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Fnatic vs Astralis : 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 Astralis

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • JW
  • Krimz
  • Brollan
  • Xizt
  • Twist

The Fnatic roster has undergone a lot of changes in the recent months. The Swedish team’s performance has improved over time and at a rapid pace at that. Ofcourse the team still requires the individual members to put up some strong numbers when it comes to their firepower. The biggest problem for the team was the lack of performance from several of their ‘famed’ members.

Fnatic included Twist and Brollan on their team in the recent rounds of roster change. The two players were formerly on Red Reserve and have great chemistry with each other. The addition of Brollan ofcourse comes with the recommendation of Twist. He believes in the youngster and feels like Brollan could be a potential star for the Swedish scene in the future. We have not seen Brollan pull off some really strong performances so far. But the rest of the team is definitely stepping it up, giving him the space needed to become more comfortable on the roster.

Fnatic also has Xizt on their roster as the In-Game Leader. For most of his career, he has been associated with NIP. During his time on NIP, he made some questionable decisions when it comes to their map vetoes as well as strategies. However, what did not work with the NIP players might just work with these Fnatic players. For now, Xizt is the key to enabling the strategic advantage for Fnatic. For a long time, the Fnatic players have relied on their firepower and their talent to win matches. So far in 2018, we have seen that having great tactics is probably more important than just raw firepower.

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

With JW on the AWP, Fnatic needs the player to put up amazing performances in order to win this match. They are up against the best team in the world and if their main AWper does not have a good performance then Fnatic might just losing the entire match. They need to secure the best possible map veto in order to possibly stand a chance. Their poor map pool is going to hurt them coming into this match. They are up against a team which has one of the best and widest map pools in the entire game.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Glaive
  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis had a very dominating performance against Mousepsorts yesterday. Their ability to kite the Mousepsorts roster for its inexperience and especially in their predictions on the Mousesports positioning in the map. Speaking of positioning and their ability to outmanoeuvre the Swedish roster, Fnatic will need to understand and thoroughly review Xizt’s, movements through the map in the past. With Zonic and Glaive at the helm, we can be sure of this review.

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map.

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Xyp9x is a silent player on the team and he has been consistent with his result. The team’s performance in recent months has been able due to Xyp9x providing the supporting play from behind. He is a rock for the team and he provides much more than just his score on the server. His admittance to guiding the young players and keeping them calm on the roster is so crucial for Astralis’ playstyle. Without him, the whole team falls apart. Overall, Astralis is a well-rounded roster with a lot of potential and firepower. They still require to their current form if they are to compete against the likes of Faze Clan. However, for this match against Team Liquid, Astralis will need to have Dupreeh come out ahead.

Prediction:

Despite Fnatic’s strengths and their potential to come out ahead on open-sided maps, Astralis still remains the stronger team. They have the firepower and the necessary skill and experience to easily overcome Fnatic.

The fact that Fnatic did manage to reach the semifinals especially against teams like Mibr, Na’Vi etc is truly surprising. However, against Astralis it would take a heroic effort for the Swedish side to come out ahead.

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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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Fnatic vs North: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

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  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs North

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • Xizt
  • Flusha
  • Krimz
  • JW
  • Draken

Fnatic is one of the biggest names in Counter-Strike. The organization which held the mantle for the best team in the world for a prolonged period of time during 2015 saw some roster and organization changes henceforth.  However, they have not been able to replicate the same level of success since then. The current Fnatic roster retains the core of the team. The trio of Flusha, Krimz, and JW are joined by former NIP players Xizt and Draken.

The performance of this team and their results heavily depend on the performance of the Fnatic core. The three players have already shown us their peak, and that is unchallenged so far in Counter-Strike. But as far as the current form goes, they are not really at their peak. The Fnatic roster did win some big tournaments in 2018, including IEM Katowice and WESG. IEM Katowice was an impressive performance led by Golden, now a substitute on the team. There were plans to remove Golden prior to IEM Katowice, but the sudden spurt in the trophies and victories made Fnatic organization to push their decision down the line. With Golden now on the substitute bench and possibly looking for a new organization, the new Fnatic roster has little to no experience together.

