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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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Heroic vs. North CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Heroic

  • JUGi
  • Snappi
  • MODDII
  • es3tag
  • niko
  • peacemaker (coach)

With RUBINO coming in to presumably pick up in place of es3tag, Heroic are currently in the “fight-or-flight” period of this current roster. This time, it’s all loose with a tint of strategy here and there from Snappi and MODDII, while unleashing the likes of a (possibly) departing es3tag, JUGi, and niko.

JUGi, Denmark’s next rising AWP, is clearly at the top of the cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

JUGi, time and time again, has proven to be the star of this Heroic squad. Their bo3 upset against Ninjas in Pyjamas and their qualifying run for IEM Katowice is all thanks to his cerebral AWP play. In just the past few weeks, they’ve defeated North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even against Cloud9, when Heroic were at their wits’ end, JUGi’s flashy AWP plays and clutches is what kept them in the game. His performance determines how competitive Heroic are coming into every match, and it showed yet again as he led the fragging board against NInjas in Pyjamas. Even in the past two weeks, he’s helped Heroic defeat North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the other members of the team should be downplayed, as all the others have their plays of brilliance. But, inconsistency and poor performance is the bane of this lineup, primarily for niko and es3tag. Both of them have great potential, but can’t transfer that into the biggest matches of their careers. But, with the experience of Snappi and MODDII, and bringing in a strict and experienced coach of peacemaker, they may be able to flap their wings and shine once again–maybe except for the potentially leaving es3tag.

 

North

  • MSL
  • aizy
  • mertz
  • valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • ave (coach)

For EsportsBet’s original preview of North, click here.

While some’s expectations (including mine) were downplaying North, the roar of the North can be heard loud and clear. Exploding straight out of the gates, they have provided one of the most tense and exciting bo3s in this tournament.

valde-mort was a tough villain for SK Gaming to overcome (Beyond the Summit)

Against SK Gaming, you’d expect North to have been completely blown out of the waters. Of course, completely demolishing Vega Squadron is no small feat, but defeating SK Gaming may have been too tall of a tasks for the lions of Denmark. That wasn’t the case, as valde powered SK to the brink of defeat, but the efforts of his teammates couldn’t recuperate a win for North. Even then, the map scorelines (13-16, 20-22) tell that North may be looking a lot better from the shuffle than we truly think.

valde is starting to shine as a star on this team, and mertz’ unaccounted aggression makes it hard for teams to truly shut North down. One can tell that the synergy for North at this LAN is way better than the dead-eyed North at the ELEAGUE Major, and that a new breath of life has touched this new lineup. Kjaerbye entrying and clutching, valde’s lurk working to perfection, and MSL’s leadership have all been gathering the pieces together for North. What remains to be a mystery is aizy, whose consistency has risen, but his true place in the team remains to be one in question. Regardless, his ability to support his teammates and frag when needed is something that MSL sees as very important to the core function of North.

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Natus Vincere (NaVi) vs. FaZe Clan (FaZe) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

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  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

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Natus Vincere

  • s1mple
  • Zeus
  • Edward
  • flamie
  • electronic
  • kane (coach)

Natus Vincere have been looking superb with the addition of electronic. As said before, they won Dreamhack Open Winter 2017 dominantly, destroying their current opponent (mousesports) in the grand finals. NaVi, with so much firepower, are absolutely scary right now. Unlike their old lineup with seized, they have a dedicated IGL (Zeus) who knows how to control and micromanage these talents. Now, with boot camp and added practice, Natus Vincere are truly scary.

Natus Vincere relies on brute aggression and a mix of slow T sides. This is purely for information gaining and to leave opponents guessing. With opponents guessing, this leaves them prone to making mistakes, which NaVi are great at capitalizing on. When it comes to entering bombsites, anyone on this team plays the entry fragger. But, in general, one would expect electronic and s1mple to be the heavy hitters. flamie, Edward, and Zeus are not players to slouch on, as their performances–especially flamie’s–can rise on some occasions. Add s1mple’s AWP, and no one can stay off NaVi’s sight lines. On CT side, Edward and s1mple generally play together on the B site, whereas Zeus/flamie/electronic play together on A. On mid-crucial maps, s1mple will be put at mid with the AWP, whereas Zeus and Edward will play B and flamie and electronic play on A.

Natus Vincere are traditionally a de_mirage team. This has shifted through the evolution of the Natus Vincere lineup. As of current, their best maps are de_inferno and de_overpass, whereas their worst map is on de_cache. On other maps, Natus Vincere can play well against competition on the same level.

