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IEM Sydney Intel Extreme Masters Grand Final Coverage

It is the Grand Final of IEM Sydney today and we are waiting on Astralis to complete our futures bet against Faze Clan today. WHile Faze Clan may have overcome an extremely poor start to make the Grand Final of this major – Astralis are still in a much better position to take out this event.

IEM Sydney Grand Final
Astralis v Faze Clan

This is going to be an absolute blockbuster – the Australian crowd has been the best crowd at a major so far this season and it hasn’t even been close! This final is what the crowd deserves, although, it may have been even bigger if Renegades didn’t blow it leading into the final.

However, this isn’t about how good the event has been, this is about how good this final is going to be, and it is going to be that good if you are putting your money on all things Astralis. Yesterday on Inferno, Astralis laid the bait for Faze Clan to select the map as they “struggled” and eventually lost to it against Mousesports in the semi-final. However, this is a classive bait. They want Faze to pick this map so that it frees them up to pick two maps that suit them, while Faze pick a map that suits them.

Expected map picks and single veot’s
Astralis pick Mirage
Astralis pick Overpass
Faze Clan pick Inferno
Faze Clan pick Cache
Astralis veto Train
Faze Clan veto Nuke
Left over Dust 2

Faze won’t want to be facing Astralis on Nuke as they are lights out on it, which frees Astralis to take one of their best maps in Overpass, which should be a comfortable win for them as Faze have looked a little lost on Overpass throughout the tournament. Essentially, this is Astralis game to lose. These map selections are extremely likely. Dust 2 will be left, Astralis won’t ban it considering how badly they emulsified Mousesports on it in the semi-finals.

For Faze, this game really rests on the shoulders of Niko and Guardian, these two need to be an absolute force in order for Faze to stand a chance of winning even on map with these selections. Astralis, despite Device feeling a little under the weather, are the best team in the world at Counter Strike right now, and, they are going to be back-to-back major winners after today is over.

Maps that Astralis will win against Faze are Mirage, Overpass, Cache and possibly even Inferno. If Astralis do take an early 2-0 lead, then this will be over rather quickly today. This is a best of five, and three map wins are required for victory. But, today, you are throwing away money if you bet against Astralis.

BEST BETS
Astralis Match Line -1.5 on Bet365 @ $1.66/-152
Astralis correct score 3-1 on Unibet @ $3.75/+275

IEM Sydney Intel Extreme Masters Day 5 Coverage

Semi finals day today at the IEM Sydney Intel Extreme Masters, where winner goes to the big dance, while the loser boards the next plane out of dodge. Only the two games here today, and, it is extremely likely that we will have at least one red hot game today. With that said – lets get in to the second last day of coverage!

Day Five Round Analysis

Tyloo v Faze Clan

Will Bntet be able to continue playing at the extremely high level that he currently is at IEM Sydney? Will Faze be able to manage consistent enough team play to overpower the Chinese dragons? Can Rain, Xizt and Karrigan do enough to support Guardian and Niko consistently enough each round to make this a quick match for Faze? These questions will be answered today.

The gunpowder trail that Tyloo have left behind included a quick 2-0 win over local boys Renegades, a quick 2-0 over North American factory of sadness Cloud 9 and then you have them opening up their campaign in relatively easy fashion. The question now is, can they do it on the big stage with a days rest between games? This is still yet to be seen, when they were last on the big stage, they faltered against Grayhound Gaming. Simple mistakes can’t be afforded against a side like Faze Clan, they may not be at their best, but they still won’t be giving away free rounds.

For Faze Clan, consistency is key here. Expectation and reality have rarely aligned for this team over the last few months, choking at major finals, group stages and brackets. When you are a side that is constructed to win, and win today, with an expensive roster, you want results, and Faze haven’t delivered bar one major this season. Regardless of what they do in this round, they are going to struggle against expect grand finalist Astralis.

Expected map selections
Faze Clan select – Cache
Tyloo select – Inferno
Left over – Dust 2

BEST BET – Map 1 UNDER 26.5 rounds @ $1.72/-139 on UNIBET

Astralis v Mousesports

This Astralis roster, has been talked up here at Bet Chimps all year long, and, now they are starting to deliver with Magisk in the squad at IEM Sydney. The individual talent on this roster is at another level, and, put that with the perfectly executed team strategies time and time again and you have a recipe for continued success. If the core of this roster stays together, they will be major favourites for a long time. Astralis will be full of confidence headed into this semi final, considering they already beat Mousesports comfortably 2-0 in the group stages, and, watching Mousesports almost get eliminated by Renegades, there was a lot of team strategy errors and individuals not stepping up. If Astralis can overcome the bug that Device has, then, they can win this matchup 2-09 again with Xypx9 clutching round after round as per usual.

Mousesports, it has been said here once, and it will be said again – this will be a much more complete side when they cut ties with Styko and move forward with a player that can actually entry frag and IGL. Styko is dead weight on this roster. With that said, the decline in the play by Oskar and the gone again here again play for Chrisj and the at times invisible play by Sunny and Ropz means that this team needs a miracle in order for them all to be playing well at the same time – when they do, it is poetry in motion, unfortunately, these rounds are few and far between. Against Astralis, every player needs to be on point, and MOusesports are yet to have a game where every player is on the same page in Sydney.

Expected map selections
Astralis select Train
Mousesports select Cache
Left over Inferno

Astralis taking Train wouldn’t be a surprise after how poorly Mousesports played on it against Renegades yesterday. Throw Mousesports into the fire as with map picks like this – Astralis won’t let there be three maps, Mousesports will avoid Nuke after Astralis ravaged them on the map in their last meeting.

