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ENCE vs Vega Squadron: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries &; I-League Season 6 Grand Finals.

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. 

The Grand finals is a matchup between ENCE and Vega Squadron. These are not two teams that many expected to reach the Grand finals. As such it will be interesting to see this unique matchup between the two teams. ENCE is a very young roster with several highly skilled players on their team. Vega Squadron, on the other hand, represents a team that is experienced, calm and composed. They have the knowledge of being exceptionally strong in their playstyle and this is what makes them a very strong force.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

ENCE vs Vega Squadron.

The Starseries I-league Season 6 is down to its last two contestants. Neither of these two contestants was favourites to win the event especially in the presence of other teams such a BIG Clan and North Gaming. However, after a tedious group stage process and a dominant performance in the playoffs, we have Vega Squadron and ENCE in the Grand finals.

The Grand finals is a Best of Five series and the winner takes home $125,000 in cash prize. However, for either of these teams, a win is crucial as it would cement their playstyle and position in the Tier 2 scene.

We take a look at the two teams, their individual players and playstyle in this article.

ENCE

ENCE Roster:

  • Allu
  • AleksiB
  • Sergej
  • Aerial
  • xSeven

The Finnish roster has already made an impact at this tournament. Following some stellar performances, ENCE has been able to put forth strong performances against some quality opposition. The ENCE team has developed its own style of play and they are not afraid to try new things. Leading from the front is AleksiB who has been able to make the plays necessary for the team.

The team is comprised of a mixture of experienced players such as Allu as well as several young players but with a high skill ceiling. The likes of Sergej and AleksiB bring something new to the team’s playstyle. AleksiB has been able to change ENCE’s map pool. Their map pool in this tournament has seen a wide array of maps ranging from Cache to CT heavy maps like Train and Nuke. For now, it is not sure what they prefer since they seem to ban a map as well as pick it depending on the opposition. AleksiB has been really strong on a personal level, often taking the lead in making plays for the team. During their match against BIG Gaming, AleksiB was solely responsible for obliterating the CT defence on two separate occasions. While the direct impact of his playstyle was on the immediate round win, it also crippled the CT economy and defence. Ultimately ENCE won the map & the series with comfortable ease.

The ENCE team is filled with talented inexperienced young individuals.

For an In-Game leader to provide such daredevil plays and performance is really rare. To see aleksiB constantly near the top of the scoreboard is very impressive. He has many players who have risen along with him and are very new to the scene. As such, he has a good understanding of their thought process. He is able to convey his thoughts and ideas to the rest of the team clearly.

Allu, despite being the veteran on this roster is also the player who is constantly leading from the front. Allu is especially important for the team’s performance as he is able to provide the same level of consistency on LAN as well as in Online matches. At Starseries, his confidence seems to be at an all-time high. He is making aggressive peeks with the AWP pushing down squeaky doors in Cache. He even pushed down mid in an eco round all the way to T spawn to gain valuable information of Optic Gaming’s positioning. Ofcourse that was a mistake by Optic Gaming as well who completely ignored him and allowed him the space to move around the map freely. However, for Allu to drop 25 frags in just 15 rounds of the map, it is really a testament to his current form.

Allu had 25 kills in 15 rounds during the semifinal match against NRG.

Sergej has been very quiet at Starseries so far. His online presence is usually quite good and he is the one leading the scoreboard with relative ease. However, in this tournament, Sergej seems to be suffering from on-stage problems. While he is still putting forth decent results, his individual performance is just not as good as his average performance is.

Sergej has been visibly absent from the Starseries scoreboard.

Overall, ENCE is a well-rounded team that has repeatedly put forth strong performances. They seem to be in great form right now and they should continue in their current form. The Grand finals is a Best of Five and this is where ENCE might have a decent advantage when it comes to their match against Vega Squadron.

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Jr
  • HutJi
  • TonyBlack
  • Chopper
  • Crush

The CIS roster has looked extremely dominant in this tournament and this comes from their ability to play to their strengths. The team has been able tp put forth some really strong individual performances throughout the tournament. This team is not always present in various LAN tournaments and that is evident from their online qualifier results.

jR is a very calm and composed In game Leader. He does not disappoint with the AWP either.

