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Astralis vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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

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

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

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

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Faze Clan

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Glaive
  • Magisk
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster is one of the strongest teams in the game. Their dominance over their opponents is not only in their skill but also in their understanding of the opponents’ gameplay. They know their limitations on the players and constantly position and ensure playstyles that suit their strengths. This is why, the Astralis team, despite not being the strongest team in the scene is definitely the one with the best performances.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

The Astralis roster consists of an all-Danish team, but the star on the team has to be Zonic, their coach. The former MTW Player has been able to mould astralis in his particular style and that has resulted in Astralis being miles ahead of the competition. While the like of Faze Clan and Na’Vi might theoretically be much stronger on paper, Astralis is able to mask their weaknesses and ensure that their opponents do not take advantage of the same. One characteristic playstyle for the team is their ability to push through one area of the map in pairs. This often gains them valuable information which is then used to act in other areas of the map. If the team pushes through A site on Overpass, and find no one or a minimal number of people, they know the positioning of the remaining members will be nearer to B bomb site. This allows them to reinforce the B Bombsite or play defensively according to their read of the game.

This is why the Astralis roster remains very strong and yet exceptionally skilled. Their individual aim is very high thanks tot he inclusion of Device, a top-tier player on the roster. Device with the AWP is well known to trace his own steps and work on eliminating any gaps in his playstyle. He does not believe himself to be the best AWper in the world, so he works to secure an advantage in the aim duels. This can be through smokes or just a very passive angle for Nicolai.

However, it has to be Glaive who has truly transformed this team. After Kjaerbye’s departure in January, Glaive was able to transform this team into its current position. We can clearly see the effect Glaive has as an In-Game Leader. He is able to put forth strong opinions and amazing mid-round calls. His quick assessment of the situation and his ability to read the opponents positioning correctly is not something that many can emulate.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

The Faze Clan roster is comprised of the best players in Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in recent months has been somewhat lukewarm, but there is a tendency to start showing results of late. The team’s performance has slowly increased in performance especially with Guardian also starting to get the AWP kills he is most well-known for.

The Faze Clan roster contains several big names, however, it has not always been a merry journey for them. The team’s performance has slowly improved in results after a slow start to their journey in 2018. For the most part of 2018, the team’s performance has been lacklustre. They played with a stand-in [ or several ] for many months when Olofmeister was taking a break. However, when he did return for the FaceIT London Major, we had only olofmeister as the best performing player. The entire team seemed burnt out and they were unable to make the same impact as they did a few months earlier.

Guardian remains a player who is extremely strong on the AWP. Recently, we have seen Guardian pull out amazing shots with the AWP, often ones that remain the highlights of the game irrespective of the final results. If Guardian starts reaching his peak level, the player can truly become a menace for their opponents. He remains an extremely skilled player with lightning fast reflexes. The player’s ability to read the situation and be intelligent with the AWP performance

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

In addition to Guardian, Olofmeister is also another potent player who has been extremely strong on the lurk role. The player’s performance remains one of the highlights for the team. The team’s performance in the past months has been successful [ of sorts ] only because of Olofmeister’s skill and presence. Faze Clan does not need Olofmeister to constantly put up the big numbers on the server. However, the Swedish player’s mere presence can evoke fear in the opponents.

Overall, Faze Clan will have a tough time against Astralis. Thankfully for them, the Faze Clan roster is still in the upper bracket, so even if they lose this match they will have more chances to qualify for the Playoffs.

Prediction:

Despite their recent loss of form, Astralis still remains a very strong team. They have a much better map pool and have a thorough understanding of Faze Clan. For the early part of 2018, the Faze Clan roster was the primary opponent for Glaive. As such he has a very good read on the opponents and positioning. The performance of Astralis in the past few tournaments has been largely underwhelming. This is mostly because teams have begun to spot chinks in their armour. The astralis roster is no longer unbeatable and that is partly due to the loss in form for the players.

Faze Clan will look towards ensuring that they can play a very strong, pug style play. They will need to ensure strong pushes on their T side to cripple the opponents’ performance. The Faze Clan has better aim, however, they also need a much better strategic gameplay against Astralis. We have seen Faze Clan put up big numbers before, but with Niko on their leadership role right now, we have seen the team falter when it comes to their tactics and strategy.

