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Astralis vs NIP: 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:

  • Glaive
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9X
  • MagisK

They are the best team in the world and not without reason. After all, Astralis’ dominance has been the talk of the town for much of the past year. Astralis has found excellent synergy with each other and this is what makes them one of the most feared teams in Counter-Strike today. The Danish roster has great mid-round calls by Glaive, their In-Game Leader. His addition to the in-game Leader role following Kjaerbye’s move to North only helped Astralis as they formed the perfect synergy amongst themselves. However, apart from the players, it is the player’s synergy with the coach Zonic which sets him apart from the rest of the competition. He is able to perfectly execute Zonic’s vision of the team’s progress.

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

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.

For this match, we hope to see Device and Dupreeh pull out their best selves. They have a tendency to not perform to their best ability against NIP. Hopefully, after years of remaining on the top, they can overcome this mental block.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP roster:

  • Rez
  • Get_Right
  • F0rest
  • Lekr0
  • Dennis

The Ninjas come into this match as a potential upset against Astralis. The fact that they are playing Astralis on Mirage is something that shuold raise hopes for nIP Fans. The team has managed to defeat Astralis on this map previously. While NIP does have their own issues to sort out, on their best day they can defeat Astralis.

So far in the tournament, NIP has not shown us a good performance. They failed against Na’Vi, but it was a close match. Their match against MiBr was really sad to watch. NIP had no impact on that map of Mirage. They were constantly playing from behind and losing key aim-duels.

There are multiple factors working for the Ninjas, however, one of the most important factors is the return to form for Get_Right. The star player on the team since its inception in CS: GO, Get_Right is instrumental to NIP’s success and their progress as a team. His firepower and the amount of respect he garners from other teams ensures that his impact on the game is much more than just his position on the scoreboard. In addition to this, his never tiring practice regimen can only serve as an inspiration to the others in the team. Get_Right is not the most naturally skilled player in the world. But he has never let this stop him from trying his best to be useful in the team.

Apart from Get_Right its Lekro who has made a huge impact on this team. The young player has carved the team to make it one of the most strategic team under the coaching of Pita. Lekro’s performance in the team is not limited just to the in-game leadership. The player is also the player who usually tops the scoreboard for the team. For one single player to take on so much responsibility is usually a big task. It is untenable many would say, but Lekro has proved his detractors wrong so far.

In order for NIP to start putting up big numbers, they need Get_Right to put up the big numbers. The player is a key component of the NIP Firepower and his performance has a direct impact on NIP’s results.

Prediction:


Astralis has looked extremely confident in their setup. Their dominance in yesterday’s matches against Faze Clan and Na’Vi possibly sums up the entire tournament. The Danish squad is on a roll right now and the high victory margins demonstrate their prowess. For Astralis, this tournament is just another stop en route to their possible victory at the IEM Katowice 2019. Now for many players, beating Astralis is the ultimate goal. For NIP, it is something that they pride themselves on. Since the beginning of CS: GO, NIP always has had an upper hand against Astralis. For many years, they were on a level playing field and the advantage in the mental stage provided a boost for NIP.

However, right now, Astralis is miles ahead of NIP in individual performance as well as he entire team synergy. So despite NIP having a small advantage against Astralis, it is a big question whether they will be able to make anything out of it. For us, Astralis seems to be in a great momentum in order to take home this map. We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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Natus Vincere vs NIP: 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)

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster:

  • Edward
  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Zeus
  • Flamie

The CIS team Natus Vincere has not shown much in terms of improvement. They recently participated in the ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals. They lost 0-2 to Team Liquid in the Quarterfinals. Considering how Team Liquid has repeatedly and consistently shown itself to be a very strong North American CS: GO contender, this result is not entirely bad. However, for the potential of this team, their result s are barely even a fraction.

Natus Vincere has two of the world’s best Aimers on their roster. The likes of S1mple and Electronic definitely add so much value to the team. The sheer talent on this team often covers the mistakes and the extra risk that they end up taking with their force-buys. The Na’Vi Squad is a legendary name, but they need to start consistently posing a challenge to the Astralis domination.

Flamie is a crucial player on this team. When he has a good game, there is little to stop Na’Vi from dominating their opponents. It is in these kinds of matches that we get a glimpse of the true potential of this roster. However, for the most part, Flamie has not had a good string of results. He needs to improve his individual performance if they are to have a legitimate chance of winning against their opponents. For now, the team remains a potentially good team, but the team definitely needs much better performances if they are to be considered a noteworthy team.

For Na’Vi to potentially become a very good team there are two alternatives. One would be if the whole team starts becoming extremely consistent in their performance. The other would be erratic but high skilled performances by the two young players. S1mple has always been the most consistent performer on this team, but he has a tough task ahead of him.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • Get_Right
  • Lekr0
  • F0rest
  • Rez
  • Dennis

The Ninjas in Pyjamas team has a new look, and have been looking quite strong of late. The Swedish roster does have their star players such as Get_RIght and F0rest on the team. However, it is the new influx of young players like Rez and Lekr0 which has made this team stronger than before.

