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Mousesports vs Made in Brazil: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals

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The ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals will see the top teams in Counter-Strike in attendance. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000 one of the largest amounts in Counter-Strike outside of the Majors. Every year the ESL Pro League LAN Finals is a way of ending the current season. They are usually held twice in a year and they provide a good understanding of the professional scene at the top level. This tournament will see the top teams such as Astralis, MiBr, Na’Vi, Team Liquid in participation. Their performance at this tournament will be a good prelude to the upcoming months. With the ESL One Katowice Major only a few months away, this tournament will be great preparation for many of the current teams.

The tournament is still in its Group stage and the teams will play their Best of One Opening matches on Day 1. This will be followed by Best of Three series of matches until three teams from each group are selected for the playoffs.

This match will be between Team Astralis and Team Liquid. The two teams have a history of playing against each other in LAN PLayoffs. This particular match might not be the knockout match and hence it does not carry the same significance. The winner of the match goes directly to the semifinals, while the loser goes to the quarterfinals. It essentially means that the loser will have to play one extra match in order to reach the Grand finals. Considering the quality of teams in participation at the event, this could mean a disaster for either team.

Primary Broadcast

Stage Host:

OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)

Desk Host.

Stunna (Tres Saranthus).

Analysts:

  • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Finland natu (Joona Leppänen)
  • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

    Commentators:
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Hugo Byron (Hugo Byron)
  • JustHarry (Harry Russell)

Interviewer:
James Banks (James Banks)

Observer:

Rushly (Alex Rush)


Secondary BroadcastCommentators:

Observer:
Rushly (Alex Rush)


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 8 teams
  • The group stage is seeded based on Online League Placements

The initial matches are Bo1. All following matches are Bo3

  • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
  • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
  • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
  • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds

Playoffs: December 7th – 9th, 2018
Single-Elimination bracket
The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
The Grand Final is Bo5

Made in Brazil vs Mousesports

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik

Made in Brazil had a scare against NRG esports yesterday. The team looked extremely lost on Train and despite their best attempts, they were not able to put up strong results. They did manage a comeback in the end which was a testimony to the raw skill on the team. However, at one point in time, both Stewie2k and Tarik looked extremely lost and sad about their own performance.

Fallen had a wonderful series against NRG, but MiBr would probably have lost without him.

Made in Brazil roster has a lot of talent. They have five former Major Champions and that speaks in itself for their skill level. However, the team’s performance of late has not been the best. With YNK getting almost half a year with the roster, we expected the team to perform much better. After all, they did manage to win a map against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals.

Fallen was exceptional in yesterday’s serious. For many, he was the only reason why Made in Brazil won their series against NRG. Fallen has taken his role and his ability to make aggressive plays seriously. On Inferno, Fallen was responsible for giving away many early frags. This was probably because the team felt confident after their game on Overpass. The team has developed synergy, but their current performance reminds us of a former Virtus Pro without the aim to back them up. The fact that Daps was able to easily understand Fallen’s playstyle and prepare the round accordingly spells doom for the team. They want to ensure that Fallen will have the upper hand when it comes to tactics and strategy. It is only this way that they can further utilise their skill set and ensure the best results for the team.

Tarik and Stewie2k need to be more comfortable on this team.

YNK does have a tough time on his hands as he is constantly seen trying to make the team perform well. However, there obviously seems to be a gap in his understanding of their gameplay and the actual gameplay of the team. There is no lack in the skill ceiling of the players. They are all exceptional players, however, they lack confidence and the current form is not enough to ensure a decent performance in the upcoming tournaments.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Styko
  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar

The Mousesports team looked menacing in their match against Natus Vincere. Not only was the score extremely one-sided, but it was the sheer aim of the Mousesports players which provides a lot of hope for this team. After all, this team has known success with the current roster. Ofcourse the management made a mistake of bringing on Snax to spoil an existing, well-performing team.

