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The Starseries & I-League tournament returns in 2019 with a bigger prize pool and excitement for the event. It has a prize pool of $500,000 which is a significant improvement over its previous editions. The increase in the prize pool mainly comes from wanting to stay relevant in the CS: GO scene. We will see many top teams participating in the event. The event has a total of sixteen teams. Twelve teams have received a direct invite to the tournament. The remaining four teams come via online qualifiers. Each of the following regions has its own online qualifier and will send one team to the Main event.
- North America
- European Qualifier
- CIS Qualifier
- Asian Qualifier
This match is the semifinals of the Starseries & I-League Season 7 European Qualifiers. The winner of this match gets a chance to possibly qualify for the Main event. They still will have to win more matches if they win against their opponents. Heroic and Red reserve play after defeating their opponents with relative comfort in the quarterfinals.
The StarSeries & i-League returns for its 7th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Season. The tournament will feature an increased prize pool of $500,000 USD. For the seventh season, StarSeries will return to the best-of-three format for the Swiss stage – which StarLadder describes as “the most successful and objective system” – after the previous event used a best-of-one format in the opening stage.
- March 30th – April 4th, 2019
- 16 Team Swiss System Format
- All matches are Bo3
- Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
- Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
- April 5th – 7th, 2019
- Single-Elimination Bracket
- All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
- The Grand Final is Bo5
The Danish and Swedish mixture of players makes up the heroic roster. This team has seen the addition of Friberg and Moddii as they make up for a fantastic mixture of Swedish and Danish players.
Mertz is the player who can make or break this team. While they might not crumble if Mertz does not perform to his best. However, when he does put up a big number, Heroic looks exemplary and really strong. The Heroic roster has the talent and the necessary experience to possibly even take down some Tier One teams. But they are woefully inconsistent and that is the biggest reason why they are not yet a Tier one team right now.
Friberg’s presence on the team shows how the team can gel together. They are extremely strong and Friberg always keeps the team’s spirits at a high level. His attitude is the reason why the younger players will come together and try their best to perform really strong.
For Heroic, their map pool is significant opposite that of Red reserve. While Red Red Reserve is good on maps like Cache, Dust 2, Train and Overpass; Heroic’s performance is better on maps such as Inferno and Nuke.
Red Reserve Roster:
- Disco Doplan
The Red Reserve team recently lost two members to Fnatic. Although it’s been almost two months since the roster change, they are definitely feeling the impact of the roster change till now. The loss of Brollan and Twist took away considerable firepower from the roster. Their inability to play at the same level if quite evident in their recent matches.
The current roster for Red Reserve still sees a lot of hope. They have likes of Disco Doplan. freddieB, Draken on their team. Many of these players are on the verge of transitioning into becoming the best players for Sweden. As such, it is important for them to assert their dominance in this match and lower tier tournaments.
Draken has already played on top-tier teams such Fantc in the past. His experience and raw skill with the AWP has been crucial to Red Reserve’s performance. They need Draken to make aggressive plays on multiple areas of the map. As such it is important for Draken to set the pace of the series. Without him putting up big numbers or at least putting up the pressure on their opponents, it is important for the team to provide Draken with the space needed to make such plays. However, Draken can be a very inconsistent player. He is very vocal on social media about their opponents, he adds a certain flair to the game. However, his inconsistency does not allow Draken to always put up the same face. He is responsible for his own game and we hope to see him perform really well, especially when it comes to lower tier teams such as their opponents for today.
Now the Red Reserve team is made up of several other members. They succeed cause they have the ability to provide the best synergy amongst themselves. Hampus Poser is the In-Game leader on this team. His role does not receive its due exposure as he is responsible for making the team perform together. Red Reserve’s roster is a symbol of great performance and synergy. Their map pool is very good.
The Red Reserve team is extremely comfortable on maps such as Cache, Dust 2, Train and Overpass. The team’s superior aim comes in effect during the matches on these maps. The open nature of Cache and Dust 2 allows for the team to play to its strengths. On Train and Overpass, Hampus definitely has the bigger role as he is responsible for making some amazing mid-round calls.
Nuke will be a key element of this matchup. The Danish – Swedish mix is very good on Nuke and as such it will be a key veto for Red reserve. They have not much experience when it comes to Nuke. it shows in their past performances. Since every team only gets one veto, we wonder where Red Reserve will decide to veto. They can choose to veto Nuke and then heroic will pick Inferno. Or Red Reserve could decide for the third and final map. Their advantage comes in the map pool and they need to use their superior map pool to their advantage.
However, all is not lost for Heroic as their experience is significantly higher than that of Red reserve. While the players are currently strong on only a few maps, they are not really ignorant or weak on other maps. Over the course of their careers, they have played on almost every map with a huge significance. They are also looking very strong right now, as the core of the roster has been together for quite some time. We recommend a bet on Heroic for this match.