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Virtus Pro vs MVP.Pk : Esports Betting Analysis @ Zotac Cup masters 2018

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The Zotac Cup Masters is the first tournament to be held since the players’ break started. The tournament does not feature the top Counter-Strike teams, but it does not lack quality or competition. There are several tiers two teams in this tournament that are striving to make an impact. Their performance in this tournament would go a long way in their form for the upcoming season. Many of these teams are not attending the FaceIT London Major. While some of them are Legends for the upcoming Major, they are not really in the best of form right now.

The Zotac Cup Masters is a LAN tournament with a prize pool of. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Wan Chai will be hosting the tournament. It features 8 teams in attendance. Due to the limited time period for the tournament, it is scheduled only for three days, it has a single elimination format. This single elimination format could probably have been improved upon, however, the organisers have at least ensured that each match is a Best of Three series. The fact that every match is a BO3, with the finals being a BO5 is small comfort to the teams.

This tournament has a prize pool of $300,000 with the lion’s share of the prize pool going to the first place. The tournament winner will take home $200,000 as well as the bragging rights.

Format

Playoffs are Single Elimination

Quarterfinals & Semifinals : BO3

Finals : BO5

Virtus Pro

Virtus Pro Roster:

  • NEO
  • Pasha
  • Byali
  • Snatchie
  • Michu
  • Kuben

The Virtus Pro organisation is one of the most well-known and fan loved organisation in Esports. They were the winners of the EMS Katowice Major in 2014, an event which catapulted them to becoming a top team in the world. While they were not always the best team, they consistently were within the top 6 teams in the world. However, during 2017, their form saw a huge dip, one that would eventually result in the team breaking up. They lost two players during this time, Taz and Snax. Taz was the leader of the team in more ways than once, while Snax was one of the best performers on the roster.

Coming back to the present, we still have the core of NEO, Pasha and Byali on the team. But with Byali not performing as well as he did a few years ago, this core has been failing miserably. Their addition of Snatchie from AGO gaming was just at the right moment as they waited for his contract to expire before adding him to the roster. The young talent has been the spearhead of the AGO Gaming’s performance over the past few months.

The Virtus Pro roster, however, still has a long way to go before peaking again. Either Pasha or Byali needs to step up their game if the team has a realistic chance of competing near the top again. In the past years, we have seen at least one player take the reins of the team and lead the team to success. At times it would be Pasha, Taz, Snax or others, but there was always one person who would outperform the remaining members. As we look at the team’s performance in this season, we can see that they have lost to several lower tier teams.

They recently lost to Tyloo at IEM Shanghai 1-2. While their LAN performance is not as good, their online presence is even worse. The performance of the team

MVP.Pk

MVP.Pk roster:

  • Solo
  • Glow
  • Zeff
  • Xign
  • Minixeta

MVP.Pk is a team from South Korea, probably the only team with a chance of making it and competing against International teams. South Korea might be a hotspot for Esports, however, when it comes to FPS games, it has always lagged behind Europe and North America. Counter-Strike Global Offensive never really caught hold in South Korea and they have never produced a world class team.

That is not to say that this MVP.Pk team is a world class team. They have ranked worse than 250 a couple of years ago. Their climb to their current rank has been impressive, especially as they reached the peak rank of 23.

Despite their supposed low rankings and their lack of performance, the team does have a decent standing in the Asian scene. They won their matches against teams such as Flash Gaming, Cyberzen etc. These are strong Chinese rosters, which in the past have also won matches against International teams.

MVP.Pk will almost definitely not be winning the tournament. They will, however, have the chance of creating an upset. There would be no better team to cause an upset than Virtus Pro.

Prediction:

This match is simple and straightforward from a betting perspective. Since the matches are Best of three, Virtus Pro should have a relatively easier time in this match-up. They have the experience and the addition of their latest member will only provide a boost to their confidence. Virtus Pro is definitely the team favoured to win this matchup with relative ease.

We have to recommend a medium sized bet on Virtus Pro. They have been pretty weak in their previous matches but they are definitely the team with the better skill and with a better experience.

