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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.

Astralis vs Mousesports : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Mousesports

Astralis

Astralis quickly picked up where they left off with Magisk (credit: StarLadder)

Astralis Roster :

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • MagisK
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster has not looked at their strongest self so far at IEM Chicago 2018. The team which was once considered unbeatable due to their dominance on the map is now facing a situation where they might be losing a lot of their lustre. During the FaceiT London Major, Astralis had a plan and they executed it to perfection. However, since then, Valve has made changes to the playstyle and the general economy of the game. This includes more money to the CT sides, providing an opportunity for teams to keep buying into the third round as well.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1 (Credit: Redbull)

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Overall, Astralis is a very well-rounded team, one that is capable of making excellent performances throughout the tournament. However, as we look into the team’s performance in the future we will see how they can keep up with all the new teams that try their best to counter them.

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • ChrisJ
  • Sunny
  • Styko
  • Oskar
  • Ropz

The Mousesports roster recently made some changes to their team. They decided to get rid of Snax and get back Styko on their roster. This move is excellent cause they were one of the best teams with Styko on their team. But they decided, for whatever reason, to get Snax onto their team. The team’s performance since the addition of Styko has been somewhat better than their performance with Snax.

Styko’s performance on this team will be crucial to the team’s overall performance. The team’s performance has definitely improved in the past few weeks. With Styko on this team, they have a much better chemistry with the old player back on the team. The playstyle that the players adopt with Styko back on the roster plays to their strengths. They don’t have to cater to Snax’s ego anymore and we see how that has affected their performance.

Overall, we will see Ropz also play a crucial role int he team’s future. He was a bright player who got onto the team from the FaceIT Pro League. His high level of skill is the reason why he is so consistent despite not playing at his peak level. The young player learns a lot from the other players on the roster such as ChrisJ and Oskar. They will be very useful in guiding the young player in nurturing his talent and enabling the way he behaves on the roster.

The X-factor on the team remains Oskar. He has been indefinitely consistent and yet he has been able to put up big numbers on the team. His ability to constantly be near the top of the scoreboard irrespective of his opponents is what makes him a staple feature on this team. He has excellent aim and while his temperament might not be the best in all times, we can see how he is crucial to the team’s overall results.

So far, Mousesports do look quite strong and they are definitely a team that can possibly defeat the likes of Astralis.  

Prediction:

Astralis is looking decent, but they are definitely not unbeatable as they were a few months ago. The Danish roster looks very vulnerable right now, especially after the drudging they got from Faze Clan. The Astralis roster is a team that has been near the top of the scene for so long. As such other teams can easily understand their gameplay and how to counter them. Despite this, the Astrlias roster still has a very good skill-ceiling when it comes to their talent.

The Mousesports roster is on an upward trajectory. They are definitely improving when it comes to their performance with Styko. This is mostly due to the comfort that the players feel with Styko on the roster. This current batch of players has little to no ego, and they understand the way the others on the teams think. Mousesports is also looking to make sure that they make big results with this current roster. If they succeed with this roster, it would only make them stronger when it comes to the future with the roster. It would instil confidence in the team’s management when it comes to this roster.

For now, we recommend a low bet on Mousesports. Not only do they have better odds but they can also have a decent chance of winning this match.

Mousesports vs BIG Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast
  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Mousesports vs BIG Gaming

Mousesports

Mousesports Roster:

  • Styko
  • ChrisJ
  • Sunny
  • Oskar
  • Ropz

Mousesports remains a team that is slowly rebuilding this team. They did make the mistake of adding Snax to the roster despite having a relatively successful team with Styko. The team with Styko had achieved a lot of success and were constantly playing in the playoffs and sometimes in the Grand finals of tournaments. On paper, Snax is a much better player than Styko, however, the reality was quite different than expected. Snax did not find a proper fit with the team and he is now a free agent.

The Mousesports team is now a part of its old roster and it is already looking quite good. The team’s preparation has been much better with results already showing on the International stage. However, the hiatus from the team meant that the team is not yet fully in synergy despite Styko being on their team right now.

ChrisJ is the glue that holds this team together. Formerly the star on the roster, ChrisJ has allowed other players to take the spotlight on the team. His ability to take the back seat allowing for new, often younger players take the lead is truly inspirational. ChrisJ is also performing really well with the AWP. He is extremely potent with the AWP and can often play aggressively as well.

In addition to the Captain, this team relies on Sunny to put up strong performances. He might not have the most amenable attitude when it comes to being on a team, however, there is no doubt about his talent. His positioning and the mental fortitude while making strong plays is unparalleled. The team relies on Sunny to consistently put up decent numbers and he does not disappoint. Sunny’s performance definitely is one that does remain extremely consistent and then he has peaked in his performance which truly makes him a strong player.

Overall Mousepsorts also has the likes of Ropz and Oskar who put up the big numbers on a repetitive nature. The team is extremely fortunate to have such players of talent and little to no ego. As such they are able to adjust their gameplay according to what they want. Mousesports’ current set of results, however, is not their best and they definitely are looking forth to improving their results. IEM Chicago will be a good test for the team as it looks to rebuild their past success.

BIG Gaming.

BIG Gaming Roster:

  • Tabsen
  • Tizian
  • Smooya
  • Gob B
  • Nex

BIG Gaming is a very tactical team under the leadership of Gob B. The man himself is a legend in Counter-Strike and is considered an inspiration for new IGLs. He understands his team better than anyone else and customises the strategies depending on the team’s playstyle. This is why BIG Gaming looks so comfortable in their gameplay right now.

The team has made a name for itself with the efficient use of grenades. This ensures that they soften up the enemy or puts them out of position much before the team fights actually start. As such, it becomes much easier for the team to potentially win the round. However, no amount of tactics or strategy would help them reach their current level in Counter-Strike if they did not have the firepower to go along with it. The likes of Smooya, Tizian and Tabsen have been able to enable the team to make strong plays in their recent tournaments.

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The individual level of Smooya remains a very strong point for BIG Gaming. But as we see with several talented players, Smooya is not always able to maintain the same level of consistency. Being a very momentum based player, it is not rare to see Smooya severely underperforming on the team. His ability to pull off amazing shots is often directly related to the prior performance of the player. It is not rare to see Smooya shouting on stage and being extremely excited about the team’s prospects.

However, BIG also rely on Tizian and Tabsen to keep performing at their level. It is not rare to see Tabsen put up as the best player on the server. However, he does not really have ‘bad’ days as he is always very consistent with the game. The players’ synergy is what determines how strong their store is. There have been reports of Smooya possibly leaving BIG Gaming for another organisation. However, until now, they have been woefully inaccurate and Smooya has remained on this team for now. This also means that the team believes in its ability to put up challenges to the best teams in the world. IT is not without reason as we see BIG Gaming constantly putting up good numbers against the top teams. Their win against Na’Vi definitely serves as an inspiration to the other players on the team. It will also make Smooya full of confidence which is what will make this team a strong force at IEM Chicago.

Prediction :

BIG Gaming will play against Mousesports for the lower bracket round 2 matches. The two teams are extremely even, especially as saw BIG Gaming pull off that win against Natus Vincere. The German team definitely has proven itself on the big stage repeatedly. The team’s performance in this tournament will be very crucial to determine their place on the International stage.

Their opponents, Mousepsorts, on the other hand, need this tournament to start producing results. The team is definitely looking much better than their time with Snax. Currently, Mouseposrts does have a decent chance but they have not had the most time to practice together with Styko. AS such as we recommend a low bet on BIG Gaming.