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BIG Gaming vs Complexity: Esports Betting Analysis @ Eleague CSGO Invitational.

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The Eleague CS: GO Invitational is the last Premier LAN event before the commencement of the CS: GO Major. However, it is not as stacked as some of the other Eleague tournaments. In fact, it has only four teams in attendance, and not all of them are Tier one teams.  

The tournament features four teams namely BIG Gaming, Cloud9, Complexity Gaming and Faze Clan. These four teams are not representative of the best teams in the world. However, there is a sort of delicacy in the balance of the teams’ rankings. Faze Clan has recently introduced a new player and coach. This definitely makes them one of the unknown performers at this event. On the other hand, BIG Gaming is a team that is rarely seen at multiple LAN events. However, they always have a great grenade usage in the games that they are involved in. The team always receives praise from the casters and analysts for their strategies and their playstyle.

Complexity might not be one of the strongest teams, but it has a loyal fanbase. They have Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert as a stand-in for this event. It is a four-team event and there is technically a 25% chance for this team. The last and final team in this event is Cloud9. Cloud9 is a team that has made changes to its team recently and they are an unknown force in the tournament. Judging from their roster; they have the potential to defeat Faze Clan and take home the trophy.

The Eleague CS: GO Invitational will take place from the 25th to 27th of January, 2019. It takes place at the Eleague Arena in Atlanta. All the matches will be streamed live on Twitch.

Broadcast Talent

  • Commentators & Analysts:
  • Observer:
    • TBA

Format

  • Playoffs: January 25th – 27th, 2018
    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming Roster

  • Fatih “gob b” Dayik
  • Johannes “tabseN” Wodarz
  • Tizian “tiziaN” Feldbusch
  • Owen “smooya” Butterfield
  • İsmailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş

BIG Gaming is the German organisation which has ensured some really high quality and strategic gameplay in the past. BIG Gaming does not play in all the LAN tournaments; however, when they do, the team has provided us with some really complex yet perfectly executed performances.

The team comprises players from Germany as well as Smooya, from the UK. Together the team has a unique combination of firepower as well as a greater focus on strategy. The BIG Gaming roster is has provided us and casters with a lot of excitement in the past. Their grenade usage has been one of the best and they can deal a lot of damage to the opponents much before the actual contact play begins.


Gob B is the inspiration on this roster and is solely responsible for ensuring the success of the BIG Gaming team. He does not always have an impact with the firepower, but he is seen to be extremely aggressive on eco rounds. Most of his frags are usually eco frags with the SMG weapons. His positioning in key rounds is such that he can have knowledge of the opponents’ whereabouts and take mid-round calls accordingly. The player has shown himself to be capable of ensuring strong success on multiple fronts. He commands the respect of the players and it is instilled out of admiration for his performance and his attitude with the rest of the team.


There are many veterans on the BIG Gaming roster such as Tizian and Tabsen. The skill ceiling of these players is exceptionally high and we have seen them practice certain positions and shots to suit their muscle memory. They can ensure decent positions and multiple frags in a round depending on their movement across and around smoke grenades. Playing intelligently; they often ensure better performance and results than the other teams in a similar situation.

However, one of the most impactful players on the team remains their primary AWP player Smooya. The player has shown himself capable of handling himself in high-pressure situations. He can ensure very strong performances on multiple occasions. The team’s results are often in sync with Smooya’s overall performance in the match. Gob B allows him the freedom to make plays on his own. If he is successful, Smooya goes for more aggressive plays. He can often turn the outcome of the round on his own by racking up several important kills for the team.

Complexity


Complexity Roster:

  • Rory “dephh” Jackson
  • Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz
  • Shahzeeb “ShahZaM” Khan
  • Ricky “Rickeh” Mulholland
  • Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert ( stand-in)

The Complexity Roster looks like a Tier two team on paper. They do have n0thing on their team and that is a significant addition to the roster [ he is still a stand-in ]. However, the rest of the team, despite their skill is at best a Tier two team. However, we have seen this ‘Tier two’ team cause huge upsets in the pat. They reached high in the FaceIT London Major, despite not being in a favourable situation in their matches. The team relies on Stanislaw, one of the best In Game Leader that North America has to offer.


Stanislaw’s leadership presents the biggest advantage that Complexity has in this match. The North American side is not really a contender for this tournament and is probably the worst team in the tournament. Complexity’s fortunes rely on their ability to surprise their opponents and win this match. They have Shahzam who was once the best AWPer in North America. However, the player has not been in excellent form for quite sometime. It might have to do with the remainder of the team not giving him the same amount of space as he needs. Or it might just be that he has just lost touch with his form. Either ways, the key to Complexity’s success and their chances of securing a win at this tournament remain in the hands of Shahzam.


