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Counter Strike Global Offensive: ESL One Cologne 2018 Day 2

Today is day two of the ESL One Cologne 2018 Counter Strike Major. Last years winners, SK Gaming will be represented under a new name, MiBR (Made In Brazil). The red hot favourites to win the event are without a doubt – Astralis, and, the odds reflect this. With some questionable sides at this event, lets break down the day of games.

Team Liquid v North

If Liquid play anywhere near the level that they did yesterday, this will be a quick 2-0 for North, who almost pulled off the improbable comeback on Inferno against Fnatic after being on the losing side of a 12-3 half, to finish 16-14 losers. Liquid on the other hand, were thoroughly handled by local team BIG, 16-7 on Dust 2 with only Elige looking like he came to the event to play – at one stage, having more total frags than the rest of the Liquid line-up. However, it looked like a strategic move by Liquid in order to drop down to the lower bracket and aim for a potentially easier run to the finals. North are no easy beats, and, the loser is going home. Team Liquid will more than likely want to avoid Dust 2 here as it is one of North’s stronger maps.

Expected map selections:
Team Liquid select – Mirage
North select – Nuke
Left Over – Overpass

With this trio of maps – it looks like it could very much be a three map contest. It really depends on whether or not an interested Team Liquid come to play.

Best Bet – Match Total OVER 2.5 Maps @ $1.85/-118 on Unibet

Renegades v B.O.O.T[d]s

Yesterday, Renegades shot out to a big, unexpected lead of 9-1 against MiBR, and, then as expected, fell to pieces and ended up losing outright. Now, they find themselves in a must win clash with B.O.O.T[d]s in order to stay in this tournament. Ustillo, Jkaem, Jks, Nifty and Azr will all need to be at their best here, if B.O.O.T[d]s best player Benkai is switched on today, it could make this match-up a lot more interesting. The Boys’ have a big advantage on player for player skill, and, this will be the difference maker between the two teams. Expecting that Renegades will win 2-0 isn’t the biggest longshot. However, the Boy’s have been so inconsistent it is hard to suggest betting on them. However, it is going to be the most best option here.

Expected map selections:
Renegades select – Mirage
B.O.O.T[d]s select – Cache
Left Over – Dust 2

This potential map cycle plays into Renegades hands if B.O.O.T[d]s were to go down this road with their selection, Cache is a 50/50 map, where Renegades would have the edge on player skill and playing it more recently.

Best Bet – Renegades to win 2-0 @ $1.85/-118 on Unibet

FaZe Clan v MiBR

This is the battle to determine our futures bet on the winner of Group B. If FaZe win here, as expected, then, it will send them through to the next part of the tournament as the group B winner. MiBR just scraped through after almost getting blown away by Renegades, when they originally had a 9-1 lead that MiBR clawed back. However, again, on a one-for-one skill grading, FaZe have the better side, and, regardless of map selection, FaZe will hold the edge on each map in the pool bar Train, which is a 50/50 type of map for these two sides.

Expected map selections:
FaZe Clan select – Mirage
MiBR select – Inferno
Left Over – Train

With this map rotation, it will be very difficult for MiBR to win Mirage, as that is one of FaZe Clans top maps, and, they are also very strong on Inferno, but, MiBR can’t afford to throw a different map in just because it is one of their opponents weaker maps. They need to play to their strengths and throw caution to the win if they want a chance.

Best Bet – FaZe Clan to win 2-0 @ $2.25?=125 on Unibet

Mousesports v ENCE

Unexpectedly, ENCE knocked out Swedish giants, Ninja’s In Pyjamas in their first knockout match, now, they face a tougher assignment in Mousesports. Mousesports also suffered a shock of their own, losing to an out of sorts G2 in their last match to qualify for the playoff bracket. Today, they are in a must win scenario against a side that is at a lower level of individual skill and are in a game that they are expected to win. However, the communication issues with new player Snax was on show against G2 and that isn’t something that Mousesports can fix overnight. Expectation here is that those issues hang around today and, make Mousesports bring the best out of their individual skill players. ENCE are significantly outmatched on a one for one player grading as well as an experience and strategy level. Mousesports will win this battle.

Expected map selections:
Mousesports select – Mirage
ENCE select – Train
Left Over – Inferno

With this map pool, Mousesports would hold a big edge on Mirage and a slight edge on Train, which would add value to a 2-0 win. However, the communication between the team isn’t on point at the moment, which could easily effect their executes on a map like Train. Skill level here will be crucial and a big game from Oskar is required for Mousesports to win here.

Best Bet – Mousesports to win 2-0 @ $2.25/+125 on Unibet

Fnatic v BIG

Unlike yesterday, BIG will not be afforded the opportunity of their opponent throwing for a lower bracket run. Fnatic are hungry after a string of disappointing efforts. BIG are an easy target, and, at this stage of the tournament, they are one you would like to have on your road to the semi’s or the quarters, that is exactly what lies ahead here for Fnatic. BIG got a win yesterday solely on the fact that Liquid had one player putting in effort and four that were only focused on what teams were headed to the lower bracket with them. Smooya is a rising start in the awp scene, however, he is against a season veteran in JW here, he will struggle if they go toe-to-toe.

Expected map selections:
Fnatic – Mirage
BIG – Dust 2
Left Over – Inferno

With this map rotation, BIG will be able to get Dust 2, or possibly Nuke, depending which way they select, after that, it should be routine for Fnatic, who are the better side on a one for one skill level.

Best Bet – Match Total OVER 2.5 maps @ $1.90/-112 on Unibet

Cloud 9 v Natus Vincere

Yesterday, Na’Vi looked horrible in their shock loss to G2, especially after winning the first half of the map. This is a must win situation for both teams, and, Cloud 9 have less firepower to match up with Na’Vi here. Na’Vi will look to their big hitters S1mple and Electronic in order to get the job done here, especially with S1mple going somewhat missing of late for the Ukrainian outfit.

Expected map selections:
Cloud 9 – Cache
Natus Vincere – Overpass
Left Over – Mirage

Na’Vi are favourites coming into this one, even after a rather poor effort against G2, losing a lot of key rounds you would normally see them walk in. With that said, Cloud 9 are really hurting having Styko in their team lineup, and, for this reason, Na’Vi hold a significant edge in this one. Na’Vi are not that great on Cache which could see Cloud 9 steal a map if that falls in rotation. However, both Overpass and Mirage would be heavily skewed in Natus Vincere’s favour.

Best Bet – Natus Vincere -3.5 handicap map @ $1.90/-112 on Unibet

Futures Bets
To Win Outright – Astralis @ $2.30/+130 on Unibet
Group B Winner – FaZe Clan @ $2.50/+150 on Unibet
Map with highest % of T wins – Dust 2 @ $3.50/+250 on Unibet

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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