AVANGAR – Liquid, EPICENTER 2018

Another exciting match at EPICENTER 2018. This time group B winners’ match will decide who will go to the semi-finals, and who look for their trophy shot through the harder stage, quarter-finals.

AVANGAR

Kazakhstani based CS:GO organization. They are not so known in the higher tiers of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive. Somehow they were able to defeat Swedish legends Ninjas in Pyjamas. They were able to edge out NiP in three maps, as buster and Jame stepped up massively. Avangar has been on fire lately. They stormed past team Spirit and Imperial in the Epicenter 2018 CIS qualifiers, and meanwhile, they even defeated Kinguin. At the moment they are on 5 win streak, and they are looking really solid.

LIQUID

A North American organization, rated as the second-best team in the world. They have been on fire lately, but somehow they always fall short once they have to play against reigning kings, Astralis. Liquid did not have to play qualifiers, as they were invited to the tournament by the hosts, unlike their opponents who had to battle it out to come this far. Their best player, Twistzz and NAF are playing on a different level, and there is no one able to stop them from producing frags. Their team play is on another level as well. Trade frags are always there, utility usage is on point, everything seems really on time for this team.

HEAD TO HEAD

These two teams played against each other only 4 times. The North American organization got the best of AVANGAR 3 times, while AVANGAR won only once. AVANGAR was able to win on Mirage, and, they have also pushed Liquid to the limit on the same map, as Liquid edged out the win with 19-15. They also played on Dust 2, where Liquid stomped them. Liquid has also beaten them on Cache.

When it comes to Liquid’s map pool, it is pretty straightforward. They are comfortable on Cache, Inferno, and Overpass, but they are struggling on Dust 2 and Inferno, and lastly, their Mirage is average. On the other hand,  AVANGAR has really strong Mirage and Dust 2. They are average on Train, Cache, and Overpass, and their Inferno is not really good.

CONCLUSION

Liquid has stronger pool once compared to AVANGAR, except Mirage, which I think will be a permaban for North Americans. Furthermore, they are more skilled than their opponents in every way possible. They have better individuals, better strategies, and overall their team cohesion is great. I was not able to find anything that stands out for AVANGAR, and I can not see them winning a map in this match-up. In my book, this is an easy 2-0 for Liquid.

LIQUID TO WIN 2-0 – 1.75@ggbet

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