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North vs Vitality: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 EU Minor.

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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 CIS Minor will have a lot of competition between the top teams. It includes teams such as Gambit Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike, Avangar, Pro100 and Nemiga. The teams are all very evenly matched and every match in the CIS Minor is of extreme importance. The teams are all extremely strong and the outcome of the matches depends heavily on the map vetoes and the match-ups on any particular day. The opening matches are all Best of One matches and the subsequent matches will be Best of Three.

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

North Gaming

North Gaming Roster:

  • Philip “aizy” Aistrup
  • Valdemar “valde” Bjørn Vangså
  • Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye
  • Casper “cadiaN” Møller
  • Nicklas “gade” Gade

The Danish organisation has consistently featured some of the new and upcoming talents in the Danish region. While never reaching the very top, they do show occasional glimpses of excellence. Indeed, they were one of the few teams to manage to defeat Astralis at their peak during a big LAN event in 2018. The North roster is made up of several well-known Danish players, but they seem to be unable to make a huge impact with their current roster.


Kjaerbye has been consistent on the North roster.

The biggest problem for North Gaming remains their inability to hit their shots. Despite having strong players on their team such as Valde, Kjaerbye and Cadian; the team is not able to win their aim duels. This leads to the rest of the team playing from a disadvantage for most of the times. It results in a huge gap for the rest of the team to fill.

The team won the IEM Katowice Closed qualifier after defeating Space Soldiers with ease. Their strength lies in their map pool which is significantly better than most of their teams. However, they need to ensure better implementation of their strategies in order to win their matches. They are up against Team Vitality, which is increasingly looking like a force to contend with. The player Zywoo has been making waves on the team and reaching upwards of 80 frags in a series to lead the team to victory, despite having poor performances from the rest of the team.


Cadian is leading the North roster as they head into the Minor.

Gade is another payer who has lifted the team’s performance over the past year. He has been able to make huge plays for the team as they move past others in their performance. However, with North Gaming, the biggest impact has to be their shot-calling and the team’s performance.

North Gaming is strong on a certain set of maps. Their performance on maps such as Dust2, Nuke and Inferno are extremely strong. The team’s performance on these maps stems from their excellent CT squad. Their ability to hold down certain areas of the map in a very defensive format is what allows the opponents to make mistakes. North Gaming rarely makes mistakes on their CT side and their defensive approach to their CT side is what ensures that they rarely make mistakes. However, it also allows for opponents to read them thoroughly.

Vitality


Vitality Roster:

  • Nathan “NBK-“ Schmitt
  • Dan “apEX” Madesclaire
  • Cédric “RpK” Guipouy
  • Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut
  • Alex “ALEX” McMeekin

Vitality is the team that is the talk of the current season. The team’s performance has evoked some really strong responses from the community. However, it is not the entire team that is receiving all the praise right now. After all, Zywoo is doing most of the heavy lifting on the team. He was able to single-handedly help Team Vitality win their previous matches in the EU Minor. Zywoo is a talent that has shown exceptional individual skill level and we hope to see more of him in the future.

However, all is not good for Team Vitality. The remainder of the team seems unable to make an impact. This stems from the bigger French problem where we have multiple stars having no impact on the International scene. Players like NBK, Apex and RPk have been impressive in the past for France, but their current performance is way below their average.


Apex is the player that we will focus our attention on. The player is one of the most talented individual players in the French scene. However, he has not lived up to his expectations in recent months. The lack of performance from the player inadvertently affects any team that he is a member of. The player requires the attention and the support of the rest of the team. As such the organisations tend to field a very supportive roster around him. But when Apex continues to disappoint as a player, it becomes the root of the problem for the team. We tend to see Apex as a star player, but he does not have performances like Zywoo does currently for the team.


Coming to Zywoo, what happens to Vitality when Zywoo does not have God-like performances? The player has been individually carrying the team on his shoulders for a long time. He has been reaching nearly 80 frags in three maps and that is not an easy number against quality opposition. How do we see Vitaliy moving forward, they are definitely major attendees by judging their calibre. The team’s performance relies heavily on Zywoo stepping up. We have seen a French team implement this playstyle in the past. However, as we see this team move forward, we have seen the previous playstyle not work out great for Titan, which had KennyS as the world’s best player on their team. Right now, Vitality is probably the favourites to win this match over their opponents. They have the momentum going for them and Zywoo is definitely in great form. However, we have to see how the two teams interact with each other especially when it comes to the map picks.

