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Faze Clan vs Team Liquid : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan roster is the first truly international team when it comes to Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in the recent months has seen a significant uptick after multiple members of this team have started performing well. With Guardian’s performance showing a huge boost, we can expect Faze Clan to become a strong dominant force once more. For most of 2018, they did not have their full lineup, especially as Olofmeister was away from the game for a significant period of time. When he did come back, he was in excellent form. Unfortunately for the team, the rest of the team did not look so strong at the Major.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian’s aggressive AWP playstyle is exactly what Faze Clan needs. It provides the rest of the team with space and the necessary advantage to further secure the round. Guardian is one of the best AWPers in the game. He has extremely fast reaction times and that is what makes him such a force. He can get kills even in situations where it might seem impossible to do so. This is because of his years of experience and predicting the movements of the opponent professional players. For now, Guardian is one of the key members of Faze Clan and their results are directly linked to Guardian’s.

The lurker on this roster, Olofmeister has put up great performances since his return. But for the most part, he has been one of the best performing players on this team. There was a time during the Major when people were comparing his 2018 performance with that of his 2015 performance, which is a compliment in itself. Olfomeister has excelled his role as the lurker. Not only does he evoke fear in the minds of his opponents, but he is also one of the top fraggers on the team. If left unchecked he can single-handedly eliminate the opposing team due to his positioning. Understanding the timing of his movement and the decision-making process behind all of this is crucial to learning how to counter Olofmiester. IT is a task that not many teams and players have been able to do till now.

The biggest change to the team comes in the form of their In-Game Leadership. With Karrigan mourning the lack of time for himself on this team, we might see a few changes on this roster. However, we also have to keep in mind that Faze Clan won EPICENTEr 2018. This does buy them time as well as the confidence to take on other teams. Their match is against Team Liquid, another team which plays heavily based on their fragging capability. For Faze Clan this is a suitable matchup as long as they can get the proper map vetoes in.

We expect Faze Clan to have a splendid performance, judging from their Group Stage performance. If they can have multiple members being as lethal as they were, then this team has the potential to easily be the best team in the world.

Team Liquid

 

  • Twistzz
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • TACO

While Faze Clan has seen a significant improvement in their performance, Team Liquid is quite the opposite. They seem to be quite underwhelming, so far in the tournament. With Elige failing to perform as per usual, Team Liquid lost to Fnatic in the Group stage. Regardless no one can discount this team due to the sheer strength of the team’s individual fragging capability.

Led by Nitro, the team has developed its unique style of play. They are a team that relies overly on their communication and their ability to play off each other. This is truly great as that can be the sole reason for Faze Clan’s defeat. Nitro is not the flashy player on the team, but he has taken a passive role on the roster. He wants to allow the youngsters on the team to perform to their full extent. His ability to customise the gameplay according to the playstyle of certain players is important to instil confidence in the youngsters.

Over the past months, we have seen Team Liquid make changes and yet be extremely comfortable playing around each other. The team’s performance through the Major, however, has suffered, mainly due to Elige not performing as per usual. Elige is one of those players who consistently tops the scoreboard, no matter which team Liquid plays. His insane fragging capability is equivalent to the Get_rights of 2012. He can turn 180 degrees and still headshot you, leaving you awestruck. However, as with any star player, it is always difficult to maintain their peak form. For now, Elige does not look as good and we might just be witness to the start of a slump for the player.

Joining Elige near the top of the scoreboard is almost always Twistzz. The player is widely regarded as the best player in North America. His positioning and aim with the rifle are what makes him truly inspirational and a dominant force against the top teams. For now, Team  Team is the slight underdog in this matchup. However, considering how volatile Faze Clan can be, despite being one of the top teams in the world, this might be Team Liquid’s chance to get into the Grand finals at IEM Chicago.

Prediction:

Faze Clan is definitely looking menacing so far in this tournament. They have a fantastic lineup with some of the biggest names in the world. But it is indeed rare to see multiple players performing at their peak on this roster. The Faze Clan roster has remained one of the strongest lineups on paper, but they have failed miserably so far. The Faze Clan team has not been able to dominate the professional scene as one would expect. However, in the recent few tournaments, we are witnessing multiple players, especially Guardian and Olofmeister put forth strong performances. These two form the strongest members on the team and if they both perform well, there is little that can stop the Faze Clan in sheer firepower. This is exactly why we saw Faze Clan play a very casual run and gun approach to the game when it comes to their match against Astralis.

