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Cloud9 (C9) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • tarik
  • RUSH
  • Skadoodle
  • valens (coach)

For a preview of Cloud9 before this event, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

Cloud9 at the cs_summit LAN have had two convincing best of 3s against Team Liquid and Heroic. While they are not necessarily at the caliber of Cloud9 yet, these wins solidify C9’s ranking at this event and from the previous major.

During the bo3s, Cloud9 played with no absolute care in the world. What’s more important is that even though Cloud9 lost most pistol rounds, they converted the majority of their force buys and clutch rounds, which is the reason they were able to defeat Heroic and Team Liquid so handily. Breaking the opponent’s economy and morale are very important psychological factors to winning, as this can demoralize an unprepared team very easily.

tarik and co. manhandled their opponents with relative ease at cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

The question will be against SK Gaming, who they’ve had mixed results with when playing against SK at full strength. Generally, SK Gaming are the favorites here, but recent events may just turn the tide for Cloud9 against SK Gaming. Of course, most people still remember the shroud and n0thing C9 who defeated this SK Gaming lineup (w/o boltz) and the ESL Pro League Finals, but that is from a time that has long passed.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

SK Gaming were marred by the roster lock troubles at the major, but were able to secure a semifinalist finishing with the help of ex-member felps. Before, they were practicing with boltz, and ended up continuing their dynasty under a newly reformed roster.  Considering recent form with boltz and their win against FaZe in the latest ESL Pro League Finals, there’s no doubting that with this lineup, SK Gaming are the best in the world (currently). Cloud9 are on the rise, but an asterisk remains, for they have yet to face a strengthened SK Gaming.

The Librarian almost had his library disrupted by the roar of the North (Beyond the Summit)

SK’s cs_summit 2 run has very little to say apart from their bo3 against North. Against North, it was an uphill struggle, as a massive performance by valde kept both maps close. In the end, it was SK Gaming taking it 2-0 on de_inferno and de_cobblestone 22-20 and 16-13. Of course, this can be attributed to SK Gaming shaking off the rust and FalleN having the inability to read into this newly formed North lineup. Yet, they might want to stop having to rely on FalleN’s clutch entries and openings with the AWP if they want to beat Cloud9 handily.

SK, as usual, prefer to rely on fer’s relentless and hard-to-counter aggression, whereas TACO generally plays bait and opens up avenues for boltz/FalleN/coldzera to trade. In reality, apart from boltz’ lurking, each SK player “share” all other roles in retrospect, and this makes them a very dangerous team. Their chemistry and synergy together is on another level, and it’s what makes them one of the hardest teams to beat. A team can predict their plays, their strats, and each player’s tendencies, but their skill and teamwork together is unparalleled to many others. That is why SK Gaming is one of the best teams in the world.

 

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Dreamhack Malmö 2017 Betting Analysis: SK vs. Cloud9 Preview, Odds, Predictions

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Tournament Introduction:

Dreamhack Malmö is the most anticipated event of 2017 apart from the ELEAGUE and PGL Majors. The first “major” tournament to take place after the great continental roster shuffle of 2017, many new look teams will be looking to claim the title and stand out as the winners of the shuffle. Of the 16 teams, 8 have made at least one roster change to their 5 man lineup, which may set a record for the most amount of new rosters at a premier CS:GO tournament. Regardless of whether it was a potential major winner or a leftover team, everyone faced imminent danger of roster changes, but the tide has calmed. Now the big test begins for these new teams as they tread into familiar waters.

Let’s get straight into the betting analysis! Here in this post you will find our betting analysis of each team, our prediction of how the match will go, and the odds and extra information you need to know about each team!

Broadcast talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Analysts:
    • Serbia YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Australia SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • Norway vENdetta (Halvor Gulestøl)
    • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
  • Remote Commentators:
    • United Kingdom Vince (Vince Hill)
    • USA dusT (Dustin Mouret)

(credit to Liquipedia for this information)

Format

  • Group stage
    • Four groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 (opening match and group stage winner match) Bo3 (loser elimination match and group stage decider)
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket starting with quarterfinals
    • Bo3 matches

(credit to Liquipedia for this information)

 

SK Gaming Betting Preview and Analysis

SK Gaming come fresh into this tournament after a few online matches in the ESL Pro League and a disappointing finish at the PGL Major. In their defense, they did face the other potential major champion in the quarterfinals–the Danish team Astralis. When those two face, it’s an honest tossup.

