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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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Faze Clan vs Optic Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Karrigan
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain

Faze Clan is one of the only successful International CS: GO teams. The team has been built after several failed iterations, but the current roster is one of the best ( at least on paper). They have constantly challenged the best teams in the world ( in this case, Astralis) and have often come out on top. The Faze Clan roster comprises of the best players from several teams. Guardian was the best player on Na’Vi, Olofmeister formerly of Fnatic. Niko remains a prodigy, a player who can easily challenge S1mple for the throne of the best player in the world.

And yet, despite having so many strong players, Faze Clan still cannot hold the coveted title of being the best team in the world. Repeated failures, especially when it comes to their matches against Astralis resulted in Faze Clan being the second best team in the world. With Na’Vi breathing down their necks, Faze Clan needs to step up their performance.

Niko is the most important player on Faze Clan


One of the big factors for Faze clan and something that they have going for them is the fact that Olofmeister is back in the roster. Olofmeister is very crucial to Faze Clan’s performance. The team relies on having a strong lurker, one who can constantly take away the attention of the opponents. Olofmeister was away for a long time and with his return, he has brought back his flamboyant playstyle.

But in this tournament, we also need Guardian and Rain to step up. They are the two factors on this roster which have always remained constant. If they can stay at the same level, we can be assured that Olofmeister, Karrigan and Niko will do their work. But if Rain and Guardian falter, then the whole thing comes crashing down.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming Roster:

  • K0nfig
  • CajunB
  • Gade
  • Snappi
  • Jugi

Optic Gaming roster consists of the Danish roster comprising of several well known Danish players. Many of these players have been on stronger Danish rosters before such as Astralis. Optic won their match against Fnatic with relative ease. The team had a scoreline of 16-6, which is a very good score even though it was a map heavily favoured for the Danes.

The experience of CajunB and K0nfig come in handy when the team decides to veto and decide strategies. Having a lot of experience against Tier 1 teams and being as good as they are, this duo enables the team to be as strong as they are right now.

However, Optic is also a team which can be extremely dominant on certain maps. The performance of the team is very important when it comes to the veto. They are not a team with a deep map pool such as Faze Clan. Therefore it becomes important that they get a good veto in this matchup.

Regardless of their skill level, the team has always been momentum based. They have been a team which can either go forth on full steam or they can falter badly. Optic Gaming players will obviously be at a disadvantage when it comes to their individual performance against the Faze Clan members. But how far can they take their individual skill and attempt to win this match?

The veto and the individual performances will be the deciding factor for this series.

Prediction:

Faze Clan is the better team in this matchup. They have the players, the results and the deeper map pool. This gives them a very big advantage when it comes to their confidence. The team relies heavily on their individual players going off and providing strong performances. So when we look back at the team and it’s performance throughout the tournament so far, we can see that Faze has had trouble in ensuring a strong win. They barely won their match against Heroic, although it was a BO1 and on a map that is favourable to Heroic.

However, it is also one of the best maps for Faze Clan. However, their constant performance and same playstyle on this map might have given a clue to their opponents on their playstyle. For now, we recommend a low bet on Faze clan, but this is not really a strong bet cause of their ineptitude and their lack of convincing performance.

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Faze Clan vs Heroic : Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene.

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan is one of the most successful international rosters in the Counter-Strike scene. After repeated attempts to form a strong team comprising of a mixture of players from various nationalities, the current roster for Faze is the best one yet. Comprising of superstars and veterans such as Olofmeister, Guardian and Niko this team has a lot more potential. Despite winning many tournaments, the potential of the team is still unfulfilled. They have a desire to be the best team in the world and are always working towards that.

One of the common factors holding together the team is Karrigan. The player has a lot of experience in holding together a team comprised of superstars. He has moulded several superstars in his Danish past. The biggest problem of an international team is never the skill or the firepower. It is the management of the personnel which often makes or breaks the team. Controlling the egos of top-level players from various teams is a difficult task and there very few In game leaders who can handle this. Karrigan is one such IGL who has proven himself to be up to the task.