For now, we recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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Natus Vincere vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi Roster:

  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Edward
  • Electronic
  • Flamie

Natus Vincere won three consecutive tournaments prior to coming in for the London FaceIT Major. They won the Starseries I-League Season 5, CS: GO Asia Championships as well as the ESL One Cologne 2018. This put them firmly amongst the top teams’ radar as Na’Vi was suddenly a huge threat to the top teams. With the likes of Electronic and S1mple on their roster, it would be foolhardy to dismiss this current version of Natus Vincere.

Na’Vi has two of the best players in Counter-Strike right now. With Electronic and S1mple, Na’Vi remains one of the most talented teams in the scene. Both Electronic and S1mple are in amazing form. Indeed yesterday, Electronic had a rating of 1.3 while S1mple went even further with a 1.7 rating. These numbers are actually quite huge, and it is surprising to see both of them on one team.

S1mple : The World’s best player.

S1mple mentioned in an Interview yesterday that the focus of the team remains on their strategy and synergy. However, post the team practice the team relies on enhancing individual player performances. The current meta heavily favours clutches ensuring that teams with highly skilled players S1mple is the best player in the world ofcourse and it is much easier for him to clutch in really tight and almost impossible situations. By now, it is not surprising to see s1mple post 30 + frags in a single map regularly. His high skill level just outclasses so many of his opponents. Entire opposition strategies can fall apart due to his ability to shut down certain sections of the map. He does not only rely on his aim as we have seen him readjust after the first kill in order to secure an advantage for the second kill. Often on the CT side, one kill isn’t enough as the team needs to ensure that they have a decent personnel advantage when it comes to the retake. S1mple has seen the most change when it comes to his playstyle and his dependence on the team’s well-being in a round. The earlier s1mple would often just rush down into the enemy. He would get more than 2-3 kills, however, he would leave a side of the mao exposed ensuring that this team finds it very difficult to retake the side or even get any more frags.

Electronic is one of the best players in the world, but he lives in the shadow of S1mple.

S1mple is not the only skilled player on this roster. Electronic is one of the best talents to come up from the CIS region. With S1mple definitely helping the team in terms of frags, Electronic is not far behind. Indeed if it were not for S1mple’s amazingly high KDA ratings, Electronic would be the star on this roster. But S1mple being S1mple means that he is always one of the flashiest and yet effective players on the server. Electronic has a very stable performance and he shines on the CT side of the map. Not known as much for his entry frags, Electronic can definitely be the most clutch player in certain disadvantageous situations. His ability to hold clutch can be the single most impactful type of play for Na’Vi. With their consistent force buys, it is imperative for Na’Vi to have top class aimers on their team.

Edward has steadily improved his personal performance at the CSGO FaceIT Major.

Speaking of force buys and success it seems Zeus is the key to Na’Vi’s success. The player who has been a part of four Major finals is one of the best brains in Counter-Strike. Knowing the fact that he has so much talent on his roster, Zeus often calls for force buys allowing his team to take the monetary advantage and cripple the opponents. It is not only on the T side where he calls for a force-buy but also on the CT side. The risks of a failed force-buy can be devastating for the team’s economy, but Na’Vi has a very high success rate with their force buys. Zeus has rallied his troops around him and he can truly study the tactics of any team. Their ability to make the correct kind of plays is exactly what makes them a strong team. In the instances where the round does not go according to plan, it is often S1mple and Electronic who step up and put up stellar performances.

Natus Vincere is one of the strongest teams at the Major. They seem to be a real contender for the trophy especially with Astralis waiting in the Finals.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The Astralis bandwagon has shown no signs of stopping at the FaceIT London Major. There is just too much going in Astralis’ favour right now. From having a very deep map pool, great individual skill as well as amazingly good mid-round calls, the Astralis roster seems to have it all in their favour.

Consistently a candidate for the title of the World’s best player, Device.

