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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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AGO Gaming vs. BIG CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis WESG 2017

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Introduction

Esports Betting players will have a field day at WESG’s 2017 Global LAN Finals. The World Electronic Sports Games 2017 is a continuation of last year’s finals, where organizers AliSports and ImbaTV hosted tournaments across multiple esports titles with spectacular prize pools. With patriotism and nationality pride on the line, many countries travel across to China in hopes of taking home a significant result to their country, as the whole purpose of WESG is to have “national team” competitions against one another.

Because of this, all the teams represent one single nationality. Last year, it was the French side of EnVyUs that won in the grand finals over Team Kinguin to take home the $800,000 grand prize. And, once again, that same prize will be part of the golden pot of $1,500,000 USD; teams placing as quarterfinalists or above will be taking home $10,000 at the minimum placing.

While last year’s national competition for Counter-Strike’s esports scene did not feature many top teams, there are a lot of top tier esports squads to bet on for this year. Reigning champions Team EnVyUs return with an altered lineup (kioshiMa standing in for ScreaM due to nationality rules), and recent and former champions fnatic, SK Gaming, and Cloud9 look to battle their way to take home the lion’s share.

Of course, they’ll be subject to fierce competition, as teams across South America, North America, Canada, Europe, CIS, Asia, Oceania, and more have come this far; these teams will be giving it their all to fight their way to the bitter end. Anything can happen, but there are sure to be sheer favorites and complete underdogs. But, at an intercontinental LAN like this with many group stages and matches to played, anyone can go home disappointed. Because of the plentiful amount of matches, esports bettors will surely be betting on a lot of the matches at WESG!

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast
Chinese Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage 1:
    • Eight Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to Group Stage 2
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo1
  • Group Stage 2:
    • Four Double Round-Robin format groups (4 teams each)
    • Top two team in each group advance to the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
    • All the matches are Bo2
  • Playoffs:
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches are Bo3
    • 3rd place decider for semi-finalists

Credit to Liquipedia

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Poland AGO Gaming (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Poland Furlan
  • Poland snatchie
  • Poland TOAO
  • Poland phr
  • Poland GruBy
  • Poland miNIr0x (coach)

AGO Gaming are a team that are on the cusp of being able to compete with the best of Europe. It’s only evident with the firepower on this lineup, especially with players like Furlan, snatchie, and GruBy.

TOAO is the IGL of this lineup, with anyone being able to play entry. snatchie’s AWP prowess is undeniable, but mystical pieces like the support of phr, GruBy’s lurking and map control, and Furlan’s anchor and clutches are the key to this AGO lineup. AGO have also gained a reputation for their anti-ecos and their ability to come back from man-deficits, which can be pulled by the string of luck (and skill). While being able to function individually at a high level, they can also perform dangerously when they’re together as a unit, taking map control and bombsites aggressively.

 

Furlan’s project with AGO Gaming is bearing fruit (WESG)

Though, their firepower and brute force can be the end of them, as their tactical depth and individual play making can lead to lost causes without an ability to trade. Countless amount of times, AGO try to make it work with the deagles/pistols or a brute force rush, which doesn’t work against high tier teams (e.g. their match vs. GODSENT at WESG). More of, their main problem is being unable to make intelligent mid round calls or knowing how to read their enemies’ setups for CT/T. At times, they rely too heavily on individual prowess and playmaking, and it’s heavily reflected in their CT setups and T strategies.

Albeit, they’ve been on a tear, having played in the ECS qualifiers and also winning the Play2Live Crypto Masters against Space Soldiers, which is no small feat. This team is one for the future.

 Germany BIG (powered by EsportsBet)

 

  • Germany gob b
  • Germany tabseN
  • Germany nex
  • Germany tiziaN
  • Germany luckeRRR
  • Germany LEGIJA (coach)
  • Austria kakafu (analyst)

BIG had been on the brink of completely falling apart after miserable results loomed over BIG with uncertainty. In exchange for their weakest links in the team, LEGIJA and keev, they took in luckeRRR and tiziaN, both whom of which have practiced their trade within the local German scene. In addition to these changes, kakafu has switched from coach to analyst, which LEGIJA having turned into a coach for the Play2Live Crypto Masters and WESG finals.

BIG surprised at WESG, with tabseN leading the way (BIG)

In a miracle, BIG have seemed to turn for the better. Even though things were rocky at the start with their Play2Live Crypto Masters eliminations at the hands of AGO, their journey to the ESL Pro League in MDL have shown promising results (currently sitting at 8-3). Let’s not forget that at this tournament alone, they’ve beaten a stacked Team Russia lineup (who arguably has a lot of cohesiveness together) and the pitied SK Gaming lineup (two time major champions).

