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Team Liquid vs LDLC: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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

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

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

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

Format

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

Team Liquid vs LDLC

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • NAF
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • TACO
  • Nitro

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

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

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

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

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

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

LDLC

LDLC Roster:

  • To1nou
  • Alex
  • logaN
  • AmaNek
  • Devoduvek

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

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

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

Prediction :

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

 

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Natus Vincere vs Avangar: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.


EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

 

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

 

  • Host:

Format.

 

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Natus Vincere vs Avangar

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi Roster:

  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • S1mple
  • Zeus
  • Electronic

The Natus Vincere roster is one of the most promising rosters in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. It has two of the world’s best players on its payroll. Electronic and S1mple are both exceptionally talented individuals and they are able to carry the team on their backs. The team’s performance, unfortunately, is often correlated to the players’ individual performance.

Zeus has taken over the leadership role on this team. And we can definitely see the impact of the player’s leadership style. After leading Gambit to a victory at the previous Major, Zeus has been able to muster the respect and awe of the players. We can see how Zeus was able to help the team continuously force-buy and still win almost impossible rounds. This obviously stems from the fact that Na’Vi has a very high skill ceiling.

S1mple’s performance is crucial to the team’s results. He has been able to put forth really strong results so far at EPICENTER 2018. However, when we see S1mple’s performance in isolation, we realise that the Na’Vi team seems to be depending heavily on the player. However, recently we have also seen Electronic put up really amazing performances. Between the two of them, they seem to be able to turn the game on its head. They are adept with inferior weapons as well and they can win rounds despite having just a few pistols.

This is another question with regards to Natus Vincere which seems very peculiar. Their resilience to give S1mple and Electronic the better weaponry has been very surprising from a fan viewpoint. Why would you not give the best players on your team the best weaponry? The answer, according to the community seems to be because they want to give the entire team the best possibility. With S1mple and Electronic being equally efficient on the pistols, the rest of the team can use the AKs and improved weaponry to win the round.

Na’Vi is very inconsistent when it comes to their performance against top teams. The team relies on individual prowess to propel them forward. For now, Na’Vi does look very strong [ at least as long as S1mple and Electronic are performing well].

Avangar

Avangar Roster:

  • Buster
  • Krizen
  • Qikert
  • Jame
  • Fitch

Avangar is a relatively new team on the International scene. The team’s performance has definitely surprised several analysts in this tournament so far. The likes of Buster and Qikert have been able to pull forth seemingly impossible rounds.

Buster in particular, has been a no-name till now. The player’s performance has only improved in this tournament, which points to a surge in his confidence. Buster has a great individual skill and is constantly on the winning side of the individual aim duels.

However, the selling point for Avangar remains their unique grenade usage as well as their ability to trade frags.

Prediction:

Natus Vincere is obviously the better choice in this matchup. They have the experience and are widely considered to be the best team in the world. The Na’Vi squad decimated Faze Clan in two maps and that is a team with a very high skill ceiling. When it comes to Avangar, we do expect Avangar to show us a few surprises in their map pick and the choice of performance via grenades and positioning. However, as we head into the Best of three series, we also realise that Na’Vi has a much better map pool compared to Avangar.

Jame will need to come clutch if Avangar is to have any chance of an upset in this match. Their win against Hellraiser was also partly due to hellraisers underperforming. The star players ISSAA and Woxic were both negative in their second map.

For now, we recommend a bet on Na’Vi. They have the experience as well as talent required to win against Avangar.

 

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.

EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

  • Host:

Format.

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All 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: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Faze Clan vs Natus Vincere.

Faze Clan and Na’Vi match up against each other in this game, however, the rivalry runs deeper. Astralis is the best team in the world and there is a fierce competition amongst the others to establish themselves as the next best teams.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Rain
  • Guardian

Faze Clan is the most successful International roster in CS:GO. The team has been put together with a lot of input from Karrigan who remains one of the few In-Game Leaders who can manage such a star-studded team. He has ample experience doing so in previous editions of Faze Clan as well as on other teams like TSM, Astralis etc.

