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Faze Clan vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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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:

Faze Clan

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)


Faze Clan roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

Faze Clan was the finalist at the previous Major, The Eleague Boston Major 2018. They lost to Cloud9 in a hotly contested series partly due to the pressure of playing in front of an American crowd. Post the Major, Faze continued to be the nemesis to Astralis, however, that did not last long. The performance of the team took a huge setback when they had to lose Olofmeister due to personal problems for the player

With Olofmeister’s absence, the team relied on several stand-ins during the course of the next few months. They got in players like Xizt, Cromen who helped the team lift several trophies or become extremely strong in their tournaments. The rest of the team did adjust to the new players on their roster, but overall Faze looked like the only team in CS: GO which could potentially challenge Astralis at their peak. But with Faze Clan now having Olofmeister back on their roster, they seem to have actually fallen off. The team’s performance has actually gotten worse, despite having Olofmeister play at his peak.

Olofmeister has put up strong performances after his return from the Major

Olofmeister has been able to play almost at his 2015 levels in this tournament. His individual performance looks better than the rest of the team’s performance. The remaining four members on the team, however, don’t seem to be playing anywhere near their normal levels. The levels of burnout on this roster is quite high and we can witness that in their scoreboard and the performance of star players like Guardian, Niko etc. There also seems to be some kind of friction within the team. This is why Niko said that he is calling for the team to post the team reaching 0-2 at the Major. So far, it seems to have worked out for the team as they are not a part of the New Champions stage.

Niko has assumed the role of an In-Game Leader post the 0-2 Legends stage

But Niko is not traditional In Game Leader. His presence on this team is mostly due to his ability to hit insane shots and his firepower. If he goes on the role of a shot-caller, it is bound to affect his personal performance. Either way, it seems that Faze Clan’s current roster might be in for some changes post the Major.

Faze also has several players such as Guardian and rain who can step up. But the players just don’t have the right temperament and the burnout is severely affecting their personal performances. So there is a lot riding on the shoulders of a few, which if not successful means that the team won’t be able to put up really good performances.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis come into this tournament as the favourites. Without any competition from the remainder of the teams, they are definitely en route to win the FaceIT London Major. However, they have to maintain their momentum and this match against Faze clan will be one of their biggest tests. These two teams have been at loggerheads for most of the time between the previous Major and the current Major.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

Astralis team in action

Obviously, Device is the MVP on this roster. He has remained the best player on this roster for a long time. His ability to be consistently defensive on certain sections of the map and at the same time mix it up with aggressive plays elsewhere makes him a very unpredictable AWPer for the team. So Device’s ability to hold out certain zones on the map is exactly what makes him the right kind of player [ AWPer ] for Astralis.

The Astralis roster has Xyp9x, one of the most underrated heroes in the game. He always lurks under the radar but quickly dissects the enemy. His positioning on the map is exactly what makes him a constant threat in most of the games. His positioning compliments his playstyle which does not allow free movement on part of the enemy. Yet, he is not caught out and can dictate the pace of the game. This allows his teammates in Device and Dupreeh to burst onto the site and potentially get crucial frags. Xyp9x’s role on this team is a big understatement as he is crucial to the survival and the effectiveness of the team.

Prediction:

Both the teams are extremely strong and are finalist material. But it is the randomness of the draw and the lack of seeding which puts the two teams against each other. Astralis has shown a whole new level so far at the new legends stage. With the lack of good performances during the New Challengers stage, there were teams that were hopeful of an Astralis decline. But the time between the New Challengers stage and the New Legends stage definitely helped Astralis as they look extremely strong right now. Their focus on enabling their coordination and synergy on the team is exactly what the team relies on.

The performance of the team is scary right now and they don’t really look as if they have an opponent. Faze Clan was a decent matchup against Astralis till recently. But Faze Clan has not been able to put up consistently good performances in their matches. They didn’t have Olofmeister obviously because of his personal problems. And despite not having Olofmeister, Faze actually looked quite decent. But the bigger problem for the team remains that most of the players on their roster have been burnt out right now.