Prediction:

Vitality is the better team amongst the two. They do have a very weird playstyle which relies heavily on Zywoo putting up huge numbers. However, the team has been doing quite well, because Zywoo is performing at near the top of his game. He might not be the most articulate when it comes to post-matches interviews, but within the server, it is his domain. The player will remain the principal focus for the team as they want to enable him to perform at his peak.

We recommend a bet on Team Vitality for this match.

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Astralis vs Made in Brazil: 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:

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dev1ce
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Gla1ve
  • Magisk
  • Zonic

Astralis is the best Counter-Strike Global Offensive team in the world. They have a very dominant performance which results from months of great performances. For many months post the Boston Major, Astralis had only one competitor, Faze Clan. But Faze ran afoul with several players not being in any kind of form right now.

Astralis’ performance as a team is what other teams want to emulate. They have great synergy and coordination which comes from months of practice, some great linguistic synergy as well as amazing individual skill. The Astralis team also benefited when Valve decided to take out Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. The performance of the team has definitely improved dramatically over time. Astralis’ strength comes from having some of the most versatile and yet strong players on their roster.

The Astralis roster is looking stronger with each passing tournament

Device has remained consistent with the best player tag for several years now. He is as good with the rifle as he is with the AWP. His CZ kills can also lead to several outcome-altering rounds in the future. As we see Device in his current form is still a terror for enemies. He remains a very strong candidate for what we see as the MVP of the tournament. But Device isn’t alone in the team and the rest of the squad enables his strong performances. They understand their strengths and are ready to capitalize on it in order to achieve success.

Glaive is the In-Game Leader of the team. One of his unique aspects is his ability to make the right calls mid-round. He is able to suddenly change the course of the round via insane mid-round calls. We haIn-Gameve seen Astralis suddenly all swarm down to the B Bomb site in order to be effective in their attack. The quick decision making, as well as being a very high performing IGL [ difficult to find in these times] makes Glaive a crucial aspect of the Astralis roster.

Glaive is the reason for Astralis’ increasingly good tactics and strategy

When Kjaerbye left the team, there was a huge void on the roster. This was filled by Magisk, although not exactly in the same way as Kjaerbye. He came on for his firepower and he remained on the team, albeit not as a leader but as firepower. Magisk has been the silent lurker who does not draw too much attention to himself on the team. He has been consistent through the months, which is exactly why no one bothers with him. His consistency is taken for granted by allies and enemies alike. He is not as flashy as the Dupreehs and Device on the roster, but his consistency enables his teammates to be able to get multiple kills in a round.

The Astralis roster is a perfect example of a team that has worked with what it has and created a world class team. They dominated the CS: GO scene for well over 4 months in the recent history. They had a slow start to the Major with a few hiccups en route to the Legends stage.

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Fallen

The Made In Brazil team is a mixture of former Cloud9 members and several players from the former SK Gaming. The team is a Championship team with each player already a winner of a CS: GO, Major. But their form in the recent months has been very uninspiring.

Can Coldzera regain his former form?

Made In Brazil is an iconic brand, one which can truly put forth strong memories of the game’s dominance and reach. The team has been making waves with their performance of late which is partly due to the resurgence on the roster thanks to YNK.

Stewie2k and Tarik’s joining from Cloud9 is the biggest news for the MiBR roster. The two bring with them a lot of firepowers, something that the team previously seemed to lack. With Tarik showing an upswing in his individual performance, we can be sure that the team will look forth to him playing extremely well. Stewie2k is having a slight fall in performance, but if the other son the team pick up the slack, it won’t be noticeable at all. The NA players are very good in their coordination and playing off each other. There is always the extra effort put in to make sure that they end up on the better side of a team fight. The team’s performance has improved dramatically over the past few months, but they are still a long way from their peak.

