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Faze Clan vs Team Liquid: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.


EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

  • Host:

Format.

    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All matches are Bo3Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018The 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Team Liquid vs Faze Clan

Team Liquid

 

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Twistzz
  • Taco
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF


Team Liquid is slowly emerging as one of the strongest teams from North America. Despite being from North America, the team can definitely defeat anyone else in the world [ with the exception of Astralis]

Team Liquid has a very unique playstyle. They rely heavily on their In-Game Leader to provide them with the necessary structure on the roster. They have the best North American player in the form of Twistzz on their team. Twistzz has been exceptionally good both on LAN as well as online. His performance stems from a higher skill ceiling when it comes to aiming. Coupled with greate gamesense, it is obvious that Twistzz is here to stay. His role on this team is much more than just being the fragging power. He is able to constantly keep up the hopes and the ambitions of the other players. Despite being young, he shows a very experienced approach to the game. His understanding of the game and how to use the weapons available to him is determined by his positioning on the map. He might not be as flashy as a Guardian or S1mple, however, his effectiveness and his importance on the team are much more than the said persons.

EliGE powered Team Liquid to a swift 2-0 victory against Heroic (Beyond the Summit)

Elige has also been topping the scoreboards for Team Liquid. His ability to constantly deliver irrespective of the opponent has been a consistent feature since several years in North America. A part of multiple Top tier teams in the past few years, Elige has been able to leave his mark on the scene. On this roster, Elige’s role is not just a person who frags. He is always in active discussion with NAF and Nitro regarding how the team should proceed further.

Overall, Team Liquid does look like a well-rounded team which is slowly expanding their map pool.The biggest problem for Team Liquid is their shallow map pool, which can only improve with time. This team has found a great synergy and coordination between its existing players. If they can continue to stick together and improve, they are definitely en route to becoming the best team in the world.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain

Faze Clan is made up of several superstar Counter-Strike players. Each player was a star on his previous roster and together they came under the ambit of Karrigan on Faze Clan. Karrigan has been able to knit together this roster putting aside their egos and utilising their skill to enhance the team’s prospects. At one p0oint in time, it did look like Faze CLan was the best team in the world. However, they were unable to keep up their momentum either due to injuries or personal problems on the players. Eventually, Faze Clan has made changes to their roles and we do not know how it will affect their overall performance in the future.

Guardian’s position and performance on this team have been very subdued which is a major reason for the team being just about average. If and when Guardian comes back into form, Faze Clan will truly emerge for what its worth as a strong roster. We all know how strong Guardian can be on this team, however, he is seemingly low on confidence. His peeks and performance over the past few months have been extremely poor and he is taking a very passive approach to the game. This is mostly because when he goes aggressive he does not always yield the best results for the team. Faze Clan relies overly on Guardian to become a strong AWper to control the pace of the game in the current meta.

Right now, Olofmeister is the only strong member of the team. After taking a long break in 2018, we are witnessing Olfomeister coming back into the game with full flow. However, he cannot carry the team alone, especially in his role as the lurker. It is up to Niko and Guardian to start getting picks for the team.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Speaking of Niko he has taken over the role of the In-Game Leader on this roster. He has some experience being an in-game leader and this has been putting it to good use especially after their debacle at the FaceIT   Major. However, we are seeing him underperforming on an individual level which definitely raises questions about this decision. Meanwhile, Karrigan is in a state of flux as we don’t know what his role on this roster is.   brought up as an In-Game Leader Karrigan remains a dead weight on the team. We might see roster changes on this team very soon, and that is bound to have a negative impact on the players’ performance.

Prediction:

Team liquid looks to be in splendid form right now. At EPICENTER 2018, they have dominated their opponents easily. So far, they have played against the likes of Swole Patrol and Avangar. However, this match against Faze CLan will be a true test for the North American team. A lot depends on the maps chosen as Team Liquid is not proficient on all the maps.

On the other hand, we have Faze Clan, a very talented team. However, they have had problems on their T side and it stems from self-doubt. Yesterday, they played against NIP and we witnessed how strong the team looked when confident. Whether they can carry the same confidence to today’s match is crucial for their victory.

For now, we recommend a bet on Faze Clan. They have practised against much stronger teams such as Na’Vi and NIP.

 

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Faze Clan vs Na’Vi: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.

EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

  • Host:

Format.

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Faze Clan vs Natus Vincere.

Faze Clan and Na’Vi match up against each other in this game, however, the rivalry runs deeper. Astralis is the best team in the world and there is a fierce competition amongst the others to establish themselves as the next best teams.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan is the most successful International roster in CS:GO. The team has been put together with a lot of input from Karrigan who remains one of the few In-Game Leaders who can manage such a star-studded team. He has ample experience doing so in previous editions of Faze Clan as well as on other teams like TSM, Astralis etc.

