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Mousesports vs Optic Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 European Minor.

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IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The CIS Minor will have a lot of competition between the top teams. It includes teams such as Gambit Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike, Avangar, Pro100 and Nemiga. The teams are all very evenly matched and every match in the CIS Minor is of extreme importance. The teams are all extremely strong and the outcome of the matches depends heavily on the map vetoes and the match-ups on any particular day. The opening matches are all Best of One matches and the subsequent matches will be Best of Three.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
    • Each group has four teams
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Double-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3
  • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

Mousesports

Mousepsorts Roster:

  • Chris “chrisJ” de Jong.
  • Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný.
  • Robin “ropz” Kool.
  • Miikka “suNny” Kemppi.
  • Martin “STYKO” Styk.

Mousesports is a team that has not found its groove after they brought back Styko to their roster. The mistakes of the organisation cost the roster deeply in 2018 as not only did they lose their groove, but they can’t seem to find it anymore. The mousesports organisation thought that adding Snax to their team would easily mean more tournaments, more victories and silverware. The reality was a harsh check for the team they are definitely not putting up big numbers anymore.


The Mousesports roster lost to Valiance 14-16. While the scoreline might suggest that it was a close match, the fact that they lost Mirage presents a worrisome indicator for most of the team. Mirage is always considered to be a favourable map for Mousesports and they have traditionally defeated some of the best team in the world on this map. You can never count out Mousepsorts on Mirage and so their loss to a lowly team such as valiance definitely raises some eyebrows.


The map was extremely close with 7-8 scorelines on both sides of the half.Unfortunately for Mousepsorts they only managed 7 rounds on either side of the map ensuring that they reached only 14 rounds. Surprisingly, it was ChrisJ who was leading the scoreboard for the Mousesports organisation. The stars on the team definitely failed to have a huge impact in this match. In fact, the youngsters in Sunny and Ropz highlighted the bottom two spots on the table. They were unable to win several of their aim duels and more often than not were the entry frags when it comes to Valiance. The mousesports roster lost several easy and economy rounds which should have been easy wins for the team. Their inability to be prepared for the surprise tactics and gameplay by Valiance cot them dearly. Some would even argue that the team was giving too much respect to their opponents, something that is great against stronger teams.


However, when you are up against a team like valiance which has little to no International LAN experience, you need to prepare yourself for their style of play. ChrisJ is carrying the team’s weight on his shoulders; however, for the team to succeed, it is necessary that he can comfortably sink back into his role as the In-Game Leader. The other players on eth team namely Oksar, Sunny and Styko need to start getting more rags and their names up on the scoreboard. Ropz has mostly been a support player who performs well, so his individual performance is not something that is under question right now.

However, Sunny’s lack of aim at Katowice is definitely surprising and more so it is perplexing for the team. Maybe Mousesports should start changing his position on the map in order to provide him with favourable matchups. If Optic Gaming identifies the weakness on the Mousepsorts we will have ourselves a strong series here.

Optic Gaming

Optic Gaming roster:

  • Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke.
  • René “cajunb” Borg.
  • Marco “Snappi” Pfeiffer.
  • Jakob “JUGi” Hansen.
  • Ismail “refrezh” Ali.

Optic Gaming had a very poor start to their EU Minor after they ran into Team Vitality. The French team does not have much experience in big LAN events, but they are definitely showing whey they can be one of the best teams in the world. With Zywoo on their team, they are putting up huge numbers in their matches [ match ] so far. Despite having only 22 kills, it was the nature of these kills which brought Zywoo to the forefront in everyone’s attention.

However, this match involves Optic Gaming and the Danish roster is not really as bad as their previous match suggests. The team displayed excellent synergy on most occasions, but they would lose their individual aim-duels to the French team. For example, a classic take on Dust 2 A-Long meant that they needed the Tunnels control. However, as soon as they lost the Tunnel control, they were stuck on the Long side of the map. They had some questionable usage of grenades such as deciding not to smoke the cross-over from A-long to the site. But their knowledge that Vitality was on the eco [ and they just needed to clear out the close range angles] meant that this was a wise decision. It worked out splendidly in their favour, something that cannot be said for the rest of the map.