Even with SK Gaming’s misstep at the major, they still remain a force to be reckoned with as the best team in the world (as of current). The reason for their loss to Astralis was FalleN being shut down in the AWPer battle by device, and the fact that gla1ve’s reads with man advantages kept shutting down the SK defenses–regardless of the skill of SK’s players.

Let’s face it, regardless of their recent results SK Gaming is the best team in the world. coldzera and fer are a dangerous duo that you can expect to deliver day and night. TACO and FalleN perform well in their roles and FalleN’s leading is impeccable–to which only karrigan of FaZe and gla1ve of Astralis can rival. Felps, the x-factor, continues to perform in his heavy-aggro playstyle that carries a high risk and reward.

Their first match against B.O.O.T-dS went as expected, with the Brazilians crushing them swiftly to a 16-2 victory in dominant fashion. There’s nothing to really take away from that match, as the Singaporeans were miles below reaching the caliber of the Brazilians. What we can conclude from the match, though, is that all players of SK–especially coldzera–are fired up and ready to go.

When they faced North, SK Gaming came hot red out of the gates with a quick and swift win on de_cobblestone, which is North’s traditional map pick. Then, on SK’s map pick, North served a hot and steamy pile of SK Gaming players, obliterating SK’s strength of the T side on de_train. As I only caught the last map (de_inferno), I noticed that SK Gaming lost by giving too much map control and whiffing on advantageous peeks and setups.

For example, fer whiffed two flashes through the smoke on fully blind North players, or SK were very unlucky with the timing/got eco’d. Although, that doesn’t mean North won based off luck. MSL’s reads and understanding of where to put players on CT and T side was credential in their win versus SK. Though, you can’t help and feel that SK Gaming did have an off day.

 

 

Cloud9 Betting Preview and Analysis

Cloud9 made one of the hugest roster moves in the CS:GO off season, swapping n0thing and shroud out for tarik and RUSH. What this brings to the table is swapping out two passive players and obtaining an aggressive entry fragging duo. This allows not only for more aggressive players in Cloud9, but it allows Stewie/autimatic to stay alive longer in the rounds and to fulfill the lurk role shroud left behind. In addition, this removes Stewie from being the only aggressive player on this team, which leads to him dying in early rounds quite often.

Their play in the online ESL New York qualifiers was pretty shaky. While their CT sides were massive and allotted them the majority of their rounds, their T rounds were very shaky against lower tier opposition. Even in ESL Pro League, with shroud standing in for autimatic, they failed to make impact against CLG, choking an 11-4 CT lead on the 2nd best of 1 for the night. With their full lineup, it was the same case against NRG (with CeRq) on de_mirage, where they only nabbed 4 T rounds the entire half.

I think Stewie is still trying to get a feel for the team. He’s trying to analyze how to play RUSH and tarik on T sides, but he’s got the CT side on lock-down. Skadoodle can hold passive angles with the AWP, RUSH and tarik both can play uncomfortable positions and trade for multi-kill frags, and autimatic and Stewie can just do their own thing. Right now, this C9 roster has potential to be a top 5 team, they just need time to iron out the team.

The game versus North was heavy on Cloud9’s T side. They needed to win the pistol and convert big on the economical aspect. C9 were basically playing an NiP-esque pug, so they’re heavily relying on RUSH and tarik (and depending, Stewie) to open up bombsites. When they get the bombsite, then raises the question of how they’ll play the retake against a cohesive North: will they get caught out individually, or will they be able to peek off each other?

On North’s side, they had a hot and fiery valde coming into this. With all chips on the table, tarik failed as a leader to counter the CT setups of MSL. To be honest, it felt like Cloud9 were focusing too hard on brute forcing, rather than trying to force the nades out of North and executing once they had the grenade advantage.

There’s nothing to take away from BOOT-dS’ game. They read BOOT like a book, analyzing that they would constantly hit A site and proceeded to stack it. Just another dominant CT side from C9, to be honest.

Still the huge question mark remains: Should Stewie have remained the IGL for the team? With tarik, it seems like they hit a brick wall. Maybe the time he IGL’d on OpTic was a one hit wonder? Who knows, but it clearly isn’t working right now.

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