BEST BET – Astralis to win 2-0 @ $2.00/+100 on UNIBET

IEM Sydney Intel Extreme Masters Day 4 Coverage

Yesterday, we had some winners and some losers at IEM Sydney, today – we are aiming for a full day of results. We are still ahead from a win loss perspective this tournament, but, we want to be ahead further, let’s get to work. Don’t forget, you can show us support by signing up to any of our website sponsors.

Faze Clan v Fnatic

This, is a very hard match to decipher. As it stands, every team left is currently fighting it out to see who gets to finish second to Astralis. Faze have been ordinary this entire tournament and have only made a mockery of sub standard teams – and yest, as it stands, Cloud 9 are sub standard. The same however, can be said about an under performing Fnatic roster, relying heavily on individual brillians from Krimz.

Expected map selections
Faze Clan select – Overpass
Fnatic select – Mirage
Left over – Train

With these three expect map picks – Faze could potentially walk away 2-0 winners, or, 2-1 winners. Neither side has been overly impressive, but, with Fnatic really lacking the presence of JW on the awp, as he has been near invisible this entire tournament, save maybe a couple of big rounds – they are going to struggle if Guardian and N1ko are on point today.

BEST BET – Faze Clan to win 2-0 on UNIBET

Renegades v Mousesports

You kind of want to pull for the home team here, but, it is going to be extremely hard to do so when they threw the game away multiple times against much inferior opposition in Tyloo. Mousesports are not without their negatives. On an individual 1 for 1 skill level approach, Mouse are superior in every position except for IGL, as Styko still, looks like a deer in headlights most of the time.

If Renegades want to have any chance at winning this, they need to see big games from Azr and an even bigger performance from Jkaem and Ustillo. If the Renegades big guns can fire, they can make a game of this with Mouse being extremely inconsistent at the moment.

Expected map selections
Renegades select – Train
Mousesports select – Cache
Left over – Nuke

With these three maps, both sides get maps that work to their strengths, but, Renegades fell apart on Train yesterday against Tyloo, giving away too many cheap rounds. Expecting a different Renegades today with their backs against the wall. However, individual skill is what is going to get Mousesports over the line here, most likely in 2 maps.

BEST BET – Mousesports to win 2-0 on UNIBET

IEM Sydney Intel Extreme Masters Day 3 Coverage

Today marks the first full knockout day for the 2018 IEM Sydney Extreme Intel Masters event. After a solid day yesterday, including multiple plus money winners – we return today to replicate that success.

Day Three Round Analysis

MVP.PK v Mousesports

This is going to be a closer match than many expect. Mousesports looked like they didn’t belong at the tournament yesterday as Astralis made a mockery of them. Mousesports will need to bounce back today against an emerging Asian side that has some real talent individually. Expectations here though are that even with Styko continuing to pull down the quality of this roster, that they still have what it takes to beat MVP.PK straight up with a 2-0 result.

BEST BET – Mousesports -1.5 Match Line @ $1.65/-154 on UNIBET

NRG eSports v G2

G2 had somewhat of a resurgence yesterday, almost beating out Fnatic, but, ultimately fell short. That match was closer than it should have been, and, some rather poor errors of judgement on an individual level led to G2 having a chance on the first and last maps. DOn’t expect a red hot NRG to afford similar opportunities here. CerQ is one of the most sort after players and, if NRG don’t offer him a decent enough contract to stick with the side, he will most likely move to a tier one team in order to get more LAN experience. G2 have KennyS in a similar role, but, CerQ is playing much better. This is definitely a game that NRG eSports could take.

BEST BET – Map 1 OVER 26.5 rounds @ $1.80/-125 on UNIBET

Cloud9 v Faze Clan

You wouldn’t think that this would be a sentence you would read about these two sides, but, both don’t look like tier one sides, and are really going to be offering a really poor game here today. The scoreline might show a good game, but, in all likeliness, it is a poor match from a skill stand point and Cloud 9 are able to steal a map due to Faze playing a redundant style of Counter Strike that worked a year or so ago, but, really doesn’t in today’s game. The best bet here is for this one to go to three maps.

BEST BET – Match Total OVER 2.5 Maps @ $1.90/-110 on UNIBET

Renegades v Tyloo

The surprise package that is Tyloo, will be hoping that this golden run will continue by beating the best side left from the Australian scene, despite Renegades playing in the ultra competitive North American circuit. Tyloo will be hoping that big games from the likes of BnTet and Captain Mo continue to happen as Ustillo and Azr continue to wreak havoc for the Boys. However, both teams look poised to win their own map picks here and, we lean more towards Renegades winning this one outright.

BEST BET – Match Total OVER 2.5 Maps @ $1.85/-118 on UNIBET

Astralis v Fnatic

This will be a walk in the park for Astralis after what they showed yesterday. Fnatic made too many errors against G2 and these are things you just can’t do against a side like Astralis. Krimz may be playing out of this world individually, but, players like JW and Flusha are really in and out of form, and, you can’t have an form on inconsistency against Astralis. Likely maps pool will be Dust 2, Cache and Train. It would be a big mistake for Fnatic to let Astralis take Overpass, that would be an instant 1-0 start. Regardless of what Fnatic pick, it is hard to see this being anything other than a quick 2-0 for Astralis.

BEST BETS
Astralis to win 2-0 @ $1.60/-157
Astralis -4.5 Map 1 @ $2.00/+100
Both bets on UNIBET