Individually, we did not see K0nfig step up in a big way. He is one of the heavy hitters on this roster and it is imperative that the player puts up big numbers for Optic Gaming. Surprisingly, Refrezh was also absent from the scoreboard and was giving company to Snappi at the bottom. His inability to put up big numbers meant that the team could never get the head-start that they required in order to take down Zywoo and co.

The Optic Gaming roster has had just a fortnight with Refrezh [ possibly less time of practice]. As such their performance needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The lack of practice clearly shows as they must have prepared only on a handful of maps. Their decision to go forth with Dust 2 against Team Vitality is a decision that was taken after Dust 2 I considered to be a relatively neutral map. However, the French have always been strong on Dust 2, back from 2013 days. They were always favoured to win on Dust 2, even against some of the best teams in the world at the time. As we head into this match, it is necessary for the Optic Gaming roster to bring forth their best game forward.


CajunB has played alongside some of the best Danish players in the region. He has been a part of most of the strongest teams in the Danish region, including several of the current Astralis roster. The player is a decent aim with the rifle and he maintains his consistency on the team. His ability to hold down certain areas of the map on his own and the consistent trade frags mean that he is crucial to the team’s performance. While we don’t expect him to start leading the board anytime soon for Optic Gaming, the level-headed player needs to maintain his performance to ensure that Optic do not suffer a loss once more.

Overall Optic Gaming is a well-rounded team. They have the necessary elements to make it past the Group stage, however, they also have several faulty pieces right now. A lot is expected off Refrezh; but if he fails to deliver once more, it is up to the rest of the squad to pick up their individual performance and give him the space necessary to find his own groove.

Prediction:

On paper, it does seem like Mousesport should win this match. They have better talent, better pas results and are a more consistent lineup. Their experience of playing with each other in the past when they were a much stronger roster will definitely come in handy as they prepare for this elimination match. However, the fact remains that the Moseports roster is not having the best results of late. They are a team that can achieve much more, statistically, they are easily favoured to win the EU Minor. However, their individual players are not in form right now; which is why we are witnessing ChrisJ at the helm of the scoreboard.


Despite having players such as Sunny, Styko and Oskar, it is surprising to see ChrisJ at the top. He needs to concentrate on his In-Game Leadership more as much as allowing the others to find more favourable trades and boost their confidence. If the team starts performing, there is little that others [ except for Zywoo and co. ] can do to stop the Mousesports roster.

Optic Gaming is a team that is still very fresh and raw. They have added Refrezh to their team on December 31st. While that was the day the announcement was made, the team has been playing with him for a few more weeks. That hardly gives them 1 month with the new roster. It is not enough time for them to prepare themselves on multiple maps. So this match will come down to how the team has prepared on certain maps and whether they are able to take on Mousesports on these maps. The Optic Gaming roster is strong on certain CT sided maps. SoMousepsorts will need to veto to their strengths and not try to counter draft the Optic Gaming side.

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Mousesports vs Valiance : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice 2019 European Minor.

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IEM Katowice 2019 is the first Major of 2019 and it promises to be one of the best Majors in Counter-Strike till date. The IEM Katowice 2019 will start in February, but the Minors are all set to start on the 16th of January. The Europe and CIS Minors start on the 16th, while the NA and Asian Minors will start on the 22nd of January 2019.

The CIS Minor will have a lot of competition between the top teams. It includes teams such as Gambit Gaming, Team Spirit, Winstrike, Avangar, Pro100 and Nemiga. The teams are all very evenly matched and every match in the CIS Minor is of extreme importance. The teams are all extremely strong and the outcome of the matches depends heavily on the map vetoes and the match-ups on any particular day. The opening matches are all Best of One matches and the subsequent matches will be Best of Three.

The 3rd Place Play-in Stage will feature four teams in participation. Only two teams will move forth to the Major. This will take place on the 27th of January at the ESL Arena in Katowice. It is an opportunity for the teams who just missed out in the Minor to find themselves in the major.