The team’s performance on LAN has always been a challenging prediction, as they are able to defeat the best teams int he world on their day. However, long-term consistency has been a problem for the team, especially in the wake of new recruits to the roster.

One of their most recent additions is TonyBlack who joined the team in May 2018 from Forze. He is an exceptional rifler and has been able to make several aggressive plays for the team. His timing with his peeks is what makes him one of the better players to hold down particular bombsites. TonyBlack is extremely effective with his rifle providing entries to the team on the Terrorist side.

Chopper is the star on the team when it comes to positioning on the scoreboard. Leonid ‘Chopper’ Vishnyakov shines in disadvantageous situations and enables the Vega Squadron team to have positional as well as a manual advantage. He has been able to win multiple clutch rounds and provide entry frags on others. He might not have the flashiest playstyle, however, he has been a consistent high-fragger for the team Throughout this tournament, Chopper has been one of the best players for Vega Squadron. Their success as they reach the Grand finals is partly due to Chopper and his rifle.

One of the most important players for the team is JR. Not only is he the In-Game leader in the roster but he is also the AWPer. He is not afraid to take duels at short range and is able to win several 1v1 situations. Jr is a very calm and composed player who keeps the team on its toes. The Vega Squadron roster is rarely seen to be shouting on the stage. The team is always composed and has a cool demeanour on-stage. The performance of the team reflects this as they are rarely rattled by losses and it only makes them more determined to win the next map.

Vega Squadron will face-off against ENCE in the Grand Finals at the Kiev Cybersport Arena.

Prediction :

The biggest factor in the Grand finals of Starseries I-League Season 6 has to be the Best of Five series. There are only a handful of maps in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Even the best teams often have a few maps that they generally avoid in order to increase the output on the other maps.

Vega Squadron has the experience of playing together for several years. All the players on this roster might not be on the same team, however, they have moved between teams. They have a good understanding of each others’ playstyle as well as excellent communication. From what we saw yesterday, the map pool for Vega is a big mystery. NRG picked Overpass assuming Vega would not be able to compete on the map. After all, Vega does not have any official matches on the map for the last four months. But Vega Squadron surprised NRG with some excellent movement throughout the map. Jr was not afraid to take single aggressive shots, he would often connect with the opponent. Even if he did not connect with the opponent, it was a low-risk move. Ultimately NRG were forced to clear out aggressive AWP spots, which essentially resulted in the usage of grenades and utility much before the actual bomb site.

Even in wins, Vega Squadron is collected and calm.

ENCE has already shown us their superior map pool. We have not been able to see their dominance on most of the maps, but their readiness to play on any map in the pool makes the map veto an extremely tough task for Vega Squadron. ENCE also seem to have trouble in closing out maps especially from a sizeable lead. However, the team has the talent required to easily win the grand finals. Their star player on the roster, Sergej, however, has been underperforming so far in the tournament. Allu has picked up his slack of sorts, but we cannot expect the same superpower performance from the former NIP player. He was able to make extremely aggressive plays and was unpunished for the same. Against Vega Squadron, this playstyle will cripple the ENCE roster.

For now, we recommend a low to medium sized bet on Vega Squadron. They are the more experienced roster along with the local crowd support. This is bound to give them an advantage especially as many of the ENCE players are inexperienced on the big stage.

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Fragsters vs Vega Squadron: Esports Betting Analysis @ Starseries & I-League Season 6

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Starseries & I-League will see several really good teams in attendance. These teams have shown us their skill ceiling during the previous few tournaments. It will be interesting to see them match up against each other, especially in the absence of Top tier teams like Faze Clan, Astralis and Na’Vi.

This tournament features a prize pool of $300,000 and had sixteen teams in attendance. The initial Group stage of the tournament was a BO1 Swiss format style with even the Round 5 matches being Best of One matches. We already have the top eight teams qualified to the Playoffs. The Playoff bracket matches will be Best of Three matches and single elimination format.