Karrigan’s position on the Faze Clan CS: GO team is in danger. With Niko taking over the role of the In-Game Leader, one is left wondering what is Karrigan’s role on the team. After all, he is not a superstar individual performer like the likes of Niko, Rain and Olofmeister. He is most well known for being an In-Game Leader and often having decent runs with the AWP. With the IGL position no longer available, Karrigan needs to consistently put up big numbers or else he is getting the boot from the team.

Olofmeister has put up great numbers in the past month.

It is this knowledge that weights heavily on Faze Clan and their performance in any of their upcoming matches. The fact that any poor performance by Faze Clan is going to cut down heavily on Karrigan is always going to be an awkward topic for Faze Clan.

Niko, himself is going to be under tremendous pressure in the upcoming months. The role of an IN Game leader essentially forces you to think about the macro game and it often results in weak individual performances. This is exactly why we see multiple CS: GO teams axe their IGLs after a few weak performances. But almost always, this does not work in their favour. Niko is still expected to be the star player on this roster putting up the big numbers. If he fails on an individual level, it is bound to affect the overall results of the team. For Faze Clan, they are a very momentum based roster. Constant losses would mean a depreciating confidence level on the part of the Faze Clan players. This does not bode well for the team and for the organisation.

Niko has taken over the role of the In Game Leader.

One shining light for Faze Clan remains Olofmeister. The player is seeing excellent individual performances and is almost always performing for the team. His extended break might have been necessary, but it proved to be a very useful means of enabling the player’s abilities. However, he is the only one performing at a high level on this roster. The remained of the team looks to be underutilized and not as impactful as they can be.

Faze Clan has the excellent individual skill and this is what always makes them a threat no matter their current form. For now, they will face off against Na’Vi in the winners match. The winner of this match will go directly into the semifinals, the loser faces NIP in the quarterfinals.

Natus Vincere.

Na’Vi roster:

  • Zeus
  • Flamie
  • Electronic
  • S1mple
  • Edward.

Natus Vincere won ESL One Cologne 2018, but they have not shown us any dominant performances since then. In fact, other teams like ENCE, Team Liquid is definitely much better placed than NA’Vi when it comes to results. For Na’Vi the biggest question for the roster remains the ability to be consistent in their aim.

Despite having S1mple and Electronic, two of the world’s best players on their roster, Zeus is unable to capture the essential victories required for Na’Vi. So how does Na’Vi manage to become a consistent threat in all of their tournaments? The fact remains in their individual skill.

For Na’Vi even if they are at a weapon disadvantage or man disadvantage in a particular round, one can never count them out. We have seen numerous times when Na’Vi is able to pull through with inferior buys and from severe disadvantages. These type of rounds determine the final outcome especially as they often break the other team’s economy. S1mple is one of the best players in the world when it comes to individual prowess. It is not uncommon to see him able to pull off great performances despite being at a disadvantage. The player has also seen his temper become smoother and is more of a team player right now. His time on Na’Vi has taught him the temperament required to play at the top level of the game. Even if Na’Vi has a force buy it does not mean that S1mple gets the gun. There is no pressure on him to perform and that is one of the key reasons for his excellent performances.

For Na’Vi, they need to start to learn how to win the gun rounds with ease. A team cannot rely on force buys and winning impossible rounds to get back into the game. This does not make for a good counter strike and that is a reason why Na’Vi consistently fails against top tier teams. They might decimate lower ranked teams, but their inability to make it deep in a stacked tournament is what holds them back.

Prediction :

Both Faze Clan and Na’Vi have not achieved their peak potential. The two teams have shown us glimpses of excellence, but neither has been able to inspire us as Astralis does. Na’Vi’s performance has a heavy dependence on S1mple and Electronic. The two players are amongst the world’s best, but despite having such calibre on their roster the team is unable to dominate the CS: GO scene. The problem arises in the team’s approach to the game which often is borderline arrogant.

Their opponents for this match are Faze Clan, a team riddled with an identity question. When the roster was formed, Karrigan was the In-Game Leader while others were superstars with their weapons of choice or on their positions. However, with the Major Group stage debacle, Faze Clan has now decided to put Niko in the Leadership role. It might be a honeymoon period for the young star, however, it remains to be seen how this will affect his individual skill level and performance.

For now, we have to recommend a bet on Na’Vi as they look much better and composed.

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Faze Clan vs ENCE: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.


EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

 

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

 

  • Host:

Format.

