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Cloud9 vs. G2 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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North America Cloud9  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Canada FNS
  • USA Skadoodle
  • USA tarik
  • USA RUSH
  • USA autimatic
  • USA valens (coach)

Some were quick to cross C9 off the list after Stewie2k announced his departure for SK Gaming; even more were crossing them off the map after Skadoodle followed in suit, possibly due to Stewie2k’s departure. While losing one of their most aggressive players and one of their biggest anchors, Cloud9 brought in FNS, and brought Skadoodle back from inactivity as a “stand-in”. Luckily, for Cloud9 fans, this didn’t last long, as Cloud9’s recent success has invigorated Skadoodle’s motivation and Skadoodle returned to the roster.

Had Skadoodle not returned, surely the betting odds and bets would be more in favor of G2. Skadoodle’s passive AWP play works best under an IGL, which was best seen in the way DaZeD, steel, and seangares utilized Skadoodle back on Skadoodle’s former teams. Under an IGL like FNS, this also unleashes tarik to focus primarily on his individual play and role, most likely serving as the entry fragger of the team. This has helped tarik for the better, as tarik’s stats have reached superstar-worthy numbers.

(credit: HLTV)

Having FNS on the team brings structure and allows all of the micromanaging to be under the leader. With structure, players like autimatic and RUSH can focus on anchoring their positions, as autimatic and RUSH play roles that are generally considered the hardest on CT side. Not to mention, each player can synergize better with one another, as each player knows their set role on T and CT side.

We’ve seen FNS provide the right tools in order to bring the best out of each player, and this is most evident with nahtE and koosta on ex-CLG. koosta, an AWPer downplayed for his lack of confidence and poor play on Liquid, started to blossom under the reigns of FNS himself. nahtE, an inexperienced player, became a star fragger with experience and time.

The only thing that should concern this prediction is whether FNS has stabilized the team and the structure is fully in state. As an IGL in a new team, FNS is more likely focusing on the team than his own individual game. If the structure isn’t set in stone yet, FNS may perform poorly, and playing 4v5 can’t help unless the other 4 are star fraggers. But, if it goes the other way, Cloud9 are truly dangerous.

FNS has been on the roster for a short time, but the results are already there (credit: DBLTAP)

 

France G2 Esports (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Spain mixwell
  • France bodyy
  • France NBK
  • France apEX
  • France kennyS
  • France NiaKK (coach)

Unlike Cloud9, G2 Esports’ roster change hasn’t seemed to elevate their level of play at all. Around the same time of C9’s change, G2 Esports’ change was a bit more shocking: shox and SmithZz had been removed, while mixwell would be joining on a trial basis. mixwell himself had been practicing French, so the fact he could join wasn’t the surprising thing; it was the player that had been removed. Shox, as a player and as a part of G2, is highly skilled mechanically and as a leader, but his leadership style—reminiscent of that of old fnatic—didn’t fit the French roster. Even though the mechanical skill was highly similar, the team cohesion and economical decisions were the bane of this roster alone. mixwell is a good player himself, but replacing shox is going to be one tall task. Of course, the removal of shox was justified, as a huge shuffle within the roster would have happened.

The problem with the addition of mixwell is that while NBK has taken up the IGL reigns, it doesn’t seem to have improved G2 for the better. Their online results have been mixed, trading maps with GODSENT, HellRaisers, and Virtus.Pro; these 3 teams alone should be considered inferior to the level of a team like G2. Of course, online results aren’t the best at determining a team’s level, but it’s pretty easy to get a general idea that the change of leadership hasn’t brought greater chemistry and structure within the team.

Regardless, it doesn’t mean that the skill level of the team has diminished—maybe except for mixwell’s poor play. kennyS is still a monster, and apEX can go mad if utilized right. These are the two players that G2 need to rely on if they want a successful run in Marseille. Whereas bodyy, NBK, and mixwell are solid anchors and consistent fraggers, kennyS and apEX are going to be the ones making the plays and opening up space and rounds for their team. If apEX cannot play consistently, then it’s up to NBK as the leader to start putting his other pawns into play; mixwell, especially, needs to find his place on the team as soon as possible. If mixwell can’t return to his OpTic form, G2 may be in trouble.

