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Virtus Pro vs MVP.Pk : Esports Betting Analysis @ Zotac Cup masters 2018

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The Zotac Cup Masters is the first tournament to be held since the players’ break started. The tournament does not feature the top Counter-Strike teams, but it does not lack quality or competition. There are several tiers two teams in this tournament that are striving to make an impact. Their performance in this tournament would go a long way in their form for the upcoming season. Many of these teams are not attending the FaceIT London Major. While some of them are Legends for the upcoming Major, they are not really in the best of form right now.

The Zotac Cup Masters is a LAN tournament with a prize pool of. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Wan Chai will be hosting the tournament. It features 8 teams in attendance. Due to the limited time period for the tournament, it is scheduled only for three days, it has a single elimination format. This single elimination format could probably have been improved upon, however, the organisers have at least ensured that each match is a Best of Three series. The fact that every match is a BO3, with the finals being a BO5 is small comfort to the teams.

This tournament has a prize pool of $300,000 with the lion’s share of the prize pool going to the first place. The tournament winner will take home $200,000 as well as the bragging rights.

Format

Playoffs are Single Elimination

Quarterfinals & Semifinals : BO3

Finals : BO5

Virtus Pro

Virtus Pro Roster:

  • NEO
  • Pasha
  • Byali
  • Snatchie
  • Michu
  • Kuben

The Virtus Pro organisation is one of the most well-known and fan loved organisation in Esports. They were the winners of the EMS Katowice Major in 2014, an event which catapulted them to becoming a top team in the world. While they were not always the best team, they consistently were within the top 6 teams in the world. However, during 2017, their form saw a huge dip, one that would eventually result in the team breaking up. They lost two players during this time, Taz and Snax. Taz was the leader of the team in more ways than once, while Snax was one of the best performers on the roster.

Coming back to the present, we still have the core of NEO, Pasha and Byali on the team. But with Byali not performing as well as he did a few years ago, this core has been failing miserably. Their addition of Snatchie from AGO gaming was just at the right moment as they waited for his contract to expire before adding him to the roster. The young talent has been the spearhead of the AGO Gaming’s performance over the past few months.

The Virtus Pro roster, however, still has a long way to go before peaking again. Either Pasha or Byali needs to step up their game if the team has a realistic chance of competing near the top again. In the past years, we have seen at least one player take the reins of the team and lead the team to success. At times it would be Pasha, Taz, Snax or others, but there was always one person who would outperform the remaining members. As we look at the team’s performance in this season, we can see that they have lost to several lower tier teams.

They recently lost to Tyloo at IEM Shanghai 1-2. While their LAN performance is not as good, their online presence is even worse. The performance of the team

MVP.Pk

MVP.Pk roster:

  • Solo
  • Glow
  • Zeff
  • Xign
  • Minixeta

MVP.Pk is a team from South Korea, probably the only team with a chance of making it and competing against International teams. South Korea might be a hotspot for Esports, however, when it comes to FPS games, it has always lagged behind Europe and North America. Counter-Strike Global Offensive never really caught hold in South Korea and they have never produced a world class team.

That is not to say that this MVP.Pk team is a world class team. They have ranked worse than 250 a couple of years ago. Their climb to their current rank has been impressive, especially as they reached the peak rank of 23.

Despite their supposed low rankings and their lack of performance, the team does have a decent standing in the Asian scene. They won their matches against teams such as Flash Gaming, Cyberzen etc. These are strong Chinese rosters, which in the past have also won matches against International teams.

MVP.Pk will almost definitely not be winning the tournament. They will, however, have the chance of creating an upset. There would be no better team to cause an upset than Virtus Pro.

Prediction:

This match is simple and straightforward from a betting perspective. Since the matches are Best of three, Virtus Pro should have a relatively easier time in this match-up. They have the experience and the addition of their latest member will only provide a boost to their confidence. Virtus Pro is definitely the team favoured to win this matchup with relative ease.

We have to recommend a medium sized bet on Virtus Pro. They have been pretty weak in their previous matches but they are definitely the team with the better skill and with a better experience.

