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Faze vs Astralis: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League LAN Finals, Dallas

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The ESL Pro League ends it’s seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter-Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter-Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Faze Clan can be considered to be the best team in the scene right now. Their win at IEM Sydney definitely makes a strong case for the international team. Surprisingly despite consistently appearing in the finals and semifinals of big-ticket tournaments, Faze only acquired their first win at IEM Sydney. It was on the back of some impressive performances by each player, including Xizt who is the stand-in for the team in place of Olofmeister. Astralis, on the other hand, are the only team with results to show for themselves at the highest stage. The Danish team has been able to best Faze multiple times in the past, but not so much at IEM Sydney 2018. They will be looking forth to seek revenge on the Faze Clan in this semifinal match.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • 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: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan is the star-studded international team in Counter-Strike. When the team was first formed, there was a lot of apprehension about their performance. Each player was a superstar in his former team, but Counter-Strike is a team game. How the team would perform in a team game was an open question. Surprisingly Faze Clan did perform exceedingly well in the last few months of 2017. But the dip in their form culminated in the Eleague Boston Major where they lost the finals to Cloud9.

Since then there has been a change in the Faze Clan roster. Olofmeister is taking a break temporarily and Xizt ( formerly of NIP) will be standing in for the team. Xizt is already on very good terms with many of the players in the team. His ability to seamlessly integrate into the roster and play the role of Olofmeister with ease is what makes him a valuable asset to the team. We have already seen him in action at IEM Sydney where he was crucial to the Faze Clan’s chances of winning certain maps. Overpass is one such map which definitely comes to mind.

The Faze Clan roster is made up of several superstar players. Between Guardian, Karrigan, Niko, and Rain, this team is the right composition of an aggressive in-game leader as well as great firepower. Anyone of these players has the ability to carry the team on his back at any day. But Faze has been focussing on improving their strategies and their gameplay. The International roster is extremely powerful on maps such as Mirage, Overpass as well as Inferno. We have not seen enough of the team on Dust2 and it is still unsure how the team will behave on the Classic map.

Faze rely on different strategies which ensure that the team can play a very aggressive and high pitch game. They do not want to let their foot off the pedal and constantly keep the pressure on their opponents. Niko is one of the best players in the world and his ability to play at such a high level with such alarming consistency is what makes him the single biggest threat. Of course potential and actual performance do have a lot of differences and that is where Niko can fall off.

Astralis

Astralis is the Danish roster which has been near the top of the scene since almost 2015. The team which was formerly Dignitas was then under the TSM organization. They later decided to form their very own player-owned team. They received investment from RFRSH entertainment later which propelled them into their position as it is today.

The Danish team has a very different style of gameplay. They love their triple fakes as well the aggressive Terrorist side playstyle. Astralis has been able to surprise several opponents with their tactics and mind games. However, they are up against Karrigan, their former In Game Leader in this match.

The Astralis team has been on top of several tournaments in the past. Their roster includes Device, one of the best players on the most consistent basis in Counter-Strike. The team has been able to pull their weight together around Device.

Prediction

Astralis is a very strong team and can definitely hold their own against Faze. However, the team loses a big part of its confidence when it comes to playing around Faze Clan. The big rivalry in this match is obviously the Karrigan vs the rest of the Danish lineup. Karrigan always wants to prove himself against the Danish team and he is willing to take insane risks for the same. Most of the time these risks are very well executed thanks to the insanely high level of individual gameplay on Faze Clan.

Astralis, on the other hand seem to have a negative aspect on their gameplay when it comes to playing against Faze. They simply curl into a ball and are unable to play the best of their game against Faze Clan. In order for Astralis to win this match, they need Device to perform at his best. His individual level has been sort of plateauing of late and that can be a big problem.

The other X factor for Astralis will be Xizt. The Swedish guy has a lot of confidence when it comes to playing against the Danish lineup. He pulls off really strong individual plays against Astralis, which is possible due to his self-belief.

We recommend a Medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match. Their confidence from winning IEM Sydney 2018 is at an all-time high and that is going to carry them to the title in this match.

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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.

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FaZe Clan vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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Introduction

The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.

Format

  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final 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)

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of FaZe Clan here.

FaZe Clan handled Astralis with relative ease, albeit they were subject to mini-comebacks from the Danish side. Overall though, it was the typical FaZe the Spodek arena saw in a brutalizing 2-0 win. The main reason for FaZe’s win was the resilience and their ability to keep Astralis’ economy in check. Upgraded pistols and brute aggression were the key, and some heroic plays to win clutches settled the deal for FaZe.