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Virtus.Pro vs. FaZe Clan CS:GO Betting Analysis @ V4 Future Esports Festival

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Introduction

EsportsBet introduces the V4 Esports Festival is being hosted in Budapest, Hungary by Egymillióan a magyar esportért Egyesület (Association of One Million People for Hungarian Esports) in an attempt to grow esports across Central Europe. Due to the region restrictions of this tournament, the teams participating in this event had one of their player’s nationality representing one of the 4 Central European nations:

  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Poland

The event itself presents one of the biggest prize pools for such a region like Central Europe, with €500,000 EUR on the line for the 8 teams participating. With 4 of the teams invited and the other 4 from national qualifiers, this is a great event to gain experience. Esports betting players in this region will have wealthy knowledge beforehand, as these teams have players representing their regions (which makes esports bettors in Central Europe possible fans of these teams!).

Sadly, the competition is pretty lopsided, with the clear favorites being FaZe Clan and mousesports. While eXtatus, Virtus.Pro, and HellRaisers are also in attendance, these two teams have displayed superior performance within the past few LANs. Regardless, anything is possible when it comes to LAN, but at a minuscule chance against these top tier teams.

Prize Distribution

1. €200,000 (~$238,000)
2. €100,000 (~$119,000)
3-4. €50,000 (~$59,750)
5-8. €25,000 (~$29,870)

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
    • United Kingdom Thorin (Duncan Shields)
    • Serbia YNk (Janko Paunović)

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Two Round Robin Groups (4 teams each)
    • All matches will be Bo2
    • Top two teams in each group advances to the playoffs
  • Playoffs:
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Semi Finals are Bo3
    • Grand Finals is Bo5

Credit to Liquipedia

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Europe FaZe Clan  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKo
  • Slovakia GuardiaN
  • Denmark karrigan
  • Sweden olofmeister
  • Norway rain
  • Sweden RobbaN (coach)

FaZe, without a doubt, come into the V4 Esports Festival Tournament as the absolute favorites. At close, their biggest rivals are mousesports, who have been known to contest them on LAN and online a multitude of times. Apart from that, they should have had very little trouble against most of the other competition.

With that being said, FaZe absolutely crushed the group stage, with their only loss being their final match of the day; this match had no impact, as HellRaisers beat them with no chance to overtake the 1st seed from FaZe.

 

The FaZe Rule: Always bet on FaZe Clan up until the Grand Finals, or you’ll end up like NiKo after losing to C9

FaZe are just absolute monsters. On LAN, their recent track record shows them to be absolute gods—up until the grand final. The firepower is there, but they are lacking some sort of psychological trait that allows them to overcome the pressure of performing to their usual standard in the grand final. Throughout the V4 Esports Tournament, they’ll just be looking to power their way through sheer firepower up until the grand finals. The competition is just too inferior to this team.

The firepower is there for FaZe, and it’s arguably stronger than anyone else in this tournament (aside from mousesports’ ropz and oskar). This is a tournament that is meant to be a cash-grab, and a way to lessen the stress of having lost many grand finals within the past few months. If they can’t beat mousesports in the grand finals with absolute domination, there might just be a need for a psychologist.

So, if I were an esports betting person who bets on their matches, I’d like to coin the FaZe rule: bet on FaZe Clan up until the grand finals. They’ll perform their usual level up until they reach the match that subjugates utmost importance.

Poland Virtus.Pro (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Poland MICHU
  • Poland pasha
  • Poland Snax
  • Poland byali
  • Poland neo
  • Poland kuben (coach)

Virtus.Pro’s two LANs with their lineup have been rocky, albeit a bit expected considering their poor form. While they have gone out at IEM Katowice and StarLadder, they have shown signs of promises with their new roster. As of recent, they barely staved off MDL playoff elimination thanks to a 6+ game winning streak to end the season, and are looking to make another appearance in the ESL Pro League soon.

A huge question surrounds this team: consistency? Consistently underperforming? Maybe, to say the least. But, let’s not forget that this is a team who is reforming under new roles, new leadership, and aren’t recycling the same roster. This legendary roster made a roster change, with MICHU being added in TaZ’ place—a change for the better. This tournament has displayed MICHU’s prowess, as he tops the leaderboards with a 1.37 rating across the group stage of the event.