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Virtus Pro vs Tyloo : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Shanghai 2018

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Introduction

IEM Shanghai 2018 was postponed well into the player break due to certain logistical hurdles. This is one of the first stops in China for the Event organizer. They are looking to tap into the Asian market, especially with their recent appointment of new personnel heading the division. IEM Shanghai features a prize pool of $250,000 and will see eight teams compete at the tournament.

This tournament is aptly called as the race amongst Tier 2 teams, there are so many teams which are striving to break into the top scene. Teams like NRG, Grayhound, Tyloo and Virtus pro are all capable teams. We have seen them cause upsets in the past and create chaos amongst the rankings. But in this tournament, amongst equals, it is going to be a true test for several of these teams.

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Analysts:
    • Norway vENdetta (Halvor Gulestøl)
    • Denmark Pimp (Jacob Winneche)
    • India Bleh (Sudhen Wahengbam)
  • Observers:
    • United Kingdom Rushly (Alex Rush)
    • Australia MC (Michael Campagna)

Format

  • Group Stage: August 1st – 3rd, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 4 teams
      • The group stage is seeded based on the ESL CS:GO World Rankings
    • Opening matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: August 4th – 6th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia for the Broadcast talent and the format.

Virtus Pro

Virtus Pro Roster:

  • NEO
  • Byali
  • PashaBiceps
  • Michu
  • Morelz

The Virtus Pro team rose to prominence early in Counterstrike Global Offensive. Most of them made their names in CS 1.6. In recent months, however, Virtus Pro has been nowhere near their former glory. The Polish squad has made several changes to their roster including breaking up the original squad.

They brought on Morelz to the team as well as added Michu to their active roster. Now Michu is a player that has been a consistent performer in the Polish scene. He has been under the radar, but that is mostly because the Golden Five was by far the most talented players in the scene. Since there were no players able to live up to their skill level, the Virtus Pro roster of the former did not change. But they would occasionally bring in Michu as a stand-in. As a team, it is important for them to understand and gel well with each other. The time that Michu spent as a stand-in on the roster was obviously a trial period for the team and the player.

However, just today, Virtus Pro announced that they will be adding yet another player to the roster. This is despite the current roster still in contention to advance at IEM Shanghai. This Is obviously because the team does not feel comfortable with the current roster as it is. Snatchie from AGO Gaming is a young and upcoming player. While he has not had many victories to his name, his temperament on the roster is well known. But announcing Snatchie right now also means a death sentence for Morelz time on the roster. It means that Morelz will not be on the active roster.

Virtus Pro has been very aggressive in their gameplay. While it used to work in their earlier iteration, their aggressive gameplay has led to their downfall of late. They are unable to win singular battles and they lose cause of the lack of firepower. Virtus Pro lost to Hellraisers in the Group stage match 16-12. While they did manage to overcome the team in the elimination match, they do not look very strong. The latest news about Snatchie is definite to bring down the team morale.

Tyloo

Tyloo Roster:

  • Somebody
  • Mo
  • DD
  • BnTeT
  • xAccurate

Tyloo is the best Chinese CS GO team for quite some time. While the core roster has seen several changes over the years, Tyloo remained dominant in the scene. Tyloo won against Gambit Gaming in the Group stage of IEM Shanghai 2018. They were quite dominant in their performance.

The biggest improvement for the Tylo roster is the addition of BnTeT to their roster. BnTet is one of the most talented and skilled players from the region. He has maintained a consistent performance throughout the past few months. His ability to maintain a very high KDA irrespective of the opponents is what drives him to become one of the best players in the scene. But unfortunately he is not playing on a top level team and that does not utilize his skills to their maximum potential.

Regardless of these Tyloo is a strong roster. The former roster used a very aggressive stance and would win matches based off their skill alone. When they burst onto the scene, the top teams would constantly be surprised by their brazen and forward attacks. This would create a slight opportunity for Tyloo. They are a team which would win most of their matches. But once the top teams figured them out, the team has since adapted. They have a more strategic approach to their game. This has helped create them into a much stronger team while still maintaining the high level of skill on the roster.

