Cloud9 vs BIG Gaming: Esports Betting Analysis @ Eleague CSGO Invitational.

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Cloud9 Roster:

  • Timothy "autimatic" Ta
  • Will "RUSH" Wierzba
  • Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
  • Jordan "Zellsis" Montemurro

Cloud9 had a very close set of matches against Faze Clan in their opening match. They won both the games in Overtime with 19 rounds in their name. The North American team is definitely looking very strong and they might be a top contender at the Eleague CS: GO Invitational tournament.

The North American team has Flusha on the team as their In-Game Leader. With Flusha taking reigns of the team, we see very slow and methodical gameplay from the roster. Flusha uses his experience of playing the game for multiple years as he looks to enable his team to become a stronger roster in the North American scene. However, this is also something that might backfire on the team. Cloud9 is a team that has spent quite some time under the leadership and in-game shot-calling of Golden. But with medical problems for the player, he is no longer a part of the active roster on Cloud9. Flusha's calling is different and it is bound to create its own set of instances for the team.

Kioshima was the top fragger during Cloud9's match against Faze Clan.

Yes, we did not really have much practice time, but we did get just two or three days in between. We figured some stuff out on Mirage after losing to Fnatic on that map at iBUYPOWER. We played with Zellsis some more and added one more map to our map pool. We got some things done but far from good enough.


The bigger problem for the team remains that their coach Valens is not present at this tournament. Instead, they have Rambo standing behind the team and helping the team achieve better results. He will have an impact in this match as Cloud9 seems to be playing a very mental game against their opponents. They tend to ensure that they can put forth strong results on a regular basis due to their strategies and tactics. Finding a case for themselves in the playstyle also ensures that the team is very comfortable around their playstyle. Understanding the team's synergy and coordination is often the most important part of playing in a CS:GO team.

Rush and Autimatic's performance is crucial to the team's results. They are two of the better players in North America and their presence on the Cloud9 roster raises hopes for the team's results. Rush might not always be at the top of the scoreboard, but his cerebral playstyle means that he has excellent positioning as a player. He is able to constantly put up strong results and is aware of his position on the map. If he is the sole defender on a particular site, he ensures that does not take unnecessary risks. However, with adequate backup; Rush is an extremely aggressive player surprising his opponents.

The stable force on the Cloud9 roster Timothy "autimatic" Ta

Cloud9 had a very lucky break against Faze Clan, but it was also due to their individual skill. Kioshima and Autimatic were the most impactful players on the Cloud9 team. They were able to win their individual aim duels consistently against Faze Clan. They look very strong and if Kioshima can keep up his performance; we think they have a very good chance of making it past into the finals.

BIG Gaming

BIG Gaming Roster:

  • Fatih "gob b" Dayik
  • Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz
  • Tizian "tiziaN" Feldbusch
  • Owen "smooya" Butterfield
  • İsmailcan "XANTARES" Dörtkardeş

The BIG Gaming roster is made up of many German players as well as Smooya who hails from Britain. The team has made a name for itself thanks to their strategic approach to the game. They are not seen in many LAN events and their decision to choose only certain tournaments to attend speaks volumes for their ability to play big tournaments. However, they always have a huge impact in whichever tournament they play in. their performance throughout the year has been really good, but we see this team rely a bit too much on their primary AWPer to make plays for them.

Smooya is the AWP player for BIG Gaming and has a signficant impact on the final result.

Speaking of their primary AWPer; Smooya had a fabulous performance in their match against Complexity. The player was moving everywhere on the map. He was takin the aggressive peeks that comes with the amount of confidence that he has in his own gameplay. Smooya is crucial to the team's gameplay and it is necessary that BIG feed him the confidence required to make such skilled plays.

That being said, we have all seen the level of talent on other players too such as Tizian and Tabsen. They have excellent muscle memory, which ensures that they get frags when they are even in a disadvantageous situation. We have seen how Tizian was able to get multiple frags on Overpass B site despite being overpowered by his opponents.

Xantares is the newest player on BIG Gaming.

The recent addition to BIG Gaming is the best Turkish CS: GO player. Xantares has been surprising many of the CS: GO community repeatedly for many years. His insane skill level is almost at the same level as some of the best teams in the world. Xantares is primarily a rifle player and he has very high firepower. As such, it is necessary for Gob B to understand his individual gameplay. He can make plays all over the map and even turn around games on an individual level. But coming into BIG Gaming; he is out of his comfort zone. Being in Space Soldiers, Xantares always received the adequate support and help from the rest of the teammates. Will he receive the same on BIG Gaming? This is a question that can only be answered by the German team as we see them in action.


Cloud9 looked very strong in their match against Faze Clan. The International team of Faze Clan might not be as strong as a few months ago; however, Cloud9 was still one of the better team in this match. They had an excellent read of the Faze Clan team and to defeat them in just two maps is a tremendous achievement for Cloud9.

Zellsis is a stand-in for Cloud9 at the Eleague CSGO Invitational.

The fact that Cloud9 has managed to put up such a performance against Faze Clans speaks volumes of their potential. With experienced European players such as Flusha and Kioshima leading the way for the team, Cloud9 has a bright future. They have already proven their worth to the organisation both as a player and as the In-Game Leader in case of Flusha. He has been able to lead the way for Cloud9 and enabling the youngsters on this roster to success. They recently brought in Zellsis as a stand-in and need to ensure a comfortable playing environment for the youngster.

However, they are up against BIG Gaming; a team that is known for its tactical approach to the game. With Gob B firmly controlling the tactical approach of the team, BIG has excellent grenade usage. This game will see Flusha and Gob B firmly going at each other via their tactics and strategy. The teams' movement around the map and their positioning are of critical importance. The In-Game leaders will have their work cut out for them as they go into this critical match.

BIG Gaming has the potential to make it big in this match; however, their fortunes depend a bit too much on Smooya and his individual performance. If Smooya has a great game, as he did against Complexity; BIG are the hot favourites to win this match. Smooya looks excessively good so far in the tournament and therefore, we recommend a bet on BIG Gaming to win this match.

26,Jan 2019

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