Stats for the Cloud9 and SK Gaming as they've appeared on Tipify
A list of recent matches this team has played, green indicates a win and red a loss. Blue is a draw/cancelled
SK Gaming always had a very good matchup against Cloud9 and their winrate is very impressive, they also met not too long ago on Dreamhack Las Vegas where SK Gaming were after a “fresh” roster change and still managed to stomp Cloud9 16-6 on overpass, this time they had more time to prepare and right now SK Gaming are my favorites to win this event, so I’m pretty sure they will take this match here. This is the first match for both teams and anything could happen to be honest, but the skill gap between these two teams is pretty big at the moment, and no matter what map we’re going to see here, SK Gaming should have an edge on all of them in my opinion, the format also is great for SK, they can remove 3 maps and their only permanent veto right now is nuke, so as long as they remove nuke, cache and maybe cobblestone, they should be fine.
Cloud9 didn’t perform too well on the recent lan events, they didn’t qualify for the major where they lost to FaZe, TyLoo and HellRaisers, also lost against NiP on Dreamhack Masters Las Vegas, but they should have won that match, the round replay basically costed them the game, either way, Cloud9 have been looking rather poor lately, so I’ll stick to SK Gaming here, medium bet this time as I strongly believe that SK will have a big advantage because of the format.
My odds for this match: Cloud9 35:65 SK Gaming
According to the ESL site, the map for this one is Nuke which I really don’t understand how we ended up there. The only times the NA side have played this map, was over a year ago almost and they were smashed by CLG. It is also a map that SK don’t really play, which leaves me to believe this is a mistake. If it is a mistake though, going on SK here still makes little to no sense. C9 have been playing well and although I actually expect SK to win this event, a BO1 is a game where anything can happen. C9 do have a lot of fire power and if they can get off to a good start, they have a chance. Overall a hard to call game, but one I see SK winning, but at these odds, REALLY LOW C9 is about all you can do.
My odds for this match: Cloud9 40:60 SK Gaming
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