Draken has to be the guy to help Fnatic over the edge. Bet at Arcanebet

Indeed this will be Draken’s first map together with the rest of the squad. Draken has a very aggressive performance as an AWPer. It is confusing why they picked up Draken on the team when they have JW on the roster. However, Draken could just be the infusion of young blood and upcoming talent that they need. They have entailed Xizt as their In-Game Leader. Xizt’s IGL performance on NIP was limited due to the resources he had at his disposal. NIP’s refusal to change their core for such a prolonged period of time definitely impacted their results and performance.

Xizt has also been performing really well in his personal capacity as a rifle. He has had several clutch situations, where he helped Faze Clan when he was a stand-in. His personal performance, new talent available for the In-Game leader definitely will help him to surprise the naysayers.

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Mertz
  • Kjaerbye

North is the second best Danish roster in Counter-Strike. Constantly living in the Shadows of the world’s best team, Astralis, North has been improving dramatically over the years. The current roster has been together for almost six to seven months now. They have had ample time to gel together and put up great synergy and coordination.

Team North is currently ranked 8th on the HLTV world rankings, but there seems to be a huge gap between the top five and the rest. While North does put up surprising performances at times, they have not really been in the same league as the top CS GO teams. North has been playing in lower tier tournaments, so their performance and titles have to be taken with a grain of salt. They last won the Dreamhack Open tours 2018, a tournament with Tier ⅔ teams at best.

MSL’s in Game leadership is one of the best, but his form on an individual level is highly questionable. It is not rare to see In-Game Leaders suffer from lack of personal performance. But MSL has been at the bottom of the list. But despite his lower than average performances, North still retains the eight position on the world rankings. The rest of the team, especially when it comes to Aizy and Kjaerbye have been really consistent and strong. Kjaerbye and Aizy, former Astralis members do have the experience of playing at the top level. Their experience along with the obvious talent on the team is what makes this team extremely strong. But they don’t have much practice against the top teams and that is a big disadvantage for them.

Prediction:

Both the teams have had varied results when it comes to head to head matches. While Fnatic has won 8 matches, North has won 5 against Fnatic. This is pretty much balanced as much as the difference between the teams goes. The Fnatic roster has way more experience amongst themselves, however. The team with the likes of Xizt, flusha, JW, and Krimz consists of several veterans on the team. While they have been consistently average, it is Draken who can be their trump card in this tournament. Fnatic’s roster has changed quite a bit and that is going to affect their synergy and coordination for this matchup.


North, on the other hand, is quite stable compared to Fnatic. There is not much difference in rankings or team performance. The stability of Team North is what makes them an endearing pick for us. We recommend a medium sized bet on Team North for this match.

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Astralis vs. fnatic 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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Denmark Astralis (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Denmark gla1ve
  • Denmark device
  • Denmark dupreeh
  • Denmark Xyp9x
  • Denmark Magisk
  • Denmark zonic (coach)

Astralis have been looking stronger since Kjaerbye’s departure in favor of Magisk, having refreshed their new system; Magisk is also a clearly stronger fragger than that of the former. With that, we’ve seen the return of the device carry on the AWP alongside stellar performances from his partner-in-crime, dupreeh.

But, at this event, we’ve seen the star play of Magisk, carrying Astralis towards a semifinal birth against their nordic rivals. There shouldn’t be any discredit for gla1ve, though, as his tactical prowess has led to Astralis making very minimal mistakes. Luckily, Astralis did not have to make any changes to their structure, as shown in an interview with Magisk. This allowed gla1ve to continue from where he left off, making very little changes while improving Astralis from a strategic standpoint.

