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
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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.
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