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

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

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

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

Broadcast.

Format

Group Stage: October 7th – 11th, 2018

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

Playoffs: October 12th – 14th, 2018

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

The Prize Distribution at the event is as follows:

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

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

Vega Squadron

Vega Squadron Roster:

  • Chopper
  • JR
  • Hutji
  • TonyBlack
  • Crush

Vega Squadron has come forth as the strongest CIS squad at this tournament. Their route to the playoffs saw them compete against other CIS rosters as well. They were able to take them down with ease and without any sort of hiccups. The Vega Squadron team has been together for quite some time. The CIS roster has been able to make deep runs at various tournaments, but they don’t really have the necessary consistency at the top level to make this performance.

Chopper has been fantastic in his Quarterfinal matchup. The player is a very skilled player but often takes a beating when it comes to his positioning. The player has a good spatial sense of his individual performance however when it comes to the grand scheme of things, he is not often in the best of position. Irrespective of this, Chopper is always a factor when it comes to any Vega Squadron match. His individual performance has helped the Vega Squadron team make deep forays in their most recent matches. They have been able to take advantage of the first picks created by him and ensure an economy advantage later in the game.

JR has helped the team develop into its current form and that is largely responsible for shutting down opponents on their CT side. His positioning with the AWP is really good and he can shut down entire sections of the map with just his presence. The performance of the team remains extremely strong as long as JR maintains his consistency. From a macro perspective, JR might not have a deep strat-book; however, he always has an understanding of what is best for his team and what works for the players. His understanding of his players gives JR the right amount of ammunition to make take on other teams.

TonyBlack is another player who had emerged from the CIS scene recently. He has been able to make surprising plays and is reminiscent of some Fallen like plays TonyBlack has really strong performances intermittently and forms a crucial part of the team.

Vega Squadron is a very well rounded team and just like other CIS rosters, Vega Squadron has periods of excellence. Right now at Starseries, it does seem like they are having a good form.

NRG Esports

NRG esports roster:

  • Fugly
  • Daps
  • Brehze
  • Cerq
  • NahtE

The North American roster has been making waves with their performances in recent times. They were first noticed during IEM Sydney on the International stage. However, this was prefaced by months of good performances in the North American scene.

The team has brought on Cerq to their roster, and while he is a very good player it is not this player who has been making the moves for NRG. On the other hand, we are witnessing players like Fugly and NahtE bring out really strong performances on their rifles. NahtE has been really strong with the rifle and his positioning allows him to take multiple frags and cripple the opponents economy. NahtE’s performance in this tournament has helped offset the lacklustre showing by Cerq. Despite being the star performer on this roster, Cerq seems to have a problem with consistent results and showing. We remember his great shots and insane plays, but being consistent is often more important than splashes of brilliance.

The whole team comes together due to Daps and his leadership qualities. He has been able to maintain composure while still being able to read his opponents and force them to play at his pace. NRG esports has been very comfortable in their game so far at Starseries, this is primarily because their opponents seem to be comfortable in playing their game.

We don’t see their opponents try something new which will force NRG to put forth a new approach to their game. Fugly and Daps present the ‘veteran\ aspect of this roster and we can see them constantly talking and evaluating their options. NG is still a very young roster and they have miles to go before they can truly be considered to be a top tier team. Right now, NRG has the firepower and the leadership to proceed further. A win at Starseries would go miles in enabling the NRG roster to become stronger and better with whatever resources they have.

The NRG roster has a lot of potentials but has failed to always convert it into results. They have had periodic bursts of performances, mostly helped by Cerq carrying the team. However, as an individual player, he needs to start becoming more consistent in his performance, even if it comes at the cost of not seeing godlike performances again.

Prediction:

NRG might have impressed a few with their performances at Starseries & I-League. However, the team definitely needs to ensure better and more consistent performances if they are to be taken seriously. Add to this the fact that they do not have their star performing on point at this tournament, so their potential for a deep finish at the tournament looks unlikely. Right now it is NahtE who is making strong forays deep into the enemy. NRG also has a proclivity for strategic maps like Train and Inferno. While this is great, their map pool falls squarely opposite that of Vega Squadron.

The Vega squad has a lot of experience together with each other. Each of these players has been on some of the best Tier 2 rosters and has intermittently risen to the top. They might not always be the best team in the CIS region, however, they do have their periods of excellence. Right now, it does seem like Vega is having multiple members in good form.

We recommend a bet on Vega Squadron for this match.

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