SK actually is not too hot at the moment to say the least, however I still rate them quite a bit higher than Empire. The problem with SK is their consistency really, they have some really good players and they have shown they can challenge even the best teams around, however not on a consistent level. In their lineup they basically have a full squad who you can rely on at any time, all of them can go off at any time and give you a chance within the game, some more than others however the point still stands. I do not really like betting on SK as overdogs due to this, however I still think that as long as they take this seriously, which they really should considering it is the quarter-finals of the tournament, where the finalists get a spot at MLG Columbus 2016 LAN Qualifier. Overall I do feel that SK should be taking this 2-1, if not 2-0.
So ahm some of you may not be familiar with Empire, but basically this is Rebels under their new organisation. These guys are quite good in the CIS region, not the best by any means, however they can more than stand their ground there. I do not rate them too highly internationally however, they’ve had some good results like getting a map off Flipsid3 a few times, a map off Gambit I believe, or just close performances, however nothing out of this world. I just do not think that given the skill level and motivation of these guys, that they can take out SK in a BO3. However they have some good players so in a BO1, perhaps they could do damage, but in a BO3 they will need more than just a few headshots from their star players here, so I just don’t see it happening too much really.
Overall given the importance of this matchup, I do think that SK will try their hardest here and should really be coming out on top. Maybe not a easy max and relax here, however I could see Empire snatch a close map, however not two here. SK just overall are the better team here, while they are tier 2, Empire is a pretty meh tier 3 team here, that SK should be beating as long as their players are somewhat hitting their shots. Overall going to give this a 75-25 and recommend playing the odds here.
Only real reason as to why this is not a low risk – high bet is due to SK’s inconsistencies, and current poorish form, so I am not risking a high one on this, just playing my cards safely. I do feel they will win however, so as long as they are below 83% here, I will drop 10% on them, otherwise if they are above it might just honestly skip this, or if you want to play more ballsy, drop <1% ICB on Empire here.
My odds = 75-25 SK
My risk = Medium
My bet = 10% on SK as long as they are below 83%, otherwise skipping
My advice = Same as my bet.
My odds for this match: SK Gaming 75:25 Empire
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