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BIG Gaming vs Natus Vincere: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

BIG Gaming

BIG gaming Roster:

  • Gob B
  • Smooya
  • Tabsen
  • Tizian
  • Nex

For BIG Gaming, making it to the New Champions stage [ the playoffs] is a big feat. The team recently won the ESL One Cologne 2018 and for the stability on their roster, this current lineup needs to stay together. They have a steady mixture of new talent, some experienced heavy hitters in Tabsen and Tizian. With Gob B at the helm of their team, they lack nothing when it comes to their leadership abilities. Over the past few weeks, we have seen BIG put up strong performances thanks to their ability to understand their opponents. The team’s performance definitely has improved significantly and we see them building a loyal fan base.

Smooya needs to have consistent performances for the team to perform well at the FaceIT Major

However, Smooya has not been consistent from ESL one Cologne to the Major. His performance needs to improve dramatically if BIG is to maintain their standing at the highest level. Smooya is a player heavily dependent on his confidence and he needs momentum to get going. Without the momentum, we would often see him take on a very passive role within the team. This is exactly opposite of what he is most well known for and it hurts the team knowing he is not playing with full confidence. When Smooya starts hitting shots, however, he is always aggressive; taking peaks and winning the duels. His positioning is heavily dependent on his team’s position and he has a place to fall back on if things go wrong.

Tabsen and Tizian have been in tremendous form so far. They have practised on several maps like Overpass and Train and wee saw their performance on Overpass being above the Main Major average. They have practised shots, stuff like pre0aiming at an angle while not exposing yourself to too much risk. It was a great clip on Overpass which allowed BIG gaming to ensure a successful start to their match.

BIG rely heavily on their smokes and their executions to be successful. They have the talent and the coordination required to carry out an execution with as little resources as is available to them. The performance of the team, however, depends on the hitters on the roster. With consistency issues on the team, they will be hard-pressed to provide an adequate response to Na’Vi, one of the best teams in the world right now.

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Flamie
  • Zeus
  • Flamie

The Natus Vincere team has always been amongst the top teams in Counter-Strike. Throughout history, they always have a different gameplay than the rest of the world. And true to their nature, this current version relies heavily on force buys. However, unlike most force buys, Na’Vi seems to make their force buys work. They have an extraordinarily high percentage of force buys conversions into won rounds.

The World’s bet player: S1mple

Na’Vi has two of the world’s best players on their roster. S1mple and Electronic form a very young and skilful pair in Counter-Strike. Indeed, Electronic was so good that there were talks of him being S1mples alternate account for a long time. S1mple has long been considered to be a top player in the world. But his personal attitude and his temperament definitely needed some work. He relied too much on his individual skill and less on the team. But with Na’Vi he has changed a lot for the better. He is more of a team player right now with exceptional positioning and even better communication. On his new roster, S1mple has gained a lot of insight as a player, something which he has not been able to do before. He has a very high skill ceiling which allows him to make almost impossible plays possible. He usually has upwards of 30 frags on every map, something which makes him a runaway hit with his fans. S1mple is the MVP on this team and they have used him as such in most of their matches. But they have also made sure to check whether he does not get carried away with his superstar status. They allow him his freedom but he does not always get the preferential treatment on the team. This is great synergy and mindset development by the players on Natus Vincere.

Electronic has been the welcome new addition to the Na’Vi CSGO team

Electronic is a late pickup for the team and he has already proven to be one of the best players in the world. His raw aim and skill make him a must pick for any team. He has the ability to understand the situation and can hit headshots even when we cannot see the heads. He often pre-aims at a point and gets a better reaction time than his opponents. Ofcourse this makes him a talented player and we wish to see more of this young player in Na’Vi’s future matches.

Can Zeus lead another CSGO team to a Major victory?

However, Na’Vi’s playstyle is determined by Zeus and Kane, the two members who put forth Gambit into winning the PGL Krakow Major. The performance of this duo has enabled Na’Vi into becoming a top-tier team once more. Na’Vi’s success does depend on Zeus’ mid-round calls and his ability to understand Gob B. If Zeus and Kane can truly understand Gob B’s gameplan, this would be a walk in the park for them. However, there is also a chance that they overestimate Gob B and walk right into the BIG Trap. This would be detrimental at this level. A second of extra reaction time can often mean the biggest difference between around, a game and the series. Na’Vi does look very strong at the Major and they have a realistic chance of making it to the Top 2.

Prediction:

While BIG’s strategy is their key aspect, they are up against Na’Vi. With Zeus and Kane behind the team, the gap in strategy is not that ‘Big’ between the two teams. Na’Vi also has the added advantage of having two of the world’s best players on their roster. S1mple and Electronic are definitely two players who have nothing left to prove on the International stage. These two players combined with the obvious experience and talent on the roster make Na’Vi one of the strongest teams at the tournament.

