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Team Liquid vs Mousesports: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One New York 2018

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Introduction

ESL One New York will see the Top eight teams compete to take bragging rights as well as a prize pool of $250,000. The tournament will see several top teams in attendance. It does not have the Major winners, Astralis present and this opens up the potential for other teams to claim silverware.

There are only two teams remaining at this event, Mousesports and XYZ. These two teams are both undefeated till now through the Group stage as well as the playoffs. ESL One New York will see the best of Tier two talent compete at the Barclay’s Center. The New York crowd will obviously want their North American team, Team Liquid to take home the trophy.

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: September 26th – 28th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • All matches are Bo3
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 29th – 30th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • The Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Format Credit to Liquipedia.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Snax

The Mousesports team is made up of players from various nationalities. Over time, the organisation has succeeded in getting together a star quality team. However, the biggest problem for Mousesports has been their ability to coordinate with each other. In a recent interview, Oskar revealed that communication within the team was still a problem.

Mousesports recently acquired Snax to their CS: GO roster. A player like Snax is obviously one of the most well-known and represented players in Counter-Strike. He has led Virtus Pro to be one of the best teams in the world in the past. Through 2016, Snax was able to make Virtus Pro the best team single-handedly. While they did lose out to Astralis at the Eleague Major 2017, Virtus Pro has a huge fan following. But through the last few months, Snax has not proven to be a strong player. His individual performance has seen a significant dip and he does not look as effective as before.

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

However, with time, the Mousesports roster does seem to be making amends for their poor communication skills. The likes of ChrisJ, Oskar are returning to form and it is evident in the way they play. Mousesports has been able to reach the Grand finals of ESL One New York. This tournament did not have the world’s best teams in attendance, however, there was decent competition.

For Mousesports to remain a top-level competitive team, Oskar’s individual performance is crucial. He is not a player who is easy to get along with in terms of personality, but he has been able to find a comfortable place in Mousesports. However, despite being the most consistent player on Mouz for several months now, he has seen a dip in performance. Oskar will need to step up if Mousesports is to improve not only their results but also their performance.

Overall, Mousesports is a team which has great potential, but they need to improve their individual results. The lack of team cohesion is painfully evident in their playstyle as they do not have much synergy between the players. Each player is exceptionally talented, however, at this level of Counter-Strike relying only on talent will not help the team.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • Taco
  • Twistzz

The only North American hope, Team Liquid will look forward to establishing their name in this tournament. After reaching the semifinals of the FaceIT London Major, Team Liquid has emerged as a notable opponent to most of the teams. Whether team Liquid can ensure consistent performances with this roster is a question that only time can answer.

As for the team, they have all the necessary components to be successful. With he experience of veterans such as Elige and NAF. But, the team also has amazing individual talent in the form of Twistzz and Taco. The players have been able to put forth excellent performances both at the Major as well as during the ESL One New York.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

Twistzz, in particular, has been really strong so far at the ESL One New York. His ability to dissect disadvantageous situations and gain an advantage for himself is what makes him a very strong player. He does have amazing individual skill and firepower, but he also has the mind to make it against the best players in the world. Twistzz is the best North American player in CS: GO and that is not without reason. How Team Liquid manages him and use him to his maximum potential is important to the development of his career.

Liquid has a decent map pool, but they need to still improve if they are to compete against the best teams. Team Liquid has seen NAF provide consistent performances which enable the stars on the team.

Prediction:

The two teams are quite diverse in their performances. While Mouz is still trying to find the sweet spot on their roster, Team Liquid seems to have already found it. Their major run was actually quite good and if they had not faced Astralis in the semifinals, it probably would have resulted in a Liquid – Astralis Grand finals.

