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Cloud9 vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan’s performance will require a good performance from multiple members of the team. The international team has had its hands full in trying to form the correct combination of players and their roles on the team. With the FaceIT London Major, we saw Karrigan give up the In-Game Leader position. Replacing his role on the team was Niko, the best player on the roster. However, taking up the role of the In-Game Leader definitely affects your individual performance. This is exactly what we saw with Niko and his individual performance struggled immensely.

Karrigan’s role on this team comes into question with their current performance. If he is not the In-Game Leader, what is his requirement on the team? He is, after all, one of the best In Game Leaders. But if the team feels like they don’t need him or can do better with him not being on the leadership position, it puts him on the notice. Karrigan is instrumental on certain maps like Inferno and Mirage. We might see him taking on the mantle of the In-Game Leader on these maps. His calls and positioning with whatever elements he has at his disposal are just too good to negate.

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

The roster has the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister. These two players have proven to be the best in the business and have led their respective former teams to victory. Over the course of the next few months, however, both of them need to start putting up big numbers in order for the team to materialize into the strong roster that it can be. Guardian needs to get a few good performances in order to feel confident once again. If he is confident, he can ensure aggressive plays and still get frags off them. This is what makes him one of the most dangerous AWP players in the world. He can ensure that he puts up big numbers with differing styles of play.

On the other hand, we have Olofmeister. The player did look the only decent player in any shape on the team. However, it has been several months since we saw them in action at the FaceIT London Major. Their recent outings do not inspire confidence as the team has been unable to make it to the Playoffs of the big LAN events that they participate in.

Cloud9

Cloud9 Roster:

  • Autimatic
  • Rush
  • Golden
  • Flusha
  • Kioshima

Cloud9’s CS: GO roster is in peril right now. A recent report suggests that Cloud9 is possibly going to be undergoing a roster change. This would be a huge change for the team going forward. After all, the current roster did show signs of improvement. But Golden’s unavailability force Cloud9 management to make changes. They added Kioshima and if the reports are to be believed then they will be adding Stewie2k very soon. Stewie2k’s return to the team might signal a dramatic shift in the overall team’s performance. After all, he is one of the best players in North America, even though he is currently undergoing a massive slump with MiBr.

The Cloud9 roster for the most part of the past few months has seen one roster change after another. What initially started as a way to develop the team and making it much better than its current performance. For the most part, the team did look as if it was making a sizeable improvement for the most part. But then Golden has his personal problems and would not be able to attend two tournaments alongside Cloud9. The current reports suggest that there might be roster changes and it does not surprise us. Cloud9 is a premier esports organisation and it is unacceptable that they have such a sub-par team. After all, this team won the Boston Eleague Major and then faded into oblivion. It is time for this team to start making a name for themselves and there is no better way than to make changes to their current roster.

autimatic has auto-tuned himself into mid 2016 autimatic (DBLTap)

Kioshima is a player who has been around top-tier teams for a long time now, There is little doubt of his skill level and the cooperation he has with the rest of the team. Unfortunately for him, he was an outcast from the French and later the Faze Clan scene causing him to stay out in the free agency for a very long time. With his inclusion into Cloud9, there are hopes that the Cloud9 roster can make a huge improvement in their current form. Ofcourse we don’t know how Cloud9 will perform when it comes to his particular match against Faze Clan. After all, they are on the verge of a transition and it will definitely affect the confidence and the will-power of the players to give their best for this particular match.

Prediction:

The Cloud9 team might be a good-looking team on paper. They have talented players who have had their fair share of glory on their individual teams. However, on Cloud9, they have not been able to put together their skill and their synergy together. The current Cloud9 roster does not seem like it can compete with the likes of Faze Clan.

Faze Clan might not be in their best form right now, but they are a team that should easily be able to defeat Cloud9 even on their worst day. The Faze Clan team has brought us some quality Counter-Strike in the past and this tournament should not be any worse. After all, despite all their In-Game Leadership and synergy problems, the team still has a lot of firepower and aim. Since we have not seen the team for quite some time, it might just well be a great opportunity for them to have used their practice to develop the team synergy and coordination. The map is Mirage, which is actually quite a good map for both the teams. We expect Karrigan to have more of a say on this team with the map being Mirage. It is one of the best maps for Faze Clan and that is why they are at a huge advantage coming into this match.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match.

