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Astralis vs Team Liquid: 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

Astralis vs Team Liquid


Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Xyp9x
  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • MagisK
  • Glaive

The Danish roster will once again need to fend off this North American attack. Astralis and Team Liquid have faced off against each other so many times in the past. By now, Astralis is well-aware of Team Liquid’s performance, their tendencies and how they like to play certain maps.

The Danish roster has a knack of studying their own gameplay and learning from their mistakes. This allows them to eliminate mistakes and hence make their roster stronger and better. It is done on an individual level as well as on the team level. With Zonic at the helm, he has a clear direction for the team to follow in their practice. And it has worked wonders for the roster, so we don’t expect Astralis to change much in their practice.

Glaive has been the key part that Astralis was missing. When Kjaerbye left the team, it fell on Glaive’s shoulders to ensure that the team stays alive and performs well. And it has worked wonders for the roster as they are easily the best team of 2018. This comes after some crucial in-game leadership by Glaive. His ability to make the right call mid-round and at lightning pace is what makes Astralis such a force to reckon with. On maps like Nuke, they are simply unbeatable mostly due to how Glaive likes to call the T side on this map.

Over time, we expect Durpeeh and Device to continue with their current form. The duo is one of the best duos in Counter-Strike and has repeatedly ensured strong performances from themselves. Device’s ability to constantly lock down certain areas of the map and yet remain extremely volatile and operational when it comes to his performance is what makes him deadly. He rarely misses a shot too, so that makes his aggressive stance on certain maps even scarier.

Astralis is a team that relies on each other and their synergy to succeed. We expect this team to make huge inroads at this tournament, despite not having the best performance in their last two matches. The Astralis roster definitely has the talent to make it to the Grand finals of this tournament. Whether they can continue with their playstyle and still succeed after being on the top for so long will be an interesting question for other teams.

Team Liquid

Liquid have turned solid under the flagship of NAF (StarLadder)

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • TACO
  • NAF
  • Nitr0

Team Liquid book themselves another showdown with the Danish powerhouse. Despite their presence against Astralis, Team Liquid has already booked their berth in the playoffs. This match is more to assert the seeding for the two teams in the playoffs. The winner of the match will get a slot directly in the semifinals and as such, it is an important match for both the teams.

Team Liquid’s journey so far at the ESL Pro league Season 8 LAN Finals has been through G2 and BIG Gaming. Both the teams are not at their best form right now and we expect Team Liquid to have had easy games in these matches. However, Team liquid is not a team that one can take lightly. The North American roster has ensured that they have some of the better placements and positioning of players. They do have Twistzz on their team which makes their job of getting key frags much easier. After all, the player is one of the best players in the world and definitely the best player in North America. His ability to get key frags with a single tap of the Ak makes him deadly no matter the quality of their opponent. However, he also has a great sense of positioning which makes him all the more lethal.

It is also the tactical acumen provided by Nitr0 which has helped the team develop this synergy at the highest level. The very fact that they are eliminated so many times by Astralis speaks volumes of their performance at LAN events. Team Liquid is slowly emerging as one of the best hopes for North America. Nitr0 understands that he is not the fragger on the team. His positioning on maps enables him to take crucial decisions at the nick of time. This ensures that the player is always aware of his surroundings and can also provide for great synergy with the rest of the team.

TACO has slowly developed into a support player on this roster. This is more due to the demands of the team rather than an individual choice. As a support player, TACO has put up decent numbers and has enabled the rest of the team to put up big numbers. His role in enabling ELIGE on the roster is critical. Elige and Twistzz make up the forefront of the team’s attack. Their CT side performance usually relies on trading and providing cross-fires for the opponents.

Team Liquid is one of the stronger teams and they definitely have a chance of defeating Astralis. The fact that these two teams have played each other so many times only ensures that we have a small metagame developing between the games.

Prediction :

The two teams have their own meta-game in development. So it will be interesting to see the map vetoes and the way the teams approach each other in these maps. Team Liquid and Astralis have faced each other multiple times in the recent months, so they are well aware of how the other team plays.


Astralis is the best team in the world, but in the past few LAN events, we have seen their performance take a dip. The Danish roster is not as dominant as it was during the FaceIT London Major days. They are losing maps and even matches [ like they just lost to Made in Brazil].

