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Counter Strike Global Offensive: ESL One Cologne 2018 Day 3

Today is day three 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.

BIG v Renegades

Very unlikely match up here based of results, but, here we are. BIG outperformed in their opening game, and, fell right back into a position that everyone expected, when they got beaten by Fnatic. Renegades, have split their results as well, and, are coming in on the back of an easy 2-0 win over B.O.O.T[d]s. This one is a very even match, and the odds reflect this. If you were to go on a player for player match up however, Renegades hold the edge, with only Smooya having an edge over Nifty. Ustillo, jks, Jkaem and Azr all stepped up against B.O..O.T[d]s, if they are to replicate that type of performance, they could very well beat BIG 2-0. Home sides always play better at home however, and they could easily get at least one map in this contest. Renegades to win 2-1 is at big money – but, the smarter bet here would be to take Renegades to win.

Expected map selections
BIG select – Cache
Renegades select – Train
Left over – Inferno

Best Bet – Renegades ML @ $1.85/-118 on Unibet

MiBR v North

After getting the big upset and elimination Team Liquid, North are back on deck here against MiBR who got handled 2-0 by FaZe Clan yesterday. This is a very open match considering how poor MiBR have been performing, whether named MiBR or SK Gaming. While North are a beatable opponent, it is hard to trust MiBR to get the job done – this is a great H2H match to just leave alone, there is no edge for either side and, irrespective of map rotation, could just go either way.

No Best Bet

Astralis v G2 eSports

Astralis, are our pick to win this entire tournament, and, winning their group here against G2, will push them closer to achieving that goal. With that said, there could be a chance that Astralis throw this to try and get G2 closer to the final, as they know that they can beat the French side pretty comfortably if they want to. Xypx9, Device, Dupreeh, Magisk and gla1ve are the strongest unit right now in Counter Strike, and, a big win here will just stamp their authority over the rest of the league.

Expected map selections
G2 eSports select – Dust 2
Astralis select – Inferno
Left over – Train

Best Bet – Astralis -4.5 round handicap Map 2 @ $1.72/-139 on Unibet

ENCE v Natus Vincere

A real wildcard here, ENCE, expected by many to be one of the first eliminated, have knocked out one of the hopefuls in Mousesports yesterday and seem to be going from strength to strength. Unfortunately for ENCE, the worlds best player is on the Na’Vi roster, and he turned up big yesterday during Na’Vi’s 2-0 route of Cloud 9. Natus Vincere do at times depend on the individual brilliance of S1mple, and, he is that type of ace up the sleeve that can turn a game on its head in a split second. For ENCE, they really need to combined efforts from Aerial and Aleksib to continue, if they are to stand a realistic chance against the Ukrainians, the Finland based outfit will need to start strong.

Expected map selections
ENCE select – Dust 2
Natus Vincere select – Mirage
Left over – Train

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

FaZe Clan v Fnatic

Old rivals go to war once again here with FaZe Clan looking to be in better shape. Fnatic really got through due to the individual brilliance of JW yesterday, just awping down anything that moved. Today, old rivals JW and Guardian will be the main battle here, whichever one can assert dominance on awp control, will be able to win the game for their side. The support play of Niko and Cromen will need to win the duels with Krimz and Flusha – something easier said than done – but, FaZe are just in a good spot right now, despite not having Olofmeister with them.

Expected map selections
Fnatic select – Mirage
FaZe Clan select – Nuke
Left over – Inferno

Best Bet – FaZe Clan to win 2-0 @ $2.37/+137 on Unibet

Multi of the day
Astralis to win 2-0
FaZe Clan ML
Natus Vincere ML
Value – $3.00/+200 on Unibet

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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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Counter Strike Global Offensive: ESL One Cologne 2018 Day One

Today marks the beginning 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 hoot 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 opening games of day.

Astralis v Team Ence

Astralis, easily are the favourites to win ESL One Cologne, and, in all likelihood, they will walk away winners. Their first test comes against finish side, Ence. Aleksib, the former Havu Gaming member has recently started to perform at the level needed at for Ence, and, Aerial will need to be at his best for Ence to stand a chance here. With Xypx9. Dupreeh, Device and Magisk on the lurk, there isn’t really much too look forward to if you are one the Ence roster tonight. What we have seen from Astralis in their opening rounds at tournaments is that they like to drag their first game out to warm up – the line is at -6.5, and, it isn’t advised to bet on this match, as with Astralis and their first Bo1 game, they have often dragged them out for a bit of early practice. Expect to see the same here.