We have to recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are the better team and have been extremely consistent over time. With Faze Clan still figuring out their performance and the potential of a return to form for several of their members, Astralis seems to have it quite easy in this matchup.

 

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Mousesports vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • Sunny
  • Snax

The Mousesports roster lost 0-2 to MiBr in the Group stage. While the 0-2 loss might not be a huge surprise,  but they were unable to secure even a grand total of 15 rounds in the match. Mousesports does not seem to be as strong as they were just a few months ago.

The biggest reason for their ‘loss of form’ is the roster change. They added Snax to the team with the hopes of ensuring a better performance. They were constantly having deep placements in big tournaments but were simply unable to overcome the strongest teams in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. So they brought in Snax, from Virtus Pro as soon as he was available. The decision as hasty as it seems right now might not have been the best decision. As we can see, Mousesports is not a strong team anymore.

ChrisJ has the knack to bring together different rosters in the past. He takes on different roles for himself if it means that the team gets better. However, as we have seen in the past it takes time for the team to improve performance. With the London Major looming over the heads of top professional teams, it is a risky bet on Mousesports’ supposed improvement in performance.

Oskar and Sunny form the core of this team. Oskar has been a very consistent player in the game. His performance has been very consistent over the past few years. The player apparently has an attitude problem which puts him squarely against playing for the best teams in the world. As we can see how the team improves, Oskar and Sunny’s performance will be under a lot of scrutinies.

But for this team to become strong once more, Snax’s integration into the roster forms an important link. Even in Virtus Pro, Snax was not really doing well in the past year. His performance on the team definitely has to improve in order for the player to become relevant again. In addition to his individual performance, it is also important that he integrates well with the team.

Mousesports can become a strong team. It will not take a long time for them to just flip the switch. However, whether they can actually improve or not is something that no one can answer right now.

Faze Clan

Faze clan roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan has looked deceptively good so far in this tournament. We have to remember that their performance is despite Olofmeister just coming back from a self-imposed break. The former Fnatic player has been exceptional ever since his comeback into the roster.

Faze Clan are probably the only team in the world who can consistently challenge the like of Astralis. While Na’Vi has put forth some decent performances in the recent months, including three back to back tournaments wins, they seem very inconsistent. Faze Clan is a star-studded team, one that can easily defeat the best team in the world. But Faze Clan has struggled mainly due to lack of time together. The Faze roster comprises of some of the best players in the world. The likes of Guardian, Olofmeister have shown what they are capable of on several previous rosters.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian is a player who loves being aggressive in his performance. But his aggressive gameplay is something that comes based off success in his performance. Faze Clan have not had much success in the past few months, mainly because they have been using several different stand-ins to replace Olofmeister.

One of the common factors holding together the team is Karrigan. The player has a lot of experience in holding together a team comprised of superstars. He has moulded several superstars in his Danish past. The biggest problem of an international team is never the skill or the firepower. It is the management of the personnel which often makes or breaks the team. Controlling the egos of top-level players from various teams is a difficult task and there very few In game leaders who can handle this. Karrigan is one such IGL who has proven himself to be up to the task.

Olofmeister will also have to step up and maintain his positioning and performance. Having a player of Olofmeister’s calibre as a lurker definitely helps the team. The opponents cannot simply ignore Olofmeister and he often has insanely good rounds where he can destroy the enemy team single-handedly.

Prediction.

Mousesports still looks very weak right now. The team has a long way to go before they can fully integrate Snax into the team. Right now, they are decent based mostly on individual plays, but as a team, they are seen to be struggling right now.

The team’s performance over the past few months has not been something that can be proud of. On the contrary, Faze Clan has been quite decent despite not having Olofmeister on their roster. We have seen the team become strong and despite not having Olofeister, they have also won some matches.

For now, we recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Faze Clan vs Optic Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Karrigan
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain

Faze Clan is one of the only successful International CS: GO teams. The team has been built after several failed iterations, but the current roster is one of the best ( at least on paper). They have constantly challenged the best teams in the world ( in this case, Astralis) and have often come out on top. The Faze Clan roster comprises of the best players from several teams. Guardian was the best player on Na’Vi, Olofmeister formerly of Fnatic. Niko remains a prodigy, a player who can easily challenge S1mple for the throne of the best player in the world.