Regardless, Team Liquid will rely on open maps such as Cache to secure their victory. However, these maps also have an advantage for Mousesports. The Mousesports roster is filled with individual talent, but they need to ensure a better overall performance. We have seen the team look completely in disarray with no idea of what their game plan is. Often time, they would lose 2-3 teammates for a single enemy. The actual outcome of the round could be successful just because of the individual talent on the players. But as a team, they have shown us very little in terms of strategy and communication. The confusion that prevails in their gameplay just does not cut it for the top level of CS: GO.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, look like a well-oiled machine which can proceed to become a force in CS: GO. They have the skill, experience and leadership which are essential to the team’s success in the long run. With Twistzz and TACO definitely providing the necessary frags, Team Liquid looks very strong. As such we have to recommend a bet on Team Liquid for this match.

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Team Liquid vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

 

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

 

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

 

Format

 

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

 

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • TACO

Team Liquid is one of the few North American teams still remaining at the FaceIT London Major. The North American squad has put forth strong performances so far at the major and their dominance against Hellraisers is bound to raise a few eyebrows. Team liquid has several talented players on the roster.

EliGE powered Team Liquid to a swift 2-0 victory against Heroic (Beyond the Summit)

The single biggest factor on the Liquid lineup coming into this semifinal is Twistzz. The youngster has been able to be phenomenal, not only in his individual performance but also his ability to play tag with the rest of the team. Twistzz has put up big numbers so far at the Major. He has been called the best talent in North America and he is definitely proving the same at this Major. Team Liquid, however, does have a problem when their opponents start mounting a comeback against them. They are unable to close out games, despite having a huge lead. This is a repetitive feature in several of their matches so far at the major. They even lost a match despite being up by more than 10 rounds. In yesterday’s quarterfinal, Team Liquid was unable to ensure a smooth finish on Mirage despite being up by a significant margin.

 

Ofcourse Twistzz is not the only player who has shown us tremendous potential on this roster. The team also has players like NAF and Elige who have so much experience after playing on several top teams in the past. NAF has been consistent for a long time. He provides a very stable and tactical acumen to the team.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

One of the latest members on this team is TACO, formerly in a fully Brazilian roster. TACO has mostly been playing as a lurker on this roster. However, for a player of his calibre, TACO simply has not had the same impact as he has had on his previous rosters. At this Major, TACO has mostly been as a lurker, but not as effective so far.

Another potential weakness for this team is Nitro on the AWP. He is a make-do AWP player at best and is definitely not flashy as a Device, S1mple or Guardian. We often see him miss crucial shots which could have sealed the round for the team. During their match against Hellraisers, we saw NAF and TACO pick up the AWP later in the game. This was mostly due to Nitro not feeling quite as confident with the AWP. Team Liquid is one with a lot of potentials, but they definitely need to improve on their teamwork. They do have strengths and they need to ensure a great strategy to play around these strengths.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The world’s best team is going to have a relatively easier time in the semifinals compared to the quarterfinals. The Danes had a clinical finish in the quarterfinals against Faze Clan. They defeated Faze Clan both in terms of individual skill level and definitely when it comes to their strategy and in-game tactics. Device has been a beast for Astralis for quite some time now. His ability to be extremely potent with the AWP, the rifle or the pistol is what makes him a strong player in the team. He even retraces his heat map in order to understand better how the enemy will counter him. His ability to understand the enemy AWPer is what makes him great with his positioning and timings.

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

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

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.

Overall, Astralis is a very well-rounded team. They are the team to defeat at the Major and they have only looked stronger post the player break.

Prediction

Astralis’ performance at the Major is nothing short of exemplary. It was almost impossible to better their performance prior to the break, but this new Astralis look even better and more organised. Their In-Game round calls is what gives them the better positioning and strong playstyle. While Astralis is the team to defeat and usually teams at No.1 have it the most difficult, Astralis is good at covering their steps. They watch and understand their own gameplay and think how enemy teams would want to defeat them. They constantly end up changing their timings and ensuring they are not easily read by their opponents.