 

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Faze Clan vs ENCE

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan is probably one of the strongest teams in the world on paper. The Sheer talent on this roster is what makes this a fan favourite irrespective of their performance and seeming lack of results. The Faze Clan roster is comprised of several top-tier players from various teams. Players like Guardian, Olofmeister and Niko were some of the best teams on their respective teams. The players were able to have stand-out performances sometimes even in the absence of their teams replicating their performance with success. The Faze Clan roster still has potential, however, there seem to be several problems within the roster. First, let’s take a look at the team’s individual prowess in terms of its players and their synergy.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Niko is the star on this team and he remains one of the top Counter-Strike players in the world. His raw individual skill has one of the highest skill-ceilings in the world He has been able to pull out miraculous wins for his team and his shots often open up the round. His weapon of choice is not always a big problem for the player, whose aim trumps most of his opponents. Recently he has taken over the role of the In-Game leader on the roster and that is bound to severely affect his individual performance.

Guardian and Rain are the backbones of this roster. They are not really the most flamboyant players on the team and don’t regularly top the charts when it comes to the scoreboard. However, that being said the players are extremely vital to Faze Clan’s performance through this tournament. If they falter, the Faze Clan will not be able to produce good results no matter the individual performance of Niko and Olofmeister.

Probably the only in-form player at Faze Clan.

The X-factor on this team, in a way, is Karrigan. He was the In-Game Leader on this team and that was the biggest selling point for the team. However after Faze Clan was unable to win a single match in the Major, and it was staring down a 0-3 elimination, Niko took over the reins from karrigan. Not only does this change the dynamics of the team, but it also puts into question the future of Karrigan on the roster. This team that he helped nurture and develop will all of a sudden be looking to boot him out of the roster. For Karrigan, this is not a new experience as he has been on the receiving end of several superhit teams. For those teams, however, removing Karrigan did not always result in better performance.

This tournament is a perfect opportunity for Faze Clan to put forth strong results. With Astralis and even Mousesports out of the way, Faze Clan’s biggest rivals will be Na’Vi. However, as we have seen in the past we need to ensure that Faze Clan reaches the Grand finals for the same.

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Starseries & I-League Season 6 winners will match up against the veterans of Faze Clan in this match. The only player on the Finnish roster who has some decent experience when it comes to international matches is Allu. The player has been a part of multiple top tier teams. His experience of playing on LAN and keeping a calm composure is exactly what the relatively young roster of ENCE requires.

The Finnish roster has a unique combination of players. The first name that stands out and is probably the most popular is Allu. The former NIP player has seen excellent personal skill and is able to match up with the best in the world on the AWP. His positioning and often quite aggressive movements with the AWP is definitely a big surprise to many. It is not uncommon to see Allu push forth with the AWP alone and gain valuable information for the team. However, this can also backfire, especially against a team which has studied the ENCE playstyle and will expect this. Allu’s individual performance has been key to ENCE’s past results. He has been able to stand out amongst his peers almost always ensuring a top berth in the scoreboard. Even in cases where he does not get a single frag, his advance positioning is often a clue to the opponent’s plans for the round. ENCE can then reinforce their defence accordingly, which gives them a big advantage going into the round.

The ENCE 2018 Roster.

The other members on this team are very young. The likes of Sergej, AleksiB and xSeven do not have much experience between them. However, they are extremely talented with Sergej especially considered to be a future Counter Strike Global Offensive star. For Sergej, however, we have seen his performances take a dive in the middle of the tournament. During Starseries there were occasions, especially during the quarterfinal when Sergej was unable to replicate the same level of performance on the big stage as he did during the Group stage. This comes from the nervousness and his inability to adjust to playing in front of thousands of players. This is something that comes with experience and we do not expect Sergej to instantly become comfortable on the big stage after just one Tournament. Regardless, he is going to be a crucial element for the team in the Group stages where we expect him to perform really well.

AleksiB has a great grasp of the team’s limits and their skills.

AleksiB has shuffled between the top Finnish rosters for some time now. His role as the In-Game Leader as well as the lurker on the roster is what makes him a strong candidate for the title of an Impact player. He does not have great mid-round calls, but his understanding of the limitations of his roster and their ability to constantly surprise their opponents is what makes them tick. The surprise is a feature that cannot help ENCE throughout their careers, so we do hope that AleksiB does come up with new strong and innovative tactics in order to keep ENCE on an advantageous position.

ENCE is a roster that is great when it comes to skill. They can defeat the best teams in the world on their best day, however, consistency is a huge issue for the team. In addition to this, they seem to be lost in trying to find their playstyle. This is definitely affecting the team’s overall performance and the final product is a very shabby game for the viewers.

Prediction :

Allu’s positioning with the AWP could mean the difference between Faze and ENCE in this match.

