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

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

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

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

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

Format

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

Fnatic vs Team Liquid

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • Krimz
  • JW
  • Xizt
  • Twist
  • Brollan

Fnatic was one of the best teams in the world at a point in time. Their ability to run and gun and still win their aim duels perplexed casters and talent for a very long time. However, over time, the Fnatic roster folded [ in very surprising decisions ]. The Fnatic team is no longer as good although they do retain some members of the former roster.

With Krimz and JW on this team, they still have a broad understanding of how the team functions and what is expected of them. However, they also do not have their former In Game Leader. Xizt presents a very different style of play, which has been characterised as unsuccessful in the past. However, this presence on the team stems from their friendship and comfort factor around each other. Together the team hopes to find its groove, especially with the new addition of Twist and Brollan. The two players are very young, but also incredibly talented.

Twist is a Swedish player who has seen multiple Swedish organisations after him in the past. In what is probably a big mystery even now, Twist would often refuse them focusing on playing for much weaker teams. His superior aim means that he almost always wins straightforward aim duels. It is not surprising to see him pre-aim a corner and get a kill on an opponent. The opponent might be standing there waiting exactly for this kind of a peak, but Twist is able to make flashy and yet extremely low reaction time plays.

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

Fnatic’s roster depends heavily on how well Xizt can lead them. In the past on NIP, we have seen him allow the players a wide range of freedom. The player would often try to win aim duels despite obviously being at a disadvantage. The NIP roster did not do well and now they have a completely different look [ although even they have retained two of their former players]. With Fnatic, we hope Xizt takes into account the players ability, their positioning and preferred playstyle. It is important not to allow the players to deviate too much from what they are used to. Forming a team does not have an infinite time period and poor results can mean that the roster might change again.

We don’t expect Fnatic to be able to win against Team liquid. They lack the firepower and definitely the team synergy to go against a well-established roster like Team liquid.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • TACO

Team liquid remains one of the strongest teams on paper and in terms of North American results. They are probably the only hope for North America in this tournament. Most of their success comes from an amazing individual skill level which translates into match wins for the roster. The North American squad has been able to put forth really strong performances mostly against the best teams in the world.

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

The best players on this team remain Elige and Twistzz. The two players have been able to put up the big numbers repeatedly. It is very common to see either or both the players constantly way ahead of the rest of the pack. Their consistency in delivering such numbers is what makes them extremely valuable for the team. They have an amazing read of their team’s positioning and how the round will unfold. A single kill can set the advantage for the North American squad. We have seen Team Liquid double down on these advantages to secure themselves a strong victory.

TACO has been underwhelming of late, especially when we consider what the player is capable of. His ability to turn the round on itself and pull off wins in almost impossible situations is what makes him a very strong player. However, on Team Liquid he has mostly been relegated to an almost support player. This is not a bad thing since it is working for Tema Liquid. Allowing players like Elige and Twistzz to take the lead and the brunt of the opponent’s attacks makes for a favourable trade for Team Liquid.

Overall, the North American squad is a very strong roster and is a contender for the Grand finals of this tournament. With Natus Vincere already out of the tournament, there are just a handful of teams who can truly call themselves better than Team Liquid. Fnatic seemingly is not one of them.

Prediction:

Fnatic and Team Liquid are not the best teams in Counter-Strike.  But Team Liquid has shown us that its capable of winning against the very best. It will not be a huge surprise to see Team Liquid defeat the likes of Astralis, Na’Vi, Faze Clan and Mousesports in one tournament. However, they do not have many trophies to their name which makes them a somewhat weaker team on the International stage.

Their opponents Faze Clan is still findings itself on the international stage. After multiple roster changes, Fnatic is slowly finding its form. That being said, they have had a relatively easier route to this place till now. They did win their match against BIG Gaming. The match was a Best of One match on Cache, which is a very favourable map for Fnatic. As we head into the Best of threes, it remains to be seen if Fnatic can keep up a similar performance across maps.

Team liquid is, without doubt, the stronger team on paper. They have the better firepower and more importantly, there are not many maps that Fnatic can surprise them with. The map pool for both the teams is very similar and Team Liquid is definitely the better team when it comes to their aim and firepower. We recommend a bet on Team Liquid for this match.

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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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