The team is looking strong once more with multiple members performing really well on the team. The performance of the team comes from the amazing chemistry between the players. Their aim was always great and as we watch them perform, we can see how the team likes to play with each other. They make aggressive pushes on certain areas of the map, but that is usually coordinated with a passive defensive style on the other. The fact that they can get away with so much space might also be a problem for their opponents.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

Styko is the young player who has been making waves on this roster. Being in familiar company, Styko is able to make space for himself and provide decent information for the team. He is one of the upcoming players and his movement to Cloud9 and then back to Mousesports definitely signals the fact that he will put in extra efforts to start winning matches for Mousespsorts.

If Mousesports win this match, they will secure a semifinals berth for themselves. That is a huge achievement for the team. They will be back in the playoff of big tournaments and make a name for themselves. With the Katowice Major on the horizon, we can expect this team to have much better results in the future.

Prediction.

Mousesports looks much better both in terms of form and their ability to play off each other. We are seeing a level of synergy similar to that pre-Snax Mousespsorts. Their current form is exciting and the way they defeated Na’Vi in two maps definitely inspires confidence in the team’s ability. They are definitely a team which can challenge Astralis on their day. If they keep their current course of form, Mousesports could be the team that Na’Vi never was.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports. They are looking much better than Made in Brazil who seemed lost and confused in their match against NRG.

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Mousesports vs Ninjas in Pyjamas: 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:

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Snax
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • Sunny

The mousesports roster added Snax to their CS: GO team with the hopes that his addition will drastically improve their results. Prior to the roster change, Mousesports was comfortably securing 5-6 places in premier tournaments. But as we see with their most recent placements, the team has not really improved in their performances.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

If anything, the team looked much weaker in their initial days as they were unable to ensure good team chemistry and synergy. The performance of the team has not deteriorated, however, and we see that in the way they have improved in the most recent weeks. The Mousesports roster has some really big talent on their lineup, but we can see how the team will evolve in the weeks to come.

Under the guidance of ChrisJ, the team has been able to adapt to their latest player, Snax. At one point in time, ChrisJ was the star on this roster. His performance over time has adjusted to the needs of the team. The stars on the current Mousesports roster are Ropz, Snax and Oskar.

Oskar is known to have a very unusual behaviour, however, there is no doubt that he is one of the most consistent performers on the Mousesports roster. Oskar remains a reliable player on the team and his performance has not degraded over time. Oskar is not really your flashy kind of player, but he has been very stable on the team.

Ropz is a new young talent on the Mousesports roster. Picked from the FaceIT Pro League, he has already proved himself worthy of playing against the top teams in the scene.

But the big question remains on how fast Snax can put up the big numbers on this roster. Once known for his decisive gameplay, Snax in 2016 was the most fearsome player on the team. He was able to decide where and when to take his duels and accordingly win those duels in order to take a big fight.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • Get_right
  • F0rest
  • Dennis
  • Rez
  • Lekro

The Ninjas in Pyjamas are one of the most loved CS: GO teams in history. Their early dominance earned them a lot of fans which has stayed with them ever since. The team has been going through some tough times of late. They have been unable to make an inroad into top tournaments. Indeed, they have been having lots of trouble in their matches against lower-tier opponents as well.

The NIP team has made several changes to its roster. The most recent ones include adding Llekro Dennis to their CS: GO, team. While Dennis has played for NIP earlier, Lekro is a totally new addition to the team.

 

So far, the new NIP looks very good and promising. They have shown us the results at the top level with Lekro and Dennis leading the scoreboard. However, the old guards in F0rest and Get_RIght have not been far behind which is one of the main reasons for the success of this team. The Ninjas in Pyjamas have traditionally been a team that did not rely on tactics as much as their superior firepower. But as we see now, they have a lot of focus on strategies and ensuring the best playing conditions for the players.

This has resulted in NIP often getting the upper hand even against strong individual players on other teams. Their dominance against Astralis just demonstrated how strategy can help the team gain an advantage. They did struggle to close out Mirage against Astralis on multiple occasions,m but they ended up winning in the end. It was one of the longest matches in Majors and that is a testimony to the resilience from the NIP roster.

F0rest and Get_Right need to adjust their playstyle in accordance with the new roster. They do have to get their frags, but they can no longer be the superstars on the team. With Lekro and Dennis taking the lead when it comes to the frags, Get_Right often has to look out for the backlines and ensure that the team is not surprised by a flank.