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Faze Clan vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ Blast Pro Series Lisbon

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The Blast Pro Series is the first of the four new esports events announced by RFRSH Entertainment. It is also the last Blast Pro Series for 2018. The tournament will take place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. It will feature a prize pool of $250,000 and have six of the world’s best teams in attendance. The tournament Group stage will see Best of One matches. The maps for these matches are already pre-decided and we will see the teams preparing for days in advance for the event.

Each of the six teams received an invitation to the tournament. They will compete in a round-robin stage but with the maps chosen, there can be a little bit of bias in the Group stage results. With the Blast Pro series all set to become a regular feature in the Counter-Strike calendar year, we can only wait and watch as the initial events unfold.

The attendees at this event are :

  1. Astralis
  2. Natus Vincere
  3. Ninjas in Pyjamas
  4. MiBr
  5. Cloud9
  6. Faze Clan

The tournament commences on the 14th of December and will take place over a two day period till the 15th. After the initial Group stage, two teams will compete in the Grand Finals of the event.

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Single Round-Robin format group
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
  • Grand Final:
    • The match is a Bo3 series
  • BLAST Pro Standoff:
    • The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
    • The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
    • The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.

The English Broadcast Talent

Show Host:

  • Adam Savage (Adam Savage)

Desk Host:

  • Machine (Alex Richardson)

Analysts:

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • potter (Christine Chi)
  • Semmler (Auguste Massonnat)

Commentators:

 

  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • Moses (Jason O’Toole)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Scrawny (Conner Girvan)
  • Launders (Mohan Govindasamy)

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9X
  • Glaive
  • Magisk

The Astralis roster is the best team in the world. After winning the FaceIT Major, they continued their victories with the IEM Chicago, ESL Pro League Season 8 and the ECS Season 6 LAN finals. This team has the capacity to adapt to their opponents and modify their gameplay on any particular day. During their Grand final match against Team Liquid at the ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN finals, Device had a very poor start to the series. The player was not able to hit any shots and in fact, at the end of the first half on Mirage, he only managed to get 4 kills for himself. This was definitely way below the average for the player.

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

So Astralis decided to take away the AWP from his hands and move it to Dupreeh and Glaive. Granted they only used the double AWP set-up for just one round, but even in subsequent rounds, Glaive continued with the AWP instead of Device. This definitely provided the necessary change for the team as Glaive was able to get multiple frags and turn the tide of the game. His multi-frags on a couple of rounds turned the direction of the map. He often gets kills through smokes as well which was a bit of luck but it definitely fired up the rest of the squad.

The Astralis roster is made up of Zonic as one of the best coaches to coach a CS: GO team. His ideas about the game and how Astralis should prepare to stay on the top have helped the Danish team to reach their current position. After all, the Astralis roster has made it to the top and stayed there for so long. Zonic’s influence on the team is one of the biggest reasons for this. He has helped the team stay on top and despite their recent lack of form, they still look as strong as ever.

 

The other factor contributing to the Danish team is Glaive. The player who took on the In-Game Leader when Kjaerbye left the team has been a natural fit for the team. He has made some incredible mid-round calls on maps such as Nuke and Mirage. The team transitions quickly to making grand decisions which can alter the course of the round. Glaive also top frags consistently as we saw during their Grand finals against Team liquid. It was Glaive who managed to help Astralis recover from the poor performance on Map 1 and most of the first half of Map 2.

Overall, Astralis is one of the better teams in the world and they have reached there after making some impressive performances. This tournament will be just another stop for the Danish team as there is little that they can do to lose the tournament. After all, they are the heavy favourites.