Prediction:

The outcome of this match is not easy to predict. On one hand, we have Virtus Pro who looked good in their match against Hellraisers. However, the news about Snatchie replacing Morelz on the roster is definitely going to come as a shock for the player and the team alike. This will definitely act as a motivating factor for the team. Skill-wise, they are not doing too good, which sees losses with big margins for the Polish squad.

Tyloo, on the other hand, has been accomplishing most of their goals and achievements. The team has been winning most of their recent matches. While mostly they are playing against Australian teams such as Grayhound, Renegades and Tainted Minds, they are still winning them with comfortable margins. The team is looking very strong with a mixture of tactics and firepower.

We recommend a low bet on Tyloo for this match.

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Gambit vs. Team Liquid CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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Kazakhstan Gambit (powered by EsportsBet)

 

  • Kazakhstan AdreN
  • Kazakhstan mou
  • Kazakhstan Hobbit
  • Russia seized
  • Russia Dosia
  • Ukraine Andi (coach)

Gambit themselves are going through a very rough patch, with poor results that included Hobbit stepping down from the IGL position (and seized returning to it!). This is in an attempt to bring Hobbit back to star-form (by focusing on his own game) and bring Gambit back to its former glory. It hasn’t been successful so far, as they lost to BIG in the qualifying match for ESL One Belo Horizonte, but it seems that Gambit are still working out the kinks.

Albeit, Gambit aren’t necessarily known as an online team, and seem to perform way better on LAN. From their matches against Liquid and Space Soldiers, seized seems to be replicating Zeus’ very slow paced style on Na`Vi. Rather than with old Gambit, where AdreN and Hobbit were relied on to open up sites, this new Gambit works around the AWP of mou. If it doesn’t work, they’ll play a very slow and turtley style while putting presence all around the map. This is to confuse enemies and the CT setup, that is, until Gambit burst out and completely catch the CTs off guard.

mou is now a gambit in the plans, having gone from a supportive to an AWP role in Gambit (credit: ESL)

In recent times, Gambit have started relying on mou to perform on the AWP as the star of the team. On the other hand, Hobbit and AdreN are definitely not the same as  they were on the old Gambit, whereas seized has been hindered by the micromanaging role of the IGL. Dosia, once again, continues to play a supportive/lurking role, but it seems to have not changed Gambit one bit. If Hobbit and AdreN magically return to their star roles of fragging and entry fragging, though, Gambit can definitely pull one out of the bag.

One hindrance to Gambit is their shallow map pool. Apart from de_train, Gambit are in the middle of the pack on other maps. Assuming Liquid vetoes de_train in this bo3, Gambit should be looking towards vetoing de_inferno and aiming for de_overpass. Otherwise, if they don’t get any good maps and screw up the veto, they’re going to lose BADLY.

North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • USA nitr0
  • Brazil TACO
  • USA EliGE
  • Canada Twistzz
  • Canada NAF
  • Brazil zews (coach)

Team Liquid made one small change before Marseille, adding TACO in place of steel, who left due to personal reasons undisclosed. Albeit, there isn’t much structure change, other than slotting TACO into steel’s roles. TACO, on SK Gaming, played a similar support role to that of steel’s, but is being put into a more opportunistic role to that of his old team.

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

nitr0 still continues to hold the IGL’ing helm, and Liquid haven’t looked half bad in their performance at Marseille so far. Liquid beat Gambit on Liquid’s trademark map, de_cobblestone, and took a map off of Astralis is a closely contested series. Albeit, the next 2 maps thereafter were a rout from the Danish side, with poor performances from the Liquid side altogether. The main takeaway from their 4 maps so far is that Team Liquid’s cohesion doesn’t seem to have changed. Actually, it feels like it’s the same Liquid of old; the only reason they faced 2 routs against Astralis is that gla1ve’s individual performance and Astralis’ overall play-style is hard to beat with Magisk on the lineup.