Team Liquid\s performance, on the other hand, has been somewhat lacklustre. They have had a much easier route to the playoffs, however, we have seen that this team can perform well against the top echelons of Counter-Strike. It depends heavily on Elige and his individual score in this match-up.

We recommend a bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Astralis vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast
  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Faze Clan

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Glaive
  • Magisk
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster is one of the strongest teams in the game. Their dominance over their opponents is not only in their skill but also in their understanding of the opponents’ gameplay. They know their limitations on the players and constantly position and ensure playstyles that suit their strengths. This is why, the Astralis team, despite not being the strongest team in the scene is definitely the one with the best performances.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

The Astralis roster consists of an all-Danish team, but the star on the team has to be Zonic, their coach. The former MTW Player has been able to mould astralis in his particular style and that has resulted in Astralis being miles ahead of the competition. While the like of Faze Clan and Na’Vi might theoretically be much stronger on paper, Astralis is able to mask their weaknesses and ensure that their opponents do not take advantage of the same. One characteristic playstyle for the team is their ability to push through one area of the map in pairs. This often gains them valuable information which is then used to act in other areas of the map. If the team pushes through A site on Overpass, and find no one or a minimal number of people, they know the positioning of the remaining members will be nearer to B bomb site. This allows them to reinforce the B Bombsite or play defensively according to their read of the game.

This is why the Astralis roster remains very strong and yet exceptionally skilled. Their individual aim is very high thanks tot he inclusion of Device, a top-tier player on the roster. Device with the AWP is well known to trace his own steps and work on eliminating any gaps in his playstyle. He does not believe himself to be the best AWper in the world, so he works to secure an advantage in the aim duels. This can be through smokes or just a very passive angle for Nicolai.

However, it has to be Glaive who has truly transformed this team. After Kjaerbye’s departure in January, Glaive was able to transform this team into its current position. We can clearly see the effect Glaive has as an In-Game Leader. He is able to put forth strong opinions and amazing mid-round calls. His quick assessment of the situation and his ability to read the opponents positioning correctly is not something that many can emulate.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

The Faze Clan roster is comprised of the best players in Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in recent months has been somewhat lukewarm, but there is a tendency to start showing results of late. The team’s performance has slowly increased in performance especially with Guardian also starting to get the AWP kills he is most well-known for.

The Faze Clan roster contains several big names, however, it has not always been a merry journey for them. The team’s performance has slowly improved in results after a slow start to their journey in 2018. For the most part of 2018, the team’s performance has been lacklustre. They played with a stand-in [ or several ] for many months when Olofmeister was taking a break. However, when he did return for the FaceIT London Major, we had only olofmeister as the best performing player. The entire team seemed burnt out and they were unable to make the same impact as they did a few months earlier.

Guardian remains a player who is extremely strong on the AWP. Recently, we have seen Guardian pull out amazing shots with the AWP, often ones that remain the highlights of the game irrespective of the final results. If Guardian starts reaching his peak level, the player can truly become a menace for their opponents. He remains an extremely skilled player with lightning fast reflexes. The player’s ability to read the situation and be intelligent with the AWP performance

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

In addition to Guardian, Olofmeister is also another potent player who has been extremely strong on the lurk role. The player’s performance remains one of the highlights for the team. The team’s performance in the past months has been successful [ of sorts ] only because of Olofmeister’s skill and presence. Faze Clan does not need Olofmeister to constantly put up the big numbers on the server. However, the Swedish player’s mere presence can evoke fear in the opponents.

Overall, Faze Clan will have a tough time against Astralis. Thankfully for them, the Faze Clan roster is still in the upper bracket, so even if they lose this match they will have more chances to qualify for the Playoffs.

Prediction:

Despite their recent loss of form, Astralis still remains a very strong team. They have a much better map pool and have a thorough understanding of Faze Clan. For the early part of 2018, the Faze Clan roster was the primary opponent for Glaive. As such he has a very good read on the opponents and positioning. The performance of Astralis in the past few tournaments has been largely underwhelming. This is mostly because teams have begun to spot chinks in their armour. The astralis roster is no longer unbeatable and that is partly due to the loss in form for the players.

Faze Clan will look towards ensuring that they can play a very strong, pug style play. They will need to ensure strong pushes on their T side to cripple the opponents’ performance. The Faze Clan has better aim, however, they also need a much better strategic gameplay against Astralis. We have seen Faze Clan put up big numbers before, but with Niko on their leadership role right now, we have seen the team falter when it comes to their tactics and strategy.