 

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister
  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain

The Faze Clan roster, once upon a time was the only team with the potential to topple Astralis of their pedestal. After all, they are a team that is made up of five amazing individuals. Each player is one of the best in his role and there is little that the Faze Clan can do wrong in order to lose easily. However, they keep on making mistakes and the ego is one of the biggest factors which comes into play when Faze Clan plays. Made up of five individuals from different countries, this team has seen a lot of friction amongst its players.

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

Niko has taken over the In-Game Leader right now and that has altered the structure of the team. His role as the In-Game Leader comes as the team felt that Karrigan was no longer well-equipped to lead the team. After all, the Faze Clan was on the verge of being eliminated from the FaceIT London Major with just two early losses. But is that really a big deal? There was no way for others to say whether Faze Clan would have been eliminated or gone forth to win the entire tournament under Karrigan. After all, Cloud9 in January did the same thing where they were able to bounce back from a 0-2 deficit in the Group stage to win the entire tournament. And it was against Faze Clan, the team in question right now.

For most of the past few months, Olofmeister has been the player in form for Faze Clan. He had taken a sabbatical for the earlier part of the year and his return saw him in exceptional form. Some analysts equated it with his form during Fnatic of 2015. However, the rest of the team seemed to be out of sync and not in form. They seemed to be burnt out in a big way and there was no one except Olofmeister hitting their shots. Now don’t get me wrong, Faze Clan, even the team not in form is an excellent team. Their skill ceiling is so high and we are used to see them perform at a very high level. So when we see them not in form, it does become a big disappointment for many. Unfortunately for Faze Clan, their team results have been a mixture of poor performance, bad luck as well as lack of synergy. Their timings have been way off and often it is individual performances which result in making this team a success.

They go up against Astralis, a very familiar team for the Faze Clan. However, the fact that they are meeting Astralis early in the Group stage does not bode well for the team. They are not a team that can simply challenge Astralis anymore. Astralis has transcended into being a much better team right now.

Prediction:

Faze Clan might look good on paper, but we all know how the team seems to implode in difficult situations. Unfortunately for the team, they have not been able to win matches in order to boost the confidence of their players. Without confidence, the likes of Guardian and Olofmeister are not the best when it comes to slogging around and winning matches. The lack of synergy on this team also makes a big problem for the team especially going against a well-established and in-sync team such as Astralis.

The map for this matchup is Dust 2, a very open map which is based on aim punch. Astralis is decent on Dust 2 and we have seen them defeat their opponents with ease on this map. Despite not always choosing Dust 2, they are able to make a huge impact, especially when it comes to their T side. Their dominance with their AK 47’s makes it difficult for the CT economy to build up. Indeed in a recent LAN event, we saw Astralis constantly switch up the AWP role based on their spawns. Since Dust 2 is such a spawn based map, it becomes necessary for the team to ensure excellent communication and an overall good performance.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are doing quite well for themselves and there is little that others can do to dethrone Astarlis. Faze clan definitely needs to solve a lot more of their own problems before they can dream of making it past Astralis on Dust 2.

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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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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)

Check out EsportsBet’s esports betting analysis of fnatic here.

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

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

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Natus Vincere

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

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

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

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

 

FaZe Clan

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

FaZe Clan cemented themselves as the second best team in the world, rolling the competition across the entirety of 2017. Their peak event was at ESL New York, where they limited teams to less than double digit round wins throughout their championship run. As of recent, they’ve been faltering, especially after their EPICENTER run, where they struggled against a stand-in tethered SK Gaming, a pug-heavy Gambit, and a toppled Virtus.Pro. Since then, they’ve been continuously stopped in their tracks by SK Gaming, who karrigan is currently winless against in a bo3.

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

Much favoring the aim-heavy meta, FaZe Clan have an arsenal of play-makers on their team, which can make unfavorable situations favor their own. Regardless of the situation, their skill with deagles and rifles make them one of the most dangerous teams to exist in the entirety of CS:GO’s esports timeline. Topped with their aggression and the tactics of IGL karrigan, all of FaZe’s players have the capability to single handedly change the game on their own. Their only competition seems to be that of Gambit, whose unpredictable and aim-heavy style counters that of FaZe’s.

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

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