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

Liquid follows a very methodical play-style, relying on exploiting the enemy’s weaknesses on CT and T side and using EliGE to get up in their faces. On occasion, they’ll utilize nitr0/Twistzz to push A or certain positions on the map, looking to play a very aggressive style in order to catch the enemy off guard. NAF is usually seen on the other side, making space for his team, whereas TACO plays with the team to setup openings.

The only weakness that can be seen before betting on Liquid is that they won’t be following too many complex strategies. It’s best to assume that there wasn’t much preparation with TACO (not having played an official before Dreamhack) before this event, which may affect the Liquid roster as a whole. This could lead to stupid mistakes and blow huge holes in their overall game-plan, but their diverse map pool should be the counter to that. Especially, against a team like Gambit, whose map pool is not the strongest of the best.

 

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Cloud9 vs. G2 CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ Dreamhack Marseille

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Introduction

Dreamhack Marseille 2018 is going to be one of the most interesting events in CS:GO to date. A lot of top teams have been shaken up by roster changes (primarily FaZe Clan and SK Gaming), and a lot of roster turmoil for other teams (Natus Vincere) makes the favorites for this event quite unclear. Without a top team like FaZe Clan or SK Gaming to dominate the soil, anyone can claim the championship with their own. The recent roster additions have yet to be tested on LAN, so it is unclear if online results could set a concrete precedent to each team’s level coming into this LAN.

While mousesports and Astralis can be considered the clear favorites for this tournament, primarily due to recent results and that both teams have yet to change their roster. Both teams have played consistently and for the better, with Astralis being able to get out of their slump with the addition of Magisk and mousesports having won V4 Future Esports Festival over Virtus.Pro. Apart from that, there’s also fnatic, but their online results have been mixed since winning WESG and IEM Katowice; part of this may be due to roster turmoil over Golden’s status within the team.

Boasting a $250,000 prize pool, Marseille also has an untested competitor from Asia, with TyLoo coming to prove themselves with a potent AWPer in xcurrate leading the squad. With their upset potential from StarSeries along with rivals Renegades, anything could happen at Marseille. In a time where dominance is uncertain, Marseille might just turn out to be an exciting event with these new rosters in the field.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution

  • 1st – $100,000
  • 2nd – $50,000
  • 3rd-4th – $22,000
  • 5-8th – $10,000
  • 9-16th $2,000

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
  • Commentators:
  • Reporter:
  • Remote Commentators:

Format

  • Group Stage: April 18th – April 20th, 2018
    • Four double-elimination format (GSL) Groups (4 teams each)
    • Opening & Elimination matches are Bo1
    • Winners’ & Decider matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: April 21st – 22nd, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Credit to Liquipedia

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North America Cloud9  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Canada FNS
  • USA Skadoodle
  • USA tarik
  • USA RUSH
  • USA autimatic
  • USA valens (coach)

Some were quick to cross C9 off the list after Stewie2k announced his departure for SK Gaming; even more were crossing them off the map after Skadoodle followed in suit, possibly due to Stewie2k’s departure. While losing one of their most aggressive players and one of their biggest anchors, Cloud9 brought in FNS, and brought Skadoodle back from inactivity as a “stand-in”. Luckily, for Cloud9 fans, this didn’t last long, as Cloud9’s recent success has invigorated Skadoodle’s motivation and Skadoodle returned to the roster.

Had Skadoodle not returned, surely the betting odds and bets would be more in favor of G2. Skadoodle’s passive AWP play works best under an IGL, which was best seen in the way DaZeD, steel, and seangares utilized Skadoodle back on Skadoodle’s former teams. Under an IGL like FNS, this also unleashes tarik to focus primarily on his individual play and role, most likely serving as the entry fragger of the team. This has helped tarik for the better, as tarik’s stats have reached superstar-worthy numbers.

(credit: HLTV)

Having FNS on the team brings structure and allows all of the micromanaging to be under the leader. With structure, players like autimatic and RUSH can focus on anchoring their positions, as autimatic and RUSH play roles that are generally considered the hardest on CT side. Not to mention, each player can synergize better with one another, as each player knows their set role on T and CT side.