There are multiple factors working for the Ninjas, however, one of the most important factors is the return to form for Get_Right. The star player on the team since its inception in CS: GO, Get_Right is instrumental to NIP’s success and their progress as a team. His firepower and the amount of respect he garners from other teams ensures that his impact on the game is much more than just his position on the scoreboard. In addition to this, his never tiring practice regimen can only serve as an inspiration to the others in the team. Get_Right is not the most naturally skilled player in the world. But he has never let this stop him from trying his best to be useful in the team.

Apart from Get_Right its Lekro who has made a huge impact on this team. The young player has carved the team to make it one of the most strategic team under the coaching of Pita. Lekro’s performance in the team is not limited just to the in-game leadership. The player is also the player who usually tops the scoreboard for the team. For one single player to take on so much responsibility is usually a big task. It is untenable many would say, but Lekro has proved his detractors wrong so far.

The team has a great synergy and as long as Get_Right can make his role on the team impactful. The team’s performance relies on a few pillars in the roster. For now, NIP is extremely well organised and progressive. Whether they can take down Na’Vi, it really depends on which Na’Vi turns up for this particular match.

Prediction

The Natus Vincere roster makes huge inroads in the current Counter-Strike scene with their performance. However, most of their performance stems from their ability to hit their shots and the high skill ceiling of the team. S1mple and Electronic have regularly put up big numbers on the team. However, there are others on the team who regularly seem to be underperforming and dragging the results of the team down.

On the other hand is Ninjas in Pyjamas, the team can surprise Natus Vincere in this match. The true test for Natus Vincere obviously relies on how they turn up for this match. If we see both S1mple and Electronic turn-up and play well, NIP should not have a realistic chance of making it past Na’Vi.

There is one more factor that will affect the outcome of this match. The map is pre-decided and it will be Overpass. NIP is fairly good on Overpass and has actually preferred playing on this map. Ofcourse Na’Vi is no slouches themselves, but when it comes to Overpass and considering how bad Na’Vi is right now, this match might not be as easy as it seems. We therefore have to recommend a low bet on NIP for this match.

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Astralis vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Denmark Astralis (powered by EsportsBet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Prediction

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Space Soldiers vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis at WESG 2017

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

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

Credit to Liquipedia

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Turkey Space Soldiers (powered by EsportsBet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FaZe Clan vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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Introduction

The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.

Format

  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

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Europe FaZe Clan  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKo
  • Slovakia GuardiaN
  • Denmark karrigan
  • Sweden olofmeister
  • Norway rain
  • Sweden RobbaN (coach)

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of FaZe Clan here.

FaZe Clan handled Astralis with relative ease, albeit they were subject to mini-comebacks from the Danish side. Overall though, it was the typical FaZe the Spodek arena saw in a brutalizing 2-0 win. The main reason for FaZe’s win was the resilience and their ability to keep Astralis’ economy in check. Upgraded pistols and brute aggression were the key, and some heroic plays to win clutches settled the deal for FaZe.

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

As usual, the best performers on FaZe came to play. NiKo, rain, and GuardiaN had their fair share of the pot with 40, 46, and 41 kills respectively. olof and karrigan were following in tandem, with all 5 members having their fair share of individual prowess. karrigan’s strategies have been absolutely powerful, relying on his team’s star power and team work to brute force their way into bombsites with ease.

FaZe are truly looking scary right now, with all of their players performing equal to one another in one of the most electric arenas in CS:GO LAN history. If NiKo and co. don’t falter to the psychological pressure in the grand finals, the viewers are in for a huge treat. Esports bettors may feel safe betting on FaZe, but they have been known to choke under pressure.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

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

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of fnatic here.

fnatic’s dominance rained over Liquid in their semi-final matchup, as they managed to turn the tide around after a 8-2 deficit on de_inferno. Liquid were simply at a loss in dealing with the fnatic momentum, especially after losing a demoralizing 2v5 against Golden and flusha.

fnatic’s relentless aggression and ability to win force buys was a huge benefactor for the fnatic side, as they converted about ~5 total force buy rounds against Liquid across de_inferno and de_mirage, and not to mention the individual plays from KRiMZ and JW altogether. Golden’s gimmicky eco strats worked to full effect, as Liquid could not find an answer to the force buys of fnatic.

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

fnatic’s last tournament win was last year at IEM Katowice 2016, where the legendary fnatic lineup took their last championship win against Luminosity Gaming. And the huge factor in winning this matchup is winning the force buy game against FaZe Clan and shutting down any brute/individual aggression from the FaZe side. JW needs to turn it up against GuardiaN if they want any chance at winning this.

 

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