For now, we recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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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.

    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All matches are Bo3Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018The 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.

Team Liquid vs Faze Clan

Team Liquid

 

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Twistzz
  • Taco
  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF


Team Liquid is slowly emerging as one of the strongest teams from North America. Despite being from North America, the team can definitely defeat anyone else in the world [ with the exception of Astralis]

Team Liquid has a very unique playstyle. They rely heavily on their In-Game Leader to provide them with the necessary structure on the roster. They have the best North American player in the form of Twistzz on their team. Twistzz has been exceptionally good both on LAN as well as online. His performance stems from a higher skill ceiling when it comes to aiming. Coupled with greate gamesense, it is obvious that Twistzz is here to stay. His role on this team is much more than just being the fragging power. He is able to constantly keep up the hopes and the ambitions of the other players. Despite being young, he shows a very experienced approach to the game. His understanding of the game and how to use the weapons available to him is determined by his positioning on the map. He might not be as flashy as a Guardian or S1mple, however, his effectiveness and his importance on the team are much more than the said persons.

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

Elige has also been topping the scoreboards for Team Liquid. His ability to constantly deliver irrespective of the opponent has been a consistent feature since several years in North America. A part of multiple Top tier teams in the past few years, Elige has been able to leave his mark on the scene. On this roster, Elige’s role is not just a person who frags. He is always in active discussion with NAF and Nitro regarding how the team should proceed further.

Overall, Team Liquid does look like a well-rounded team which is slowly expanding their map pool.The biggest problem for Team Liquid is their shallow map pool, which can only improve with time. This team has found a great synergy and coordination between its existing players. If they can continue to stick together and improve, they are definitely en route to becoming the best team in the world.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain

Faze Clan is made up of several superstar Counter-Strike players. Each player was a star on his previous roster and together they came under the ambit of Karrigan on Faze Clan. Karrigan has been able to knit together this roster putting aside their egos and utilising their skill to enhance the team’s prospects. At one p0oint in time, it did look like Faze CLan was the best team in the world. However, they were unable to keep up their momentum either due to injuries or personal problems on the players. Eventually, Faze Clan has made changes to their roles and we do not know how it will affect their overall performance in the future.

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.

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.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

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:

Team liquid looks to be in splendid form right now. At EPICENTER 2018, they have dominated their opponents easily. So far, they have played against the likes of Swole Patrol and Avangar. However, this match against Faze CLan will be a true test for the North American team. A lot depends on the maps chosen as Team Liquid is not proficient on all the maps.

On the other hand, we have Faze Clan, a very talented team. However, they have had problems on their T side and it stems from self-doubt. Yesterday, they played against NIP and we witnessed how strong the team looked when confident. Whether they can carry the same confidence to today’s match is crucial for their victory.

For now, we recommend a bet on Faze Clan. They have practised against much stronger teams such as Na’Vi and NIP.

 

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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.

Faze Clan vs Natus Vincere.

Faze Clan and Na’Vi match up against each other in this game, however, the rivalry runs deeper. Astralis is the best team in the world and there is a fierce competition amongst the others to establish themselves as the next best teams.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan is the most successful International roster in CS:GO. The team has been put together with a lot of input from Karrigan who remains one of the few In-Game Leaders who can manage such a star-studded team. He has ample experience doing so in previous editions of Faze Clan as well as on other teams like TSM, Astralis etc.

Karrigan’s position on the Faze Clan CS: GO team is in danger. With Niko taking over the role of the In-Game Leader, one is left wondering what is Karrigan’s role on the team. After all, he is not a superstar individual performer like the likes of Niko, Rain and Olofmeister. He is most well known for being an In-Game Leader and often having decent runs with the AWP. With the IGL position no longer available, Karrigan needs to consistently put up big numbers or else he is getting the boot from the team.

Olofmeister has put up great numbers in the past month.

It is this knowledge that weights heavily on Faze Clan and their performance in any of their upcoming matches. The fact that any poor performance by Faze Clan is going to cut down heavily on Karrigan is always going to be an awkward topic for Faze Clan.

Niko, himself is going to be under tremendous pressure in the upcoming months. The role of an IN Game leader essentially forces you to think about the macro game and it often results in weak individual performances. This is exactly why we see multiple CS: GO teams axe their IGLs after a few weak performances. But almost always, this does not work in their favour. Niko is still expected to be the star player on this roster putting up the big numbers. If he fails on an individual level, it is bound to affect the overall results of the team. For Faze Clan, they are a very momentum based roster. Constant losses would mean a depreciating confidence level on the part of the Faze Clan players. This does not bode well for the team and for the organisation.