Format

Group Stage:

    • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
      • Each group has four teams
      • Opening matches are Bo1
      • All following matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • No Grand Final is played

Prize Pool:

  1. 1st Place: $30,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  2. 2nd Place: $15,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]
  3. 3rd Place: $5,000 [IEM Katowice Major 2019 New Challenger Status]

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
    • natu (Joona Leppänen)
    • Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Chris “chrisJ” de Jong
  • Tomáš “oskar” Šťastný
  • Robin “ropz” Kool
  • Miikka “suNny” Kemppi
  • Martin “STYKO” Styk

The Mousesports roster is one of the most interesting CS: GO teams right now. They have brought together the former roster with the hopes of replicating their success in the past. However, the new roster [ or the old roster as is in this case] has not been able to replicate their past performance.

The team already has several well-known players on their roster. The likes of ChrisJ, Ropz, Oskar, Sunny and Styko; each of them has proven their worth in the past. ChrisJ is the crucial element in the team. He has donned multiple roles for the organisation and has gone from being the star on the roster to taking a backbench on the team. In the current roster, there was little doubt that he was the person to oversee the performances of the players. His individual performance does not speak volumes and is not comparable to his past. However, he can help the team develop and grow into a much stronger team as the In-Game leader.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

The Mousesports roster is relatively young. With the likes of Ropz and Styko on their team, they do not lack firepower. Ropz is a player who has been relatively quiet on the team. However, that is only because he is not needed to make a huge impact on the team’s performance. The rest of the team does seem to be carrying most of the weight of the team’s efforts on their shoulders. What they do need is a stable performer and the team has several players capable of the same.

Oskar has been one of the most consistent performers in the game for mousesports. For multiple years, Oskar’s addition has enabled the Mousesports roster not to worry about his performance. He can have a huge impact on the round when necessary, but what is more important is that his low is also not that bad. The player can play with the rifle as well as the AWP. His versatility and consistency make him a very important player for the Mousesports roster. At the same time, I’ve heard rumours that he is difficult to play with making him a staple on the Mousesports roster. Whether it is due to his nature or otherwise, Oskar remains an integral part of the Mousesports roster.

Styko recently came back to Mousesports from Cloud9. It is important that the player can ensure good performances overall. Before he left the team, [ was replaced by Snax] he was a star performer on the team. However, once he made his trip to North America and back, he does not seem to be at the same level of performance anymore. The player has the capability to make it big in CS: GO, but he needs the adequate support infrastructure and synergy with the team to succeed.

Valiance

Valiance roster:

  • Nestor “LETN1” Tanić
  • Nemanja “huNter” Kovač
  • Nemanja “nexa” Isaković
  • Rokas “EspiranTo” Milasauskas
  • Otto “ottoNd” Sihvo

The Valiance team is a mixed team made up of several relatively unknown and lower skilled individuals than their counterparts in this particular match. The Valiance roster has players from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Lithuania.

The team has a diverse map pool and they have a focus on maps such as Nuke and Cache. On Nuke, they have an 88% win-rate. Their comfort on this map stems from their excellent CT side. They have excellent communications and it can vary between very aggressive CT side on Ivy or the B Bomb site. They can also play passively allowing the enemy to come into their trap. This variety in their playstyle enables them to have a huge advantage over their opponents.  

They are also equally good on Cache, however, here it is their T side and the chaos that they sow into the opponents that puts them ahead. The Valiance roster, however, does not have much practice against stronger teams. They are usually put up against much weaker rosters in the Tier ⅔ scene and that is the result of their insanely high map win rate. As such, their performance in this match should always be taken with a grain of salt. They are not at the same level as Mousepsorts in this match and if they lose [ which they should ] it shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

Valiance has their task cut out for them if they do end up making an impact. This particular match is a Best of One matchup. We have already seen a few upsets at the esports tournaments and hence this match becomes all the more important. There is a possibility for Valiance to make an upset, but realistically they shouldn’t stand a chance.  