Tarik is seeing a resurgence in his individual performance

Fallen makes or breaks this team. His ability to play a myriad of roles on the roster is what makes the team as strong as it is. He has recently shown the ability to push through smokes and make really aggressive plays. Usually, when a team smokes off an area, they forget about it. Pushing through smokes is a very risky affair and once teams get a whiff of his playstyle, it can easily be punished pushing MiBr down into a spiralling hole.


The team had one big problem and that was the differences between the players. Coldzera and Fallen were on two sides of the coin when it comes to the team’s direction in strategy and tactics. In order to fix this problem, MiBr added YNK to their coach list. His addition presents the best opportunity for Mibr to be extremely effective in their gameplay. The players can focus on ensuring that their individual performance remains at top of the game. With YNK, MiBr is already looking very good. They have amazing performances in the tournament at the Major and are still looking good for more.

Prediction:

This match is a 2-1 match and the winner will qualify for The Champions stage. It ensures them the prestige of being a Top eight team. Both Astralis and Mibr look extremely strong right now. Astralis as a team definitely has shown us some signs of weaknesses over the past few days. Their inability to crush their opponents definitely raises some questions about their playstyle. They have had a few very close matches which could have gone either way. But they remain the team with the much better map pool. This gives them a big advantage when it comes to their map veto against almost any team.

The Mibr roster will depend heavily on ensuring that they have the tactical advantage over the Danish roster. In terms of firepower, I would rate both the teams equally right now. Especially with Astralis not looking as hot as a few months ago, their performance definitely is something that other teams can overcome. MiBr is seeing an upward tick in their performance. They have had very dominating performances in the recent few days and that raises hopes for a great finish at the Major.

For now, we recommend a low bet on Mibr. They are looking good so far and the odds for Mibr definitely are favourable for a bet on the Brazilian team.

Mousesports vs North Gaming: 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. The tournament is already down to just four teams and these teams do not include Faze Clan. THere will be a new team in the finals and we just wait and watch to see if it will be Mousesports or North Gaming. 

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

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Snax
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • SUnny

The mousesports roster recently underwent a change when they added Snax and replaced Styko on the team. The addition of Snax is from a winner’s perspective since they want to ensure wins and deep runs at big tournaments. Prior to this event, Mousesports as a team was not really bad, but they always failed to ensure a good finish. Their inability to finish their matches led to crucial losses at the business end of tournaments.

The roster has come together after years of tinkering and tampering with the lineup. The only consistent feature in all of this is ChrisJ who has retained his position and his leadership skills. Despite being the constant, ChrisJ has always adapted himself to the needs of the team. Mousesports is a very flexible team made up of elements which probably wouldn’t have thrived in other teams.

Case in Point is Oskar, the most consistent player on the Mousepsorts roster. His consistency might make him a suitable candidate for other top teams. But according to rumours, he has a difficult personality to go along with it. Oskar’s involvement in the team is crucial for the success of this roster. He has a very high success rate in the clutch situation as well as 1v1’s. This makes him one of the most valuable players on the team for the most part.

Ropz is a young talent and he found a home on Mousesports. His talent was recognized via FPL and Mouz were quick to sign him on. Guiding and advising him on his way to a top-tier roster, Mousesports has enabled the discovery of a true talent. They have great synergy with the young player and allow him a lot of freedom and flexibility in his playstyle. He also gains considerable experience from the likes of Snax, ChrisJ and Sunny.

The X-factor on this team, at least for Dreamhack Stockholm 2018 will be Snax. The veteran player who has a Major title under his belt along with years of experience recently transferred from Virtus pro to Mouz. This move was a surprise but not really totally unexpected. After all, Virtus Pro was on the decline and they have been losing players left and right. But for most of the last year, Snax has not had the best of form. His inability to dissect clutch situations with as much effectiveness as before makes him lose considerable sheen as a player. But there is no doubt about his personal talent and skill level on this roster. If he can get himself to be a top-tier team once more, Mousesports will truly be scary.

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Niko
  • Ave ( Coach)

North Gaming has traditionally been seen as the second bestDanish roster. This has not been without cause since North has traditionally been unable to win matches against Astralis and their players. It has mostly been a mental block for the players when they go up against Astralis.