Niko has taken over the role of the In Game Leader.

One shining light for Faze Clan remains Olofmeister. The player is seeing excellent individual performances and is almost always performing for the team. His extended break might have been necessary, but it proved to be a very useful means of enabling the player’s abilities. However, he is the only one performing at a high level on this roster. The remained of the team looks to be underutilized and not as impactful as they can be.

Faze Clan has the excellent individual skill and this is what always makes them a threat no matter their current form. For now, they will face off against Na’Vi in the winners match. The winner of this match will go directly into the semifinals, the loser faces NIP in the quarterfinals.

Natus Vincere.

Na’Vi roster:

  • Zeus
  • Flamie
  • Electronic
  • S1mple
  • Edward.

Natus Vincere won ESL One Cologne 2018, but they have not shown us any dominant performances since then. In fact, other teams like ENCE, Team Liquid is definitely much better placed than NA’Vi when it comes to results. For Na’Vi the biggest question for the roster remains the ability to be consistent in their aim.

Despite having S1mple and Electronic, two of the world’s best players on their roster, Zeus is unable to capture the essential victories required for Na’Vi. So how does Na’Vi manage to become a consistent threat in all of their tournaments? The fact remains in their individual skill.

For Na’Vi even if they are at a weapon disadvantage or man disadvantage in a particular round, one can never count them out. We have seen numerous times when Na’Vi is able to pull through with inferior buys and from severe disadvantages. These type of rounds determine the final outcome especially as they often break the other team’s economy. S1mple is one of the best players in the world when it comes to individual prowess. It is not uncommon to see him able to pull off great performances despite being at a disadvantage. The player has also seen his temper become smoother and is more of a team player right now. His time on Na’Vi has taught him the temperament required to play at the top level of the game. Even if Na’Vi has a force buy it does not mean that S1mple gets the gun. There is no pressure on him to perform and that is one of the key reasons for his excellent performances.

For Na’Vi, they need to start to learn how to win the gun rounds with ease. A team cannot rely on force buys and winning impossible rounds to get back into the game. This does not make for a good counter strike and that is a reason why Na’Vi consistently fails against top tier teams. They might decimate lower ranked teams, but their inability to make it deep in a stacked tournament is what holds them back.

Prediction :

Both Faze Clan and Na’Vi have not achieved their peak potential. The two teams have shown us glimpses of excellence, but neither has been able to inspire us as Astralis does. Na’Vi’s performance has a heavy dependence on S1mple and Electronic. The two players are amongst the world’s best, but despite having such calibre on their roster the team is unable to dominate the CS: GO scene. The problem arises in the team’s approach to the game which often is borderline arrogant.

Their opponents for this match are Faze Clan, a team riddled with an identity question. When the roster was formed, Karrigan was the In-Game Leader while others were superstars with their weapons of choice or on their positions. However, with the Major Group stage debacle, Faze Clan has now decided to put Niko in the Leadership role. It might be a honeymoon period for the young star, however, it remains to be seen how this will affect his individual skill level and performance.

For now, we have to recommend a bet on Na’Vi as they look much better and composed.

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Faze Clan vs ENCE: 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

 

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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.

Faze Clan vs ENCE

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Rain
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

Faze Clan is probably one of the strongest teams in the world on paper. The Sheer talent on this roster is what makes this a fan favourite irrespective of their performance and seeming lack of results. The Faze Clan roster is comprised of several top-tier players from various teams. Players like Guardian, Olofmeister and Niko were some of the best teams on their respective teams. The players were able to have stand-out performances sometimes even in the absence of their teams replicating their performance with success. The Faze Clan roster still has potential, however, there seem to be several problems within the roster. First, let’s take a look at the team’s individual prowess in terms of its players and their synergy.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Niko is the star on this team and he remains one of the top Counter-Strike players in the world. His raw individual skill has one of the highest skill-ceilings in the world He has been able to pull out miraculous wins for his team and his shots often open up the round. His weapon of choice is not always a big problem for the player, whose aim trumps most of his opponents. Recently he has taken over the role of the In-Game leader on the roster and that is bound to severely affect his individual performance.

