THIS MATCH WILL BE FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND THE LINEUPS ARE ALL A MIX. THEY ARE NOT A FULLY FUNCTIONING 24/7 TEAM. JUST A MIX OF THE TOP PLAYERS FROM EACH COUNTRY.
Romania is a thriving nation of CSGO players, and the lineup which will represent Romania features two players from NextPlease, two players from XPC and one player which currently doesn’t have a team. NextPlease and XPC are two of Romania’s better teams, and the players from the teams do sport a decent HLTV rating. As for the teamless player, (SNAPPLE), his rating is 1.15, which is a great rating.
Romania’s most recent match was against Macedonia, where they went 2-0 against the Macedonians, with Mirage going 16-4 their way and winning 16-14 on Cache. Romania was using the same lineup, however instead of ‘remekz’ playing (XPC), a fella known as ‘r1der’ filled in his place (also XPC). In their last 5 matches, Romania won 3 of them (1 against Macedonia and 2 against Montenegro). Their two losses were against Hungary and the Czech Republic, both of which ended at 0-2. To be fair however, both teams did feature some Balkan stars from ‘real’ teams (top T3 and above).
Latvia is also a nation which is growing good CSGO players so I’ve been told. Out of the lineup, I can’t put the names to any teams upon first glance, however I do know that ‘krii’ plays for HD4R, which is what I would consider to be one of the ‘better’ Latvian teams. This team is made up of three players from GGWP.pro, one from HD4R and one from a team called ‘escalate’. I have heard of HD4R and GGWP, however escalate is a completely new name to me.
Looking over their HLTV ratings, you first notice that one player from GGWP.pro has a shocking 0.63 rating. The rest of the team averages out at a 1.0 rating, however krii has the highest rating at 1.21. Three of these players have been on a team before, and they should be somewhat familiar with each other. Majority of these Latvian players have played some form of professional CS back in 1.6/Source, further research shows.
One last thing, Latvia’s only match this year under HLTV shows them having a BO3 against Bulgaria (none of the GPlay players were included in Bulgaria), and Latvia was also using the same roster as what is shown in this match. The end result was a 2-0 win for them.
This is TWC, and anything can happen, especially in a BO1. Both lineups are showing a lot of strength for their regions, and I don’t feel too comfortable betting on this match. It’s hard to contrast the teams that they VS in their regions and what the players have done over the past year or so.
Not sure what to say here, but I would personally advise a skip here. If not, just ICB these BO1 games until we can get some more info and the current form on these teams. In the later stages for TWC for this group, we will be able to base our research off these BO1 games for a little bit of a better guide.
My odds for this match: Romania 60:40 Latvia
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