Prediction:

There is little doubt that Mousepsorts is the better team in this matchup. On paper, they should easily win this match and have no chances of losing. However, this is a Best of One match-up and as such the chances for an upset are always there. Recently Syman won their match against Gambit and that was a massive upset

Mousesports should take this game as seriously as they can. They are a team which has great potential. The team’s success in the past year has seen them emerge as a strong contender. However irrational decisions by the management and the lack of voice amongst the players meant that the team’s results came down to almost nil by end of 2018. They will look to start 2019 on a high and this is their first match of 2019. We recommend a bet on Mousesports for this match.

Mousesports vs Made in Brazil: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League Season 8 LAN Finals

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The ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals will see the top teams in Counter-Strike in attendance. The teams will compete for a prize pool of $750,000 one of the largest amounts in Counter-Strike outside of the Majors. Every year the ESL Pro League LAN Finals is a way of ending the current season. They are usually held twice in a year and they provide a good understanding of the professional scene at the top level. This tournament will see the top teams such as Astralis, MiBr, Na’Vi, Team Liquid in participation. Their performance at this tournament will be a good prelude to the upcoming months. With the ESL One Katowice Major only a few months away, this tournament will be great preparation for many of the current teams.

The tournament is still in its Group stage and the teams will play their Best of One Opening matches on Day 1. This will be followed by Best of Three series of matches until three teams from each group are selected for the playoffs.

This match will be between Team Astralis and Team Liquid. The two teams have a history of playing against each other in LAN PLayoffs. This particular match might not be the knockout match and hence it does not carry the same significance. The winner of the match goes directly to the semifinals, while the loser goes to the quarterfinals. It essentially means that the loser will have to play one extra match in order to reach the Grand finals. Considering the quality of teams in participation at the event, this could mean a disaster for either team.

Primary Broadcast

Stage Host:

OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)

Desk Host.

Stunna (Tres Saranthus).

Analysts:

  • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • Finland natu (Joona Leppänen)
  • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

    Commentators:
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)
  • Sadokist (Matthew Trivett)
  • Hugo Byron (Hugo Byron)
  • JustHarry (Harry Russell)

Interviewer:
James Banks (James Banks)

Observer:

Rushly (Alex Rush)


Secondary BroadcastCommentators:

Observer:
Rushly (Alex Rush)


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 8 teams
  • The group stage is 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: December 7th – 9th, 2018
Single-Elimination bracket
The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
The Grand Final is Bo5

Made in Brazil vs Mousesports

Made in Brazil

MiBr Roster:

  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik

Made in Brazil had a scare against NRG esports yesterday. The team looked extremely lost on Train and despite their best attempts, they were not able to put up strong results. They did manage a comeback in the end which was a testimony to the raw skill on the team. However, at one point in time, both Stewie2k and Tarik looked extremely lost and sad about their own performance.

Fallen had a wonderful series against NRG, but MiBr would probably have lost without him.

Made in Brazil roster has a lot of talent. They have five former Major Champions and that speaks in itself for their skill level. However, the team’s performance of late has not been the best. With YNK getting almost half a year with the roster, we expected the team to perform much better. After all, they did manage to win a map against Astralis at the ECS Season 6 LAN Finals.

Fallen was exceptional in yesterday’s serious. For many, he was the only reason why Made in Brazil won their series against NRG. Fallen has taken his role and his ability to make aggressive plays seriously. On Inferno, Fallen was responsible for giving away many early frags. This was probably because the team felt confident after their game on Overpass. The team has developed synergy, but their current performance reminds us of a former Virtus Pro without the aim to back them up. The fact that Daps was able to easily understand Fallen’s playstyle and prepare the round accordingly spells doom for the team. They want to ensure that Fallen will have the upper hand when it comes to tactics and strategy. It is only this way that they can further utilise their skill set and ensure the best results for the team.

Tarik and Stewie2k need to be more comfortable on this team.