Guardian and Rain are the backbones of this roster. They are not really the most flamboyant players on the team and don’t regularly top the charts when it comes to the scoreboard. However, that being said the players are extremely vital to Faze Clan’s performance through this tournament. If they falter, the Faze Clan will not be able to produce good results no matter the individual performance of Niko and Olofmeister.

Probably the only in-form player at Faze Clan.

The X-factor on this team, in a way, is Karrigan. He was the In-Game Leader on this team and that was the biggest selling point for the team. However after Faze Clan was unable to win a single match in the Major, and it was staring down a 0-3 elimination, Niko took over the reins from karrigan. Not only does this change the dynamics of the team, but it also puts into question the future of Karrigan on the roster. This team that he helped nurture and develop will all of a sudden be looking to boot him out of the roster. For Karrigan, this is not a new experience as he has been on the receiving end of several superhit teams. For those teams, however, removing Karrigan did not always result in better performance.

This tournament is a perfect opportunity for Faze Clan to put forth strong results. With Astralis and even Mousesports out of the way, Faze Clan’s biggest rivals will be Na’Vi. However, as we have seen in the past we need to ensure that Faze Clan reaches the Grand finals for the same.

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Starseries & I-League Season 6 winners will match up against the veterans of Faze Clan in this match. The only player on the Finnish roster who has some decent experience when it comes to international matches is Allu. The player has been a part of multiple top tier teams. His experience of playing on LAN and keeping a calm composure is exactly what the relatively young roster of ENCE requires.

The Finnish roster has a unique combination of players. The first name that stands out and is probably the most popular is Allu. The former NIP player has seen excellent personal skill and is able to match up with the best in the world on the AWP. His positioning and often quite aggressive movements with the AWP is definitely a big surprise to many. It is not uncommon to see Allu push forth with the AWP alone and gain valuable information for the team. However, this can also backfire, especially against a team which has studied the ENCE playstyle and will expect this. Allu’s individual performance has been key to ENCE’s past results. He has been able to stand out amongst his peers almost always ensuring a top berth in the scoreboard. Even in cases where he does not get a single frag, his advance positioning is often a clue to the opponent’s plans for the round. ENCE can then reinforce their defence accordingly, which gives them a big advantage going into the round.

The ENCE 2018 Roster.

The other members on this team are very young. The likes of Sergej, AleksiB and xSeven do not have much experience between them. However, they are extremely talented with Sergej especially considered to be a future Counter Strike Global Offensive star. For Sergej, however, we have seen his performances take a dive in the middle of the tournament. During Starseries there were occasions, especially during the quarterfinal when Sergej was unable to replicate the same level of performance on the big stage as he did during the Group stage. This comes from the nervousness and his inability to adjust to playing in front of thousands of players. This is something that comes with experience and we do not expect Sergej to instantly become comfortable on the big stage after just one Tournament. Regardless, he is going to be a crucial element for the team in the Group stages where we expect him to perform really well.

AleksiB has a great grasp of the team’s limits and their skills.

AleksiB has shuffled between the top Finnish rosters for some time now. His role as the In-Game Leader as well as the lurker on the roster is what makes him a strong candidate for the title of an Impact player. He does not have great mid-round calls, but his understanding of the limitations of his roster and their ability to constantly surprise their opponents is what makes them tick. The surprise is a feature that cannot help ENCE throughout their careers, so we do hope that AleksiB does come up with new strong and innovative tactics in order to keep ENCE on an advantageous position.

ENCE is a roster that is great when it comes to skill. They can defeat the best teams in the world on their best day, however, consistency is a huge issue for the team. In addition to this, they seem to be lost in trying to find their playstyle. This is definitely affecting the team’s overall performance and the final product is a very shabby game for the viewers.

Prediction :

Allu’s positioning with the AWP could mean the difference between Faze and ENCE in this match.

Faze Clan is undoubtedly the better team when it comes to their individual skill and performance. The team has had great results and despite the recent dip in form, we expect Faze Clan to still put up a strong showing against ENCE. Whether or not the key members on the roster start finding their form is still up for debate.

Their opponents, ENCE rely heavily on surprising their opponents with brave [ often borderline foolish playstyle]. Plays such as Allu pushing through the map with no backup and just an AWP is unprecedented for most teams. Once they get a frag, Allu falls back ensuring that the team retains the advantage. But if Niko has done his homework, then he should be able to anticipate such plays. ENCE look restless as the clock wears out and that is something that Faze Clan can play to their advantage.

We recommend a low bet on Faze Clan for this match.

 

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