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Team Envy vs Team One : Esports Betting Analysis @ Americas Minor Championship – Katowice 2019

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Introduction

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 Americas Minor will see several well-known players in contention. As we head into the Minors, every match assumes significance. Each minor has only eight teams in attendance. The top two teams from the Minor will advance to the Katowice Major. One team from each minor [ the third-place team] will move to the 3rd Place Play-in stage.

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)

Team Envy

Roster:

  • Tayler “Drone” Johnson
  • Stephen “reltuC” Cutler
  • Noah “Nifty” Francis
  • Josh “jdm64” Marzano
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen [ Loan ].

Team Envy’s roster has made a recent change when they brought in Karrigan from Faze Clan [ technically he was already on the bench]. The organisation has a rich history in CS: GO and was even the winner of the Dreamhack Winter 2014 Major. However, their current roster wears a very different look and will see the North American players attempting to secure a place at the upcoming Major.

The Envy roster has several talented players from the North American scene. Players like reltuC and JDM have proven track records of being in the best teams in North America. Cutler has been in CLG for a long time and together with his teammates, he was one of the most influential players in the North American region. The player has great synergy with the rest of the teammates and works towards ensuring that the team puts forth the best results. However, it does mean that his individual performance at times, suffers from this attitude. But he is a great influence on the overall team chemistry and coordination.

They also have JDM on the roster, who was known as the best AWP player in North America for a long time. JDM has the ability to constantly hold down certain areas of the map. However, we have also seen him take an aggressive course of action when required by the rest of the team. JDM has since lost his peak performance and is not as impactful as he was before. However, he remains a very skilled player and his experience will come in handy for the team going forward in the tournament.

Team Envy has a mixture of talent as well as firepower. With Drone, Nifty they have the necessary firepower. They are counting on JDM to show up in a big way. The team’s fortunes are directly related to the AWPers capability to get some frags done. The team has an overall good vibe around it, and they need to bring up their individual performances to match their potential.

karrigan carried his troops, once again (StarLadder)

With Karrigan’s addition to the team, we have a great in-game leader. There is little to no doubt that the Envy organisation will be working with karrigan in order to help develop the current roster. If that is not possible, then we might see changes for the team in the time post the major [ or minor itself]. If Karrigan can outmanoeuvre his opponents, then we will see Envy come out on top of the entire concept with a very strong performance overall. This match is important for the team since it could mean the difference between an elimination match or a qualification match in the next match.

Team One

Roster:

  • Pedro “Maluk3” Campos
  • Victor “iDk” Torraca
  • Alencar “trk” Rossato
  • Nicolás “NikoM” Miozzi
  • Bruno “bit” Lima

The Brazillian squad does not have a very experienced roster. TThe roster is not new and they have had a few weeks of playtime together. However, they have a lot of experience on this roster. Despite the experience, the roster cannot really boast of significant results. They did not move past the Group stage in the recent StarSeries & i-League CS: GO Season 7 – North American Qualifier. They lost 1:2 to Complexity Gaming. However, it is not just this qualifier that presents a grim picture for the Brazilian squad. Over the last few months, their performance has deteriorated with time.

It was the same story in the tournament before that [ the Americas Minor Championship – Katowice 2019: North American Closed Qualifier]. This team’s structure definitely gives us an idea of how they came into existence. The team’s core and the most important player on the team is Pedro “Maluk3” Campos. The 28-year-old player has been with the organisation since 2015 and has been crucial in helping the team develop its identity and composition. The AWPer is crucial to the team’s performance. His individual rating over the years, at least in the ESEA Rank-S, has seen a small decline. The player is not at the same level as his peak performance a few years ago.

The remainder of the team is relatively new, but they are definitely making an attempt to make their presence felt in the CS: GO scene. Team One might not have many accolades to their name, however, they do have the firepower on the team. They can put up strong performances on good days, however, those have been rare to come across for most of the roster in the past few weeks.

The latest addition to the team is ‘bit’ who is also the In-Game Leader for the team. He requires a team to help the team understand his vision and his playstyle. While the roster might not be the most talented in the world, they will look to manage their advantage via their tactics and strategy.

Prediction:

On paper and in terms of form, there is no doubt that Team Envy is the superior team coming into this match. This will provide them with an opportunity to ensure they have the correct synergy and coordination as is required on the team. Team Envy is a relatively new playstyle with Karrigan on the team. There is no doubt that the organisation wants to help build this team into one of the premier North American team in the region. They will want to ensure that Team Envy is a regular attendee at the CS: GO Majors.

However, for now, Karrigan is tasked with the job of ensuring good performance for the team leading up to the Major. The first course of action, is ofcourse, to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 CS: GO Major. There is little doubt that Team One is not up to the task when it comes to this match. They do not have recent performance and results in order to properly compete and have a say in this match.

We recommend a large bet on Team Envy for this match. They should not lose this match, save for some drastic mishap on their roster in terms of communication or team synergy. They might be a very new roster and playstyle with the recent change and addition of Karrigan, however, their individual skill level is at a different level compared to Team One.

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

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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.

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