Team liquid, on the other hand, needs to ensure that it can possibly go past Astralis in LAN finals of tournaments. If not, ti will only serve as a major disappointment tot he team which been making huge strides in their performance of late.

We recommend a small bet on Astralis for this match. Team Liquid got to this point after a close set of matches against teams not in form. As such their performance cannot be judged in Odense based on their initial groups stage matches. With Astralis being in the form that they are, we hope that they can pull together huge numbers for the team.

 

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Team Liquid vs G2 Esports: 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.

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:
TBA


Secondary Broadcast

Commentator:
TBA

Observer:
TBA


Format

Group Stage: December 4th – 6th, 2018

  • Two double-elimination format (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

Team Liquid vs G2 Esports

Team Liquid

Team liquid roster :

  • Twistzz
  • Elige
  • NAF Fly
  • Daps
  • TACO

Team Liquid has been inconsistent in their performance so far. Despite being one of the stronger teams in the tournament, they have had inconsistent results in the recent past. The team’s strength is in their individual skill. The likes of Twistzz can be extremely important for the team’s performance at this tournament.

Liquid have turned solid under the flagship of NAF (StarLadder)

Twistzz is the best North American player. His position on Team Liquid has helped him become a very strong team. Twistzz has great aim but it is his positioning on maps like Overpass which make him a strong player. With adequate communication with the rest of the team, we have seen the player make movements across the B Bombsite depending on the information relayed by the rest of the team. The players set him up perfectly for multiple kills and this is why Twistzz is as impactful as he is.

However, it is not only Twistzz who has been performing above average on the team. Players like NAF and Elige have also provided the firepower that the team needs. Elige has been a consistent performer in the North American scene for many years now. His experience of playing at the top level on a consistent basis makes him a very valuable player for the team.

EliGE powered Team Liquid to a swift 2-0 victory against Heroic (Beyond the Summit)

Team Liquid will have to prove themselves once again on LAN. They are mostly met with the Astralis resistance when it comes to playoffs in big tournaments. However, with their recent performances especially with ECS Season 6 LAN finals, we might not see the team in full impact at the team.

G2 Esports

 

G2 Roster:

  • Jackzz
  • Lucky
  • Shox
  • KennyS
  • Bodyy

The G2 roster underwent a roster change which saw them put two of their most experienced players on the bench. However, with KennyS and Smithzz on the bench, we see the team’s firepower with a significant boost. The team can rely on the two youngsters from 3DMAX to provide them with the necessary frags when it comes to this match. Whether they will be as effective as their time on 3DMAX is still a big question. For many, this answer provides the solution to G2 Esports performance and the lack of their consistency.

Shox’s performance will have to come together in this match if G2 has a realistic chance of winning. However, that is bound to be tough since he is taking the role of the In-Game Leader for the team. The amount of pressure on the player for managing the team and ensuring the best performance from the layers will definitely get to him. Whether he can keep up his individual performance at the same time is the big question here.

KennyS has been exceptionally good over the past few months and we don’t expect anything less from the star AWPer. The player looks even better when it is compared to the performance of his teammates. KennyS is not afraid to take the aggressive peeks that used to define his playstyle in 2014. With the same level of Kenny plays coming into effect, we can expect great things from G2 in the distant future. However, their current performance is not worthy of them reaching the playoffs anytime soon.

Prediction:

Despite Team Liquid’s apparent lack of form, they are still the better team. There are no issues of lack of synergy or firepower on this roster. Instead, the team only lacks individual gameplay which is something that can be remedied very soon. Regardless of their flaws, G2 definitely does not look like its going to turn its fortunes any time soon. The French roster made sure that their performance will see an improvement with the recent roster changes. However, the new additions are vastly inexperienced and they lack the necessary experience on the big stage. So we don’t know how they will perform on LAN in front of so many people at Odense, Denmark.

We recommend a bet on Team LIquid for this match.

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NRG vs Team Liquid: Esports Betting Analysis @ SuperNova Malta 2018

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The Dreamhack open Winter is one of the most prestigious and staple events in the CS: GO Calendar year. Over the years, we have seen the Dreamhack Winter be a CS: GO major for more one time. There are very few tournaments who can claim to such fame and opportunities as Dreamhack Winter.