Dennis has been amazing with his individual aim over the years. His ability to provide consistency on the front lines makes him a reliable bet for the MVP at least on NInjas in Pyjamas. NIP have problems with their map pool though and that is bound to hurt them in this match against Mousesports. Choosing the right map is very important and can often decide the course and speed of the match. For NIP, it is imperative that they get a map that they are comfortable on. They have been bootcamping for several weeks now and we might just see something totally different from the team. It will not be a big surprise, but it is important to see how the team prepares against the top teams.

Prediction

Mousesports, despite their dip in performance, has managed to maintain its position as a Top 6 team in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. They still have the raw talent amongst its players and they are rapidly advancing on their team synergy and coordination. The performance of the team is one which can always pose a challenge to the best teams in the world. And yet, it is a team that is not easily surprised by the new upcoming rosters. They rarely are at the end of an upset which is why they are a very reliable team.

NIP, on the other hand, have only had a few matches against relatively weaker rosters en route to the Legends stage. The NIP roster will need to ensure that they can possibly compete at this level once again. However, for that they will need to punch above their weight in the current form.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports simply becaue of their confidence coming into this match.

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Mousesports vs Faze Clan: 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

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • Sunny
  • Snax

The Mousesports roster lost 0-2 to MiBr in the Group stage. While the 0-2 loss might not be a huge surprise,  but they were unable to secure even a grand total of 15 rounds in the match. Mousesports does not seem to be as strong as they were just a few months ago.

The biggest reason for their ‘loss of form’ is the roster change. They added Snax to the team with the hopes of ensuring a better performance. They were constantly having deep placements in big tournaments but were simply unable to overcome the strongest teams in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. So they brought in Snax, from Virtus Pro as soon as he was available. The decision as hasty as it seems right now might not have been the best decision. As we can see, Mousesports is not a strong team anymore.

ChrisJ has the knack to bring together different rosters in the past. He takes on different roles for himself if it means that the team gets better. However, as we have seen in the past it takes time for the team to improve performance. With the London Major looming over the heads of top professional teams, it is a risky bet on Mousesports’ supposed improvement in performance.

Oskar and Sunny form the core of this team. Oskar has been a very consistent player in the game. His performance has been very consistent over the past few years. The player apparently has an attitude problem which puts him squarely against playing for the best teams in the world. As we can see how the team improves, Oskar and Sunny’s performance will be under a lot of scrutinies.

But for this team to become strong once more, Snax’s integration into the roster forms an important link. Even in Virtus Pro, Snax was not really doing well in the past year. His performance on the team definitely has to improve in order for the player to become relevant again. In addition to his individual performance, it is also important that he integrates well with the team.

Mousesports can become a strong team. It will not take a long time for them to just flip the switch. However, whether they can actually improve or not is something that no one can answer right now.

Faze Clan

Faze clan roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan has looked deceptively good so far in this tournament. We have to remember that their performance is despite Olofmeister just coming back from a self-imposed break. The former Fnatic player has been exceptional ever since his comeback into the roster.

Faze Clan are probably the only team in the world who can consistently challenge the like of Astralis. While Na’Vi has put forth some decent performances in the recent months, including three back to back tournaments wins, they seem very inconsistent. Faze Clan is a star-studded team, one that can easily defeat the best team in the world. But Faze Clan has struggled mainly due to lack of time together. The Faze roster comprises of some of the best players in the world. The likes of Guardian, Olofmeister have shown what they are capable of on several previous rosters.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian is a player who loves being aggressive in his performance. But his aggressive gameplay is something that comes based off success in his performance. Faze Clan have not had much success in the past few months, mainly because they have been using several different stand-ins to replace Olofmeister.

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

Olofmeister will also have to step up and maintain his positioning and performance. Having a player of Olofmeister’s calibre as a lurker definitely helps the team. The opponents cannot simply ignore Olofmeister and he often has insanely good rounds where he can destroy the enemy team single-handedly.

Prediction.

Mousesports still looks very weak right now. The team has a long way to go before they can fully integrate Snax into the team. Right now, they are decent based mostly on individual plays, but as a team, they are seen to be struggling right now.

