Stats for the Gambit and OpTic 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
Gambit Gaming have been playing really bad ever since wayLander decided to leave the team, they used to beat teams like ENVYUS, Cloud9, Renegades and AGG, now they lose against Epsilon, Escape, CSGO2x, Phenomenon (ex-Arcade) and barely beat DenDD, I don’t really know how much they actually practiced for this qualifier, but overall they are just bad right now… I also think they could find a better fifth for wayLander, they decided to sign spaze who is alright, but there are surely better free agents in the CIS regions that could join the team instead.
Optic keep surprising me, they won the MLG American Minor Championship where they beat Tempo Storm (current Immortals) twice, recently 2-0’d Selfless on ELEAGUE and were just one round away from beating NiP in ELEAGUE, unfortunately they lost 1-2. So basically Optic are the complete opposite of Gambit, they have been playing extremely well ever since mixwell joined the team, that was probably the best pickup they could get, it was a risky move but worked out great for them.
Optic are my favorites here, not sure how good their map pool is at the moment, they used to be very good on pretty much any map, but lately struggled on few, either way, I think Optic will win this match and I suggest a small bet on them, this is still a best of one and Gambit used to be very good, so the risk is pretty high.
My odds for this match: Gambit 40:60 OpTic Gaming
Gambit are usually a side that does better on LAN than online so I do expect this game to be close, and if they can get a map like Cache, that for me is their best chance of taking this game. They need to raise their game though and I have not been THAT impressed with how they have been playing recently, and spaze has not really looked upto the level. OpTic seem to be going from strength to strength and gave NiP a really close run for their money, which is testament to just how good these guys are when they are on it. I do favour OpTic slightly for this game, and would still bet on them under 63-64%, anything over this, and go REALLY low on Gambit, or SKIP.
My odds for this match: Gambit 36:64 OpTic Gaming
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