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Team Liquid vs. fnatic CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Katowice XII

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Introduction

The final tournament of ESL’s XII Season and part of the Intel Series Grand Slam, IEM Katowice returns during a time where CS:GO is at its most competitive era. With no “true” top team to hold the throne, Katowice will only strengthen each team’s standing within the world’s best. In an era filled of uncertainty, the only winners could be the spectators that witness some of the best matches that esports and Counter Strike has to offer as a whole.

IEM Katowice will feature ESL’s new Group Stage format, where the Group Stage Ladder will feature most of its matches in a bo3 setting; the only matches that will be best of 1s will be the group stages’ opening matches. 3 teams will make it out of each group, with both the upper bracket finalists making it out—the winner of the upper bracket securing a quarterfinal bye—and the winner of the loser bracket finals securing a spot of the quarterfinals.

SK, FaZe, and C9 are in a period of confusion, as they attempt to cement themselves as the consistent best, whereas new rosters (Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis) will be looking to test the waters with their new lineups. Anything can happen in one of the most iconic tournaments of Counter Strike 1.6 & GO’s history: IEM Katowice.

Format

  • Group Stage: February 27th – March 1st, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
    • 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: March 2nd – 4th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Credit to Liquipedia

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North America Team Liquid  (powered by EsportsBet)

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

Team Liquid have rebranded themselves completely since the addition of Renegades star NAF. Unarguably, one could say that this is probably the best Liquid lineup since the one that took the world by storm at ESL Cologne 2016.

NAF himself has taken Liquid under the reigns of his firepower. He’s boasted the highest rating in Team Liquid in the 3 LAN events he’s participated, boasting an average rating equating to ~1.24 at cs_summit 2, StarLadder, and IEM Katowice. In that run, he secured Team Liquid their first international championship at cs_summit 2, and also made a running for one of the top 5 players of the year in CS:GO.

Also, I dare say this day may have come already – NAF is[, in my opinion,] currently a top 5 player in the world. Based on how he’s playing and how much impact he’s having in these big events, against the very top teams, I can’t argue myself out of it.

– Peter “Twgri1s” Milovanovic, Twitter

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

With that, EliGE and Twistzz prove to be one of the best fragging duos for Liquid, as they have proven to be stable riflers and masters of their own trades. Twistzz has been renowned for his eco play with the desert eagle, whereas EliGE continues to impress with his improbable rifle play when it’s needed most. Count in the supporting brains of nitr0, steel, and zews, and you have a world-class team. While nitr0 has the potential as seen at ELEAGUE, he and steel have been working well in providing opportunities both on the CT and T side. steel is a great lurker and support who is willing to throw himself for the team, and a brain like zews’ instills discipline and teamwork altogether.

If Liquid keep this up, they are sure to overtake Cloud9 as North America’s best.

Sweden fnatic (powered by EsportsBet)

  • Sweden JW
  • Sweden Golden
  • Sweden flusha
  • Sweden KRiMZ
  • Sweden Lekr0
  • Sweden Jumpy (coach)

fnatic completely resurged from a poor showing at StarLadder, which saw them go out without a single best of 3 win while losing to the likes of TyLoo and Renegades. The Swedes, who were fishing for a solution, have reeled in a great one as they displayed themselves at Katowice with utter superiority, destroying FaZe Clan and G2 Esports along the way.

fnatic completely reverted from the well-known aim-style fnatic that was seen during the “fnatic era” of CS:GO, picking up Golden to bring in a more in-depth tactical style to the squad. It has worked very well so far, but the true star over the last few stints is comes with huge surprise: KRiMZ. KRiMZ has absolutely been phenomenal in fnatic’s LAN runs, performing well above anyone else in crucial matches and moments. The man, who has been revered as one of the best anchors and all-around players in CS:GO, has come back to form.

KRiMZ and flusha have renowned themselves as fnatic’s frontrunners (StarLadder)

Of course, the roles have been structured to fit fnatic’s individual play-styles. flusha has been lurking and playing anchor like KRiMZ, with Golden and Lekr0 playing clean-up and support roles, and JW has been playing a hybrid entry-AWPer role to suit the aggressiveness of his play-style. fnatic look completely revitalized with this lineup, and we’re starting to see the prime of these players come out in a time where fnatic need to resurge as one of the best.

 

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

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

Format

credit to Liquipedia

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

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Team Liquid

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SK Gaming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cloud9 (C9) vs. Team Liquid (TL) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

Format

credit to Liquipedia

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

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Cloud9

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

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

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

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

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

Team Liquid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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