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

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Introduction

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

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

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

Format

Group Stage:

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

Playoffs:

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

Prize Pool:

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Team Envy

Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

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

Team One

Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

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

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Cloud9 vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan’s performance will require a good performance from multiple members of the team. The international team has had its hands full in trying to form the correct combination of players and their roles on the team. With the FaceIT London Major, we saw Karrigan give up the In-Game Leader position. Replacing his role on the team was Niko, the best player on the roster. However, taking up the role of the In-Game Leader definitely affects your individual performance. This is exactly what we saw with Niko and his individual performance struggled immensely.

Karrigan’s role on this team comes into question with their current performance. If he is not the In-Game Leader, what is his requirement on the team? He is, after all, one of the best In Game Leaders. But if the team feels like they don’t need him or can do better with him not being on the leadership position, it puts him on the notice. Karrigan is instrumental on certain maps like Inferno and Mirage. We might see him taking on the mantle of the In-Game Leader on these maps. His calls and positioning with whatever elements he has at his disposal are just too good to negate.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

The roster has the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister. These two players have proven to be the best in the business and have led their respective former teams to victory. Over the course of the next few months, however, both of them need to start putting up big numbers in order for the team to materialize into the strong roster that it can be. Guardian needs to get a few good performances in order to feel confident once again. If he is confident, he can ensure aggressive plays and still get frags off them. This is what makes him one of the most dangerous AWP players in the world. He can ensure that he puts up big numbers with differing styles of play.

On the other hand, we have Olofmeister. The player did look the only decent player in any shape on the team. However, it has been several months since we saw them in action at the FaceIT London Major. Their recent outings do not inspire confidence as the team has been unable to make it to the Playoffs of the big LAN events that they participate in.

Cloud9

Cloud9 Roster:

  • Autimatic
  • Rush
  • Golden
  • Flusha
  • Kioshima

Cloud9’s CS: GO roster is in peril right now. A recent report suggests that Cloud9 is possibly going to be undergoing a roster change. This would be a huge change for the team going forward. After all, the current roster did show signs of improvement. But Golden’s unavailability force Cloud9 management to make changes. They added Kioshima and if the reports are to be believed then they will be adding Stewie2k very soon. Stewie2k’s return to the team might signal a dramatic shift in the overall team’s performance. After all, he is one of the best players in North America, even though he is currently undergoing a massive slump with MiBr.

The Cloud9 roster for the most part of the past few months has seen one roster change after another. What initially started as a way to develop the team and making it much better than its current performance. For the most part, the team did look as if it was making a sizeable improvement for the most part. But then Golden has his personal problems and would not be able to attend two tournaments alongside Cloud9. The current reports suggest that there might be roster changes and it does not surprise us. Cloud9 is a premier esports organisation and it is unacceptable that they have such a sub-par team. After all, this team won the Boston Eleague Major and then faded into oblivion. It is time for this team to start making a name for themselves and there is no better way than to make changes to their current roster.

autimatic has auto-tuned himself into mid 2016 autimatic (DBLTap)

Kioshima is a player who has been around top-tier teams for a long time now, There is little doubt of his skill level and the cooperation he has with the rest of the team. Unfortunately for him, he was an outcast from the French and later the Faze Clan scene causing him to stay out in the free agency for a very long time. With his inclusion into Cloud9, there are hopes that the Cloud9 roster can make a huge improvement in their current form. Ofcourse we don’t know how Cloud9 will perform when it comes to his particular match against Faze Clan. After all, they are on the verge of a transition and it will definitely affect the confidence and the will-power of the players to give their best for this particular match.

Prediction:

The Cloud9 team might be a good-looking team on paper. They have talented players who have had their fair share of glory on their individual teams. However, on Cloud9, they have not been able to put together their skill and their synergy together. The current Cloud9 roster does not seem like it can compete with the likes of Faze Clan.

Faze Clan might not be in their best form right now, but they are a team that should easily be able to defeat Cloud9 even on their worst day. The Faze Clan team has brought us some quality Counter-Strike in the past and this tournament should not be any worse. After all, despite all their In-Game Leadership and synergy problems, the team still has a lot of firepower and aim. Since we have not seen the team for quite some time, it might just well be a great opportunity for them to have used their practice to develop the team synergy and coordination. The map is Mirage, which is actually quite a good map for both the teams. We expect Karrigan to have more of a say on this team with the map being Mirage. It is one of the best maps for Faze Clan and that is why they are at a huge advantage coming into this match.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Faze Clan vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

 

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9X
  • Glaive
  • Magisk

The Astralis roster is the best team in the world. After winning the FaceIT Major, they continued their victories with the IEM Chicago, ESL Pro League Season 8 and the ECS Season 6 LAN finals. This team has the capacity to adapt to their opponents and modify their gameplay on any particular day. During their Grand final match against Team Liquid at the ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN finals, Device had a very poor start to the series. The player was not able to hit any shots and in fact, at the end of the first half on Mirage, he only managed to get 4 kills for himself. This was definitely way below the average for the player.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