StarSeries & I-League Season 6 will be held at the Kiev Cybersport Arena. The 1500 Sq metres venue has been a staple in Esports events and has a lot of experience when it comes to hosting esports events. The remaining teams at the event present a mixture of several new rosters as well as well-established teams. The playoff brackets are already out and we have a couple of amazing matchups coming up in the next few days.

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
    • All matches are Bo1
    • Top 8 Teams proceed to the Playoffs
    • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
    • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • All matches (excl. the final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

  • 1st Place : $125,000
  • 2nd Place : $50,000
  • 3rd-4th Place: $25,000

The remaining teams get lower amounts of money as well. You can find more information of the format, prize pool and schedule at Liquipedia.

Vega Squadron vs Fragsters

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Chopper
  • Hutji
  • JR
  • Crush
  • TonyBlack

Vega Squadron is a surprise entry in the Starseries & I-League Season 6 playoffs. The CIS team has had a few good games and even their loss to NRG was an overtime 17-19 loss. The CIS team is not the most consistent rosters in Counter-Strike. Their performance at the FaceIT London Major saw them bowing out in the Group Stage securing a 12-14th place finish.

The team has several well-known players from the CIS region who have been playing together for several years. They have not been always under the Vega Squadron roster all along. The team’s Unique Selling point remains their synergy and coordination. Years of playing together either in one team or against one another have cultivated a very unified roster. The likes of JR, Hutji have been together for several years.

TonyBlack is the latest addition to the team and we see him performing well on this roster. The 25-year-old is a late addition to the team having just joined the roster a few months back. He has played on several rosters prior to his time on Vega Squadron, most notably on Forze. He is really good with the rifle and is able to put forth strong performances for the team. He is constantly pushing in other parts of the map gaining information of the opponents’ whereabouts. Even in cases where he has contact with the enemy, he is often able to take down multiple opponents before going down. This gives a huge advantage to his team in the early part of the round.

jR has been exceptional in his leadership on this team. He is able to have a great presence on the map and has a decent read of the opponents. It is his mid-round calls on the T side, however, which make him a strong In Game Leader. The player has amazing firepower as well which is what makes his leadership unique in the CIS region. It is rare for CS: GO In Game Leaders to have In-Game Leaders with a strong presence on the scoreboard.

The Vega Squadron roster is not really the best when it comes to synergy, firepower. They have had a good run at the StarSeries & I-League Season 6. However, they are up against North Gaming, one of the stronger teams at the tournament.

Fragsters

Fragsters Roster:

  • StavN
  • DragoNfly
  • torben
  • Bubski
  • Refrezh

Fragsters is made up of several Danish players who are pretty new to the top scene in Counter-Strike. These players have just come onto the top level of the Counter-Strike scene. Fragsters has had semifinal finishes in several of their local tournaments such as Dreamhack Open Austin 2018 and Dreamhack Open Valencia 2018.

What is interesting for this team is their ability to stick together and have a very diverse map pool. In this tournament alone, we have seen them on three to four maps and yet pull out a strong performance on all the maps.

Fragsters has three core members since 2016 and it is only recently after two new members joined the team that we are witnessing better performances. The addition of Bubzki and Refrezh has definitely seen a boost in their performances.

The team has a very unique playstyle which surprises their opponents on a regular basis. The team is not a very tactics dependent team, but they are able to win their individual duels which gives them a huge positional and player advantage. At the same time, they do not rely heavily on force buys which allows them to have a strong economy for subsequent rounds.

Prediction:

Both the teams are not regular features in big tournaments. They don’t have the experience of playing on LAN and that can be a huge factor coming into this tournament. Players often underperform when playing on the big stage in front of live viewers. It is an experience that comes with time and repeated exposure.

Vega Squadron is a team with a lot of veterans from the CIS region. The likes of JR, Hutji have been together for quite some time although not always under the same banner. Their opponents, Fragsters do not have the same level of experience of playting on the big stage. For this team, the fact that they have reached the playoffs is big news. While they will still obviously try to win the series and move on to the semifinals, it is already a successful tournament for Fragsters.