BIG will need every player to start performing if they are to have a dream of going deep at the Major. It is certainly something achievable for the German team as they have proven in the past [ ESL One Cologne 2018]. But without Smooya’s consistency at this tournament, things seem to be quite rough for the team. They need the confidence and the preparedness of going against one of the best teams in the world right now.

We recommend a bet on Na’Vi for this match. They have the tactics, the firepower as well as experience all going in their favour.

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BIG gaming vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Faze Clan

Faze Clan roster:

 

  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Karrigan
  • Guardian
  • Olofmeister

The Faze Clan is back to playing on its full roster. The performance of the even without Olofmeister was still worthy of a top-class team. They played with several stand-ins during this time and still came out with a few trophies.

But the core of the roster has remained constant throughout the past few months. This is what enables the team to form its tactics and still be effective on them. When Olofmeister returned to the active roster recently, there were doubts about his form and whether he would be able to fit into the team again. But Olofmeister was spectacular with his individual performance. When a player of Olofmeister’s calibre is on the lurk, it is impossible for the enemy to avoid him. They need a plan to deal with the lurker, or else they will have big problems.

There is lack of talent on the Faze Clan roster. The team has some of the best talents from other teams. The likes of Guardian, Karrigan and Niuko definitely make this team one to be feared. Guardian has found his form in recent weeks but he has not been lights out blazing as he was during his peak on Na’Vi. Regardless Guardian’s form and consistency are crucial for the team’s potential success. He is not supposed to be the star on this roster.

Speaking of stars, Niko is easily within the top 3 players in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The player’s aim and his understanding of the game require no introduction. He has the best game sense and is extremely skilled with a very high skill ceiling. Niko’s position on the team, however, is only possible due to the space and the support of his teammates. This team, regardless of how diverse it looks on paper just works. Karrigan is probably the only leader who can actually keep such big superstars together.

Karrigan is one of the few IGLs who can hold such a star studded team together

Being on a previous top team such as Dignitas, Karrigan has the right mentality and attitude to keep big egos together. He has been able to guide this team to success. They did not win the Eleague Boston Major, but this is their best chance to win a Counterstrike Global Offensive Major.  

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming roster:

  • Gob B
  • Tabsen
  • Nex
  • Tizian
  • Smooya

BIG Gaming somehow just pops up during CS: GO Majors. The team led by Gob B has one of the best Grenade usages in all of. They are very well trained by their IGL as well as coach on how and when to use the grenades. We have not seen the same level of grenade usage even from the best team in the world, Astralis.

But BIG Gaming does have a problem and that is ensuring a consistent level of skill on the roster. The likes of Tizian and Tabsen definitely have the talent required to make BIG a top-level team once more. However, they have not been consistent in their performances and that affects BIG’s standings. They recently won ESL One Cologne 2018, a home match for the team. It was one of the first time that the Cologne crowd had a home team to cheer for.

Gob B has always been a great leader, one who can help his team get into an advantageous situation irrespective of their individual skill level. He puts in a lot of hours in reviewing other teams and he always has a strategy on how to counter them. We have seen BIG gaming win eco rounds or rounds with lesser weaponry on a consistent basis. Most of it is due to their grenade usage and some really good individual calls by Gob B.

But that is not to say that the BIG Gaming roster does not have talent. They have some really talented individuals in the form of Tizian and Tabsen. The two have been excellent so far at the Major and are really responsible for multiple kills in crucial rounds. Without the performance of these two players, BIG would not have been able to reach the stage that they are at now.

But it is Smooya who forms the biggest concern for the team. The best UK AWPer who shone during ESL One Cologne has been visibly absent during the major. His lack of performance has not gone unnoticed since even Gob B has been handing him the rifle. Smooya needs to be back in form if BIG Gaming is to proceed further into the Champions stage.

Prediction

The two teams present really diverse playstyles. Faze Clan is a team that does not have very deep strategies but it is covered thanks to their amazing individual skill. The Faze Clan is obviously the better team mainly because they have proven themselves over the last few months. The Faze Clan is so strong that even without a core member of their roster they still won several tournaments and stayed relevant. For any other team, this would have been an uphill task.

BIG Gaming is a team that comes into prominence only after several months. The team did win ESL One cologne, but that was on the back of Smooya having a really good tournament. And frankly, he does not look at the same level during FaceiT Major. For Smooya, this is a home match, since he hails from Great Britain too, but he needs to step up his performance if BIG is to have a chance at winning and moving forth.

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