So Astralis decided to take away the AWP from his hands and move it to Dupreeh and Glaive. Granted they only used the double AWP set-up for just one round, but even in subsequent rounds, Glaive continued with the AWP instead of Device. This definitely provided the necessary change for the team as Glaive was able to get multiple frags and turn the tide of the game. His multi-frags on a couple of rounds turned the direction of the map. He often gets kills through smokes as well which was a bit of luck but it definitely fired up the rest of the squad.

The Astralis roster is made up of Zonic as one of the best coaches to coach a CS: GO team. His ideas about the game and how Astralis should prepare to stay on the top have helped the Danish team to reach their current position. After all, the Astralis roster has made it to the top and stayed there for so long. Zonic’s influence on the team is one of the biggest reasons for this. He has helped the team stay on top and despite their recent lack of form, they still look as strong as ever.

 

The other factor contributing to the Danish team is Glaive. The player who took on the In-Game Leader when Kjaerbye left the team has been a natural fit for the team. He has made some incredible mid-round calls on maps such as Nuke and Mirage. The team transitions quickly to making grand decisions which can alter the course of the round. Glaive also top frags consistently as we saw during their Grand finals against Team liquid. It was Glaive who managed to help Astralis recover from the poor performance on Map 1 and most of the first half of Map 2.

Overall, Astralis is one of the better teams in the world and they have reached there after making some impressive performances. This tournament will be just another stop for the Danish team as there is little that they can do to lose the tournament. After all, they are the heavy favourites.

 

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain

The Faze Clan roster, once upon a time was the only team with the potential to topple Astralis of their pedestal. After all, they are a team that is made up of five amazing individuals. Each player is one of the best in his role and there is little that the Faze Clan can do wrong in order to lose easily. However, they keep on making mistakes and the ego is one of the biggest factors which comes into play when Faze Clan plays. Made up of five individuals from different countries, this team has seen a lot of friction amongst its players.

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

Niko has taken over the In-Game Leader right now and that has altered the structure of the team. His role as the In-Game Leader comes as the team felt that Karrigan was no longer well-equipped to lead the team. After all, the Faze Clan was on the verge of being eliminated from the FaceIT London Major with just two early losses. But is that really a big deal? There was no way for others to say whether Faze Clan would have been eliminated or gone forth to win the entire tournament under Karrigan. After all, Cloud9 in January did the same thing where they were able to bounce back from a 0-2 deficit in the Group stage to win the entire tournament. And it was against Faze Clan, the team in question right now.

For most of the past few months, Olofmeister has been the player in form for Faze Clan. He had taken a sabbatical for the earlier part of the year and his return saw him in exceptional form. Some analysts equated it with his form during Fnatic of 2015. However, the rest of the team seemed to be out of sync and not in form. They seemed to be burnt out in a big way and there was no one except Olofmeister hitting their shots. Now don’t get me wrong, Faze Clan, even the team not in form is an excellent team. Their skill ceiling is so high and we are used to see them perform at a very high level. So when we see them not in form, it does become a big disappointment for many. Unfortunately for Faze Clan, their team results have been a mixture of poor performance, bad luck as well as lack of synergy. Their timings have been way off and often it is individual performances which result in making this team a success.

They go up against Astralis, a very familiar team for the Faze Clan. However, the fact that they are meeting Astralis early in the Group stage does not bode well for the team. They are not a team that can simply challenge Astralis anymore. Astralis has transcended into being a much better team right now.

Prediction:

Faze Clan might look good on paper, but we all know how the team seems to implode in difficult situations. Unfortunately for the team, they have not been able to win matches in order to boost the confidence of their players. Without confidence, the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister are not the best when it comes to slogging around and winning matches. The lack of synergy on this team also makes a big problem for the team especially going against a well-established and in-sync team such as Astralis.

The map for this matchup is Dust 2, a very open map which is based on aim punch. Astralis is decent on Dust 2 and we have seen them defeat their opponents with ease on this map. Despite not always choosing Dust 2, they are able to make a huge impact, especially when it comes to their T side. Their dominance with their AK 47’s makes it difficult for the CT economy to build up. Indeed in a recent LAN event, we saw Astralis constantly switch up the AWP role based on their spawns. Since Dust 2 is such a spawn based map, it becomes necessary for the team to ensure excellent communication and an overall good performance.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are doing quite well for themselves and there is little that others can do to dethrone Astarlis. Faze clan definitely needs to solve a lot more of their own problems before they can dream of making it past Astralis on Dust 2.

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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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