YNK does have a tough time on his hands as he is constantly seen trying to make the team perform well. However, there obviously seems to be a gap in his understanding of their gameplay and the actual gameplay of the team. There is no lack in the skill ceiling of the players. They are all exceptional players, however, they lack confidence and the current form is not enough to ensure a decent performance in the upcoming tournaments.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Styko
  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar

The Mousesports team looked menacing in their match against Natus Vincere. Not only was the score extremely one-sided, but it was the sheer aim of the Mousesports players which provides a lot of hope for this team. After all, this team has known success with the current roster. Ofcourse the management made a mistake of bringing on Snax to spoil an existing, well-performing team.

The team is looking strong once more with multiple members performing really well on the team. The performance of the team comes from the amazing chemistry between the players. Their aim was always great and as we watch them perform, we can see how the team likes to play with each other. They make aggressive pushes on certain areas of the map, but that is usually coordinated with a passive defensive style on the other. The fact that they can get away with so much space might also be a problem for their opponents.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

Styko is the young player who has been making waves on this roster. Being in familiar company, Styko is able to make space for himself and provide decent information for the team. He is one of the upcoming players and his movement to Cloud9 and then back to Mousesports definitely signals the fact that he will put in extra efforts to start winning matches for Mousespsorts.

If Mousesports win this match, they will secure a semifinals berth for themselves. That is a huge achievement for the team. They will be back in the playoff of big tournaments and make a name for themselves. With the Katowice Major on the horizon, we can expect this team to have much better results in the future.

Prediction.

Mousesports looks much better both in terms of form and their ability to play off each other. We are seeing a level of synergy similar to that pre-Snax Mousespsorts. Their current form is exciting and the way they defeated Na’Vi in two maps definitely inspires confidence in the team’s ability. They are definitely a team which can challenge Astralis on their day. If they keep their current course of form, Mousesports could be the team that Na’Vi never was.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Mousesports. They are looking much better than Made in Brazil who seemed lost and confused in their match against NRG.

Team Liquid vs Mousesports: Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL One New York 2018

Introduction

ESL One New York will see the Top eight teams compete to take bragging rights as well as a prize pool of $250,000. The tournament will see several top teams in attendance. It does not have the Major winners, Astralis present and this opens up the potential for other teams to claim silverware.

There are only two teams remaining at this event, Mousesports and XYZ. These two teams are both undefeated till now through the Group stage as well as the playoffs. ESL One New York will see the best of Tier two talent compete at the Barclay’s Center. The New York crowd will obviously want their North American team, Team Liquid to take home the trophy.

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: September 26th – 28th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • All matches are Bo3
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 29th – 30th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • The Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Format Credit to Liquipedia.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Oskar
  • Sunny
  • Ropz
  • Snax

The Mousesports team is made up of players from various nationalities. Over time, the organisation has succeeded in getting together a star quality team. However, the biggest problem for Mousesports has been their ability to coordinate with each other. In a recent interview, Oskar revealed that communication within the team was still a problem.

Mousesports recently acquired Snax to their CS: GO roster. A player like Snax is obviously one of the most well-known and represented players in Counter-Strike. He has led Virtus Pro to be one of the best teams in the world in the past. Through 2016, Snax was able to make Virtus Pro the best team single-handedly. While they did lose out to Astralis at the Eleague Major 2017, Virtus Pro has a huge fan following. But through the last few months, Snax has not proven to be a strong player. His individual performance has seen a significant dip and he does not look as effective as before.

Will mousesports be the first team to win 3 international titles in 2018? (Credit: mousesports)

However, with time, the Mousesports roster does seem to be making amends for their poor communication skills. The likes of ChrisJ, Oskar are returning to form and it is evident in the way they play. Mousesports has been able to reach the Grand finals of ESL One New York. This tournament did not have the world’s best teams in attendance, however, there was decent competition.

For Mousesports to remain a top-level competitive team, Oskar’s individual performance is crucial. He is not a player who is easy to get along with in terms of personality, but he has been able to find a comfortable place in Mousesports. However, despite being the most consistent player on Mouz for several months now, he has seen a dip in performance. Oskar will need to step up if Mousesports is to improve not only their results but also their performance.