We recommend a bet on Vega Squadron for this match. They are the stronger team and have excellent synergy and coordination with each other.

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Team Liquid (TL) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Team Liquid

  • NAF
  • Twistzz
  • nitr0
  • EliGE
  • steel
  • zews (coach)

For a preview of Team Liquid before this match, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

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

Team Liquid started off the day on the wrong foot, nearly losing to Torqued on de_mirage before closing it out 16-14. Had it not been for strong performances from nitr0 and steel on each map, Team Liquid may have been flushed down the drain.

The next best of 3 came around against Heroic, and it felt as if a switch from Liquid came to fruition. They completely vaporized Heroic into the vicinity thanks to a monstrous performance by EliGE. With NAF and EliGE on the gears, Team Liquid shut down Heroic to only 10 rounds across the entire best of 3, cruising to an easy victory and to a loser’s final matchup against SK Gaming.

From what we saw from Liquid across the 2 matches, it is clear that each individual member has the potential to shine on each map. Twistzz’ pistol play is key to keeping the opponent’s economy in check, nitr0 and steel pop off on the entry from time to time, whereas NAF and EliGE shine as the stars of the team. After Liquid’s performance against Heroic, it must just be safe to say that this is the strongest Liquid have looked in a long time.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

For a preview of SK Gaming before this match, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

coldzera won’t be all smiles and laughter after going cold against Cloud9 (Beyond The Summit)

In SK Gaming’s only best of 3 of the day, they saw themselves overwhelmed by Cloud9. Both of their CT sides on de_overpass and de_inferno were horrendous, as viewers saw a spectacle of SK Gaming getting utterly smashed by the relentless aggression of Cloud9. The more important x-factor of this match, coldzera, seems to always go cold against Cloud9, as he performs at his worst when playing against the US lineup in a total of 9 maps.

It didn’t help either that boltz had the wrong screw bolted into him, having his worst map at the event with a 6-21 score on de_inferno. Of course, he wasn’t the true problem for SK Gaming. Remember that a team game is lost as a team, and SK Gaming clearly did not look like the championship winning SK Gaming we saw back in December.

If SK Gaming want to get back into the groove, they’ll need to show a different SK Gaming compared to the one that struggled against North and Cloud9. coldzera and fer need to step up tremendously, and boltz needs to be more confident in his play if they want to take it against Liquid.

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Cloud9 (C9) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • tarik
  • RUSH
  • Skadoodle
  • valens (coach)

For a preview of Cloud9 before this event, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

Cloud9 at the cs_summit LAN have had two convincing best of 3s against Team Liquid and Heroic. While they are not necessarily at the caliber of Cloud9 yet, these wins solidify C9’s ranking at this event and from the previous major.

During the bo3s, Cloud9 played with no absolute care in the world. What’s more important is that even though Cloud9 lost most pistol rounds, they converted the majority of their force buys and clutch rounds, which is the reason they were able to defeat Heroic and Team Liquid so handily. Breaking the opponent’s economy and morale are very important psychological factors to winning, as this can demoralize an unprepared team very easily.

tarik and co. manhandled their opponents with relative ease at cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

The question will be against SK Gaming, who they’ve had mixed results with when playing against SK at full strength. Generally, SK Gaming are the favorites here, but recent events may just turn the tide for Cloud9 against SK Gaming. Of course, most people still remember the shroud and n0thing C9 who defeated this SK Gaming lineup (w/o boltz) and the ESL Pro League Finals, but that is from a time that has long passed.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

SK Gaming were marred by the roster lock troubles at the major, but were able to secure a semifinalist finishing with the help of ex-member felps. Before, they were practicing with boltz, and ended up continuing their dynasty under a newly reformed roster.  Considering recent form with boltz and their win against FaZe in the latest ESL Pro League Finals, there’s no doubting that with this lineup, SK Gaming are the best in the world (currently). Cloud9 are on the rise, but an asterisk remains, for they have yet to face a strengthened SK Gaming.

