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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.
This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.
StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.
Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018
- 16 Team Swiss System Format
- All matches are Bo1
- Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
- Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
- Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format
Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018
- Single-Elimination Bracket
- All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
- The Grand Final is Bo5
The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:
- 1st Place : $125,000
- 2nd Place : $50,000
- 3rd-4th Place: $25,000
The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.
Optic Gaming Roster:
The Danish roster has seen a recent change when Niko came back to the Optic organisation. This decision by North definitely seemed questionable, however it might be due to the lack of internal problems within the team. The performance of the team has definitely improved over the past few years. The team is doing quite well in its current state and it remains a strong roster. However, their map pool is very small which can severely impact the map veto in a Best of three.
Snappi as the In-Game Leader is definitely one person who has great synergy with the rest of the roster. He has been able to weave a very strong unit from the available players which come on the back of team coordination and individual firepower. He joined the team in August along with Jugi and together they have been able to lead the team to some decent successful results in the last months.
Optic Gaming, however, remains woefully inconsistent when it comes to their performances. While on one hand, they can end up with a 16-1 result against North Gaming, they will go on a losing streak right after that. CajunB has been on several strong Danish rosters since the past and has a lot of experience. However, for the team to be extremely successful, they have a heavy reliance on Niko to put up strong performances. Without Niko’s skill, the optic roster is extremely inconsistent and without form.
The Renegades roster also made a recent change to their lineup., They saw the addition of Gratisfaction which was a much-needed change to the team. As someone from the Oceanic region said, it is impossible to say no when Renegades calls up a player to play for them.
Regardless, Renegades has put up a much better front when it comes to their performance with Gratisfaction. The AWPer is able to hold down certain angles of the map and ensure apt pressure on the other sides of the map. At the same time, he also mixes it up with aggressive plays at times. The surprise package often catches opponents off-guard and it results in an advantage for the Renegades roster.
However, Renegades still needs to put up better performances in the rounds where they are on an equal footing. The Oceanic team has not been able to provide us with a decent source of consistent results and that is a worrying sign for the team. AZK and Jks have together come up with strong individual plays but Renegades lacks the ability to trade frag effectively. We see a lot of individual plays on this roster but they prefer to play on many open-ended maps like Cache and Dust 2.
The addition of Liazz and Gratisfaction opens up new opportunities for the team both in terms of their skill and map pool. Renegades is still en route to improvement and this tournament is a big step forward for them. Their performance in this tournament could shape up the way their future forms.
The outcome of this match is a tough one to predict. Both the teams are in their development stage especially with several changes to their roster. They are figuring out the best way to move forth with this new roster. However, the fact that Optic Gaming has not given us great performances in the aftermath of the roster change is a noticeable fact.
We recommend a bet on Renegades because of their synergy and their focus on having a great team chemistry over individual prowess. The team usually has a much even spread of players across the scoreboard when compared to that of other teams.