Overall, Mousesports is a team which has great potential, but they need to improve their individual results. The lack of team cohesion is painfully evident in their playstyle as they do not have much synergy between the players. Each player is exceptionally talented, however, at this level of Counter-Strike relying only on talent will not help the team.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • Taco
  • Twistzz

The only North American hope, Team Liquid will look forward to establishing their name in this tournament. After reaching the semifinals of the FaceIT London Major, Team Liquid has emerged as a notable opponent to most of the teams. Whether team Liquid can ensure consistent performances with this roster is a question that only time can answer.

As for the team, they have all the necessary components to be successful. With he experience of veterans such as Elige and NAF. But, the team also has amazing individual talent in the form of Twistzz and Taco. The players have been able to put forth excellent performances both at the Major as well as during the ESL One New York.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

Twistzz, in particular, has been really strong so far at the ESL One New York. His ability to dissect disadvantageous situations and gain an advantage for himself is what makes him a very strong player. He does have amazing individual skill and firepower, but he also has the mind to make it against the best players in the world. Twistzz is the best North American player in CS: GO and that is not without reason. How Team Liquid manages him and use him to his maximum potential is important to the development of his career.

Liquid has a decent map pool, but they need to still improve if they are to compete against the best teams. Team Liquid has seen NAF provide consistent performances which enable the stars on the team.

Prediction:

The two teams are quite diverse in their performances. While Mouz is still trying to find the sweet spot on their roster, Team Liquid seems to have already found it. Their major run was actually quite good and if they had not faced Astralis in the semifinals, it probably would have resulted in a Liquid – Astralis Grand finals.

Regardless, Team Liquid will rely on open maps such as Cache to secure their victory. However, these maps also have an advantage for Mousesports. The Mousesports roster is filled with individual talent, but they need to ensure a better overall performance. We have seen the team look completely in disarray with no idea of what their game plan is. Often time, they would lose 2-3 teammates for a single enemy. The actual outcome of the round could be successful just because of the individual talent on the players. But as a team, they have shown us very little in terms of strategy and communication. The confusion that prevails in their gameplay just does not cut it for the top level of CS: GO.

Team Liquid, on the other hand, look like a well-oiled machine which can proceed to become a force in CS: GO. They have the skill, experience and leadership which are essential to the team’s success in the long run. With Twistzz and TACO definitely providing the necessary frags, Team Liquid looks very strong. As such we have to recommend a bet on Team Liquid for this match.

Mousesports vs North Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Masters Stockholm 2018

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Introduction

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm is Dreamhack’s first flagship tournament in Sweden. The event has been a regular in the CSGO calendar year for several years now. The 2018 version is also a part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 1.  Dreamhack Stockholm 2018’s venue is the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. It has a seating capacity of 16,000 attendees and is primarily an Ice Hockey Venue.

This tournament is the first big event featuring the best teams in Counter-Strike since the player break. It is one of the first steps that the teams need to take en route to the London FaceIT Major. Big names such as Natus Vincere, Astralis, Faze Clan and Mousesports will compete to establish their rankings once more in the global scene. The tournament is already down to just four teams and these teams do not include Faze Clan. THere will be a new team in the finals and we just wait and watch to see if it will be Mousesports or North Gaming. 

Dreamhack Masters Stockholm will be a five-day event starting from the 29th of August 2018. It will continue until the 2nd of September 2018. It has a prize pool of $250,000 and will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Analysts:
  • Reporter:

Format

  • Group Stage: August 29th – 31st, 2018
    • Four double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • Winners’, Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: September 1st – 2nd, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Snax
  • Oskar
  • Ropz
  • SUnny

The mousesports roster recently underwent a change when they added Snax and replaced Styko on the team. The addition of Snax is from a winner’s perspective since they want to ensure wins and deep runs at big tournaments. Prior to this event, Mousesports as a team was not really bad, but they always failed to ensure a good finish. Their inability to finish their matches led to crucial losses at the business end of tournaments.

