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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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Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.


EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

  • Host:

Format.

 

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Faze Clan

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • Get_Right
  • F0rest
  • Lekro
  • Dennis
  • Rez

The NIP roster is one of the most famous CS: GO teams in history. They have been struggling for the past few years. The latest version of this team still includes the superstars from the original team. Get_RIght and F0rest have proven to be competitive enough at the top level despite their experience, their age and in some people’s eyes their freefall in form.

Get_Right has been instrumental in having some really extraordinary flick shots with the AK. Over the past few days, we have seen him hit incredible shots repeatedly and pull back almost impossible situations. It is slightly reminiscent of the Get_Right of yesteryears as we see the player come back into form. His lurk is almost always efficient and yields strong results for the team.

F0rest is yet another player who despite his age still remains competitive on the big stage. He is able to pull forth amazing 1v3 clutches where his experience as a player comes in handy. He already has the aim at the top level, but his patience in pulling the trigger was crucial in a 1v3 situation against Swole Patrol. That series had F0rest go +30 on the KDA which is extraordinary for just two maps.

Speaking away from F0rest and Get_Right, we also have players like Lekro who has been the biggest impact on this team. His ability to lead the team from the front and at the same pull forth amazing performances repeatedly is truly rare. We don’t know how much longer he can keep up the same performance, however, the team does seem to be overly reliant on Lekro both as the In-Game Leader.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas is a decent roster which sees the team members strive together to become much better in performance. We have seen players pull forth decent performances, however, that being said the team is not really one of the best. Their match is against Faze Clan, which is a top-tier team in itself.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Olofmeister
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Guardian

The Faze Clan team is one of the best teams on paper. They have the likes of Guardian, Olofmeister, Niko as well as others. However, despite having some of the best players in the world, they are not the dominant team in the world. On paper, this team should dominate everyone else in CS: GO. They have four extremely talented players in their roster, and they also have Karrigan a player well known for his leadership style. He is known to pick up maps that suit his playstyle and often times that might lead to friction within the team. While on TSM, he also ran into trouble with the remainder of the roster over his map choices and certain playstyle.

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

But when a team needs a quick turnaround, we see Karrigan emerge as the obvious choice. The team’s performance has seen a steady decline over the past year. While they were able to compete against Astralis repeat4edly in the latter half of the f2017, this year they have slowly declined in their performance. We are still waiting for multiple players on this team to come online as Olofmeister seems to be the only player in any sort of form currently.

Guardian’s position and performance on this team have been very subdued which is a major reason for the team being just about average. If and when Guardian comes back into form, Faze Clan will truly emerge for what its worth as a strong roster. We all know how strong Guardian can be on this team, however, he is seemingly low on confidence. His peeks and performance over the past few months have been extremely poor and he is taking a very passive approach to the game. This is mostly because when he goes aggressive he does not always yield the best results for the team. Faze Clan relies overly on Guardian to become a strong AWper to control the pace of the game in the current meta.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

 

Right now, Olofmeister is the only strong member of the team. After taking a long break in 2018, we are witnessing Olfomeister coming back into the game with full flow. However, he cannot carry the team alone, especially in his role as the lurker. It is up to Niko and Guardian to start getting picks for the team.

Speaking of Niko he has taken over the role of the In-Game Leader on this roster. He has some experience being an in-game leader and this has been putting it to good use especially after their debacle at the FaceIT   Major. However, we are seeing him underperforming on an individual level which definitely raises questions about this decision. Meanwhile, Karrigan is in a state of flux as we don’t know what his role on this roster is.   brought up as an In-Game Leader Karrigan remains a dead weight on the team. We might see roster changes on this team very soon, and that is bound to have a negative impact on the players’ performance.

Prediction:

Faze Clan does seem to be much better on paper. They have all the necessary components to easily defeat NIP. However, after their poor form against Na’Vi, it is really difficult to truly judge the outcome of this match. On one hand, we have a Faze Clan that is seemingly in free fall right now.

On the other hand, NIP is looking much stronger especially with Rez and Lekro putting in the big numbers. In this tournament itself, F0rest has regained a lot of his confidence and that plays a crucial part in NIP’s performance at the quarterfinals. NIP’s map pool is also significantly altered than before and hence we do think they might have a slight advantage over the Faze Clan in their current form.

The odds for any betting website will also be very high when it comes to NIP. The risk to reward ratio for a bet on NIP is quite low and hence we recommend a medium bet on NIp for this match.

 

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Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Made in Brazil: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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

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

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

Format

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

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Observer:

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NIP Roster:

  • F0rest
  • Get_Right
  • Rez
  • Dennis
  • Lekro

The Ninjas in Pyjamas is one of the most iconic Swedish teams in Counter-Strike. Their dominance in the early days of Counter-Strike earned them a lot of fans for their troubles. Over the course of the next few years, however, NIP saw their performance decline severely. For the longest time, the organisation did not want to change the roster. But it only resulted in the team having poorer performance.