We all know of Device’s capabilities. The player has been consistently amongst the best players in the world for a long time. His ability to hold down sections of the map is what makes him one of the best players in the world. Device has a very unique style of preparation. After winning the Eleague Major 2017, the core of the team realised that they had fulfilled one of their long-standing dreams. They won a Major, something that had eluded them for a long time. However, what followed was very difficult. The team was simply not prepared for becoming the best team in the world. They had no experience of what to do while staying on top, how to handle the countermeasures against their playstyle. Device is a regular user of CS: GO Heat Maps. This gives him a timeline of player movements on certain maps and their timings. This is exactly what he uses in his gameplay and gives him the peek advantage. Device does his homework on what his opponents could use against him, this ensures that he has a knowledge of what might come his way. It is not without intense preparation that Astralis has managed to earn the title of the best team in the world.

Dupreeh has been a constant figure in the Astralis core roster.

However, it is one of the most underestimated players on the roster who has started showing up in tournament matches. Xyp9x is often regarded as the core of this roster. He might not be the flashiest player in the team, but his ability to dissect the opponent gameplay and position himself perfectly makes him one of the most valuable assets on the team. Indeed, he provides so much space to the rest of the team. Xyp9x is crucial to the team maintaining its temperament and ensuring the plays that only Astralis can manage.

Glaive has been the reason for Astralis’ excellent mid-game calls

Glaive is the In-Game Leader for Astralis. The player has brought with him an excellent read of their opposition. Despite being an In-game Leader, Glaive is not the worst player on this roster in terms of frags. Indeed, the player has often put up strong performances on an individual skill level repeatedly for the team. However, his trademark capabilities are felt when it comes to the mid-round calls on Astralis. Astralis have some of the best mid-round calls constantly evaluating their options and making excellent use of their grenades. While they are not at the same levels as BIG Gaming, Astralis also has a very high-efficiency ration.

Prediction:

The two teams are very evenly matched with a lot of skill on either side. AStralis has maintained its position as the world’s best team repeatedly. But the team has also shown a lot of its hand and playstyle on a myriad of maps. Magisk and Xy9x will be crucial for Astralis as they are the ‘weak links’ despite being so strong individual players themselves. Astralis has shown amazing mid-round calls which just goes to show how well Glaive knows their opponents. This is crucial for the team as any positional advantage could mean a round win or a round loss in this match.

Their opponents Na’Vi are not someone to be scoffed at. The Na’Vi roster is improving with each match. This includes their team synergy and individual aim. For a team that peaks at the right team, Na’Vi could really put forth some really strong performances. With Electronic and S1mple on the team, Na’Vi as no lack of aim. Edward has also shown up so far in the FaceiT London Major playoffs. His performance can be crucial to how effective Astralis is against Na’Vi.

For the most part, Na’Vi has a disadvantage when it comes to the map veto. Na’Vi and Astralis almost share a common map veto, in Cache. I would assume that Astralis lets Na’Vi ban Cache instead of banning it themselves. This is because Na’Vi’s Cache has been weak since several years now. There is almost no way that Na’Vi will suddenly become decent on this map. That being said, Na’Vi has definitely looked strong on their T sides with constant force-buys to break the CT economy. They have also practised new maps at the bootcamp. This might suggest the possibility of an improvement on Cache, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

We recommend a low bet on Na’Vi despite the map disadvantage. They have the individual players who have proven time and again that they can compete with and win against the best players on other teams. Astralis is no different and Na’Vi definitely have a slight chance at this Major.

 

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

 

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

 

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

 

Format

 

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

 

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • NAF
  • TACO

Team Liquid is one of the few North American teams still remaining at the FaceIT London Major. The North American squad has put forth strong performances so far at the major and their dominance against Hellraisers is bound to raise a few eyebrows. Team liquid has several talented players on the roster.

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

The single biggest factor on the Liquid lineup coming into this semifinal is Twistzz. The youngster has been able to be phenomenal, not only in his individual performance but also his ability to play tag with the rest of the team. Twistzz has put up big numbers so far at the Major. He has been called the best talent in North America and he is definitely proving the same at this Major. Team Liquid, however, does have a problem when their opponents start mounting a comeback against them. They are unable to close out games, despite having a huge lead. This is a repetitive feature in several of their matches so far at the major. They even lost a match despite being up by more than 10 rounds. In yesterday’s quarterfinal, Team Liquid was unable to ensure a smooth finish on Mirage despite being up by a significant margin.