We’ve seen FNS provide the right tools in order to bring the best out of each player, and this is most evident with nahtE and koosta on ex-CLG. koosta, an AWPer downplayed for his lack of confidence and poor play on Liquid, started to blossom under the reigns of FNS himself. nahtE, an inexperienced player, became a star fragger with experience and time.

The only thing that should concern this prediction is whether FNS has stabilized the team and the structure is fully in state. As an IGL in a new team, FNS is more likely focusing on the team than his own individual game. If the structure isn’t set in stone yet, FNS may perform poorly, and playing 4v5 can’t help unless the other 4 are star fraggers. But, if it goes the other way, Cloud9 are truly dangerous.

FNS has been on the roster for a short time, but the results are already there (credit: DBLTAP)

 

France G2 Esports (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Spain mixwell
  • France bodyy
  • France NBK
  • France apEX
  • France kennyS
  • France NiaKK (coach)

Unlike Cloud9, G2 Esports’ roster change hasn’t seemed to elevate their level of play at all. Around the same time of C9’s change, G2 Esports’ change was a bit more shocking: shox and SmithZz had been removed, while mixwell would be joining on a trial basis. mixwell himself had been practicing French, so the fact he could join wasn’t the surprising thing; it was the player that had been removed. Shox, as a player and as a part of G2, is highly skilled mechanically and as a leader, but his leadership style—reminiscent of that of old fnatic—didn’t fit the French roster. Even though the mechanical skill was highly similar, the team cohesion and economical decisions were the bane of this roster alone. mixwell is a good player himself, but replacing shox is going to be one tall task. Of course, the removal of shox was justified, as a huge shuffle within the roster would have happened.

The problem with the addition of mixwell is that while NBK has taken up the IGL reigns, it doesn’t seem to have improved G2 for the better. Their online results have been mixed, trading maps with GODSENT, HellRaisers, and Virtus.Pro; these 3 teams alone should be considered inferior to the level of a team like G2. Of course, online results aren’t the best at determining a team’s level, but it’s pretty easy to get a general idea that the change of leadership hasn’t brought greater chemistry and structure within the team.

Regardless, it doesn’t mean that the skill level of the team has diminished—maybe except for mixwell’s poor play. kennyS is still a monster, and apEX can go mad if utilized right. These are the two players that G2 need to rely on if they want a successful run in Marseille. Whereas bodyy, NBK, and mixwell are solid anchors and consistent fraggers, kennyS and apEX are going to be the ones making the plays and opening up space and rounds for their team. If apEX cannot play consistently, then it’s up to NBK as the leader to start putting his other pawns into play; mixwell, especially, needs to find his place on the team as soon as possible. If mixwell can’t return to his OpTic form, G2 may be in trouble.

Will mixwell mix well with the team in time for their match? (Credit: ESL’s Helena Kristiansson)

 

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Virtus.Pro vs. FaZe Clan CS:GO Betting Analysis @ V4 Future Esports Festival

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Introduction

EsportsBet introduces the V4 Esports Festival is being hosted in Budapest, Hungary by Egymillióan a magyar esportért Egyesület (Association of One Million People for Hungarian Esports) in an attempt to grow esports across Central Europe. Due to the region restrictions of this tournament, the teams participating in this event had one of their player’s nationality representing one of the 4 Central European nations:

  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Hungary
  • Poland

The event itself presents one of the biggest prize pools for such a region like Central Europe, with €500,000 EUR on the line for the 8 teams participating. With 4 of the teams invited and the other 4 from national qualifiers, this is a great event to gain experience. Esports betting players in this region will have wealthy knowledge beforehand, as these teams have players representing their regions (which makes esports bettors in Central Europe possible fans of these teams!).

Sadly, the competition is pretty lopsided, with the clear favorites being FaZe Clan and mousesports. While eXtatus, Virtus.Pro, and HellRaisers are also in attendance, these two teams have displayed superior performance within the past few LANs. Regardless, anything is possible when it comes to LAN, but at a minuscule chance against these top tier teams.

