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

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Introduction

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

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

Broadcast Talent

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

Format

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

Credit to Liquipedia for the Broadcast talent and the format.

Virtus Pro

Virtus Pro Roster:

  • NEO
  • Byali
  • PashaBiceps
  • Michu
  • Morelz

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

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

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

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

Tyloo

Tyloo Roster:

  • Somebody
  • Mo
  • DD
  • BnTeT
  • xAccurate

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

We recommend a low bet on Tyloo for this match.

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