Karrigan’s position on the Faze Clan CS: GO team is in danger. With Niko taking over the role of the In-Game Leader, one is left wondering what is Karrigan’s role on the team. After all, he is not a superstar individual performer like the likes of Niko, Rain and Olofmeister. He is most well known for being an In-Game Leader and often having decent runs with the AWP. With the IGL position no longer available, Karrigan needs to consistently put up big numbers or else he is getting the boot from the team.

Olofmeister has put up great numbers in the past month.

It is this knowledge that weights heavily on Faze Clan and their performance in any of their upcoming matches. The fact that any poor performance by Faze Clan is going to cut down heavily on Karrigan is always going to be an awkward topic for Faze Clan.

Niko, himself is going to be under tremendous pressure in the upcoming months. The role of an IN Game leader essentially forces you to think about the macro game and it often results in weak individual performances. This is exactly why we see multiple CS: GO teams axe their IGLs after a few weak performances. But almost always, this does not work in their favour. Niko is still expected to be the star player on this roster putting up the big numbers. If he fails on an individual level, it is bound to affect the overall results of the team. For Faze Clan, they are a very momentum based roster. Constant losses would mean a depreciating confidence level on the part of the Faze Clan players. This does not bode well for the team and for the organisation.

Niko has taken over the role of the In Game Leader.

One shining light for Faze Clan remains Olofmeister. The player is seeing excellent individual performances and is almost always performing for the team. His extended break might have been necessary, but it proved to be a very useful means of enabling the player’s abilities. However, he is the only one performing at a high level on this roster. The remained of the team looks to be underutilized and not as impactful as they can be.

Faze Clan has the excellent individual skill and this is what always makes them a threat no matter their current form. For now, they will face off against Na’Vi in the winners match. The winner of this match will go directly into the semifinals, the loser faces NIP in the quarterfinals.

Natus Vincere.

Na’Vi roster:

  • Zeus
  • Flamie
  • Electronic
  • S1mple
  • Edward.

Natus Vincere won ESL One Cologne 2018, but they have not shown us any dominant performances since then. In fact, other teams like ENCE, Team Liquid is definitely much better placed than NA’Vi when it comes to results. For Na’Vi the biggest question for the roster remains the ability to be consistent in their aim.

Despite having S1mple and Electronic, two of the world’s best players on their roster, Zeus is unable to capture the essential victories required for Na’Vi. So how does Na’Vi manage to become a consistent threat in all of their tournaments? The fact remains in their individual skill.

For Na’Vi even if they are at a weapon disadvantage or man disadvantage in a particular round, one can never count them out. We have seen numerous times when Na’Vi is able to pull through with inferior buys and from severe disadvantages. These type of rounds determine the final outcome especially as they often break the other team’s economy. S1mple is one of the best players in the world when it comes to individual prowess. It is not uncommon to see him able to pull off great performances despite being at a disadvantage. The player has also seen his temper become smoother and is more of a team player right now. His time on Na’Vi has taught him the temperament required to play at the top level of the game. Even if Na’Vi has a force buy it does not mean that S1mple gets the gun. There is no pressure on him to perform and that is one of the key reasons for his excellent performances.

For Na’Vi, they need to start to learn how to win the gun rounds with ease. A team cannot rely on force buys and winning impossible rounds to get back into the game. This does not make for a good counter strike and that is a reason why Na’Vi consistently fails against top tier teams. They might decimate lower ranked teams, but their inability to make it deep in a stacked tournament is what holds them back.

Prediction :

Both Faze Clan and Na’Vi have not achieved their peak potential. The two teams have shown us glimpses of excellence, but neither has been able to inspire us as Astralis does. Na’Vi’s performance has a heavy dependence on S1mple and Electronic. The two players are amongst the world’s best, but despite having such calibre on their roster the team is unable to dominate the CS: GO scene. The problem arises in the team’s approach to the game which often is borderline arrogant.

Their opponents for this match are Faze Clan, a team riddled with an identity question. When the roster was formed, Karrigan was the In-Game Leader while others were superstars with their weapons of choice or on their positions. However, with the Major Group stage debacle, Faze Clan has now decided to put Niko in the Leadership role. It might be a honeymoon period for the young star, however, it remains to be seen how this will affect his individual skill level and performance.