 

FaZe Clan

  • NiKo
  • karrigan
  • olofmeister
  • rain
  • GuardiaN
  • RobbaN (coach)

FaZe Clan cemented themselves as the second best team in the world, rolling the competition across the entirety of 2017. Their peak event was 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. Since then, they’ve been continuously stopped in their tracks by SK Gaming, who karrigan is currently winless against in a bo3.

Albeit, at Blast Pro Series, they fell pressure to the dennis-vitalized Astralis (like many other teams). This same Astralis lineup went on to barely lose the grand finals with dennis standing in for star player device though. Instead, FaZe placed 3rd. FaZe’s consistent results throughout their past tournaments show a true top contender, but how long can it last?

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.

The most interesting thing about FaZe is their ability to bring back man disadvantages (3v5, 2v5, 2v4, etc.) through sheer firepower and individual play. It has come to the point where FaZe has been dubbed the “team with too many playmakers,” as time and time again FaZe’s players have rose to the occasion and dug their team out of a round they were supposed to lose.

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

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  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • Skadoodle
  • RUSH
  • tarik
  • valens (coach)

Cloud9 are the North American hope, and there is no doubting that they are the best America has to offer right now. Out of all the teams in North America, they post the best LAN results in recent times, only faltering to the two best teams in CS:GO: FaZe Clan and SK Gaming to cut their runs short.

tarik sets up C9 in a very loose and aggressive play-style. With RUSH and himself at the forefront of many site executes, it is left up to autimatic/Stewie to lurk and/or trade out the enemies defending the bombsites. On the other hand, Skadoodle plays a support AWP role, but that doesn’t mean his potential is very low. In fact, Ska is commonly known to explode with the AWP on the CT/T side of de_mirage and de_train. On defense, it’s a similar case, with RUSH and Stewie usually pairing up on A and autimatic and tarik on the other. Skadoodle plays a stationary turret AWP, and can easily be relied on to hold a portion of the map.

With de_mirage and de_train being mentioned, these are C9’s best maps. In fact, their map pool is very similar with most European teams. mousesports, their opponent shares similar interests except for de_train. They are also dangerous on de_cache, having beaten de_cache-eccentric teams EnVyUs and Ninjas in Pyjamas consistently on that map. Aside from that, the only map C9 could be considered weak on is de_nuke, which is a map they have spoken against playing.

Their run at the ELEAGUE Major so far has been smooth, defeating EnVyUs on de_cache and Sprout on de_inferno. While the competition isn’t necessarily up to par, this will be their first true test at the major.

mousesports

  • ropz
  • chrisJ
  • oskar
  • suNny
  • STYKO
  • lmbt (coach)

mousesports themselves pulled out a monstrous performance at the final event of 2017: ECS Season 4 LAN Finals. They took FaZe the full distance, barely losing on the final map on a 17-19 scoreline (de_mirage). What’s important to note is that they won 51 rounds to FaZe’s 55 rounds, which is a phenomenal statistic considering the ranking of FaZe in the current CS:GO era.

mousesports are a very awkward team. They perform incredibly well against certain teams that are higher than their caliber, yet fail to beat some teams of the same caliber in close contests. Even then, they’ve slowly been improving to the point where they can consistently beat teams that they’ve failed to beat before.

mousesports play an aggressive style on T side branching from default setups called by the IGL/secondary AWP chrisJ. This revolves around suNny lurking and oskar’s AWP, which are the two pinpoints to an opening pick for mouz. After that, they’ll assess the situation and hit a bombsite with chrisJ/STYKO entrying. In most clutch situations, mousesports’ oskar and ropz excel with their solid game sense. Apart from that, suNny and ropz have very high peaks of potential at certain moments in the game. CT side is a similar case, where oskar’s AWP is a very vital part of mousesports’ ability to defend. ropz is a very solid anchor in his own right, whereas STYKO/chrisJ can be seen anchoring the b site alone or in a pair.

mousesports are traditionally strong on de_mirage and de_cache. But, in recent times, they have been leaning towards adding de_nuke as one of their stronger maps. Their perma veto is de_overpass or de_inferno, and can play well on de_train at times–but prefer not to play the map when possible.

mousesports surprisingly crushed Natus Vincere 16-2 on de_mirage. While this branches off the victorious history they’ve had on this particular map against Natus Vincere, C9 should be vetoing this to avoid it.

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