CSGL really did some damage against Astralis yesterday but in the end, they still got stomped. The one deciding round was where Astralis won in a full eco, this completely tilted CSGL and made them lose the whole game. I think that IF CSGL would have won this anti-eco, they could have actually made it to 12-13-14 rounds ish here which is really solid against Astralis on Mirage. A decent showing by CSGL, most definitely better than most people expected from them.
What to say about NiP .. I’m just not too sure here. I was fully confident in them winning against Dignitas but they banned Inferno .. ? Not entirely sure why but even then, Overpass is still a solid map for NiP but they simply threw it. The only player who did work was Friberg. GTR, F0rest, Xizt, they were all nowhere to be seen. I’m not sure what happened to NiP but I have never seen such of a stomp before, especially not against NiP. They really need to step up their game if they want to get on the stage.
Extremely scary game here, NiP got stomped by Dignitas and had the worst performance since ever and I’m not entirely sure if this is a one time thing, usually there’s this ”nipmagic” where they will always make it to the stage but these are majors, this is simply a lan and that somewhat scares me. NiP are the hometeam here in Sweden and surely want to win here as the loser goes home. Overall, NiP had a really bad performance yesterday and CSGL had a really good performance, CSGL played better than they usually do and the question is; will they again? They are inconsistent and I personally don’t think they will. NiP really has to step up here and I expect them to do so honestly. It will be close, but they SHOULD be winning here.
My odds for this match: CSGL 30:70 NiP
So we saw NiP get a bit of the good old rekage by Dignitas on Overpass yesterday, 16:2. I do not think Dignitas were doing anything out of the world yesterday, of course props where it it is due, never easy to 16:2 a team like NiP, however for me it was just NiP forgetting how to aim, trade, just a really off performance, like G2 you can almost say but worse. I do expect NiP to bounce back here and take the W over CSGL, however on the flipside CSGL did quite well versus Astralis yesterday, better than I would have expected, however I am not necessarily expecting a repeat performance here. With CSGL it is almost a lottery as I always say, at times they are dreadful, however at other times they can be really solid, take for example the Astralis game yesterday, it is pretty unpredictable to predict which CSGL we will see however, so that is a pitty. Overall, I expect NiP to bounce back here, as yesterday I think it was just an unorthodox poor performance from them, 75-25 in favor of NiP.\
Not feeling a medium bet, mainly due to results yesterday however 5% NiP if below 82%, otherwise 2% CSGL
My odds = 75-25 NiP
My risk = High
My bet = 5% NiP below 82%, otherwise 2% CSGL
My advice = Same as my bet
My odds for this match: CSGL 25:75 NiP
This should be an easy match for NiP regardless of their performance against dignitas, NiP is a momentum based team and they always played better in the later stages of events like this one. Basically NiP lost their first match 2-16 even though they are the favorites to win this event (besides Luminosity of course). Different story with Lounge Gaming who had a much tougher opponent and started with a decent score, however Astralis managed to win an eco and didn’t lose a single round after that.
Lounge Gaming looked better with their performance on the first day, but let’s be real here, NiP are way better and their results before this event were extremely good, just take a look at their score on this season of ESL’ Pro League, they finished on the first place with a 16-2 score which is just insane. NiP are the clear favorites coming into this match and I’d suggest a medium bet on them, this is still a best of one after all and upsets happen.
My odds for this match: CSGL 20:80 NiP
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