And yet, despite having so many strong players, Faze Clan still cannot hold the coveted title of being the best team in the world. Repeated failures, especially when it comes to their matches against Astralis resulted in Faze Clan being the second best team in the world. With Na’Vi breathing down their necks, Faze Clan needs to step up their performance.

Niko is the most important player on Faze Clan


One of the big factors for Faze clan and something that they have going for them is the fact that Olofmeister is back in the roster. Olofmeister is very crucial to Faze Clan’s performance. The team relies on having a strong lurker, one who can constantly take away the attention of the opponents. Olofmeister was away for a long time and with his return, he has brought back his flamboyant playstyle.

But in this tournament, we also need Guardian and Rain to step up. They are the two factors on this roster which have always remained constant. If they can stay at the same level, we can be assured that Olofmeister, Karrigan and Niko will do their work. But if Rain and Guardian falter, then the whole thing comes crashing down.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming Roster:

  • K0nfig
  • CajunB
  • Gade
  • Snappi
  • Jugi

Optic Gaming roster consists of the Danish roster comprising of several well known Danish players. Many of these players have been on stronger Danish rosters before such as Astralis. Optic won their match against Fnatic with relative ease. The team had a scoreline of 16-6, which is a very good score even though it was a map heavily favoured for the Danes.

The experience of CajunB and K0nfig come in handy when the team decides to veto and decide strategies. Having a lot of experience against Tier 1 teams and being as good as they are, this duo enables the team to be as strong as they are right now.

However, Optic is also a team which can be extremely dominant on certain maps. The performance of the team is very important when it comes to the veto. They are not a team with a deep map pool such as Faze Clan. Therefore it becomes important that they get a good veto in this matchup.

Regardless of their skill level, the team has always been momentum based. They have been a team which can either go forth on full steam or they can falter badly. Optic Gaming players will obviously be at a disadvantage when it comes to their individual performance against the Faze Clan members. But how far can they take their individual skill and attempt to win this match?

The veto and the individual performances will be the deciding factor for this series.

Prediction:

Faze Clan is the better team in this matchup. They have the players, the results and the deeper map pool. This gives them a very big advantage when it comes to their confidence. The team relies heavily on their individual players going off and providing strong performances. So when we look back at the team and it’s performance throughout the tournament so far, we can see that Faze has had trouble in ensuring a strong win. They barely won their match against Heroic, although it was a BO1 and on a map that is favourable to Heroic.

However, it is also one of the best maps for Faze Clan. However, their constant performance and same playstyle on this map might have given a clue to their opponents on their playstyle. For now, we recommend a low bet on Faze clan, but this is not really a strong bet cause of their ineptitude and their lack of convincing performance.

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Faze Clan vs Heroic : Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan is one of the most successful international rosters in the Counter-Strike scene. After repeated attempts to form a strong team comprising of a mixture of players from various nationalities, the current roster for Faze is the best one yet. Comprising of superstars and veterans such as Olofmeister, Guardian and Niko this team has a lot more potential. Despite winning many tournaments, the potential of the team is still unfulfilled. They have a desire to be the best team in the world and are always working towards that.

One of the common factors holding together the team is Karrigan. The player has a lot of experience in holding together a team comprised of superstars. He has moulded several superstars in his Danish past. The biggest problem of an international team is never the skill or the firepower. It is the management of the personnel which often makes or breaks the team. Controlling the egos of top-level players from various teams is a difficult task and there very few In game leaders who can handle this. Karrigan is one such IGL who has proven himself to be up to the task.

Guardian is the Main AWPer on this team. His time on Na’Vi saw him struggle to move the team to become a top tier team. But after repeated failures, Guardian joined   Faze Clan. On this team. He was allowed the flexibility to move and play according to his own desire. Within the confines of Karrigan’s playstyle, Guardian flourished as an AWPer. It will not be a surprise to see Guardian back in form in the upcoming months. His performance as an AWPer sees him make aggressive plays when he is feeling confident. And the more aggressive he gets, the better he always seems to play.