The team’s performance over the past few months has not been something that can be proud of. On the contrary, Faze Clan has been quite decent despite not having Olofmeister on their roster. We have seen the team become strong and despite not having Olofeister, they have also won some matches.

For now, we recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Hellraisers vs Mousesports: 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

Hellraisers

Hellraisers Roster:

  • Ange1
  • Bondik
  • Deadfox
  • Woxic
  • Issaa

Hellraisers is a team that causes upsets. But their performance so far in this tournament is upsetting. That being said, Hellraisers were playing without their star performer, Woxic. Due to visa issues, Woxic was unable to visit Sweden. Indeed there were talks that he would be missing out on the London Major as well.

The Hellraisers team is not a top tier team. The best that they can potentially do is to upset another roster. However, with Woxic back on their active roster, Hellraisers does look strong once more. The team depends heavily on Woxic to put up strong performances. But Woxic just arrived and that is bound to affect his individual performance. Hellraisers is, however, a team that relies on their tactics and strategy to put up a strong defence. They have some of the best In Game leaders on the roster, but they lack firepower. This is why the team seems to be overly reliant on Woxic putting up big numbers.

Hellraisers roster has not been able to put up strong results in the past few months. The team looks extremely shaky and inconsistent to a high degree. Hellraisers have produced strong players such as S1mple in the past and it does seem like Woxic will also be a similar breed of players.

The team does have a deep map pool which can come in handy for them during this match. The Mousesports roster is relatively new and it is obvious that they might not have practiced their performances on so many maps. As such this is the only bright shining light for Hellraisers.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Sunny
  • Snax
  • Ropz

The mousesports roster has been one of the best teams in the world for a long time. Their performance as a team has, however, always been slightly lower than that of the top teams in the world. Mousesports’ roster has one constant and that is ChrisJ. The In-Game leader for Mousesports has donned several roles and positions in the team as they changed players in an attempt to find the perfect combination.

In the previous edition of this roster, they would constantly place deep in tournaments and ensure great performances. They would occasionally take down the top teams such as Astralis and Faze Clan as well. However, as the roster has shown, it wants to become the best team in the world. And with their current performance, it does seem that they are moving away from their target.

The addition of Snax was supposed to improve the team’s results and make them a very strong roster once more. However, the team does not look strong at all. The integration of Snax into the team has taken time and they require a lot more synergy if they actually want to become even as good as they were before.

However, the team does not rely only on Snax to provide them with the firepower. Indeed it is the other players on the team who actually can carry the team and make them an extremely strong roster. The Mouseports roster reached the winners’ finals after defeating Gambit. Ofcourse, this was not a big challenge, because Gambit is not a strong team right now. But every win only serves to make them a confident and more syncronised roster. That is essential if the team is to become strong once again.

Prediction :

Mousesports did not look good in their match against the Made in Brazil team. This performance was especially surprising since the team showed a lot of promise in their first match of this tournament. Mousesports’ performance against Gambit was impressive, however, that result might just have been because of Gambit’s poor performance.

Mousesports still don’t look convincing despite having Snax on their roster. The team looks broken and wayward when it comes to their matches. They were unable to win even ten rounds against MiBr. Considering the fact that MiBr themselves are not doing that well, this puts Mousesports performance in perspective.

Hellraisers, however, are not a strong team at all. The team has the potential to cause upsets against top teams. However, their rate of causing upsets has definitely fallen down in the recent past. The team does have a lot of potentials but lack of form definitely hurts them a lot.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports. This is their chance to qualify for the playoffs which will be a decent source of motivation for the team and the players individually.

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Mousesports vs Gambit: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One Cologne 2018

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Introduction

ESL One Cologne begins on the 3rd of July and it will continue for a period of 6 days. The annual event, which is a marquee tournament in Counter-Strike history has seen the best teams participate regularly. It has a prize pool of $300,000 and features 16 teams competing at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

ESL One Cologne has seen the top teams victorious at the event. For several years, this tournament was a Valve Major. It might no longer be a major, but it truly determines the best teams in the CS GO Scene at the time. ESL One Cologne will see the battle for supremacy between several teams for the second spot. With Astralis comfortably sitting near the top of the rankings with their dominating performance, we have several teams including Faze Clan, Mousesports, and Na’Vi competing for the rank 2 position.

