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IEM Oakland 2017 CS:GO: Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) vs. FaZe Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

IEM Oakland will be another part of ESL’s Grand Slam series, where the teams with the most Grand Slam tournament wins have a chance of winning a bountiful $ prize (courtesy of ESL). The competition is fierce, especially with the unexpected entrance of steel to Liquid, SK’s hot start with boltz, and Renegades replacing the stagnant Immortals at the event.

Many questions remain to be asked, such as OpTic’s ability to compete at the top with their European all-star lineup or FaZe’s ability to claim a 2nd Grand Slam title and continue their dominant form from the past few months. With CS:GO having a unique esports scene due to all teams having the capability to defeat each other, prepare for a round robin group stage that has yet to reveal its surprises!

The winner takes home $125,000 and extra cash from winning matches in the group stage, who will it be? The current favorites are SK Gaming, Astralis, and FaZe, but can some of the sleeper teams dethrone the three kings? Find out soon!

Format 

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each)
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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Ninjas in Pyjamas

  • draken, GeT_RiGhT, Xizt, f0rest, REZ

The Ninjas of draken and REZ continue to have their highs and lows, whereas f0rest has made himself the clear cut star of the team alongside draken. GeT_RiGhT and Xizt put up admirable performances on occasion, but it’s now a matter of finding consistency and translating it into results.

Luckily, the Ninjas come into the tournaments having qualified for the ESL Pro League Odense Finals. It puts a huge break to the Ninjas, who have long sought a considerable result—considering the standards and expectations pressured towards the Swedes. But, considering their inconsistency and their ability to find a fluid strategy/aim based style, this may be a re-learning experience for the Ninjas.

Since they have not been on LAN for a while, the Ninjas surprisingly topped their group, with their only hiccup being a blown lead that equated into an overtime loss to SK Gaming on de_cobblestone.

The last time these 2 met, Ninjas in Pyjamas won in a bo3 to take the championship of the last IEM Oakland tournament.

FaZe Clan

 

 

  • GuardiaN, NiKo, olofmeister, rain, karrigan

FaZe Clan have cemented themselves as the undisputed best team after rolling the competition at ESL New York, where they limited teams to less than double digit round wins throughout their championship run. As of recent, they’ve been faltering, especially after their EPICENTER run, where they struggled against a stand-in tethered SK Gaming, a pug-heavy Gambit, and a toppled Virtus.Pro.

At Oakland, though, FaZe have seemed to regain their senses, having cruise controlled their way through the round robin and securing a semi-final berth. Coincidentally, their only loss in the group stage is to Gambit, who have been eliminated in the quarter-finals by Cloud9. With Gambit gone, the only threats that remain are SK Gaming and Cloud9 themselves.

Much favoring the aim-heavy meta, FaZe Clan have an arsenal of play-makers on their team, which can make unfavorable situations favor their own. Regardless of the situation, their skill with deagles and rifles make them one of the most dangerous teams to exist in the entirety of CS:GO’s esports timeline. Topped with their aggression and the tactics of IGL karrigan, all of FaZe’s players have the capability to single handedly change the game on their own. Their only competition seems to be that of Gambit, whose unpredictable and aim-heavy style counters that of FaZe’s.

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