TeaM liquid might be the best team in North America, but they really are no competition for Astralis. They fall behind in the map pool, individual player skill as well as the AWP battle. Device is definitely going to be a much bigger impact on the server than Nitro. His ability to remain on top fo the scene and take calculated risks makes him one of the potential MVPs for this match.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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Team Liquid vs Astralis: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League LAN Finals, Dallas

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

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

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

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

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

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

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

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive


The Danish squad has been at the top of the scene on a consistent basis. They are probably one of the few teams that stand as an obstacle to the mighty Faze Clan. Astralis can consistently best Faze Clan and rightfully so. The Astralis roster has been together for a long time, well at least the team’s core has been. Magisk just joined the roster a few days ago, but his role on the team adjusts to the rest of the roster.

Device, Astralis

The Star performer for Astralis: Device

Device is the best player in the server 9/10 times. His ability to ensure almost impossible frags is one of the linchpins of the Astralis prowess. The entire team has learned to play around Device’s positioning and his AWP. There are very few AWPers who can legitimately defeat Device in a 1v1 situation. Even in those cases, the Nicolai learns to adjust his playstyle according to his opponents.

Astralis has been on a huge winning streak of late. After their loss to Faze Clan at IEM Sydney 2018 finals, the team seems rejuvenated with new excitement and vigor. As we analyze their matches from the past few days,we see how strong the team looks right now. The Danish roster saw a big loss when they lost Kjaerbye to their sister Danish team. But that only meant that they could now acquire Magisk, one of the brightest and strongest upcoming Danish players in the scene.

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

The young player has a 1.2 Rating over the past three months, and he can become a true asset to the team if he integrates well with the roster. Magisk’s performance against strong teams has been on the Astralis level, which in itself is a very high bar. The young player learns every day from his peers not only in the gameplay department but he has also worked hard on being a team player. Dupreeh is the other explosive player on the Danish roster. The veteran entry fragger has donned several roles in the past with varying success. But the Dupreeh Device combination is a legendary combination by now. Dupreeh feeds off the aggressive Astralis gameplay.

Overall the team presents a well-rounded roster filled with insane talent, aggressive gameplay as well as a level-headed leadership. Xyp9x might not be the flashiest player in CS GO, but his stability is exactly the glue that holds Astralis together.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO
  • Twistzzz
  • NAF

Team Liquid is a championship caliber team but with limited experience. On paper, this team can challenge the very best and come out ahead. But the lack of results and experience on the team is disconcerting. Add to this, the fact that the team recently added TACO to their roster changes the equations.

TACO is a great player, and while he was not doing so well on SK Gaming, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players. His involvement in a new roster is bound to rejuvenate his individual performance. The team has so many players playing on different levels. The addition of NAF to the team provides them not only with great additional firepower but also a tactical mind which is useful against the top teams in the world.

Twistzz has to receive a special mention when we talk about Team Liquid. He is one of the most talented NA players and was called the best NA talent for a long time by multiple sources. His ability to always maintain a positive KDA despite the opponents is exactly what makes him a threat. The ability to take down multiple opponents in a round and the fluid movement across the map enables Twistzz to be a strong presence on the map.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

But when you focus on his positioning and play style, you are bound to be overrun by the rest of the team. The likes of Elige, TACO , NAF are all extremely potent and not something that can be taken lightly.

Prediction

Team Liquid has the talent needed to win this match. They showcased their strong Dust 2 in this series and it would be foolhardy of Astralis to actually challenge them on the map. However, judging from the Astralis permanent veto of Cache against Team Liquid, it does seem that Dust 2 will be one of the maps played in the finals. Liquid has been dominating on the map, including a near perfect score against Mousesports. They were also able to eliminate Na’Vi, although the absence of S1mple from the scoreboard has to be taken into account.

The NA organization is a relatively new team since the addition of TACO. He does know some English, but the communication of the team will suffer a huge setback. For now, they are relying heavily on the increased firepower to enable their victories. But once teams start figuring them out, it is going to be more and more difficult for Liquid to win matches against the top teams.