Ninjas In Pyjamas v Cloud 9

Both are organsiations in free fall. NiP have struggled to be consistent for the last 12 months now, and, even adding a good young talent in Lekr0, they still haven’t really put a good foot forward in regards to preparation for this event. The certainly won’t be an NiP magic at this event. For Cloud 9, they are in a similar boat, bringing Skadoodle back out of retirement didn’t change much, adding Mousesports castaway Styko won’t change things, and the continued lack of input from Automatic isn’t helping them at all. All in all, this game reads as two teams that are going to struggle against one another, and at the event overall. With that said, NiP hold a big edge in pistol rounds due to the Denis factor. Apart from that, it really is anyone’s game.

Best Bet – Match Total OVER 26.5 Rounds @ $2.00/+100 on Unibet

Natus Vincere v G2 eSports

G2 are still struggling to find themselves after all the recent roster changes and player sales, basically rebuilding the old roster that use to win things has been what G2 has been working on, bringing back Shox, KennyS and adding coach Smithzz. Still, no consistency and are struggling just about everywhere, this boot camp they said that they went on, won’t change much as their first opponent is Na’Vi, who are coming of a big win in the Asian Championships. Expecting the momentum of Na’Vi to keep rolling here and they handle business against a struggling G2 side.

Best Bet – Natus Vincere -3.5 round handicap @ $1.72/-139 on Unibet

Mousesports v Gambit

Mousesports finally did what we have been calling for them to do now for over six months, and, that is to cut the weak link that was Styko. Unfortunately, they added Snax from a very underwhelming Virtus.Pro roster. Snax may have been one of the games best two years ago – but, has really left something to be desired this year, but, that could have something to do with the expectation of losing as a Virtus.Pro member. Mousesports did above what was expected with a stand-in at the ESL One Belo Horizonte event, and, are expected to perform even better considering that get their best player Oskar back for this event and lose their worst in Styko. Gambit, haven’t been overly iompressive, have won games here and there, but, the addition of MiR from Vega Squadron has really helped them in the fragging department. On a one for one skill matching, Mousesports are better than Gambit, but, new player in, and, communication issues to be expected, this game could finish at 16-11 or 16-12.

Best Bet – Match Total OVER 26.5 rounds @ $2.25/+125 on Unibet

FaZe Clan v B.O.O.T[d]s

FaZe are not going to mess around here, they start off with one of the easier opponents in the entire competition, the round line reflects this, and irrespective of what the map rotation lands on, FaZe should beat the Asian qualifiers by more than 9 rounds. The line is set at -7.5 which is more than achievable for FaZe, but, just in case they lose a pistol being overconfident, it will be safer to take the match total under market. Not really much information needed here, FaZe are that much better than their opponent here.

Best Bet – Match Total UNDER 26.5 @ $1.65/-154 on Unibet

Renegades v MiBR

MiBR formerly known as SK Gaming, have a winnable matchup here agains the Australian side who have really fallen off the wagon since their coach left due to a falling out with jkaem. The leadership hasn’t been their for the Boys, and, they find themselves against a re-branded and hungry MiBR first up. Unless this map falls on Inferno or Train, Renegades will ultimately struggle in getting this win – or even covering as they team play and communication just hasn’t been there. With that said, MiBR haven’t been overly good either, and were only able to get a surprise win on home soil because the crowd was telling them where opponents were hiding. They won’t have that edge in Cologne, but, must beat beatable teams to be taken seriously. Renegades are beatable.

Best Bet – MiBR -4.5 handicap @ $1.85/-118 on Unibet

BIG v Team Liquid

Another replay of the Belo Horizonte beatdown that Team Liquid dished out is to be expected again here. BIG may be the home side here, being the German representatives, but, on a one for one skill level, team strategy level and communication level, Team Liquid are far superior. A -4.5 handicap is a soft line because BIG are the home side, that won’t mean much though, as the North American top seed will be able to get the job done here against BIG, for the third time in less than a month.

Best Bet – Team Liquid -4.5 handicap @ $1.95/-105 on Unibet

Fnatic v North

The most difficult match on the opening round of games to try and predict. If the map falls on an open brawler like Mirage or Overpass – Fnatic hold the edge 60-40, any other map, it really is a true 50-50 set up. North are their own worst enemy 90% of the time, executing poorly and missing shots that could win rounds, where Fnatic just try to take too many one on one duals expecting to come out superior. Both sides like to throw away team members with un-necessary peeking and aggression, which is why it is difficult to see a winner here. One thing that looks like though, is both sides reaching 11 wins – unless of course, it is one of the two previously mentioned maps.

Best Bet – Match Total OVER 26.5 rounds @ $2.00/+100 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 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

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