Olofmeister is the X-factor on this roster. Often considered to be the most impactful player on this team, Olofmeister’s absence from the team caused the team to go into a slump. But upon his return, Olofmeister was topping the charts easily. His current form definitely raises hopes for the Faze Clan roster which frankly, looked very weak of late. The team has been suffering from consistency issues and has changed stand-ins multiple times on the team. However, having stand-ins also meant that the other four players needed to adjust to the new player. This severely impacts their game and it is not conducive to see the best performance.

Faze Clan will be matching up against Heroic in their first match for Dreamhack Masters Stockholm. It is a BO1 match and there is always the potential for an upset.

Heroic

Heroic Roster:

  • Modii
  • E3tag
  • Friberg
  • Acilion
  • Mertz

The Heroic roster has always been the second or third best team in the Danish CS: GO scene. Considering the fact that the Danish Counter strike scene is probably the best scene in the world, this puts them always as a very strong team. This current roster has a mixture of players from non-Danish origins as well. The most notable amongst them is Friberg, who has earned a lot of fame from his time on Ninjas in Pyjamas.

But the team belongs to and is led by Moddii, a veteran player from Sweden. The synergy of the IGL with his players is always evident in the way the team executes its strategies. They have a fixed way of executing their strategies and it is usually much more effective on the CT side. Staying true to their Danish origins, this team has a knack for being extremely CT sided. However, that is not to say that they lack originality, Indeed, this team could be called one of the most original teams in the scene. But they do lack firepower. Despite having some good names such as Mertz on the roster, he is an upcoming talent in the young Danish scene; the team has not really put up strong performances.

They lose several crucial duels which at times can result in a big disadvantage for the team. Friberg had a spike in his individual performance during May 2018 but has since fallen down to his normal average rating since then. The veteran player’s consistency, however, is one of the plus points for Heroic as they look to make themselves a stronger team in the near future.

The addition of Mertz to the roster definitely adds much-needed firepower to the team’s abilities. Mertz is one of the few young talents in the Danish region who has repeatedly proven themselves against top teams. Previously on North, he was part of a player swap between the two teams. Obviously, this was more due to incompatibility with the rest of the team as there is no doubt about the player’s individual performance.

Heroic is a strong team in their tier, but they are not one that has been knocking on the doors of top-tier teams. They still have a lot of work to do, and with Mertz, on their roster, we expect to improve a lot.

Prediction :

There is little doubt that Faze Clan is the team favoured to win this match. However, this is a Best of One match and the upset potential is always the highest in Best of One matches. Faze Clan is playing with Olofmeister now. They have had ample time to practice with their player after his break. But the question remains whether the remaining four players can get their act together. The players have been really lacking when it comes to firepower and their ability to execute certain strategies on the roster.

Faze Clan is a contender to become the best team in the world. But they have a tough task ahead of them. With Olofmeister back on the team, it does make their team more strong. However, they have to provide results in order for them to be a strong team once again.

This match is against Heroic, a relatively Tier 2 Danish team. Heroic has improved, especially with the addition of Mertz to the team. Since this is a BO1, the potential for an upset is always there, but realistically speaking this should not happen. Faze Clan should be able to win this match with ease and we recommend a medium sized bet on Faze Clan.

 

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Introduction

EsportsBet introduces the V4 Esports Festival is being hosted in Budapest, Hungary by Egymillióan a magyar esportért Egyesület (Association of One Million People for Hungarian Esports) in an attempt to grow esports across Central Europe. Due to the region restrictions of this tournament, the teams participating in this event had one of their player’s nationality representing one of the 4 Central European nations:

  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Poland

The event itself presents one of the biggest prize pools for such a region like Central Europe, with €500,000 EUR on the line for the 8 teams participating. With 4 of the teams invited and the other 4 from national qualifiers, this is a great event to gain experience. Esports betting players in this region will have wealthy knowledge beforehand, as these teams have players representing their regions (which makes esports bettors in Central Europe possible fans of these teams!).