Guardian is the Main AWPer on this team. His time on Na’Vi saw him struggle to move the team to become a top tier team. But after repeated failures, Guardian joined   Faze Clan. On this team. He was allowed the flexibility to move and play according to his own desire. Within the confines of Karrigan’s playstyle, Guardian flourished as an AWPer. It will not be a surprise to see Guardian back in form in the upcoming months. His performance as an AWPer sees him make aggressive plays when he is feeling confident. And the more aggressive he gets, the better he always seems to play.

Olofmeister is the X-factor on this roster. Often considered to be the most impactful player on this team, Olofmeister’s absence from the team caused the team to go into a slump. But upon his return, Olofmeister was topping the charts easily. His current form definitely raises hopes for the Faze Clan roster which frankly, looked very weak of late. The team has been suffering from consistency issues and has changed stand-ins multiple times on the team. However, having stand-ins also meant that the other four players needed to adjust to the new player. This severely impacts their game and it is not conducive to see the best performance.

Faze Clan will be matching up against Heroic in their first match for Dreamhack Masters Stockholm. It is a BO1 match and there is always the potential for an upset.

Heroic

Heroic Roster:

  • Modii
  • E3tag
  • Friberg
  • Acilion
  • Mertz

The Heroic roster has always been the second or third best team in the Danish CS: GO scene. Considering the fact that the Danish Counter strike scene is probably the best scene in the world, this puts them always as a very strong team. This current roster has a mixture of players from non-Danish origins as well. The most notable amongst them is Friberg, who has earned a lot of fame from his time on Ninjas in Pyjamas.

But the team belongs to and is led by Moddii, a veteran player from Sweden. The synergy of the IGL with his players is always evident in the way the team executes its strategies. They have a fixed way of executing their strategies and it is usually much more effective on the CT side. Staying true to their Danish origins, this team has a knack for being extremely CT sided. However, that is not to say that they lack originality, Indeed, this team could be called one of the most original teams in the scene. But they do lack firepower. Despite having some good names such as Mertz on the roster, he is an upcoming talent in the young Danish scene; the team has not really put up strong performances.

They lose several crucial duels which at times can result in a big disadvantage for the team. Friberg had a spike in his individual performance during May 2018 but has since fallen down to his normal average rating since then. The veteran player’s consistency, however, is one of the plus points for Heroic as they look to make themselves a stronger team in the near future.

The addition of Mertz to the roster definitely adds much-needed firepower to the team’s abilities. Mertz is one of the few young talents in the Danish region who has repeatedly proven themselves against top teams. Previously on North, he was part of a player swap between the two teams. Obviously, this was more due to incompatibility with the rest of the team as there is no doubt about the player’s individual performance.

Heroic is a strong team in their tier, but they are not one that has been knocking on the doors of top-tier teams. They still have a lot of work to do, and with Mertz, on their roster, we expect to improve a lot.

Prediction :

There is little doubt that Faze Clan is the team favoured to win this match. However, this is a Best of One match and the upset potential is always the highest in Best of One matches. Faze Clan is playing with Olofmeister now. They have had ample time to practice with their player after his break. But the question remains whether the remaining four players can get their act together. The players have been really lacking when it comes to firepower and their ability to execute certain strategies on the roster.

Faze Clan is a contender to become the best team in the world. But they have a tough task ahead of them. With Olofmeister back on the team, it does make their team more strong. However, they have to provide results in order for them to be a strong team once again.

This match is against Heroic, a relatively Tier 2 Danish team. Heroic has improved, especially with the addition of Mertz to the team. Since this is a BO1, the potential for an upset is always there, but realistically speaking this should not happen. Faze Clan should be able to win this match with ease and we recommend a medium sized bet on Faze Clan.