Speaking of figuring out top teams, Astralis has been near the top for so long. The Danish team has been able to consistently defeat the best in the scene and remain near the top Three since 2016. However, being at the top also means that everyone can prepare against your plastyle. By now, Astralis’ playstyle is definitely well figured out. It remains a mystery however, how to win the aim duels against a team that just looks like wine which ages well.

The Danish experience and their deep map pool is what is going to enable them to crush Team Liquid in the finals. The tournament is held in Dallas, so the local support is always going to be with Team Liquid. However, even the fans acknowledge that Astralis is probably the better team here. The Grand Finals being a BO5 is also a huge factor in favor of Astralis. We recommend a bet on Astralis, they should be winning this series 2-1.

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Gambit vs. Team Liquid 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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Kazakhstan Gambit (powered by EsportsBet)

 

  • Kazakhstan AdreN
  • Kazakhstan mou
  • Kazakhstan Hobbit
  • Russia seized
  • Russia Dosia
  • Ukraine Andi (coach)

Gambit themselves are going through a very rough patch, with poor results that included Hobbit stepping down from the IGL position (and seized returning to it!). This is in an attempt to bring Hobbit back to star-form (by focusing on his own game) and bring Gambit back to its former glory. It hasn’t been successful so far, as they lost to BIG in the qualifying match for ESL One Belo Horizonte, but it seems that Gambit are still working out the kinks.

Albeit, Gambit aren’t necessarily known as an online team, and seem to perform way better on LAN. From their matches against Liquid and Space Soldiers, seized seems to be replicating Zeus’ very slow paced style on Na`Vi. Rather than with old Gambit, where AdreN and Hobbit were relied on to open up sites, this new Gambit works around the AWP of mou. If it doesn’t work, they’ll play a very slow and turtley style while putting presence all around the map. This is to confuse enemies and the CT setup, that is, until Gambit burst out and completely catch the CTs off guard.

mou is now a gambit in the plans, having gone from a supportive to an AWP role in Gambit (credit: ESL)

In recent times, Gambit have started relying on mou to perform on the AWP as the star of the team. On the other hand, Hobbit and AdreN are definitely not the same as  they were on the old Gambit, whereas seized has been hindered by the micromanaging role of the IGL. Dosia, once again, continues to play a supportive/lurking role, but it seems to have not changed Gambit one bit. If Hobbit and AdreN magically return to their star roles of fragging and entry fragging, though, Gambit can definitely pull one out of the bag.

One hindrance to Gambit is their shallow map pool. Apart from de_train, Gambit are in the middle of the pack on other maps. Assuming Liquid vetoes de_train in this bo3, Gambit should be looking towards vetoing de_inferno and aiming for de_overpass. Otherwise, if they don’t get any good maps and screw up the veto, they’re going to lose BADLY.

North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • USA nitr0
  • Brazil TACO
  • USA EliGE
  • Canada Twistzz
  • Canada NAF
  • Brazil zews (coach)

Team Liquid made one small change before Marseille, adding TACO in place of steel, who left due to personal reasons undisclosed. Albeit, there isn’t much structure change, other than slotting TACO into steel’s roles. TACO, on SK Gaming, played a similar support role to that of steel’s, but is being put into a more opportunistic role to that of his old team.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

nitr0 still continues to hold the IGL’ing helm, and Liquid haven’t looked half bad in their performance at Marseille so far. Liquid beat Gambit on Liquid’s trademark map, de_cobblestone, and took a map off of Astralis is a closely contested series. Albeit, the next 2 maps thereafter were a rout from the Danish side, with poor performances from the Liquid side altogether. The main takeaway from their 4 maps so far is that Team Liquid’s cohesion doesn’t seem to have changed. Actually, it feels like it’s the same Liquid of old; the only reason they faced 2 routs against Astralis is that gla1ve’s individual performance and Astralis’ overall play-style is hard to beat with Magisk on the lineup.