In an interview with gob b, it has been proven that while they are still finding a set structure to infuse the two new players in, making LEGIJA a coach for the squad has helped heaps towards their approach to the game.

The main thing that he brought is motivation. He knows that sometimes we are like falling in the hole, and he is good at getting us back from it, doing it better than kakafu. That’s why he is a better motivator. Also he knows a lot about our calls and he is never silent as a coach in the game, which is really important. That’s the main thing he brought to our game.

gob b about LEGIJA’s transition

While BIG do lack the firepower that most top teams have, gob b has recognized that problem; it seems that the additions of tiziaN and luckeRRR were to make up for this deficit (LEGIJA and keev being inconsistent players). While they do have the tactical depth, now they have a bit of added firepower to make up for this.

The only problem you can see with BIG is their approach to the esports meta of CS:GO as a whole. Throwing a bet on their available esports betting games may be risky, as their tactical approach leads to their downfall in handling puggy/aim heavy T sides for BIG’s CT sides. Apart from that, there may be a problem with BIG when their T side strategies don’t work. If they don’t work, then the T side is bound to fall apart.

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Dreamhack Winter CS:GO: BIG vs. EnVyUs (nV) Betting Analysis, Odds, and Predictions

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Introduction

Dreamhack Winter 2017 is surprisingly one of the smaller events of the year, considering its tenured history in CS:GO. But, unlike most smaller “premier” tournaments, Dreamhack Winter hosts a very interesting mix of teams. Some of who are formerly tier 1, and some who are younger and growing teams that have proved their worth by battling their way through the qualifier. Regardless, each team here align with the stars for each of their goals at this event.

Half of the teams at this event will be looking to suffice for their lost glory by possibly taking the championship at this event, while for the other half, it’s a great learning experience to rematch against formerly faced opposition and grasp the meaning (again) of what it is to play top tier CS:GO. Or, in some cases, a way to get out of their lack of appearances/inactivity within the past few months.

Format

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  • Group stage
    • Two groups with four teams in each
    • Double elimination group format (GSL) Bo1 and Bo3
    • Top two from each group move on to the playoffs
  • Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • Bo3 matches

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BIG

  • tabseN, LEGIJA, gob b, keev, nex

BIG have been overhyped, to say the least. Their major run was decided by the jump bug and the fact they only played on de_inferno, and it goes to show based on their events since then. Featuring multiple group stage exits in LAN events and closed qualifiers online, their most significant event was a 2nd place finish at Dreamhack Denver. That event, they lost to C9 in the finals, and it was an event where only C9 and Renegades (with NAF at the time) could have been considered formidable events. It doesn’t help either that at the recent WESG event, BIG lost to a Na`Vi-Ukraine mix squad and just barely qualified for the WESG China LAN Finals at that.

A squad that relies on gob b’s tactician mindset and powered by the stars in nex and tabseN, BIG are a very intricate team to understand. While a dark horse to most, many have criticized their choice in keeping LEGIJA. Not to mention, with LEGIJA’s “sub-par” fragging performance, is keev’s wildly inconsistent AWPing. keev can almost be compared to that of JW, who can have AWPing performances that can be a huge hit or miss. Regardless, this roster is the same one that hold a major legends spot after their Cinderella Run at PGL Krakow.

For the first time since their exit at ESG Mykonos, BIG will be facing opponents from their division in the ESL Pro League and of the same level to BIG. The question is, if BIG will be known as that team that played superbly once, or a team that can truly compete with the best.

 

EnVyUs

 

 

  • Happy, RpK, SIXER, ScreaM, xms

This past month for EnVyUs, and historically, has been a weird one for them. This team has been marred by poor LAN performance, which highly contrasts their ability to be on form online. Their only LAN tournament win was back in July after winning Dreamhack to Heroic. As IGL Happy has said before, EnVyUs is a team that lacks faith and confidence in themselves, rather than a top tier French team that can truly take the throne of the best French team in CS:GO.

A team built on the foundation of Happy’s lurking and IGLing, EnVyUs host a variety of sheer firepower. Supported by SIXER’s “support AWP’ role, RpK and ScreaM can be considered the two stars of the team. Since this roster’s creation, RpK has popped off and evolved into EnVyUs’ “NiKo,” whereas Happy has superseded ScreaM’s performance on a multitude of times. Even then, ScreaM still has his performances, while xms and SIXER can also support on the entry-side from time-to-time.

EnVyUs are still conflicted (economy management wise), and that is because of Happy’s mindset of the force-buy concept. While not as abused as before, EnVyUs are a team that can be tilted from poor economical management and poor performances in ensuing rounds. This can be seen most by SIXER’s ability to tilt easily, and does not spell good for the team.

Even then, they are a team to be feared at this LAN, but they will need to make it out of the groups at this event to boost confidence in themselves as a whole.

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