Stats for the Liquid and NRG eSports 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
Risky match between two very good North American teams, Liquid had a better showing lately, especially on ESL One New York where they beat fnatic twice, Gamers2 and took a map off Na’Vi, didn’t look nearly as good online, but still alright, they beat SK Gaming on dust2, Cloud9 and Immortals on train, and lost a couple of maps against Selfless, CLG and NRG which is quite bad, but still, Liquid is probably the 3rd best team in North America right now.
NRG are really good, but also very inconsistent, recently managed to wreck few weaker NA teams such as compLexity, Splyce and CLG, also won few maps against OpTic, Renegades, Immortals and 14 rounds against SK Gaming, struggled against compLexity on cache and dropped a map though, you never know what’s going to happen with NRG, one day they are insane, and the day after they will just lose to a bunch of puggers.
So the first map is nuke and dust2 after, as if it couldn’t be any more random, technically nuke should be a win for Liquid, they did practice this map a bit more lately so I expect Liquid to play better than they did last time, NRG didn’t play a single match on nuke and I have no idea how good or bad they are on it, but Liquid should be able to take it. Dust2 is the next map, and this one is way more tricky, both teams are great on it, and normally Liquid should be favored since they are the better team here, but NRG beat them last time, and they also beat Cloud9 on it, pretty impressive stuff, so dust2 is kinda 50/50 and I’d rather go with a small bet on NRG there.
So that’s what I would do, small bet on Liquid on the first map, and then a small bet on NRG because it’s dust2, not confident at all here, but it’s worth trying.
My odds for this match: Liquid 60:40 NRG eSports
Nuke and D2 are the maps here, which literally could not be any more random. Both sides have barely played Nuke and it puzzles me why we see this map today. The second map is D2, which as I have said countless times, is the best upset map. Look at Envy vs fnatic today, we literally saw opposite scores on the same maps just a few days apart. These two maps are incredibly hard to call because of these reasons so all you can really do is go REALLY LOW on NRG for both and hope that they can take one. Both maps should go to Liquid but you really can’t bet with any certainty here.
My odds for this match: Liquid 55:45 NRG eSports
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