Sadly, the competition is pretty lopsided, with the clear favorites being FaZe Clan and mousesports. While eXtatus, Virtus.Pro, and HellRaisers are also in attendance, these two teams have displayed superior performance within the past few LANs. Regardless, anything is possible when it comes to LAN, but at a minuscule chance against these top tier teams.

Prize Distribution

1. €200,000 (~$238,000)
2. €100,000 (~$119,000)
3-4. €50,000 (~$59,750)
5-8. €25,000 (~$29,870)

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
    • United Kingdom Thorin (Duncan Shields)
    • Serbia YNk (Janko Paunović)

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Two Round Robin Groups (4 teams each)
    • All matches will be Bo2
    • Top two teams in each group advances to the playoffs
  • Playoffs:
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Semi Finals are Bo3
    • Grand Finals 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)

FaZe, without a doubt, come into the V4 Esports Festival Tournament as the absolute favorites. At close, their biggest rivals are mousesports, who have been known to contest them on LAN and online a multitude of times. Apart from that, they should have had very little trouble against most of the other competition.

With that being said, FaZe absolutely crushed the group stage, with their only loss being their final match of the day; this match had no impact, as HellRaisers beat them with no chance to overtake the 1st seed from FaZe.

 

The FaZe Rule: Always bet on FaZe Clan up until the Grand Finals, or you’ll end up like NiKo after losing to C9

FaZe are just absolute monsters. On LAN, their recent track record shows them to be absolute gods—up until the grand final. The firepower is there, but they are lacking some sort of psychological trait that allows them to overcome the pressure of performing to their usual standard in the grand final. Throughout the V4 Esports Tournament, they’ll just be looking to power their way through sheer firepower up until the grand finals. The competition is just too inferior to this team.

The firepower is there for FaZe, and it’s arguably stronger than anyone else in this tournament (aside from mousesports’ ropz and oskar). This is a tournament that is meant to be a cash-grab, and a way to lessen the stress of having lost many grand finals within the past few months. If they can’t beat mousesports in the grand finals with absolute domination, there might just be a need for a psychologist.

So, if I were an esports betting person who bets on their matches, I’d like to coin the FaZe rule: bet on FaZe Clan up until the grand finals. They’ll perform their usual level up until they reach the match that subjugates utmost importance.

Poland Virtus.Pro (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Poland MICHU
  • Poland pasha
  • Poland Snax
  • Poland byali
  • Poland neo
  • Poland kuben (coach)

Virtus.Pro’s two LANs with their lineup have been rocky, albeit a bit expected considering their poor form. While they have gone out at IEM Katowice and StarLadder, they have shown signs of promises with their new roster. As of recent, they barely staved off MDL playoff elimination thanks to a 6+ game winning streak to end the season, and are looking to make another appearance in the ESL Pro League soon.

A huge question surrounds this team: consistency? Consistently underperforming? Maybe, to say the least. But, let’s not forget that this is a team who is reforming under new roles, new leadership, and aren’t recycling the same roster. This legendary roster made a roster change, with MICHU being added in TaZ’ place—a change for the better. This tournament has displayed MICHU’s prowess, as he tops the leaderboards with a 1.37 rating across the group stage of the event.

(Credit: HLTV)

With MICHU’s addition, Virtus.Pro had to make a lot of role swaps, especially with the addition of an aggressive player like him and the loss of an IGL like TaZ. To suffice for this, pasha has switched to the primary AWPer role, whereas MICHU and byali are playing entry fragger roles, Snax playing the lurk/trade role, and neo taking up the leader role.

There isn’t a “honeymoon” period for this roster, simply because of the fact that this team lacks tier 1 firepower. Snax and pasha are still trying to find their Katowice 2014 form, and neo and byali have been inconsistent at best. While trying to stay as unbiased as possible, it is clear that Virtus.Pro are still trying to work out the Virtus.Plow machine here and there.

To say the least, they’re HUGE underdogs coming into this match against the gatekeepers (loosely using the term here) of CS:GO.

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