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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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