The current edition of Dreamhack Winter will enable many Tier, two teams, to come together in an attempt to win the trophy. Winning a Dreamhack Winter tournament is not only about the prize pool but also the dignity and the prestige that comes along with it. There are a total of eight teams attending the tournament and we will see them clashing head-on at the Elmia Convention Center in Jönköping, Sweden. Coming to the roots of Dreamhack, they have always helped the growth and development of local talent in CS: GO.

The prize pool for this event is $100,000. The teams will compete in a GSL styled format and the winner takes home a prize money of $50,000.

Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination (GSL) format groups (4 teams each)
  • Opening & Winners’ matches are Bo1
  • Elimination & Decider matches are Bo3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs

Playoffs:

  • Single-Elimination bracket
  • All matches are Bo3

Prize Pool

  • 1st Place: $50,000
  • 2nd Place: $20,000
  • 3rd – 4th Place: $10,000
  • 5th-6th Place: $3000
  • 7th-8th Place: $2000

NRG

NRG Roster:

  • Fugly
  • NahTe
  • Brehze
  • Cerq
  • daps

The NRG team is a very mysterious team in North America. On their good days, this team can be one of the best teams in the region. The NRG roster is made up of several high performing individuals. From Cerq to Brehze to NahtE, this team does not lack individuals who can turn the outcome of the game around. However, they do lack consistency which has become a sore point for the roster. As they head deeper into tournaments, it is essential for them to show some semblance of a normal playstyle, one that can earn them the consistent tag. Right now, this team is a huge risk since they can perform exceptionally well in one match and then have a really poor performance in the next.

So far at SuperNova Malta 2018, Cerq has looked really good. Although he is not at the top of the scoreboard normally, he is still a consistent performer. He regularly contributes to the team’s success with many impactful frags. The player relies on confidence and requires a bit of momentum going into the match. With the Grand Finals and the trophy in their sight, NRG requires Cerq to be on his best performance against Team Liquid. They will definitely need it because they lack the experience and the map pool of Tem liquid.

However, Brehze and NahtE are the players to watch out in this team. The players have been on a great streak since the last few months. The two players are exceptionally good and they are not afraid to make strong and aggressive plays into the enemy backlines. With their superior aim, they win most of their duels which puts NRG in a hugely advantageous position.

Fugly is yet another veteran player who has been performing really well on NRG. The player has a lot of experience playing for some of the best teams in the North American region. His belief in this current roster stems from the sheer talent on this team. With adequate training and oversight, NRG can become a strong and possibly the best team in North America. However, for now, they do have their insane firepower and skill to fall back on. They can definitely win matches based on their skill and firepower alone. The team’s performance as we head into the Grand Finals will need to be on their best and peak performance in order to win. They are up against Team Liquid, which at one point in time was considered the only team to rival Astralis.

Team Liquid

Team liquid roster:

  • Twistzz
  • Elige
  • NAF
  • TACO
  • Nitro

Team Liquid is one of the best North American teams right now. The level of talent on this team coupled with their playoff experience gives them a huge advantage coming into this match. Their skill ceiling might not be as high as that of NRG, but they are a much more consistent and well-performing team. The team’s current form, however, does not inspire much confidence. But is it enough to defeat NRG in the Grand finals of the SuperNova Malta Cup?

Twistzz is the key factor for Team Liquid. Widely considered to be the best player in North America, Twistzz is great with the rifle. The initial shot accuracy of the player means that he can deal a lot of damage without taking much himself. His aim is almost always at the head and this comes from thousands of hours of practice. The muscle memory on the player is clearly evident in his playstyle. Along with his aim, Twistzz is also a fast learner. We have seen the player mould himself into a very valuable asset for Team Liquid.

At the same time, TACO is a player who can make this team to be one of the biggest team when it comes to firepower. However, he realises that his role on this team is not to be the superstar but a silent supportive player. And he has executed his role to perfection. The former SK Gaming player is one of the best in the business when it comes to firepower. However, when we witness how the team is looking extremely strong despite TaCO not being on the top of the scoreboard, you have to marvel at the depth in the team’s talent pool.

