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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 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