Astralis quickly picked up where they left off with Magisk (credit: StarLadder)

In terms of current form, Astralis may as well be considered top 3 in the world (alongside mousesports, fnatic, and possibly FaZe). They’re clearly the strongest team that has made a recent roster change, and their semifinal placing at StarLadder i-Series is the most latest of results to prove it. Their ability to play off each other so well while also preventing the enemy from making any openings is impeccable. Astralis’ tactical prowess is shown to be the strongest on a map like de_overpass or de_cache, as shown when they completely obliterated Liquid.

As per their current performance at Dreamhack (obliterating FaZe, Liquid, and Gambit with less than 6 rounds lost in 4 of the 5 maps played between the 2) Astralis are a team that allow very little exploits in their gameplan. The only problem Astralis have is in regards to their ability to close out games or perform against individual star power, which has been mitigated since their choking days, but still show (like in the 1st map against Liquid). Right now, though, Astralis are probably one of the most consistent and strongest teams out there,

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

fnatic has been powering through their last few tournament appearances, which include becoming one of the two teams to win 2 major tournaments in 2018. IEM Katowice was thanks to some late-game heroics from flusha, whereas WESG 2018 saw them defeat the Turkish contenders Space Soldiers.

So far, the main catalyst for fnatic’s success is not Golden’s ability to bring structure and tacticality to the roster, but KRiMZ himself. In their quarterfinals win against Ninjas in Pyjamas, KRiMZ scored 70 kills across 3 maps that ended with a CT-train comeback from fnatic. If that isn’t enough to say how KRiMZ has been performing in 2018 so far, there’s no telling as to what can describe KRiMZ so far. He has been the clear star of the team, whereas Lekr0 and co. are supporting him from the backlines.

Golden came, saw, and conquered fnatic with two championship wins (credit: Daily Dot Esports)

fnatic try to give KRiMZ opportunities to trade frags and get multi-kills while anchoring on CT side. This usually leads to Golden and JW creating space for KRiMZ, whereas Lekr0 comes in and does some work here and there with the trusty deagle/AK-47. flusha, staying in his usual lurk spot, can be seen creating space, albeit doing it alone and on the other side of the map. This is to be expected from a player of flusha’s playstyle, and works best with a player as intelligent as him.

The only problem that rises around fnatic is their inconsistent map pool. While de_cobblestone has proven to be an ace up in the sleeve against Na`Vi and Renegades, they’ve been faltering on one of their other trademark maps, de_inferno, and only have de_mirage to rely on. While they have beat FaZe and Ninjas in Pyjamas on de_train, it’s really hard to say that it’s a map to be relied on when fnatic have a spotty history around in. Considering it’s against Astralis, it may not work.

It doesn’t help that Golden can’t hold his own while fragging, but it’s hard to fragout when a player like KRiMZ is playing like an MVP each game.

 

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Introduction

Esports Betting players will have a field day at WESG’s 2017 Global LAN Finals. The World Electronic Sports Games 2017 is a continuation of last year’s finals, where organizers AliSports and ImbaTV hosted tournaments across multiple esports titles with spectacular prize pools. With patriotism and nationality pride on the line, many countries travel across to China in hopes of taking home a significant result to their country, as the whole purpose of WESG is to have “national team” competitions against one another.

Because of this, all the teams represent one single nationality. Last year, it was the French side of EnVyUs that won in the grand finals over Team Kinguin to take home the $800,000 grand prize. And, once again, that same prize will be part of the golden pot of $1,500,000 USD; teams placing as quarterfinalists or above will be taking home $10,000 at the minimum placing.

While last year’s national competition for Counter-Strike’s esports scene did not feature many top teams, there are a lot of top tier esports squads to bet on for this year. Reigning champions Team EnVyUs return with an altered lineup (kioshiMa standing in for ScreaM due to nationality rules), and recent and former champions fnatic, SK Gaming, and Cloud9 look to battle their way to take home the lion’s share.

Of course, they’ll be subject to fierce competition, as teams across South America, North America, Canada, Europe, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and more have come this far; these teams will be giving it their all to fight their way to the bitter end. Anything can happen, but there are sure to be sheer favorites and complete underdogs. But, at an intercontinental LAN like this with many group stages and matches to played, anyone can go home disappointed. Because of the plentiful amount of matches, esports bettors will surely be betting on a lot of the matches at WESG!