The roster has come together after years of tinkering and tampering with the lineup. The only consistent feature in all of this is ChrisJ who has retained his position and his leadership skills. Despite being the constant, ChrisJ has always adapted himself to the needs of the team. Mousesports is a very flexible team made up of elements which probably wouldn’t have thrived in other teams.

Case in Point is Oskar, the most consistent player on the Mousepsorts roster. His consistency might make him a suitable candidate for other top teams. But according to rumours, he has a difficult personality to go along with it. Oskar’s involvement in the team is crucial for the success of this roster. He has a very high success rate in the clutch situation as well as 1v1’s. This makes him one of the most valuable players on the team for the most part.

Ropz is a young talent and he found a home on Mousesports. His talent was recognized via FPL and Mouz were quick to sign him on. Guiding and advising him on his way to a top-tier roster, Mousesports has enabled the discovery of a true talent. They have great synergy with the young player and allow him a lot of freedom and flexibility in his playstyle. He also gains considerable experience from the likes of Snax, ChrisJ and Sunny.

The X-factor on this team, at least for Dreamhack Stockholm 2018 will be Snax. The veteran player who has a Major title under his belt along with years of experience recently transferred from Virtus pro to Mouz. This move was a surprise but not really totally unexpected. After all, Virtus Pro was on the decline and they have been losing players left and right. But for most of the last year, Snax has not had the best of form. His inability to dissect clutch situations with as much effectiveness as before makes him lose considerable sheen as a player. But there is no doubt about his personal talent and skill level on this roster. If he can get himself to be a top-tier team once more, Mousesports will truly be scary.

North

North Roster:

  • MSL
  • Aizy
  • Valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • Niko
  • Ave ( Coach)

North Gaming has traditionally been seen as the second bestDanish roster. This has not been without cause since North has traditionally been unable to win matches against Astralis and their players. It has mostly been a mental block for the players when they go up against Astralis.

But they have already managed to defeat Astralis once in this tournament. Their ability to defeatAStralis in a Best of Three series is what makes them a very strong contender for the finals. The North Gaming roster has some very skilled and talented players. The likes of Aizy, CajunB, Kjaerbye provide years of experience of playing at the top level. Each one of these players has played with members from Astralis at the top level.

Kjaerbye’s addition to North was sudden and shocking

MSL has notorious for his great tactics and good mid-round calls. While his personal skill level might be the source of memes, there are few who question his leadership abilities. After all, the player has proven himself repeatedly over the years.

The two big factors on this team who can ensure great coordination and firepower are Niko ( on loan from Heroic) and Kjaerbye ( moved from Astralis.). Kjaerbye who was the IGL for Astralis during his time on that roster has experience with developing new strategies for himself and the team. His experience of being a top level player on a consistent basis is what makes him the most valuable addition to the team. With Niko added to the team, it also provides them with a lot of firepower and skill.

Prediction:

This match will be a very interesting match to watch as both the teams have been moving forth the rankings. They have seen a dip in their performance during the last few months, but the recent changes to their team either in form of roster changes or tactics definitely helped them a lot.

Both the teams have won matches against really strong teams in this tournament itself. Mousesports won their series against Faze Clan despite being demolished in the first map. After all, it is not every day that you see your team winning a series after being down 1-16 in the first map. Their resilience and strength in performance definitely help them as they proceed to this match. Mousesports seems well-coordinated and seems to have great synergy on their team right now. They are obviously focussing on enabling the team to work together before trying to win matches. Luckily for them, it is already working wonders for them as they have reached the semifinals of Dreamhack Masters Stockholm and are en route to the finals as well.

North Gaming’s win over Astralis was definitely a big shock. It might point towards North becoming good or just bad play by Astralis. North has a great combination of firepower along with leadership which enables them to outmanoeuvre skilled rosters. But they will have to face off against a team which has great synergy and coordination. With Snax on the roster, they have the burst in firepower and experience needed at this level as well.

For now, we recommend a bet on North Gaming because of their performance. This series will almost surely go to three maps.