Will mixwell mix well with the team in time for their match? (Credit: ESL’s Helena Kristiansson)

 

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Virtus.Pro vs. FaZe Clan CS:GO Betting Analysis @ V4 Future Esports Festival

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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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Vega Squadron vs. North CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Vega Squadron

  • jR
  • mir
  • keshandr
  • hutji
  • chopper
  • Fierce (coach)

Vega Squadron’s ultra-aggressive style completely caught opponents off guard, as they stormed through the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier. In that Qualifier, they upset the major finalists FaZe on de_inferno (16-6), and nearly completing the comeback against G2 on de_overpass (16-19). Their overall performance at the ELEAGUE Major was a bit underwhelming in comparison, just missing the playoffs. Still, the CIS squadron are a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Vega Squadron’s play-style is unorthodox, electing to play a hyper-aggressive style on both the CT and T side. Their strength is actually on the CT side, whereas their T side in comparison is significantly weaker. Their primary strength relies on their unpredictability and their tendency to win on unusual buys/aggression. Their strategical depth, on the flipside, is one that seeks improvement.

The roster, which remains to be the longest unchanged roster, practiced non-stop in preparation for the major

The stars for this team are mir (generally a lurker), chopper (anchor), and is led by jR as the primary AWP and IGL. The firepower this team amasses is sufficing enough to compete at high levels of competition, but their ability to comeback from large deficits remains to be a question in consistency.

 

 

North

  • MSL
  • aizy
  • mertz
  • valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • ave (coach)

North are in a bit of a groove right now. They come straight out of the Danish shuffle looking completely jumbled up, having benched k0nfig and cajunb in favor of Kjaerbye and mertz. Obviously, this seems to be a huge downgrade. Though, when you look at their performance in recent times and at the major, there had be a change to keep them from going south.

mertz himself is an AWPer hailing from the Academy team, a team that was marred with issues of performing on LAN. While a capable AWPer and rising talent himself, he has yet to perform like a star. Kjaerbye, on the other hand, was one of the key pieces of Astralis’ major championship. An entry fragger by trade, Kjaerbye in the last few months hasn’t been performing at that MVP level for a while.

cs_summit 2 will be mertz’ first true test against high level opposition on LAN

It’s completely evident that North lack a lot of firepower in comparison to the old roster, especially with aizy and MSL still in the team. But, that doesn’t mean they’re completely out of title contention at the cs_summit. Having already played the IEM Katowice 2018 Closed Qualifier, they were able to qualify, beating AGO Gaming, Natus Vincere and HellRaisers to make it. Having MSL up his fragging game and garnering whatever experience they could muster before the LAN event, North are not a team to sleep on.

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FlipSid3 (F3) vs. Misfits CSGO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

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FlipSid3

  • markeloff, wayLander, B1ad3, WorldEdit, seized

To be honest, there isn’t much to say about FlipSid3. Their last played game was a few months ago during the ESEA MDL Regular Season. Since then, there has been zero activity from the CIS side.

There’s one thing to note though: FlipSid3 always make it out of the qualifier/initial stage of every major. They’ve made an appearance at every major since the CIS lineup was signed by FlipSid3, and have made the playoffs once in all their appearances. Even without a star player like electronic, they have been able to compete against teams who have been predicted to blow them out of the major with a 0-3/winless record.

B1ad3’s style is very structured and tactical based, playing the map slow and waiting for their enemies to make mistakes before following through with an execution. The primary stars will be WorldEdit, who can be a hit or miss, and seized. Seized himself is a huge question mark, having been on a downward spiral in performance ever since taking the IGL reign on Natus Vincere. Now will be his time to shine, as he will be thrust into electronic’s old position: the star player of FlipSid3.

Arguably, out of all the teams here, FlipSid3’s firepower is one of the weakest, but it’s made up by tactical structure and individual performances on certain rounds. That being said, when it’s the major, it’s like they’re on a whole new level. That is why FlipSid3 are always known as the dark horse of the CS:GO major.

 

Misfits

  • AmaNek, devoduvek, ShahZaM, seangares (sg@res), SicK

Misfits surprised everyone at the ESL Pro League, defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, and HellRaisers on their way to a semifinalist finishing. With the reign of seangares, Misfits have found the potential that was originally expected from them finally. Now, with the current shifting landscape of NA, they have cemented themselves as a top 3 North American squad in the region.

