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NRG vs Team Envy: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 Americas Minor

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Introduction

IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The Americas Minor will see several well-known players in contention. As we head into the Minors, every match assumes significance. Each minor has only eight teams in attendance. The top two teams from the Minor will advance to the Katowice Major. One team from each minor [ the third-place team] will move to the 3rd Place Play-in stage.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

The event is already underway and is down to its last four teams. They are NRG Esports, Team Envy, Furia and INTZ esports. Two out of these teams will get a spot at the upcoming Major. This match is critically important for either team. While it is not an elimination match, it will decide the course of future for many of these teams.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
    • Each group has four teams
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Double-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3
  • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Jacob “FugLy” Medina
  • Damian “daps” Steele
  • Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte
  • Vetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov
  • Ethan “nahtE” Arnold

The NRG roster made waves during IEM Sydney 2018. They looked extremely strong and did actually make a big impact during that tournament. However, NRG has since fallen off their peak and they do not look anywhere close to their former selves. The team can potentially become a contender in the North American region. However, the NA scene is filled with irregular teams. These teams do not have the consistency required of a top tier roster.


NRG’s roster, despite having a superstar player like Cerq actually sees Fugle and Brehze put up most of the work. Vincent and Ethan have been able to bring about tremendous changes to their gameplay and are taking the assertive role quite well on the roster. However, there are times when Cerq performs exceptionally well and these are instances when NRG looks like a top-tier team. However, the young player is not used to the LAN environment on a regular basis.

Daps is yet another player who has proven himself capable of standing up to the very best in the North American region. The player has been able to lead the team to success in the past. As we see NRG putting up a defence against NRG, there will be a battle between NRG and Envy in this match. Both the In-Game Leaders are veterans and have a lot of experience behind them.

However, despite their best efforts, NRG does seem to be the slightly better team in this match. They have the synergy and have been together for a long time.

Envy

Envy roster:

  • Tayler “Drone” Johnson
  • Stephen “reltuC” Cutler
  • Noah “Nifty” Francis
  • Josh “jdm64” Marzano
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen [ Loan ].

Team Envy’s roster has made a recent change when they brought in Karrigan from Faze Clan [ technically he was already on the bench]. The organisation has a rich history in CS: GO and was even the winner of the Dreamhack Winter 2014 Major. However, their current roster wears a very different look and will see the North American players attempting to secure a place at the upcoming Major.


The Envy roster has several talented players from the North American scene. Players like reltuC and JDM have proven track records of being in the best teams in North America. Cutler has been in CLG for a long time and together with his teammates, he was one of the most influential players in the North American region. The player has great synergy with the rest of the teammates and works towards ensuring that the team puts forth the best results. However, it does mean that his individual performance at times, suffers from this attitude. But he is a great influence on the overall team chemistry and coordination.

They also have JDM on the roster, who was known as the best AWP player in North America for a long time. JDM has the ability to constantly hold down certain areas of the map. However, we have also seen him take an aggressive course of action when required by the rest of the team. JDM has since lost his peak performance and is not as impactful as he was before. However, he remains a very skilled player and his experience will come in handy for the team going forward in the tournament.

Team Envy has a mixture of talent as well as firepower. With Drone, Nifty they have the necessary firepower. They are counting on JDM to show up in a big way. The team’s fortunes are directly related to the AWPers capability to get some frags done. The team has an overall good vibe around it, and they need to bring up their individual performances to match their potential.


With Karrigan’s addition to the team, we have a great in-game leader. There is little to no doubt that the Envy organisation will be working with karrigan in order to help develop the current roster. If that is not possible, then we might see changes for the team in the time post the major [ or minor itself]. If Karrigan can outmanoeuvre his opponents, then we will see Envy come out on top of the entire concept with a very strong performance overall.

The team has a good mixture of young North American talent and several other players. The team definitely can prove to be a contender in the the North American scene. However, we will have to wait and see their impact on the scene with this match. After all the North American minors are usually a good representation of their performance and the team rankings in the scene.

Prediction:

Team Envy does have the advantage of having big names on the team. However, Karrigan’s recent addition to the team suggests that the team might not be as well coordinated as many believe. His style of leadership is much different from that of others. He can herd his team and enable them to perform to the best of their abilities. The team has potential, but they have also lost to their opponents multiple times in the past.