He has developed a very passive style of AWPing of late. The passive style is fine, however, unless he changes his angles and understands the dangers of his positioning, he will remain under threat. N0thing will need to ensure some really out of the ordinary performances in order to uplift the team’s results. However, despite N0thing putting up big results, we don’t expect Complexity to post a real threat to the likes of Cloud9 / Faze Clan in this tournament.

Prediction :

The two teams are the weakest teams in the event and they are up against two heavy-weight teams in the tournament. Whoever wins this match will go up against the winner of the other match between Faze Clan and Cloud9. Despite the strength of the two teams on paper, there is no clear cut winner in this particular tournament. Faze Clah has made roster changes and they did not have a significant impact during IBuyPower Masters IV.

This particular match between BIG Gaming and Complexity will come down to the performances of individual players. On BIG Gaming; Smooya forms the most important asset on the roster. His AWP performance can make or break the entire round and it can result in the team’s confidence going up or down. The team has provided us with quality Counter-Strike in the past and it has come on the backs of Smooya and excellent performances by the other members on the roster.

Their opponents, Complexity Gaming is a roster that is playing with a stand-in. Ofcourse this move seems to be a placeholder, at least until the actual roster changes start after the Major. We are also seeing Tarik sit out the current period in an attempt to form a stronger team post-IEM Katowice 2019 Major. Complexity Gaming’s performance has not really been exemplary so far, and we think that they should not really have a decent chance in this match-up. They will not be able to match-up to BIG Gaming’s strategic approach. Despite having Stanislaw on the team, the stand-in will affect their overall gameplay and communication on the team. As such, we recommend a bet on BIG Gaming for this match.

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FlipSid3 (F3) vs. Misfits CSGO 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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FlipSid3

  • markeloff, wayLander, B1ad3, WorldEdit, seized

To be honest, there isn’t much to say about FlipSid3. Their last played game was a few months ago during the ESEA MDL Regular Season. Since then, there has been zero activity from the CIS side.

There’s one thing to note though: FlipSid3 always make it out of the qualifier/initial stage of every major. They’ve made an appearance at every major since the CIS lineup was signed by FlipSid3, and have made the playoffs once in all their appearances. Even without a star player like electronic, they have been able to compete against teams who have been predicted to blow them out of the major with a 0-3/winless record.

B1ad3’s style is very structured and tactical based, playing the map slow and waiting for their enemies to make mistakes before following through with an execution. The primary stars will be WorldEdit, who can be a hit or miss, and seized. Seized himself is a huge question mark, having been on a downward spiral in performance ever since taking the IGL reign on Natus Vincere. Now will be his time to shine, as he will be thrust into electronic’s old position: the star player of FlipSid3.

Arguably, out of all the teams here, FlipSid3’s firepower is one of the weakest, but it’s made up by tactical structure and individual performances on certain rounds. That being said, when it’s the major, it’s like they’re on a whole new level. That is why FlipSid3 are always known as the dark horse of the CS:GO major.

 

Misfits

  • AmaNek, devoduvek, ShahZaM, seangares (sg@res), SicK

Misfits surprised everyone at the ESL Pro League, defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, and HellRaisers on their way to a semifinalist finishing. With the reign of seangares, Misfits have found the potential that was originally expected from them finally. Now, with the current shifting landscape of NA, they have cemented themselves as a top 3 North American squad in the region.

Misfits sport a very unique map pool, favoring de_cache and de_overpass as their best maps.  Before their loss on Liquid at the iBP Masters, Misfits had been on a long winning streak on de_cache itself. Seangares, like many tactical-heavy in-game leaders, runs a very structure and execute based team, relying on the power of AmaNek, SicK, and ShahZaM to open up bombsites in the confusion of smokes and flashbangs. On the other hand, devoduvek plays a lurk and support role on the offense and defense, usually pairing up with his fellow countryman (AmaNek) and working as a tag team duo.

Misfits’ firepower is finally showing, and finishes at the North American Minor and ESL Pro League LAN Finals show just that. The next obstacle will be this major, where seangares’ strats will be put the test against aim-heavy squadrons like FaZe, G2, Natus Vincere, and further. While seangares himself has found it easier to play better against the Europeans, those words may be bitten by their enigmatic opponent in FlipSid3.

Misfits are not to be overlooked, as they are a dangerous team who can show any team up on any day. Slip up on the map veto, and you’ll be playing against the dungeon master on their best map.

Prediction