But they have already managed to defeat Astralis once in this tournament. Their ability to defeatAStralis in a Best of Three series is what makes them a very strong contender for the finals. The North Gaming roster has some very skilled and talented players. The likes of Aizy, CajunB, Kjaerbye provide years of experience of playing at the top level. Each one of these players has played with members from Astralis at the top level.

Kjaerbye’s addition to North was sudden and shocking

MSL has notorious for his great tactics and good mid-round calls. While his personal skill level might be the source of memes, there are few who question his leadership abilities. After all, the player has proven himself repeatedly over the years.

The two big factors on this team who can ensure great coordination and firepower are Niko ( on loan from Heroic) and Kjaerbye ( moved from Astralis.). Kjaerbye who was the IGL for Astralis during his time on that roster has experience with developing new strategies for himself and the team. His experience of being a top level player on a consistent basis is what makes him the most valuable addition to the team. With Niko added to the team, it also provides them with a lot of firepower and skill.

Prediction:

This match will be a very interesting match to watch as both the teams have been moving forth the rankings. They have seen a dip in their performance during the last few months, but the recent changes to their team either in form of roster changes or tactics definitely helped them a lot.

Both the teams have won matches against really strong teams in this tournament itself. Mousesports won their series against Faze Clan despite being demolished in the first map. After all, it is not every day that you see your team winning a series after being down 1-16 in the first map. Their resilience and strength in performance definitely help them as they proceed to this match. Mousesports seems well-coordinated and seems to have great synergy on their team right now. They are obviously focussing on enabling the team to work together before trying to win matches. Luckily for them, it is already working wonders for them as they have reached the semifinals of Dreamhack Masters Stockholm and are en route to the finals as well.

North Gaming’s win over Astralis was definitely a big shock. It might point towards North becoming good or just bad play by Astralis. North has a great combination of firepower along with leadership which enables them to outmanoeuvre skilled rosters. But they will have to face off against a team which has great synergy and coordination. With Snax on the roster, they have the burst in firepower and experience needed at this level as well.

For now, we recommend a bet on North Gaming because of their performance. This series will almost surely go to three maps.

 

North vs Natus Vincere: 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

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Niko

North has long been considered to be the second best Danish team. They have always been in the shadows of the Danish powerhouse, Astralis. As a roster this team has the potential to become really big, however, they are often shadowed by the big names in CS:GO.

However, North’s win against Astralis at Dreamhack Stockholm definitely was a big surprise to everyone. North is a team that has amazing chemistry. With MSL at the helm, this team is not averse to providing insightful and meticulous strategies by the player. His personal performance might not be the best, however, he has an arsenal of great players at his disposal.

Kjaerbye’s addition to North was sudden and shocking

Kjaerbye moved to join this team after leaving Astralis a few months ago. His role on this team definitely is very important, but apart from his leadership abilities, it is his personal firepower that gets the team to be as strong as it is right now. North have a decent map pool, one that can be used to make the team much better than it is right now.

In this tournament so far, North has won matches against Astralis (2-1) and Tyloo (16-7). Their series against Astralis was relatively close. While it could have gone either way it points to their ability to close out matches.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster:

 

  • S1mple
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Electronic
  • Zeus


The Natus Vincere roster has two of the most promising talents in CS:GO. S1mple and electronic are exceptional players. While S1mple is largely considered to be the best player in the world, Electronic is not far behind.

Na’Vi has put up strong performances in the past few months. But their three tournament winning streak is stigmatized by the lack of strong teams. The team has not been able to provide consistent results and that is something that will bother them. With Zeus at the helm, they could not ask for a better In Game Leader. However, they need the other players to put up decent performances.

Flamie is one such player who has the capacity to go big, but of late his performances have lacked firepower. If Flamie were to stick to great results, the Na’Vi team is truly unstoppable. S1mple has been moulded into a team player by the veterans in Na’Vi. We have witnessed S1mple being able to win matches on his own, especially against lower-tier teams. But when it comes to the team’s potential winnings against top teams, he has to play according to the plan.