Faze Clan is undoubtedly the better team when it comes to their individual skill and performance. The team has had great results and despite the recent dip in form, we expect Faze Clan to still put up a strong showing against ENCE. Whether or not the key members on the roster start finding their form is still up for debate.

Their opponents, ENCE rely heavily on surprising their opponents with brave [ often borderline foolish playstyle]. Plays such as Allu pushing through the map with no backup and just an AWP is unprecedented for most teams. Once they get a frag, Allu falls back ensuring that the team retains the advantage. But if Niko has done his homework, then he should be able to anticipate such plays. ENCE look restless as the clock wears out and that is something that Faze Clan can play to their advantage.

We recommend a low bet on Faze Clan for this match.

 

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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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BIG gaming vs Faze Clan: 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

Faze Clan roster:

 

  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Karrigan
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan is back to playing on its full roster. The performance of the even without Olofmeister was still worthy of a top-class team. They played with several stand-ins during this time and still came out with a few trophies.

But the core of the roster has remained constant throughout the past few months. This is what enables the team to form its tactics and still be effective on them. When Olofmeister returned to the active roster recently, there were doubts about his form and whether he would be able to fit into the team again. But Olofmeister was spectacular with his individual performance. When a player of Olofmeister’s calibre is on the lurk, it is impossible for the enemy to avoid him. They need a plan to deal with the lurker, or else they will have big problems.

There is lack of talent on the Faze Clan roster. The team has some of the best talents from other teams. The likes of Guardian, Karrigan and Niuko definitely make this team one to be feared. Guardian has found his form in recent weeks but he has not been lights out blazing as he was during his peak on Na’Vi. Regardless Guardian’s form and consistency are crucial for the team’s potential success. He is not supposed to be the star on this roster.

Speaking of stars, Niko is easily within the top 3 players in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The player’s aim and his understanding of the game require no introduction. He has the best game sense and is extremely skilled with a very high skill ceiling. Niko’s position on the team, however, is only possible due to the space and the support of his teammates. This team, regardless of how diverse it looks on paper just works. Karrigan is probably the only leader who can actually keep such big superstars together.

Karrigan is one of the few IGLs who can hold such a star studded team together

Being on a previous top team such as Dignitas, Karrigan has the right mentality and attitude to keep big egos together. He has been able to guide this team to success. They did not win the Eleague Boston Major, but this is their best chance to win a Counterstrike Global Offensive Major.  

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming roster:

  • Gob B
  • Tabsen
  • Nex
  • Tizian
  • Smooya

BIG Gaming somehow just pops up during CS: GO Majors. The team led by Gob B has one of the best Grenade usages in all of. They are very well trained by their IGL as well as coach on how and when to use the grenades. We have not seen the same level of grenade usage even from the best team in the world, Astralis.

But BIG Gaming does have a problem and that is ensuring a consistent level of skill on the roster. The likes of Tizian and Tabsen definitely have the talent required to make BIG a top-level team once more. However, they have not been consistent in their performances and that affects BIG’s standings. They recently won ESL One Cologne 2018, a home match for the team. It was one of the first time that the Cologne crowd had a home team to cheer for.

Gob B has always been a great leader, one who can help his team get into an advantageous situation irrespective of their individual skill level. He puts in a lot of hours in reviewing other teams and he always has a strategy on how to counter them. We have seen BIG gaming win eco rounds or rounds with lesser weaponry on a consistent basis. Most of it is due to their grenade usage and some really good individual calls by Gob B.

But that is not to say that the BIG Gaming roster does not have talent. They have some really talented individuals in the form of Tizian and Tabsen. The two have been excellent so far at the Major and are really responsible for multiple kills in crucial rounds. Without the performance of these two players, BIG would not have been able to reach the stage that they are at now.

But it is Smooya who forms the biggest concern for the team. The best UK AWPer who shone during ESL One Cologne has been visibly absent during the major. His lack of performance has not gone unnoticed since even Gob B has been handing him the rifle. Smooya needs to be back in form if BIG Gaming is to proceed further into the Champions stage.

Prediction

The two teams present really diverse playstyles. Faze Clan is a team that does not have very deep strategies but it is covered thanks to their amazing individual skill. The Faze Clan is obviously the better team mainly because they have proven themselves over the last few months. The Faze Clan is so strong that even without a core member of their roster they still won several tournaments and stayed relevant. For any other team, this would have been an uphill task.

BIG Gaming is a team that comes into prominence only after several months. The team did win ESL One cologne, but that was on the back of Smooya having a really good tournament. And frankly, he does not look at the same level during FaceiT Major. For Smooya, this is a home match, since he hails from Great Britain too, but he needs to step up his performance if BIG is to have a chance at winning and moving forth.

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