 

Ofcourse Twistzz is not the only player who has shown us tremendous potential on this roster. The team also has players like NAF and Elige who have so much experience after playing on several top teams in the past. NAF has been consistent for a long time. He provides a very stable and tactical acumen to the team.

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

One of the latest members on this team is TACO, formerly in a fully Brazilian roster. TACO has mostly been playing as a lurker on this roster. However, for a player of his calibre, TACO simply has not had the same impact as he has had on his previous rosters. At this Major, TACO has mostly been as a lurker, but not as effective so far.

Another potential weakness for this team is Nitro on the AWP. He is a make-do AWP player at best and is definitely not flashy as a Device, S1mple or Guardian. We often see him miss crucial shots which could have sealed the round for the team. During their match against Hellraisers, we saw NAF and TACO pick up the AWP later in the game. This was mostly due to Nitro not feeling quite as confident with the AWP. Team Liquid is one with a lot of potentials, but they definitely need to improve on their teamwork. They do have strengths and they need to ensure a great strategy to play around these strengths.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive

The world’s best team is going to have a relatively easier time in the semifinals compared to the quarterfinals. The Danes had a clinical finish in the quarterfinals against Faze Clan. They defeated Faze Clan both in terms of individual skill level and definitely when it comes to their strategy and in-game tactics. Device has been a beast for Astralis for quite some time now. His ability to be extremely potent with the AWP, the rifle or the pistol is what makes him a strong player in the team. He even retraces his heat map in order to understand better how the enemy will counter him. His ability to understand the enemy AWPer is what makes him great with his positioning and timings.

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

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

When Kjaerbye left the team, there was a huge void on the roster. This was filled by Magisk, although not exactly in the same way as Kjaerbye. He came on for his firepower and he remained on the team, albeit not as a leader but as firepower. Magisk has been the silent lurker who does not draw too much attention to himself on the team. He has been consistent through the months, which is exactly why no one bothers with him. His consistency is taken for granted by allies and enemies alike. He is not as flashy as the Dupreehs and Device on the roster, but his consistency enables his teammates to be able to get multiple kills in a round.

Overall, Astralis is a very well-rounded team. They are the team to defeat at the Major and they have only looked stronger post the player break.

Prediction

Astralis’ performance at the Major is nothing short of exemplary. It was almost impossible to better their performance prior to the break, but this new Astralis look even better and more organised. Their In-Game round calls is what gives them the better positioning and strong playstyle. While Astralis is the team to defeat and usually teams at No.1 have it the most difficult, Astralis is good at covering their steps. They watch and understand their own gameplay and think how enemy teams would want to defeat them. They constantly end up changing their timings and ensuring they are not easily read by their opponents.

TeaM liquid might be the best team in North America, but they really are no competition for Astralis. They fall behind in the map pool, individual player skill as well as the AWP battle. Device is definitely going to be a much bigger impact on the server than Nitro. His ability to remain on top fo the scene and take calculated risks makes him one of the potential MVPs for this match.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Faze Clan

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)


Faze Clan roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Rain
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

Faze Clan was the finalist at the previous Major, The Eleague Boston Major 2018. They lost to Cloud9 in a hotly contested series partly due to the pressure of playing in front of an American crowd. Post the Major, Faze continued to be the nemesis to Astralis, however, that did not last long. The performance of the team took a huge setback when they had to lose Olofmeister due to personal problems for the player

With Olofmeister’s absence, the team relied on several stand-ins during the course of the next few months. They got in players like Xizt, Cromen who helped the team lift several trophies or become extremely strong in their tournaments. The rest of the team did adjust to the new players on their roster, but overall Faze looked like the only team in CS: GO which could potentially challenge Astralis at their peak. But with Faze Clan now having Olofmeister back on their roster, they seem to have actually fallen off. The team’s performance has actually gotten worse, despite having Olofmeister play at his peak.