Get_Right is a player with a very strong work ethic

Right now NIP has added Dennis and Lekro to the team. The two bring forth a steady mixture of great in Game Leading and excellent talent. Dennis is a player who is extremely comfortable with the rest of the veterans on the roster. He has great synergy with Get_Right and F0rest. On an individual level, Dennis has shown amazing aim so far at the London FaceIT Major. He has been tapping heads left and right. Often times, Dennis is the reason for NIP to gain entry onto a bomb site. The performance of the team is definitely heavily dependent on how good a game Dennis has in their matches. He remains a cheerful guy for the team constantly lifting up their spirits.

Dennis has been really strong at the FaceIT London Major so far

The other ‘new player’ on this team, Jonas ‘Lekro’ Olofsson has taken up the mantle of In-Game Leading. This is the first time that Lekro will is leading a team. Its something that players are often compelled to do and Lekro has already proven himself to be a decent In Game leader so far. One of the biggest advantages of Lekro is the fact that he is consistently performing well despite being an In-Game Leader. The team’s performance, especially in the New Challengers stage was led by great individual performances by Lekro and Dennis. It is interesting to understand that NIP’s performance can vary depending on these two players. Get_Right and F0rest are doing just about decent at the London Major.

 

The Ninjas in Pyjamas qualified to the Legends stage after a gap of almost 2 years. This was unprecedented and their return to the Legends stage definitely makes for exciting times for their fans. Today we will see NIP in action against MiBr, another former Major winner.

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Fallen

The Made in Brazil roster has come into formation post the addition of Stewie2k and Tarik from Cloud9. These two additions were supposed to severely improve the performance of the team allowing them to become great once again. While on an individual level, the team does look very strong; we can’t say the same for their overall performance as a team. They seem to lack team chemistry and have much weaker strategies.

For their match against Astralis, the map was Dust2. It is a fairly even map with any team having the possibility to win it. With Ynk’s recent addition to the team, Astralis had a set of maps to view and review the performance of MiBr on Dust 2. This was not a tough task for them as they were able to ultimately crush Mibr 16-0. This is the first 16-0 in CS: GO Major history, and it was against a team with 5 Former Major winners.

Fallen and Coldzera in action

Fallen has shown a lot of aggressive plays during London FaceIT major. His pushes through smokes while calculated often leave Mibr with an advantage. Once a team smokes off a particular area, it is mostly due to the fact that they want to focus on another area. So while it is risky, since you do not know if a team will be watching the smoke; Fallens pushes through smokes have often resulted in multiple kills for the AWPer. Watching Fallen put together such a strong performance is definitely something exciting for MiBr fans. It is reminiscent of the time when Made in Brazil [ then SK Gaming] was one of the best teams in the world. And Fallen with the aggressive AWP was one of the biggest reasons for their success.

Coldzera needs to improve his individual performance if Mibr is to have a decent showing at the Major

Coldzera has seen a significant drop in form from his peak levels. He is still a very good and talented player, but he does not have the same peak levels as before. Coldzera’s performance, however, can only go upwards which means this is good news for the Brazilian roster.

Tarik and Stewie2k are looking decent on this team. Stewie2k is not at the same level as before and that is something to worry about, but Tarik is seeing an improvement in his individual performance. Tarik’s performance at the Major has a lot to show for itself and he has a very sharp mind especially when dissecting the plays of the opponents. In clutch situations, he can take on multiple 1 on 1 fights resulting in a favourable situation for the player.

Will Fallen continue with his hyper-aggressive peeks with the AWP?

Ynk will now be feeling the heat of having to perform well at the major. His first obvious goal is to ensure that the team reaches the New Champions stage. If MIbr is able to reach the New Champions stage, it would be an achievement for the players as well as their coach. They are still very much in their honeymoon period and hence they will be able to work out their differences and put forth a stronger performance in the future. Their 0-16 loss to Astralis definitely rings a few bells and if anything, it will only help Mibr perform better.

Prediction:

Watching MIBr’s 16-0 routing yesterday, many would believe that the team could actually be on a slippery slope. However, the 16-0 was against Astralis, a team that had prepared for Dust 2 specifically against MiBr. As Glaive said in the post-match interview, they felt they knew a lot of things that MiBr was about to do. The high level of preparedness on the Danish side definitely caught Mibr unawares as they were unable to secure a single round. Even in cases where they had a big advantage, Dupreeh or someone else from the Danish side would get multiple kills to put the round back in Astralis’ favour. MiBr does need to get their team chemistry and their synergy back on track if they are to have a chance of defeating the top teams in Counter Strike. Right now, however, they have to face off against NIP in the Day 5 match of the NCounter-Strikeew Legends stage.

The Ninjas in Pyjamas definitely look much strong both in terms of firepower as well as team strategy at the London FaceIT Major. The team’s performance has improved significantly with multiple things going in their favour. With Dennis, Rez and Lekro having a good time in terms of their aim, the experience fo Get_right and F0rest helps the team in tougher situations. But this match is a BO3 match and that is where the teams will face their true test. With a map pool as wide as MIBr’s NIP will face a tough task in the veto stage. It almost feels like NIP has minimal room to manoeuvre in the veto stage, which puts them at a disadvantage. Ofcourse the team can still surprise us [ and MiBr] by some unconventional vetoes. However, it can also backfire terribly.

For now, we recommend a medium bet on MiBr. They have the better map pool and slightly better aim and confidence when it comes to winning their matches against NIP.

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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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