through their last few tournament appearances, which include becoming one of the two teams to win 2 major tournaments in 2018. IEM Katowice was thanks to some late-game heroics from flusha, whereas WESG 2018 saw them defeat the Turkish contenders Space Soldiers.

So far, the main catalyst for fnatic’s success is not Golden’s ability to bring structure and tacticality to the roster, but KRiMZ himself. In their quarterfinals win against Ninjas in Pyjamas, KRiMZ scored 70 kills across 3 maps that ended with a CT-train comeback from fnatic. If that isn’t enough to say how KRiMZ has been performing in 2018 so far, there’s no telling as to what can describe KRiMZ so far. He has been the clear star of the team, whereas Lekr0 and co. are supporting him from the backlines.

Golden came, saw, and conquered fnatic with two championship wins (credit: Daily Dot Esports)

fnatic try to give KRiMZ opportunities to trade frags and get multi-kills while anchoring on CT side. This usually leads to Golden and JW creating space for KRiMZ, whereas Lekr0 comes in and does some work here and there with the trusty deagle/AK-47. flusha, staying in his usual lurk spot, can be seen creating space, albeit doing it alone and on the other side of the map. This is to be expected from a player of flusha’s playstyle, and works best with a player as intelligent as him.

The only problem that rises around fnatic is their inconsistent map pool. While de_cobblestone has proven to be an ace up in the sleeve against Na`Vi and Renegades, they’ve been faltering on one of their other trademark maps, de_inferno, and only have de_mirage to rely on. While they have beat FaZe and Ninjas in Pyjamas on de_train, it’s really hard to say that it’s a map to be relied on when fnatic have a spotty history around in. Considering it’s against Astralis, it may not work.

It doesn’t help that Golden can’t hold his own while fragging, but it’s hard to fragout when a player like KRiMZ is playing like an MVP each game.

 

Prediction

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Space Soldiers vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis at WESG 2017

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Introduction

Esports Betting players will have a field day at WESG’s 2017 Global LAN Finals. The World Electronic Sports Games 2017 is a continuation of last year’s finals, where organizers AliSports and ImbaTV hosted tournaments across multiple esports titles with spectacular prize pools. With patriotism and nationality pride on the line, many countries travel across to China in hopes of taking home a significant result to their country, as the whole purpose of WESG is to have “national team” competitions against one another.

Because of this, all the teams represent one single nationality. Last year, it was the French side of EnVyUs that won in the grand finals over Team Kinguin to take home the $800,000 grand prize. And, once again, that same prize will be part of the golden pot of $1,500,000 USD; teams placing as quarterfinalists or above will be taking home $10,000 at the minimum placing.

While last year’s national competition for Counter-Strike’s esports scene did not feature many top teams, there are a lot of top tier esports squads to bet on for this year. Reigning champions Team EnVyUs return with an altered lineup (kioshiMa standing in for ScreaM due to nationality rules), and recent and former champions fnatic, SK Gaming, and Cloud9 look to battle their way to take home the lion’s share.

Of course, they’ll be subject to fierce competition, as teams across South America, North America, Canada, Europe, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and more have come this far; these teams will be giving it their all to fight their way to the bitter end. Anything can happen, but there are sure to be sheer favorites and complete underdogs. But, at an intercontinental LAN like this with many group stages and matches to played, anyone can go home disappointed. Because of the plentiful amount of matches, esports bettors will surely be betting on a lot of the matches at WESG!

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage 1:
    • Eight Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to Group Stage 2
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo1
  • Group Stage 2:
    • Four Double Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo2
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • 3rd place decider for semi-finalists

Credit to Liquipedia

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Turkey Space Soldiers (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Turkey XANTARES
  • Turkey Calyx
  • Turkey ngiN
  • Turkey paz
  • Turkey MAJ3R
  • Turkey hardstyle (coach)

Space Soldiers are essentially the FlipSid3 Tactics of this era, barely losing to any tier 2 teams or underdogs. They’re that team that have the potential to upset a tier 1 team, but that can happy once in a blue moon. This era started to see a rise with the addition of MAJ3R, who provides a stable IGL to execute strategies and tactics (something the DESPE-era Space Soldiers lacked heavily).

Space Soldiers are a team that can make it far into events like these, having proven that they lack the ability to lose when they’re considered to be one of the favorites. This has been proven to be countered by AGO Gaming, who have beat Space Soldiers in their last two finals appearances between the two. Regardless, the distance between the other teams and Space Soldiers is very distant, and they’re a reliable pick when choosing to throw your esports bet on an overdog.

Space Soldiers: Soldiers who only know brute force aggression (StarLadder)

It was expected that they would make a deep run into WESG, as they had proven at the WESG 2016 LAN Finals, losing to Virtus.Pro in the 3rd place decider. They completely dominated all of their opponents so far, having only dropped a map to Team One is the second group stage (bo2). Spectators have yet to see what Space Soldiers can offer up against a team considered better than them, though, and we’ll be able to see that against fnatic.

Space Soldiers are a team that follow a setup heavily reminiscent of the golden era fnatic lineup. They have two star hitters they can consistently rely on (XANTARES and Calyx) whereas as a backup plan, any of the other players on the lineup can show up (primarily paz). Space Soldiers have been gradually straying away from the usual 4 rifle + 1 AWP setup, opting for a more aggressive approach by having all 5 players rifle.  Should that not be the case, ngiN is usually the first option for picking up the AWP.

Also to note, that Space Soldiers are currently on an 8 game winning streak with their current lineup (17 counting the past lineup) on de_cache at LAN, having gained notoriety for it since their upset against SK Gaming. Most likely, fnatic will be wanting to veto this map.

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

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

The Swedish roster and esports bettors alike headed into WESG over a cloud of worry and mystery, as media outlets reported that ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas IGL Xizt would be joining over the removal of Golden—just after winning IEM Katowice 2018 over FaZe Clan.

Ignoring that, let’s face the fact that fnatic won IEM Katowice purely from some individual stand out performances from KRiMZ and flusha. Of course, let’s not discredit Golden, as the addition of a pure IGL like Golden help restructure fnatic in a way that utilized each player’s strength correctly. fnatic team coordination really works off of their individual play-styles. For example, flusha is usually seen soloing and holding/gaining control of a certain portion of the map. On the other hand, Golden and Lekr0 work together to take control and entry with the team, whereas KRiMZ and JW work very well as trade fraggers (and JW’s AWP serves another entry threat).

fnatic’s IEM Katowice victory is shrouded by roster rumors looming over IGL Golden (ESL)

Personally, there is nothing wrong with this team, as long as flusha can continue his major-form and KRiMZ plays as stellar as he has so far. The team structure works really well, and each player plays off another very well. The only question that remains is how consistent fnatic can remain with this roster, as their IEM Katowice win is preceded by a 0-3 group stage at StarLadder. Also to note that fnatic’s grand final win over FaZe could have not been a possibility had flusha not clutched out two crucial rounds (1 & 2).

In that same grand final, it become clear that fnatic’s map pool is not in-depth, having to play a map like de_train as one of the decider maps. Had they chosen to expand their playability to 6 of the 7 map pools, they could have been a very strong team overall.

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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

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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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