In addition to this, there are newly formed teams such as G2, Mibr which can always spring up a surprise. They already have the potential but just need to showcase results for themselves. ESL One Cologne will be streamed live on Facebook.

Format

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  • Group Stage: July 3rd – 5th, 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: July 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Mousesports vs Gambit

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Oskar
  • ChrisJ
  • Ropz
  • SuNny
  • Snax

Mousesports recently made changes to their roster by adding Snax. The negotiations were quick and extremely smooth according to Mousesports. But it raises a question whether the team needed to do this trade or not. After all, Mousesports was definitely a strong team regularly competing with the likes of Astralis and Faze Clan in the playoffs of big tournaments regularly. The Mousesports roster and organization obviously felt that they needed a change and brought in Snax.

The actual roster change is debatable. Snax is an all-time great player and is definitely on the wall of fame when it comes to Counter-Strike. However, for the better part of the past year, his performance and form have taken a nosedive. There is also the added matter of his attitude within the team, which can sometimes be questionable according to sources.

Regardless of these problems, Mousesports do have time and the necessary willpower to propel themselves to become a strong team. The likes of ChrisJ, Oskar, and Ropz present a diverse lineup which has a mixture of experience, raw skill and great leadership. ChrisJ’s role on the team cannot be undervalued or even compared to his individual performance. Despite being a great player on the server, his ability to lead his team to victory and deep into tournaments makes him special. ChrisJ has been with Mousesports for a long time and he has seen multiple rosters in the making. The current roster is definitely his making, one that is slowly turning to look like a championship team.

The X-factor on the team obviously is Oskar and Ropz. The two players are not only from diverse walks in life, but Oskar is a very consistent performer. His ability to do his job on his part of the map ensures that the rest of the team has much less to worry about. He can single-handedly shut down certain sections of the map with his AWP and even if he does not get many kills in maps, that is information that the team has. Ropz can be volatile in his performance, his peak is exceptionally high but they are few and far between. Most of his performances on Mousesports have been mediocre. But that is just enough on the roster. On the occasions that Ropz can blow off, the team looks menacing and can easily defeat the likes of Faze Clan. They have already done the same several times before.

Gambit

Gambit Roster:

  • Dosia
  • Adren
  • Mou
  • Hobbit
  • Mir

Gambit is the CIS organization which won the CS GO Major around one year ago. Gambit surprised everyone with their win at PGL Krakow 2017. Alas, it was the doom for the team as they quickly had to make several roster changes to their team. The resulting roster never really bounced back into being a top contender in Counter-Strike once again.

However, that does not mean that the Gambit roster is something to look over. The team has great chemistry and lots of experience playing with each other. The synergy on the roster is one of the best and it’s a result of years of familiarity and playing together as a roster.

Hobbit’s performance will be crucial to Gambit’s chances in this map. Usually, when he ends up having a good day, Gambit’s chances soar and rise to the top. But of late, the team has not had the best map pool, neither the best individual performance. The shallow map pool for the team is their biggest problem. Gambit loves to play on Train, Cobblestone, and Overpass. These three maps are their home ground and they are the strongest on these maps.

If a team is smart enough, they will definitely ban Train against Gambit as it is their comfort factor. Enabling a team to play outside of their comfort zone is what will determine the advantage for a team. Gambit definitely has the potential to surprise Mousesports once again as they have done 5 times in 2018, however, their current form does raise a lot of questions.

Prediction

Despite reading the content above, Gambit is a team that has been performing quite well in online matches. Their last encounter with Mousesports was quite recent and they won the series 2-0. The inadvertent timing of the match definitely calls into question the actual result. But Gambit has won all their matches against Mousesports this year. This does give confidence in the team’s ability to upset Mousesports.

But on paper, Mousesports is undoubtedly the better team. They are constantly playing and competing against top teams such as Faze, Astralis etc. The Mousesports roster, however, has the asterisk of adding Snax to the team right now. It is an upgrade to their team and the renewed confidence and resurgence in their abilities will give them a boost in this match.

We recommend a medium bet on Mousesports for this match.

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