(Credit: HLTV)

With MICHU’s addition, Virtus.Pro had to make a lot of role swaps, especially with the addition of an aggressive player like him and the loss of an IGL like TaZ. To suffice for this, pasha has switched to the primary AWPer role, whereas MICHU and byali are playing entry fragger roles, Snax playing the lurk/trade role, and neo taking up the leader role.

There isn’t a “honeymoon” period for this roster, simply because of the fact that this team lacks tier 1 firepower. Snax and pasha are still trying to find their Katowice 2014 form, and neo and byali have been inconsistent at best. While trying to stay as unbiased as possible, it is clear that Virtus.Pro are still trying to work out the Virtus.Plow machine here and there.

To say the least, they’re HUGE underdogs coming into this match against the gatekeepers (loosely using the term here) of CS:GO.

Prediction

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EPICENTER CS:GO: SK vs. Virtus.Pro Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

EPICENTER 2017 will be the top tier tournament to finish out October. EPICENTER 2016 was filled of many surprising storylines to end the tournament. We saw a Dignitas start to evolve into the team known as North, Natus Vincere beginning their downfall after winning ESL New York, and many close matches that could have gone either way.

EPICENTER 2016 featured teams at the peak of their levels, and EPICENTER 2016 will feature the same teams; but, these teams’ forms are a shadow of the ones showcased at EPICENTER 2016. SK Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Astralis, and G2 Esports will be looking to end their struggle after the great roster shuffle of 2017. On the other hand, Gambit Gaming, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, and North—especially North considering they won EPICENTER 2016 under Dignitas—will all be looking to continue their rising forms from the start of 2017. Last, look to the underdogs of TyLoo and Vega Squadron as they struggle to find a way to qualify in the EPICENTER Wildcard against their respective opponents.

Once again, look forward to a great tournament of CS:GO! EPICENTER may determine which teams will change, and whose fans will be left in broken pieces or in temporary joy.

Format

EPICENTER Wild Card:

  • Two best of 3s
  • Each winner of the respective best of 3 qualifies for the main event EPICENTER 2017

Group Stage

  • Best of 3 format
  • Top 2 teams from each group advance to playoffs

Playoffs

  • Start at semi-finals pitting against the top of Group A/B against the runner up of the opposite group in a bo3
  • Grand Finals is a bo5

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SK Gaming

  • boltz (on loan from Immortals), FalleN, coldzera, fer, TACO

SK Gaming, since beating Virtus.Pro to open their debut, have been utterly demolishing the competition. In the span of 2 bo3s, they defeated their rivals for the top team in the CS:GO world: Astralis and FaZe. Both bo3s saw miracles, where the bo3 against FaZe saw SK come back from a crushing map 1, and the bo3 against Astralis was a legendary comeback from 4-11 -> 10-15 -> 19-17 to take series point against the Danes.

coldzera stated in an interview that losing felps and adding boltz added a passive factor into the team, as said in our last post about SK Gaming. It seems to be the case, as coldzera and fer are two of the top performing players in this tournament. Don’t forget about the revitalized FalleN, as he has had a great amount of impact with the AWP. It’s almost as if the 2 time major winning SK Gaming has returned–just with boltz instead of fnx. The case is, is that both of those two players play the same roles to backup fer and coldzera’s aggression.

Virtus.Pro

  • pasha, neo, byali, TaZ, Snax

Time and time again, the Poles seem to come out of their slump when it matters the most. Nearing the choice of a roster change, Virtus.Pro decided to come exploding out of the gates to stave off elimination versus Gambit. After a closely fought series, they had to continue their efforts again against FaZe in a match that truly defined “David vs. Goliath.”

Thus started one of the greatest final maps to a bo3, where Virtus.Pro and FaZe won each of their respective picks with relative ease. But, on inferno, miracles came out, and Virtus.Pro gained the upper hand coming into the final half of the bo3. FaZe pulled it back to 15-14, but a B rush and a missed shot from GuardiaN sealed the deal for the Poles, who went on to face G2 in the semi-finals.

The semi-finals against G2 saw close scores, but didn’t tell the whole game. It was G2 who led to their own demise, continuously losing man advantages to the Poles due to careless mistakes. Virtus.Pro themselves didn’t do anything magical, but the second coming of IEM Katowice (Virtus.Pro’s only major win) pasha on the AWP unraveled.