Olofmeister has put up strong performances after his return from the Major

Olofmeister has been able to play almost at his 2015 levels in this tournament. His individual performance looks better than the rest of the team’s performance. The remaining four members on the team, however, don’t seem to be playing anywhere near their normal levels. The levels of burnout on this roster is quite high and we can witness that in their scoreboard and the performance of star players like Guardian, Niko etc. There also seems to be some kind of friction within the team. This is why Niko said that he is calling for the team to post the team reaching 0-2 at the Major. So far, it seems to have worked out for the team as they are not a part of the New Champions stage.

Niko has assumed the role of an In-Game Leader post the 0-2 Legends stage

But Niko is not traditional In Game Leader. His presence on this team is mostly due to his ability to hit insane shots and his firepower. If he goes on the role of a shot-caller, it is bound to affect his personal performance. Either way, it seems that Faze Clan’s current roster might be in for some changes post the Major.

Faze also has several players such as Guardian and rain who can step up. But the players just don’t have the right temperament and the burnout is severely affecting their personal performances. So there is a lot riding on the shoulders of a few, which if not successful means that the team won’t be able to put up really good performances.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis come into this tournament as the favourites. Without any competition from the remainder of the teams, they are definitely en route to win the FaceIT London Major. However, they have to maintain their momentum and this match against Faze clan will be one of their biggest tests. These two teams have been at loggerheads for most of the time between the previous Major and the current Major.

gla1ve & Astralis prevented Liquid from a strong day 1

Astralis rely on Glaive to help them get through the mid-game. Despite being an excellent shot-caller, Glaive is also a very talented individual player. He is constantly a threat to the opponents and it is not cheeky plays or SMG frags [ like Gob B]. Glaive is a legitimate threat to any bombsite that he is present and on a good day, he can have as good a performance as a Device or a Dupreeh. But it is his mid-round calls for which he is most well known. He has the ability to take quick decisions on the go and direct his team to the right bomb site in time.

Astralis team in action

Obviously, Device is the MVP on this roster. He has remained the best player on this roster for a long time. His ability to be consistently defensive on certain sections of the map and at the same time mix it up with aggressive plays elsewhere makes him a very unpredictable AWPer for the team. So Device’s ability to hold out certain zones on the map is exactly what makes him the right kind of player [ AWPer ] for Astralis.

The Astralis roster has Xyp9x, one of the most underrated heroes in the game. He always lurks under the radar but quickly dissects the enemy. His positioning on the map is exactly what makes him a constant threat in most of the games. His positioning compliments his playstyle which does not allow free movement on part of the enemy. Yet, he is not caught out and can dictate the pace of the game. This allows his teammates in Device and Dupreeh to burst onto the site and potentially get crucial frags. Xyp9x’s role on this team is a big understatement as he is crucial to the survival and the effectiveness of the team.

Prediction:

Both the teams are extremely strong and are finalist material. But it is the randomness of the draw and the lack of seeding which puts the two teams against each other. Astralis has shown a whole new level so far at the new legends stage. With the lack of good performances during the New Challengers stage, there were teams that were hopeful of an Astralis decline. But the time between the New Challengers stage and the New Legends stage definitely helped Astralis as they look extremely strong right now. Their focus on enabling their coordination and synergy on the team is exactly what the team relies on.

The performance of the team is scary right now and they don’t really look as if they have an opponent. Faze Clan was a decent matchup against Astralis till recently. But Faze Clan has not been able to put up consistently good performances in their matches. They didn’t have Olofmeister obviously because of his personal problems. And despite not having Olofmeister, Faze actually looked quite decent. But the bigger problem for the team remains that most of the players on their roster have been burnt out right now.

We have to recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. They are the better team and have been extremely consistent over time. With Faze Clan still figuring out their performance and the potential of a return to form for several of their members, Astralis seems to have it quite easy in this matchup.

 

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Natus Vincere vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

 

Broadcast Talent

 

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Zeus

Natus Vincere is one of the top teams in Counter-Strike. They have a rich history and their potential for the future looks even brighter. With two of the best players in the world, S1mple and Electronic on their active roster this team has a lot of potential on paper. However, they have not been able to convert it into results and that is a sore point in their performance.