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage 1:
    • Eight Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to Group Stage 2
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo1
  • Group Stage 2:
    • Four Double Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo2
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • 3rd place decider for semi-finalists

Credit to Liquipedia

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Turkey Space Soldiers (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Turkey XANTARES
  • Turkey Calyx
  • Turkey ngiN
  • Turkey paz
  • Turkey MAJ3R
  • Turkey hardstyle (coach)

Space Soldiers are essentially the FlipSid3 Tactics of this era, barely losing to any tier 2 teams or underdogs. They’re that team that have the potential to upset a tier 1 team, but that can happy once in a blue moon. This era started to see a rise with the addition of MAJ3R, who provides a stable IGL to execute strategies and tactics (something the DESPE-era Space Soldiers lacked heavily).

Space Soldiers are a team that can make it far into events like these, having proven that they lack the ability to lose when they’re considered to be one of the favorites. This has been proven to be countered by AGO Gaming, who have beat Space Soldiers in their last two finals appearances between the two. Regardless, the distance between the other teams and Space Soldiers is very distant, and they’re a reliable pick when choosing to throw your esports bet on an overdog.

Space Soldiers: Soldiers who only know brute force aggression (StarLadder)

It was expected that they would make a deep run into WESG, as they had proven at the WESG 2016 LAN Finals, losing to Virtus.Pro in the 3rd place decider. They completely dominated all of their opponents so far, having only dropped a map to Team One is the second group stage (bo2). Spectators have yet to see what Space Soldiers can offer up against a team considered better than them, though, and we’ll be able to see that against fnatic.

Space Soldiers are a team that follow a setup heavily reminiscent of the golden era fnatic lineup. They have two star hitters they can consistently rely on (XANTARES and Calyx) whereas as a backup plan, any of the other players on the lineup can show up (primarily paz). Space Soldiers have been gradually straying away from the usual 4 rifle + 1 AWP setup, opting for a more aggressive approach by having all 5 players rifle.  Should that not be the case, ngiN is usually the first option for picking up the AWP.

Also to note, that Space Soldiers are currently on an 8 game winning streak with their current lineup (17 counting the past lineup) on de_cache at LAN, having gained notoriety for it since their upset against SK Gaming. Most likely, fnatic will be wanting to veto this map.

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

The Swedish roster and esports bettors alike headed into WESG over a cloud of worry and mystery, as media outlets reported that ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas IGL Xizt would be joining over the removal of Golden—just after winning IEM Katowice 2018 over FaZe Clan.

Ignoring that, let’s face the fact that fnatic won IEM Katowice purely from some individual stand out performances from KRiMZ and flusha. Of course, let’s not discredit Golden, as the addition of a pure IGL like Golden help restructure fnatic in a way that utilized each player’s strength correctly. fnatic team coordination really works off of their individual play-styles. For example, flusha is usually seen soloing and holding/gaining control of a certain portion of the map. On the other hand, Golden and Lekr0 work together to take control and entry with the team, whereas KRiMZ and JW work very well as trade fraggers (and JW’s AWP serves another entry threat).

fnatic’s IEM Katowice victory is shrouded by roster rumors looming over IGL Golden (ESL)

Personally, there is nothing wrong with this team, as long as flusha can continue his major-form and KRiMZ plays as stellar as he has so far. The team structure works really well, and each player plays off another very well. The only question that remains is how consistent fnatic can remain with this roster, as their IEM Katowice win is preceded by a 0-3 group stage at StarLadder. Also to note that fnatic’s grand final win over FaZe could have not been a possibility had flusha not clutched out two crucial rounds (1 & 2).

In that same grand final, it become clear that fnatic’s map pool is not in-depth, having to play a map like de_train as one of the decider maps. Had they chosen to expand their playability to 6 of the 7 map pools, they could have been a very strong team overall.

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