For now, we have to recommend a bet on Na’Vi as they look much better and composed.

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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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Made in Brazil vs Natus Vincere: 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 playoffs are held at the SSE Arena, Wembley. The top Eight teams compete for the bragging rights of being the best team in Counter Strike Global Offensive. Astralis seems to be the strongest team at the Major so far, but teams like Na’Vi and team Liquid are fast closing in.

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:

Made in Brazil

Made in Brazil Roster:

  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik
  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera

Made in Brazil’s current roster comprises of five Major winners with several years of experience between them. Made in Brazil’s performance, despite having a stacked roster was not something to write about. This is exactly why they brought in YNK into their roster as a coach. YNK has been a player and an analyst in Counter-Strike and has a good outside view of MiBR’s performance and their shortcomings.

Fallen has pulled off some really strong performances. Once known for his really aggressive style of AWP. With YNK holding MiBr player’s hands with the help on the strategy and tactics, we are seeing a boost in Fallen’s personal confidence. He is constantly pushing through smokes and making really unexpected plays. His accuracy and personal skill are obviously on a rise, which is why he often come out ahead of this extraordinary plays.

YNK has rejuvenated this roster into becoming a strong force once more. The team’s performance is seeing a significant uptick thanks to how YNK has been able to draft the team’s performance. They have a tendency to rely on individual performances of the players, but for a top tier team, this does not work enough. YNK has enabled the team to have a much better coordination and synergy amongst the players.

But it is the duo of Fer and Coldzera who need to step up on this roster. The two players have been phenomenal in the past and have been superstars. Coldzera even has a graffiti on the Mirage map named after him, however, they are far off from their peak performance levels. These two players’ performance can definitely make or break the team’s final placements. Right now MiBr is not the best team in the world, but they have the potential to become so.

Natus Vincere

 

Natus Vincere Roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Flamie
  • Edward
  • Zeus

Natus Vincere has always been a strong team in Counter-Strike. And yet, they have never really won a Major despite having some of the biggest names in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. This current iteration of the team is after almost a year of preparation. They brought in Zeus and Kane after the PGL Krakow Major 2017. This was followed by Electronic entering the team in early 2018.

Electronic and S1mple prove as a backup plan for Na’Vi. For a team with this much firepower, Na’Vi has relied heavily on Zeus and Kane to provide the overall strategies and tactics on the roster. However, there are often times when things don’t go according to plan. This is when the high skill ceiling of S1mple and Electronic becomes instrumental in enabling Na’Vi to win their matches. They can pull off frags from seemingly unwinnable situations and this gives them a huge advantage.

One interesting gameplay that Na’Vi has adopted at the Major is their force buys. They have a knack for forcing inferior weaponry and relying on their superior aim to win those rounds. That being said they also often have set executes with a single AK on their lineup at times. The problem for other teams is that even if they know Na’Vi will force a buy in a round, they still end up losing many times. Na’Vi’s individual performance has been really good and they have been able to provide great synergy and coordination to help each other get the frags.

Right now, Na’Vi looks like a viable contender to Astralis at the FaceIT major. They have a great map pool, two of the best players in the world as well a the right performance at the Major. With this current trend, Na’Vi can easily be the team to defeat at the Major. But for now, they have to play their semifinal match against Made in Brazil.

Prediction:

Natus Vincere has shown us some dominant performances at the FceIT London Major. They have actually shown significant improvements over the course of the past few months. However, as we see the performance of the team they are actually improving during the Major. This makes them a very difficult team to defeat as they seem to be approaching their peak levels in Counter-Strike right now.

Made in Brazil still need to go a long way before they can truly approach their peak. We are seeing improvements, but the MiBr team also lacks a decent map pool. Without an adequate map pool, the team falters and they can look really out of their depth on Na’Vi’s map picks. Despite Na’Vi having a very tactical approach in their game, any mistakes are quickly covered up by the high skill ceiling on the Na’Vi players ( S1mple and Electronic).

We recommend a medium sized bet on Natus Vincere for this match. They have the better map pool and are considerably improving their performance over time. It is important for them to peak at the right moment and their current trajectory definitely seems to point towards a much stronger Na’Vi.

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