The skill ceiling of the NRG team is much higher than that of Team Envy. Even when they are not at their peak, NRG is a much better roster than that of Envy. They should be able to defeat Team Envy and proceed to the semifinals of the Minor. We recommend a bet on Team NRG for this match.

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Team Envy vs Team One : Esports Betting Analysis @ Americas Minor Championship – Katowice 2019

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Introduction

IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The Americas Minor will see several well-known players in contention. As we head into the Minors, every match assumes significance. Each minor has only eight teams in attendance. The top two teams from the Minor will advance to the Katowice Major. One team from each minor [ the third-place team] will move to the 3rd Place Play-in stage.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

Format

Group Stage:

    • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
      • Each group has four teams
      • Opening matches are Bo1
      • All following matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
    • natu (Joona Leppänen)
    • Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)

Team Envy

Roster:

  • Tayler “Drone” Johnson
  • Stephen “reltuC” Cutler
  • Noah “Nifty” Francis
  • Josh “jdm64” Marzano
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen [ Loan ].

Team Envy’s roster has made a recent change when they brought in Karrigan from Faze Clan [ technically he was already on the bench]. The organisation has a rich history in CS: GO and was even the winner of the Dreamhack Winter 2014 Major. However, their current roster wears a very different look and will see the North American players attempting to secure a place at the upcoming Major.

The Envy roster has several talented players from the North American scene. Players like reltuC and JDM have proven track records of being in the best teams in North America. Cutler has been in CLG for a long time and together with his teammates, he was one of the most influential players in the North American region. The player has great synergy with the rest of the teammates and works towards ensuring that the team puts forth the best results. However, it does mean that his individual performance at times, suffers from this attitude. But he is a great influence on the overall team chemistry and coordination.

They also have JDM on the roster, who was known as the best AWP player in North America for a long time. JDM has the ability to constantly hold down certain areas of the map. However, we have also seen him take an aggressive course of action when required by the rest of the team. JDM has since lost his peak performance and is not as impactful as he was before. However, he remains a very skilled player and his experience will come in handy for the team going forward in the tournament.

Team Envy has a mixture of talent as well as firepower. With Drone, Nifty they have the necessary firepower. They are counting on JDM to show up in a big way. The team’s fortunes are directly related to the AWPers capability to get some frags done. The team has an overall good vibe around it, and they need to bring up their individual performances to match their potential.

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

With Karrigan’s addition to the team, we have a great in-game leader. There is little to no doubt that the Envy organisation will be working with karrigan in order to help develop the current roster. If that is not possible, then we might see changes for the team in the time post the major [ or minor itself]. If Karrigan can outmanoeuvre his opponents, then we will see Envy come out on top of the entire concept with a very strong performance overall. This match is important for the team since it could mean the difference between an elimination match or a qualification match in the next match.

Team One

Roster:

  • Pedro “Maluk3” Campos
  • Victor “iDk” Torraca
  • Alencar “trk” Rossato
  • Nicolás “NikoM” Miozzi
  • Bruno “bit” Lima

The Brazillian squad does not have a very experienced roster. TThe roster is not new and they have had a few weeks of playtime together. However, they have a lot of experience on this roster. Despite the experience, the roster cannot really boast of significant results. They did not move past the Group stage in the recent StarSeries & i-League CS: GO Season 7 – North American Qualifier. They lost 1:2 to Complexity Gaming. However, it is not just this qualifier that presents a grim picture for the Brazilian squad. Over the last few months, their performance has deteriorated with time.

It was the same story in the tournament before that [ the Americas Minor Championship – Katowice 2019: North American Closed Qualifier]. This team’s structure definitely gives us an idea of how they came into existence. The team’s core and the most important player on the team is Pedro “Maluk3” Campos. The 28-year-old player has been with the organisation since 2015 and has been crucial in helping the team develop its identity and composition. The AWPer is crucial to the team’s performance. His individual rating over the years, at least in the ESEA Rank-S, has seen a small decline. The player is not at the same level as his peak performance a few years ago.

The remainder of the team is relatively new, but they are definitely making an attempt to make their presence felt in the CS: GO scene. Team One might not have many accolades to their name, however, they do have the firepower on the team. They can put up strong performances on good days, however, those have been rare to come across for most of the roster in the past few weeks.