Prize Distribution

1. €200,000 (~$238,000)
2. €100,000 (~$119,000)
3-4. €50,000 (~$59,750)
5-8. €25,000 (~$29,870)

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
  • Analysts:
    • United Kingdom Thorin (Duncan Shields)
    • Serbia YNk (Janko Paunović)

Format

  • Group Stage:
    • Two Round Robin Groups (4 teams each)
    • All matches will be Bo2
    • Top two teams in each group advances to the playoffs
  • Playoffs:
    • Single elimination bracket
    • Semi Finals are Bo3
    • Grand Finals is Bo5

Credit to Liquipedia

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Europe FaZe Clan  (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKo
  • Slovakia GuardiaN
  • Denmark karrigan
  • Sweden olofmeister
  • Norway rain
  • Sweden RobbaN (coach)

FaZe, without a doubt, come into the V4 Esports Festival Tournament as the absolute favorites. At close, their biggest rivals are mousesports, who have been known to contest them on LAN and online a multitude of times. Apart from that, they should have had very little trouble against most of the other competition.

With that being said, FaZe absolutely crushed the group stage, with their only loss being their final match of the day; this match had no impact, as HellRaisers beat them with no chance to overtake the 1st seed from FaZe.

 

The FaZe Rule: Always bet on FaZe Clan up until the Grand Finals, or you’ll end up like NiKo after losing to C9

FaZe are just absolute monsters. On LAN, their recent track record shows them to be absolute gods—up until the grand final. The firepower is there, but they are lacking some sort of psychological trait that allows them to overcome the pressure of performing to their usual standard in the grand final. Throughout the V4 Esports Tournament, they’ll just be looking to power their way through sheer firepower up until the grand finals. The competition is just too inferior to this team.

The firepower is there for FaZe, and it’s arguably stronger than anyone else in this tournament (aside from mousesports’ ropz and oskar). This is a tournament that is meant to be a cash-grab, and a way to lessen the stress of having lost many grand finals within the past few months. If they can’t beat mousesports in the grand finals with absolute domination, there might just be a need for a psychologist.

So, if I were an esports betting person who bets on their matches, I’d like to coin the FaZe rule: bet on FaZe Clan up until the grand finals. They’ll perform their usual level up until they reach the match that subjugates utmost importance.

Poland Virtus.Pro (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Poland MICHU
  • Poland pasha
  • Poland Snax
  • Poland byali
  • Poland neo
  • Poland kuben (coach)

Virtus.Pro’s two LANs with their lineup have been rocky, albeit a bit expected considering their poor form. While they have gone out at IEM Katowice and StarLadder, they have shown signs of promises with their new roster. As of recent, they barely staved off MDL playoff elimination thanks to a 6+ game winning streak to end the season, and are looking to make another appearance in the ESL Pro League soon.

A huge question surrounds this team: consistency? Consistently underperforming? Maybe, to say the least. But, let’s not forget that this is a team who is reforming under new roles, new leadership, and aren’t recycling the same roster. This legendary roster made a roster change, with MICHU being added in TaZ’ place—a change for the better. This tournament has displayed MICHU’s prowess, as he tops the leaderboards with a 1.37 rating across the group stage of the event.

(Credit: HLTV)

With MICHU’s addition, Virtus.Pro had to make a lot of role swaps, especially with the addition of an aggressive player like him and the loss of an IGL like TaZ. To suffice for this, pasha has switched to the primary AWPer role, whereas MICHU and byali are playing entry fragger roles, Snax playing the lurk/trade role, and neo taking up the leader role.

There isn’t a “honeymoon” period for this roster, simply because of the fact that this team lacks tier 1 firepower. Snax and pasha are still trying to find their Katowice 2014 form, and neo and byali have been inconsistent at best. While trying to stay as unbiased as possible, it is clear that Virtus.Pro are still trying to work out the Virtus.Plow machine here and there.

To say the least, they’re HUGE underdogs coming into this match against the gatekeepers (loosely using the term here) of CS:GO.

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