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