Overall, Team Liquid is a well-rounded team, one that can truly become the best team in the world. However, they need to be more consistent especially against equally ranked teams such as NRG. they might have great results against the best teams in the world, but if they cannot defeat the likes of NRG, there will be doubts about their performance and standing.

Prediction

We recommend a bet on Team liquid for this match. They might not be in the best of form, but even their out of form performance is much better than the average NRG performance. Team liquid has more experience and synergy when it comes COunter Strike. They have many veterans and also the best North American rifler in their roster. For NRG, they do have two players carrying the weight of the team on their shoulders. This is not meant as a spite to the rest of the team, as they enable these two players to play as aggressively as they can.

But this also means that it is much easier to counter Team NRG once you have knowledge of their positioning and movement across the map. We recommend a bet on Team liquid for this match.

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Team Liquid vs LDLC: 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

Team Liquid vs LDLC

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • NAF
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • TACO
  • Nitro

Team Liquid is the best hope for North America at IEM Chicago 2018. The team’s performance in this event will be crucial to the hopes for North America in this NA event. However, Team Liquid has not looked at their best during this event. Despite having some really strong individual players, Team Liquid has a good mixture of individuals as well as the strategic advantage of having players like nitro on the team.

The biggest advantage for Team Liquid remains their firepower. Elige has a direct relation to the team’s overall performance at this tournament. When Elige underperforms, the rest of Team Liquid does not look dominant in their games. Elige’s performance is crucial to provide Team Liquid with the frags and the necessary early round advantage. He is most well-known for his T side performance where he can hit insane headshots with the AK. His one-taps can mean the difference between the round win or a round loss.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

Accompanying him on this roster is Twistzz, supposedly the best player in the North American region. The player has such a huge skill ceiling that it is impossible to judge his best performance at any given point of time. His quick reflexes have provided him with seemingly impossible kills. He can hold down certain sections of the map, especially CT sided maps on his own. His ability to do so is truly inspirational and can result in easy round wins for the team. It is not rare to see Twistzz top the scoreboard regularly.

The team is led by Nitro and behind the team by Zeus. The duo presents the necessary tactics for the roster. So far in the recent months, they look like a formidable team on certain maps, but their smaller map pool might not be the best right now. The team’s performance through this particular tournament has been largely underwhelming. They lost to Fnatic in the Upper Bracket finals. The team did not look extremely strong in their match against Fnatic as they did not have Elige performing to the best of his ability. The team’s performance definitely suffered in that match.

Regardless of their performance in this tournament, Team Liquid still remains the favourite in this matchup. They are definitely the stronger lineup amongst the two and we will see how well Team Liquid plays in this match.

LDLC

LDLC Roster:

  • To1nou
  • Alex
  • logaN
  • AmaNek
  • Devoduvek

The French roster has been the surprise package at this tournament. No one expected them to reach so far into the tournament. Them reaching the playoffs easily makes them as the best French CS: GO team right now. The team is made up of several Tier 2 French players who have struggled through the French CS: GO politics. The reluctance of the French teams to make a big impact on the international stage by adding new talented individuals from the Tier 2 / 3 scene is very telling. As a result, they are ready to suffer losses consistently and yet they will not change their roster by a big amount.

LDLC is a relatively new team when compared to the likes of Team Liquid. The players are somewhat less experienced compared to Team Liquid. Regardless this team has found its groove with the current bunch of players. They have excellent coordination with each other which allows them to make sometimes strange plays as well.

Amanek and Devoduvek have proven themselves on this roster for a long time. Their positioning with the rifle is perfect and they play off each other. This allows them to secure an advantage against better-placed opponents as well. This synergy is due to years of playing together and having excellent communication. This is exactly what the top tier French teams often need, but they don’t have for a multitude of reasons.

Prediction :

Despite the shortcomings for Team liquid at the IEM Chicago 2018, they are still the much better team in this match. Their experience, their talent and their ability to hit insane headshots is just astonishingly high compared to that of Team LDLC> For LDLC, reaching the quarterfinals is a huge achievement. We don’t expect LDLC to proceed further than this and this should be a very easy win for Team Liquid. We recommend a huge bet on Team Liquid for this match.

 

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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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