The latest addition to the team is ‘bit’ who is also the In-Game Leader for the team. He requires a team to help the team understand his vision and his playstyle. While the roster might not be the most talented in the world, they will look to manage their advantage via their tactics and strategy.

Prediction:

On paper and in terms of form, there is no doubt that Team Envy is the superior team coming into this match. This will provide them with an opportunity to ensure they have the correct synergy and coordination as is required on the team. Team Envy is a relatively new playstyle with Karrigan on the team. There is no doubt that the organisation wants to help build this team into one of the premier North American team in the region. They will want to ensure that Team Envy is a regular attendee at the CS: GO Majors.

However, for now, Karrigan is tasked with the job of ensuring good performance for the team leading up to the Major. The first course of action, is ofcourse, to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 CS: GO Major. There is little doubt that Team One is not up to the task when it comes to this match. They do not have recent performance and results in order to properly compete and have a say in this match.

We recommend a large bet on Team Envy for this match. They should not lose this match, save for some drastic mishap on their roster in terms of communication or team synergy. They might be a very new roster and playstyle with the recent change and addition of Karrigan, however, their individual skill level is at a different level compared to Team One.

Cloud9 (C9) vs. Team Liquid (TL) 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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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • tarik
  • RUSH
  • Skadoodle
  • valens (coach)

Ah, Cloud9, the ELEAGUE Major Champions and the first North American team in CS:GO History to win a Valve-sponsored Major event. They truly cement themselves as one of the best teams in CS:GO and in North America as a whole. Their play at the major was truly superb, as tarik’s IGLing powered them through the grand finals. Actually, all in all, it was Skadoodle, Stewie2k, and tarik who went big in the finals, as Stewie’s holds on B during de_inferno and Skadoodle’s clutch ability throughout the series was extremely vital; tarik’s ability to open up space was just as crucial too.

Each member of Cloud9 played a huge role in their championship run (ELEAGUE)

The important part to note from this major was the resurgence of all Cloud9 members, as they all posted 1.05+ ratings throughout their ELEAGUE run. It’s undeniable that their CT strongholds were impeccable, and were akin to their T sides throughout the major. While this major may have been a historical moment for North American, there is the possibility that Cloud9 may falter in the aftermath. This is primarily due to the fact that teams will be prone to analyzing them.

Still, C9’s dangerous arsenal involves the relentless aggression of tarik, the anchor of RUSH, and the double AWP setup of Stewie2k and Skadoodle. Add to that Skadoodle and Stewie2k’s clutch ability in the late game, and C9 are a pretty unstoppable squad.

Team Liquid

  • NAF
  • nitr0
  • Twistzz
  • steel
  • EliGE
  • zews (coach)

Liquid relinquished the struggling AWPer of his duties (jdm), and brought in a player known for his performance on Renegades: NAF.

Liquid welcomed back NAF just a few days ago, and boy are they grateful (Twitter)

NAF is no stranger to Liquid, having played with nitr0 before back in 2015 under the Liquid banner. After his removal, he trekked across North America, before settling in at Renegades. Becoming notable for his resurgence, NAF was pivotal in Renegades’ rise in performance, even netting them a championship at StarLadder. Now, he joins Liquid and relieves them with much needed firepower.

Due to this change, nitr0 has assumed the AWP role. steel, while not the IGL yet, has assumed a concrete support role once held by nitr0. EliGE and Twistzz together play the entry duo (with Twistzz lurking at times), and their CT sides feature a similar set of roles. The only change is that NAF/Twistzz will occasionally switch between secondary AWP roles. But, generally, NAF and Twistzz play anchor roles whereas steel plays “uncomfortable” spots and EliGE plays flex rotate.

While this new roster had yet to play an official together, Liquid showed a strong debut by defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas in a 2-1 thriller. Winning the last map on a comeback to end 16-14, it is safe to say that Liquid are adjusting to their roles very easily. But, with this new roster change, it may be a honeymoon period for this squad. Roles are not fully set in stone, and the chemistry and synergy is still building for this squad. But, their future at this event is not bleak at all after defeating the Swedes.

Prediction