The Librarian almost had his library disrupted by the roar of the North (Beyond the Summit)

SK’s cs_summit 2 run has very little to say apart from their bo3 against North. Against North, it was an uphill struggle, as a massive performance by valde kept both maps close. In the end, it was SK Gaming taking it 2-0 on de_inferno and de_cobblestone 22-20 and 16-13. Of course, this can be attributed to SK Gaming shaking off the rust and FalleN having the inability to read into this newly formed North lineup. Yet, they might want to stop having to rely on FalleN’s clutch entries and openings with the AWP if they want to beat Cloud9 handily.

SK, as usual, prefer to rely on fer’s relentless and hard-to-counter aggression, whereas TACO generally plays bait and opens up avenues for boltz/FalleN/coldzera to trade. In reality, apart from boltz’ lurking, each SK player “share” all other roles in retrospect, and this makes them a very dangerous team. Their chemistry and synergy together is on another level, and it’s what makes them one of the hardest teams to beat. A team can predict their plays, their strats, and each player’s tendencies, but their skill and teamwork together is unparalleled to many others. That is why SK Gaming is one of the best teams in the world.

 

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • tarik
  • RUSH
  • Skadoodle
  • valens (coach)

Ah, Cloud9, the ELEAGUE Major Champions and the first North American team in CS:GO History to win a Valve-sponsored Major event. They truly cement themselves as one of the best teams in CS:GO and in North America as a whole. Their play at the major was truly superb, as tarik’s IGLing powered them through the grand finals. Actually, all in all, it was Skadoodle, Stewie2k, and tarik who went big in the finals, as Stewie’s holds on B during de_inferno and Skadoodle’s clutch ability throughout the series was extremely vital; tarik’s ability to open up space was just as crucial too.

Each member of Cloud9 played a huge role in their championship run (ELEAGUE)

The important part to note from this major was the resurgence of all Cloud9 members, as they all posted 1.05+ ratings throughout their ELEAGUE run. It’s undeniable that their CT strongholds were impeccable, and were akin to their T sides throughout the major. While this major may have been a historical moment for North American, there is the possibility that Cloud9 may falter in the aftermath. This is primarily due to the fact that teams will be prone to analyzing them.

Still, C9’s dangerous arsenal involves the relentless aggression of tarik, the anchor of RUSH, and the double AWP setup of Stewie2k and Skadoodle. Add to that Skadoodle and Stewie2k’s clutch ability in the late game, and C9 are a pretty unstoppable squad.

Team Liquid

  • NAF
  • nitr0
  • Twistzz
  • steel
  • EliGE
  • zews (coach)

Liquid relinquished the struggling AWPer of his duties (jdm), and brought in a player known for his performance on Renegades: NAF.

Liquid welcomed back NAF just a few days ago, and boy are they grateful (Twitter)

NAF is no stranger to Liquid, having played with nitr0 before back in 2015 under the Liquid banner. After his removal, he trekked across North America, before settling in at Renegades. Becoming notable for his resurgence, NAF was pivotal in Renegades’ rise in performance, even netting them a championship at StarLadder. Now, he joins Liquid and relieves them with much needed firepower.

Due to this change, nitr0 has assumed the AWP role. steel, while not the IGL yet, has assumed a concrete support role once held by nitr0. EliGE and Twistzz together play the entry duo (with Twistzz lurking at times), and their CT sides feature a similar set of roles. The only change is that NAF/Twistzz will occasionally switch between secondary AWP roles. But, generally, NAF and Twistzz play anchor roles whereas steel plays “uncomfortable” spots and EliGE plays flex rotate.

While this new roster had yet to play an official together, Liquid showed a strong debut by defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas in a 2-1 thriller. Winning the last map on a comeback to end 16-14, it is safe to say that Liquid are adjusting to their roles very easily. But, with this new roster change, it may be a honeymoon period for this squad. Roles are not fully set in stone, and the chemistry and synergy is still building for this squad. But, their future at this event is not bleak at all after defeating the Swedes.

Prediction

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