Misfits sport a very unique map pool, favoring de_cache and de_overpass as their best maps.  Before their loss on Liquid at the iBP Masters, Misfits had been on a long winning streak on de_cache itself. Seangares, like many tactical-heavy in-game leaders, runs a very structure and execute based team, relying on the power of AmaNek, SicK, and ShahZaM to open up bombsites in the confusion of smokes and flashbangs. On the other hand, devoduvek plays a lurk and support role on the offense and defense, usually pairing up with his fellow countryman (AmaNek) and working as a tag team duo.

Misfits’ firepower is finally showing, and finishes at the North American Minor and ESL Pro League LAN Finals show just that. The next obstacle will be this major, where seangares’ strats will be put the test against aim-heavy squadrons like FaZe, G2, Natus Vincere, and further. While seangares himself has found it easier to play better against the Europeans, those words may be bitten by their enigmatic opponent in FlipSid3.

Misfits are not to be overlooked, as they are a dangerous team who can show any team up on any day. Slip up on the map veto, and you’ll be playing against the dungeon master on their best map.

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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: Astralis vs. HellRaisers Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Another tournament that is a part of the Intel Grand Slam, the ESL Pro League LAN Finals shows a drastic variety of teams. Some of which compete at the most top level of CS:GO, whereas some have proven themselves online to be up and coming competitors. Some old faces appear again, while new lineups and teams will be looking to make a splash at this LAN.

Coming right of Blast Pro Series are Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan and Astralis(?), who all played admirably in the past few months to either rise or maintain their spot as a tier 1 CS:GO team individually. New teams like HellRaisers, NRG Esports, OpTic, and Luminosity Gaming are eager and hungry with young/old talent alike to prove their weight in gold at this LAN event. On the other hand, a team like Liquid will have to face the music as they’ll be playing with coach zews instead of steel (due to roster restrictions).

The ESL Pro League Finals has always delivered a plentiful amount of close and competitive matches, and it comes back for a 6th time to reintroduce the reason as to why CS:GO is the most popular FPS esport in the world. A game and organizer combined with a storied history within esports, get ready again and prepare to be amazed by the level of competition at the ESL Pro League LAN Finals.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each) [1]
      • Top team from each region becomes a group head. They then pick a team to go into the others’ group.
        The picked teams then pick a team to go into the other group, this repeats until all teams have been put into the two groups
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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Astralis

  • dupreeh, gla1ve, Kjaerbye, Xyp9x, RUBINO

This will be Astralis’ 2nd tournament with a stand-in, but this will be without their star stand-in of dennis. Barred due to playing with GODSENT in ESL and ECS, the Danes will be relying on Norwegian RuBINO, who has had his fair share of experience after playing with the North lineup until the ELEAGUE Atlanta Major.

Considering how dennis played as a stand-in it will be a mountainous task for RUBINO to replicate such a star performance. Considering his old roles have been as an IGL/Support/Entry fragger playing uncomfortable positions, Astralis may elect to use him as an anchor and let Kjaerbye/dupreeh shine in device’s role.

In device’s place, dupreeh took the AWP and shined admirably at BLAST Pro Series, but one tournament with the AWP is a small sample size in judging how consistent dupreeh’s AWP is. Now, with a different player like RUBINO, dupreeh and other members may dip in performance to accommodate for their free-roaming stand-in. But, after BLAST Pro Series, you can only hope that they’ll perform above what is expected of them.

HellRaisers

 

 

  • FejtZ, ISSA, ANGE1, DeadFox, w0xic

HellRaisers are a huge question mark, considering this will be the first big international LAN for three of their members: FejtZ, ISSA, and w0xic. w0xic and FejtZ have been sharing the AWP role to immediate success, as both of the two rookies have shined in their respective roles under ANGE1’s leadership.

ISSA has been admitted into the substitute star role, and has been put in many entry positions that allow him to rip open bombsites and lead HellRaisers to victory. This new ISSA is a huge change from the old, as the old had been struggling to find his place when Zero was still in the HellRaisers lineup.

HellRaisers’ last LAN at FCDB was a tournament victory, but showed a margin of errors that needed to be fixed. Their puggy style led to wins that were not off the strength of HellRaisers’ cohesion and tactics, but clutches from all of their members individually. If they come into the Pro League Finals with that type of attitude and play, there’s all but guarantee that they’ll fail to make it out of the group stage against the caliber of opponents they’re against.

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