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

Liquid follows a very methodical play-style, relying on exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses on CT and T side and using EliGE to get up in their faces. On occasion, they’ll utilize nitr0/Twistzz to push A or certain positions on the map, looking to play a very aggressive style in order to catch the enemy off guard. NAF is usually seen on the other side, making space for his team, whereas TACO plays with the team to setup openings.

The only weakness that can be seen before betting on Liquid is that they won’t be following too many complex strategies. It’s best to assume that there wasn’t much preparation with TACO (not having played an official before Dreamhack) before this event, which may affect the Liquid roster as a whole. This could lead to stupid mistakes and blow huge holes in their overall game-plan, but their diverse map pool should be the counter to that. Especially, against a team like Gambit, whose map pool is not the strongest of the best.

 

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Team Liquid 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

Credit to Liquipedia

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North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • USA nitr0
  • Brazil steel
  • USA EliGE
  • Canada Twistzz
  • Canada NAF
  • Brazil zews (coach)

Team Liquid have rebranded themselves completely since the addition of Renegades star NAF. Unarguably, one could say that this is probably the best Liquid lineup since the one that took the world by storm at ESL Cologne 2016.

NAF himself has taken Liquid under the reigns of his firepower. He’s boasted the highest rating in Team Liquid in the 3 LAN events he’s participated, boasting an average rating equating to ~1.24 at cs_summit 2, StarLadder, and IEM Katowice. In that run, he secured Team Liquid their first international championship at cs_summit 2, and also made a running for one of the top 5 players of the year in CS:GO.

Also, I dare say this day may have come already – NAF is[, in my opinion,] currently a top 5 player in the world. Based on how he’s playing and how much impact he’s having in these big events, against the very top teams, I can’t argue myself out of it.

– Peter “Twgri1s” Milovanovic, Twitter

Liquid have turned solid under the flagship of NAF (StarLadder)

With that, EliGE and Twistzz prove to be one of the best fragging duos for Liquid, as they have proven to be stable riflers and masters of their own trades. Twistzz has been renowned for his eco play with the desert eagle, whereas EliGE continues to impress with his improbable rifle play when it’s needed most. Count in the supporting brains of nitr0, steel, and zews, and you have a world-class team. While nitr0 has the potential as seen at ELEAGUE, he and steel have been working well in providing opportunities both on the CT and T side. steel is a great lurker and support who is willing to throw himself for the team, and a brain like zews’ instills discipline and teamwork altogether.

If Liquid keep this up, they are sure to overtake Cloud9 as North America’s best.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

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

fnatic completely resurged from a poor showing at StarLadder, which saw them go out without a single best of 3 win while losing to the likes of TyLoo and Renegades. The Swedes, who were fishing for a solution, have reeled in a great one as they displayed themselves at Katowice with utter superiority, destroying FaZe Clan and G2 Esports along the way.

fnatic completely reverted from the well-known aim-style fnatic that was seen during the “fnatic era” of CS:GO, picking up Golden to bring in a more in-depth tactical style to the squad. It has worked very well so far, but the true star over the last few stints is comes with huge surprise: KRiMZ. KRiMZ has absolutely been phenomenal in fnatic’s LAN runs, performing well above anyone else in crucial matches and moments. The man, who has been revered as one of the best anchors and all-around players in CS:GO, has come back to form.

KRiMZ and flusha have renowned themselves as fnatic’s frontrunners (StarLadder)

Of course, the roles have been structured to fit fnatic’s individual play-styles. flusha has been lurking and playing anchor like KRiMZ, with Golden and Lekr0 playing clean-up and support roles, and JW has been playing a hybrid entry-AWPer role to suit the aggressiveness of his play-style. fnatic look completely revitalized with this lineup, and we’re starting to see the prime of these players come out in a time where fnatic need to resurge as one of the best.

 

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