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

As usual, the best performers on FaZe came to play. NiKo, rain, and GuardiaN had their fair share of the pot with 40, 46, and 41 kills respectively. olof and karrigan were following in tandem, with all 5 members having their fair share of individual prowess. karrigan’s strategies have been absolutely powerful, relying on his team’s star power and team work to brute force their way into bombsites with ease.

FaZe are truly looking scary right now, with all of their players performing equal to one another in one of the most electric arenas in CS:GO LAN history. If NiKo and co. don’t falter to the psychological pressure in the grand finals, the viewers are in for a huge treat. Esports bettors may feel safe betting on FaZe, but they have been known to choke under pressure.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

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fnatic’s dominance rained over Liquid in their semi-final matchup, as they managed to turn the tide around after a 8-2 deficit on de_inferno. Liquid were simply at a loss in dealing with the fnatic momentum, especially after losing a demoralizing 2v5 against Golden and flusha.

fnatic’s relentless aggression and ability to win force buys was a huge benefactor for the fnatic side, as they converted about ~5 total force buy rounds against Liquid across de_inferno and de_mirage, and not to mention the individual plays from KRiMZ and JW altogether. Golden’s gimmicky eco strats worked to full effect, as Liquid could not find an answer to the force buys of fnatic.

JW proved to be a surprising x-factor versus Liquid (StarLadder)

fnatic’s last tournament win was last year at IEM Katowice 2016, where the legendary fnatic lineup took their last championship win against Luminosity Gaming. And the huge factor in winning this matchup is winning the force buy game against FaZe Clan and shutting down any brute/individual aggression from the FaZe side. JW needs to turn it up against GuardiaN if they want any chance at winning this.

 

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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

credit to Liquipedia

  • 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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ESL Pro League Finals 6 CS:GO: fnatic vs. FaZe Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Another tournament that is a part of the Intel Grand Slam, the ESL Pro League LAN Finals shows a drastic variety of teams. Some of which compete at the most top level of CS:GO, whereas some have proven themselves online to be up and coming competitors. Some old faces appear again, while new lineups and teams will be looking to make a splash at this LAN.

Coming right of Blast Pro Series are Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan and Astralis(?), who all played admirably in the past few months to either rise or maintain their spot as a tier 1 CS:GO team individually. New teams like HellRaisers, NRG Esports, OpTic, and Luminosity Gaming are eager and hungry with young/old talent alike to prove their weight in gold at this LAN event. On the other hand, a team like Liquid will have to face the music as they’ll be playing with coach zews instead of steel (due to roster restrictions).

The ESL Pro League Finals has always delivered a plentiful amount of close and competitive matches, and it comes back for a 6th time to reintroduce the reason as to why CS:GO is the most popular FPS esport in the world. A game and organizer combined with a storied history within esports, get ready again and prepare to be amazed by the level of competition at the ESL Pro League LAN Finals.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

  • Group Stage
    • Two round-robin format groups (6 teams each) [1]
      • Top team from each region becomes a group head. They then pick a team to go into the others’ group.
        The picked teams then pick a team to go into the other group, this repeats until all teams have been put into the two groups
    • All the matches are Bo1
    • In Regulation winners receive 3pts
    • In Overtime winners receive 2pts, losers receive 1pt
    • Top team in each group advances to the semifinals
    • Second and third teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals
  • Playoffs
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Quarterfinals and semifinals are Bo3
    • Grand final is Bo5

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FaZe

  • NiKo, karrigan, olofmeister, rain, GuardiaN

FaZe Clan cemented themselves as the undisputed best team after rolling the competition 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.

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.

fnatic

 

 

  • JW, flusha, KRiMZ, Golden, Lekr0

fnatic, surprisingly, finished as the 1st seed for both the ECS and EPL online leagues. This LAN and the upcoming ECS championship will be the first time we see the true fnatic lineup on LAN, with their only LAN being after the recent major shuffle and the WESG LAN having Brollan stand-in for KRiMZ.

Interestingly enough, this lineup sees the entrance of a dedicated IGL in the fnatic lineup, which has not been seen from fnatic ever since pronax’s departure from fnatic. Actually, it has been working out, with Golden being able to get the most out of the fnatic core–mainly KRiMZ, who had been faltering throughout the year of 2016. Lekr0 has shined as the true star of this lineup, almost replicating the role that FaZe star olofmeister shined in on a familiar fnatic lineup.

A team that works of calculated aggression and strong CT sides (following a trend of past fnatic lineups), fnatic will be looking to test the capabilities of this roster in a LAN environment. This being a top tier event, it will be the true test of seeing how far Golden can take an experienced core, as a somewhat inexperienced IGL, into a deep tournament run.

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