S1mple joined Na’Vi after a very controversial past with regards to his attitude within the game. The veterans on the Na’Vi roster were able to mould S1mple into being the team player that he is today. His ability to understand the situation of the round and control his movements across the map is something that was a recent addition to the player’s skill set. S1mple remains a player with a lot of firepower and he can single-handedly turn the outcome of a match. He often plays within the confines of the team’s tactics in order to ensure a better team-play and overall coordination. As we have seen multiple times in the past, we have seen S1mple performing really well on an individual level. However, the team does not always live up to his standards which is why they often fail.

The world’s best player: S1mple

Na’Vi is a team that relies heavily on individual performances while striving towards ensuring better team play and coordination. They added Electronic to their team very recently and that is a smart move. Electronic has shown us glimpses of what he is capable of recently. Regularly posting 30 or more frags in matches, Electronic is able to have a big impact on the team’s performance. Recently, he has been improving his individual performance. Electronic and S1mple form the perfect duo who can help Na’Vi become a top-tier team once again.

However, for Na’Vi the bigger problem lies in their map pool and team synergy. The top teams in Counterstrike Global Offensive [ read Astralis and Faze Clan] have very deep map pools. Ofcourse a lot of it had to do with Valve’s decision to remove Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. But regardless, if Na’Vi is to compete at the top level and remain consistent, they need to be able to start winning on a variety of maps. A match’s result can often be decided in the veto phase itself as some teams are just too good on certain maps. But a team like Astralis will always pose a challenge, no matter which map is selected.

S1mple believes Electronic will be the MVP at FaceIT London Major

Na’Vi won three consecutive tournaments recently, which has sparked hopes that the team can pose a serious threat at the FaceIT London Major. However, two of these tournaments were with relatively weaker teams which definitely puts a marker on this performance. Na’Vi is always the team that can defeat the best teams in the world, but they lack the consistency to do it on a regular basis. It is important for a team to be consistent in order to be considered a top three ranked team.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

The Danish powerhouse has been the dominant team in CS: GO for some time now. They did not have a good run at the Eleague Boston major. This led to a roster change with Kjaerbye no longer with the team. However, this proved to be a boon for the Astralis roster since they actually improved their results with the new team. Magisk brought on a lot of firepowers, but he also allowed for changes in the roles.

 

Glaive is key to Astralis tactical advantage over other teams

Glaive as the In-game leader is crucial to Astralis’ success as a CS: GO, team. In terms of skill, they are as good as some of the other teams in the scene, however, Glaive’s excellent mid-round calls make up for any potential disadvantage. The core of the roster has been playing together for quite some time. Their level of comfort is unprecedented in esports, so it becomes natural for them to focus on developing the team synergy and coordination. Glaive has excellent control over the team’s game flow and their movement across the map. But what makes the Astralis roster thrive is their ability to change the plan mid-round. It is not always that Astralis gets everything according to plan. So when something goes into in their favour, they take some time to reassess the situation, enemy positions and their strengths. All of this is done within seconds as they have to plan their next attack.

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

The Astralis roster is possible for its success mainly due to the skill level of Dupreeh and Device. The duo is one of the most talented duos in all of Counter-Strike. Device himself is a challenger for the title of the best player in the world. His consistency over the past few years is exactly what is necessary for a top team like Astralis. He is a dependent player on the team and can often hold back certain sections of the map on his own. He is one of the few AWPers who is as effective with the rifle as he is with the AWP.

Prediction:

Astralis is supposed to be the best team in the world. After all, they have been dominating the entire scene for quite some time. The Danish roster has had to fend off challenges from Faze Clan and Na’Vi in the past. But Na’Vi really has only put up strong performances very recently. They won the three tournaments, although, as we said it was against much weaker teams.

But Na’Vi is looking decent so far, although we are not sure if it is enough to defeat a team like Astralis. Astralis has had the dominance and experience to play against the top teams regularly. They are obviously well-versed in Na’Vi’s tactics and strategies which form the core of the team’s success.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. It is because of their past success that we recommend placing a bet on the Danish roster.

 

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