It hasn’t been pasha that’s the only that has been performing, but all of the team has been performing. More specifically, NEO, TaZ, and byali have all stepped up in individual maps. Snax has yet to regain that star form, but he is putting in the consistent numbers. Regardless, Virtus.Pro look like a whole new beast at EPICENTER.

 

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EPICENTER CS:GO: SK Gaming vs. Virtus.Pro Betting Analysis, Odds, & Predictions

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Introduction

EPICENTER 2017 will be the top tier tournament to finish out October. EPICENTER 2016 was filled of many surprising storylines to end the tournament. We saw a Dignitas start to evolve into the team known as North, Natus Vincere beginning their downfall after winning ESL New York, and many close matches that could have gone either way.

EPICENTER 2016 featured teams at the peak of their levels, and EPICENTER 2016 will feature the same teams; but, these teams’ forms are a shadow of the ones showcased at EPICENTER 2016. SK Gaming, Virtus.Pro, Astralis, and G2 Esports will be looking to end their struggle after the great roster shuffle of 2017. On the other hand, Gambit Gaming, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, and North—especially North considering they won EPICENTER 2016 under Dignitas—will all be looking to continue their rising forms from the start of 2017. Last, look to the underdogs of TyLoo and Vega Squadron as they struggle to find a way to qualify in the EPICENTER Wildcard against their respective opponents.

Once again, look forward to a great tournament of CS:GO! EPICENTER may determine which teams will change, and whose fans will be left in broken pieces or in temporary joy.

Format

EPICENTER Wild Card:

  • Two best of 3s
  • Each winner of the respective best of 3 qualifies for the main event EPICENTER 2017

Group Stage

  • Best of 3 format
  • Top 2 teams from each group advance to playoffs

Playoffs

  • Start at semi-finals pitting against the top of Group A/B against the runner up of the opposite group in a bo3
  • Grand Finals is a bo5

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SK Gaming

  • boltz (on loan from Immortals), FalleN, coldzera, fer, TACO

SK Gaming come into this tournament right after the loss of felps, who has left due to being homesick (which contributed to his poor performances as of late). Now, they bring in boltz, the IGL of Immortals and a former teammate of FalleN, coldzera, and fer on the original Luminosity Gaming lineup.

SK Gaming’s results as of recent don’t replicate a top 3 team, but felps performance and the team morale at the time may have played heavily going into the matchups they played. Now, having boltz on the lineup will force SK Gaming to play a very loose style. But, this is a good thing. With boltz, who played a passive lurk role on Immortals, SK Gaming can substitute felps’ aggression onto FalleN’s AWP, and this made FalleN a top 3 player last year.

Because of this, you can expect a revitalized SK Gaming coming into EPICENTER. Their past results won’t necessarily tell the story of SK Gaming’s EPICENTER storyline, as adding boltz will force SK Gaming to reinvent their playstyle to make compromise to boltz’ preferred play-style. One thing for sure is that we won’t be seeing a struggling SK Gaming. More of, expect an hungrier-than-ever SK Gaming who wants to win this tournament and retain their former glory.

Virtus.Pro

  • pasha, neo, byali, TaZ, Snax

How, how the mighty have fallen! Virtus.Pro’s continuing demise into the deep pits of failure continue, as they struggle to beat teams of lesser caliber and fail to contest opponents of their perceived tier. Even then, Virtus.Pro has seen the rise of pasha and neo in recent times. But, they are hampered by the steady fall of individual skill from TaZ and Snax.

It would be crazy to consider them as a tier 1 team today, because they lack the skill to contest in the current meta. The current meta, which heavily relies on individual skill, is something Virtus.Pro had always lacked. But, the reason they won in the past was that their ability to change up the game and present sudden situations to their opponents gave them the upper hand in taking aim duels and battles.

Even then, Virtus.Pro still seem to falter at the basic plays of CS. Time and time again, Virtus.Pro’s CT holds and T sides show major gaps in the defense/offense, allowing enemies to separate Virtus.Pro from one another and play Virtus.Pro into unfavorable positions. The only way they can come back at EPICENTER is if pasha and Snax show up in top form, and TaZ ups his game. Not to mention, they’ll have to heavily rely on one another and bolster their team play to win rounds.

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