Even restrained S1mple remains a very strong performer and can single-handedly turn the outcome of the match. The player’s restraint on his aggressiveness has enabled the rest of the team to be much more effective.

Prediction:

North and Na’Vi come as two different styles of play. North has a very defensive approach to their game. The North roster won their Best of Three series against Astralis and that puts their performance into perspective. This team has the potential to win against top teams but they have consistency issues. As a Danish roster, they always have a set of maps where they are better than other teams. Such maps like Nuke, Overpass etc provide them with a strong map arsenal, which is handy while going into the veto phase.

Natus Vincere is a team that potentially can defeat the likes of Astralis and Faze Clan. But they have not been able to maintain their consistency despite showing dominance over Tier 2 teams and somewhat decent result against Tier 1 teams. The team has been doing decent so far at the Dreamhack Stockholm 2018 tournament. But their real test will come now

Tyloo vs Astralis: 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

Tyloo


Tyloo Roster:

  • Mo
  • DD
  • Somebody
  • BnTeT
  • xAccurate

The Tyloo roster is one of the strongest Asian team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This team has the talent required to compete at the top level, but their current performance is not always up to the mark. They burst onto the scene a few years ago and were characterized by their extra-aggressive manoeuvres.

However, the lack of a set strategy and deep tactics meant that the team were easily able to counter them with grenades, flashes and smokes. The team has since changed rosters and made a genuine attempt to get themselves known as a more strategy – oriented roster. Tyloo lost to North in the BO1 opening match. The score was a 16-7, on Inferno a favourable map for North. Ofcourse with North eventually also winning their series against Astralis, it does put perspective on Tyloo’s loss.

However, Tyloo were easily able to defeat Grayhound Gaming. They limited Grayhound to single-digit scoreline which is essential to exert their dominance. The Tyloo Gaming performance definitely is commendable, but they needed to move out of the Groups at Dreamhack Stockholm in order to show progress. Unfortunately, with Astralis being their next opponents, it is going to be all the more difficult for them.

Tyloo relies heavily on having a great strategy, but their performance against Astralis will be a difficult case to deal with. The Chinese team requires to have a great veto in addition to an underperforming Astralis.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

Astralis remains the best team in the world. This is not just because of their roster, but also because of their results in the past few months. Post the player break, Astralis are playing their first tournament. So their surprise loss to North in a BO3 series should not be taken at its face value.

Astralis lost Kjaerbye in a surprise move to North a few months ago. The move that was mostly handled by the management definitely surprised the players themselves. However, the addition of Magisk brings about a whole new aspect to the team. Astralis has a plethora of in-game leaders and players who can take the role if needed. So when Kjaerbye left the team, it was Glaive who stepped up and managed the team. It actually turned out to be great, since Glaive is actually very good at what he does. The In-Game Leader is unlike others in the fact that he can actually frag almost equal to the others in the team.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1 (Credit: Redbull)

Glaive can use his teammates to their maximum potential and there is no one elsewhere it is more visible than in the case of Magisk. Astralis have a very deep map pool, one which can rival the best teams in the world. Their weakest link was Cobblestone, which has since been removed from the active map pool. This makes them a very strong team and allows them flexibility in the veto phase.

Astralis has a very aggressive playstyle, especially on their CT side. They are constantly poking around to get more information, which can be used mid-round by Glaive. The In-Game Leader’s mid-game calls are one of the best in the game. He is constantly evaluating the situation and makes decisions on the go. The team is used to play around quick decisions and they move like a well-oiled machine.

Prediction:

The Astralis team is undoubtedly the stronger team amongst the two. Their performance has been improving tremendously but they are still quite a ways away from making a strong case for themselves. The Astralis team should be able to win this match with ease.

Tyloo does have to take on the tough task of proving themselves to their fans. Their inability to defeat North in BO1 will just make this tougher for them. The Tyloo roster needs to pull off innovative strategies in order to potentially win this matchup. They are a team which can definitely pull off new strategies to throw Astralis off-track. But it will take time for them and they are not prepared for this match right now.

We recommend a large bet on Astralis, especially since this is a Best of Three matchup.