 

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The ESL Pro League ends it’s seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter-Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter-Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Faze Clan can be considered to be the best team in the scene right now. Their win at IEM Sydney definitely makes a strong case for the international team. Surprisingly despite consistently appearing in the finals and semifinals of big-ticket tournaments, Faze only acquired their first win at IEM Sydney. It was on the back of some impressive performances by each player, including Xizt who is the stand-in for the team in place of Olofmeister. Astralis, on the other hand, are the only team with results to show for themselves at the highest stage. The Danish team has been able to best Faze multiple times in the past, but not so much at IEM Sydney 2018. They will be looking forth to seek revenge on the Faze Clan in this semifinal match.

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:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • 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: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan is the star-studded international team in Counter-Strike. When the team was first formed, there was a lot of apprehension about their performance. Each player was a superstar in his former team, but Counter-Strike is a team game. How the team would perform in a team game was an open question. Surprisingly Faze Clan did perform exceedingly well in the last few months of 2017. But the dip in their form culminated in the Eleague Boston Major where they lost the finals to Cloud9.

Since then there has been a change in the Faze Clan roster. Olofmeister is taking a break temporarily and Xizt ( formerly of NIP) will be standing in for the team. Xizt is already on very good terms with many of the players in the team. His ability to seamlessly integrate into the roster and play the role of Olofmeister with ease is what makes him a valuable asset to the team. We have already seen him in action at IEM Sydney where he was crucial to the Faze Clan’s chances of winning certain maps. Overpass is one such map which definitely comes to mind.

The Faze Clan roster is made up of several superstar players. Between Guardian, Karrigan, Niko, and Rain, this team is the right composition of an aggressive in-game leader as well as great firepower. Anyone of these players has the ability to carry the team on his back at any day. But Faze has been focussing on improving their strategies and their gameplay. The International roster is extremely powerful on maps such as Mirage, Overpass as well as Inferno. We have not seen enough of the team on Dust2 and it is still unsure how the team will behave on the Classic map.

Faze rely on different strategies which ensure that the team can play a very aggressive and high pitch game. They do not want to let their foot off the pedal and constantly keep the pressure on their opponents. Niko is one of the best players in the world and his ability to play at such a high level with such alarming consistency is what makes him the single biggest threat. Of course potential and actual performance do have a lot of differences and that is where Niko can fall off.

Astralis

Astralis is the Danish roster which has been near the top of the scene since almost 2015. The team which was formerly Dignitas was then under the TSM organization. They later decided to form their very own player-owned team. They received investment from RFRSH entertainment later which propelled them into their position as it is today.

The Danish team has a very different style of gameplay. They love their triple fakes as well the aggressive Terrorist side playstyle. Astralis has been able to surprise several opponents with their tactics and mind games. However, they are up against Karrigan, their former In Game Leader in this match.

The Astralis team has been on top of several tournaments in the past. Their roster includes Device, one of the best players on the most consistent basis in Counter-Strike. The team has been able to pull their weight together around Device.

Prediction

Astralis is a very strong team and can definitely hold their own against Faze. However, the team loses a big part of its confidence when it comes to playing around Faze Clan. The big rivalry in this match is obviously the Karrigan vs the rest of the Danish lineup. Karrigan always wants to prove himself against the Danish team and he is willing to take insane risks for the same. Most of the time these risks are very well executed thanks to the insanely high level of individual gameplay on Faze Clan.

Astralis, on the other hand seem to have a negative aspect on their gameplay when it comes to playing against Faze. They simply curl into a ball and are unable to play the best of their game against Faze Clan. In order for Astralis to win this match, they need Device to perform at his best. His individual level has been sort of plateauing of late and that can be a big problem.

The other X factor for Astralis will be Xizt. The Swedish guy has a lot of confidence when it comes to playing against the Danish lineup. He pulls off really strong individual plays against Astralis, which is possible due to his self-belief.

We recommend a Medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match. Their confidence from winning IEM Sydney 2018 is at an all-time high and that is going to carry them to the title in this match.

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