Hellraisers – AVANGAR, EPICENTER 2018 prediction

These two organizations will face off against each other in the quarter-final match of Epicenter 2018. I think that AVANGAR does not really know how in the world did they pass the group. On the other hand, Hellraisers are going strong in this tournament, as they only lost to Natus Vincere in a close match.

HELLRAISERS

This organization is rated as the 11th best team in the world, all based on their recent performances. They are playing on an outstanding level so far in this tournament, and they truly deserve to be in quarter-finals of Epicenter 2018.

They enjoy playing a mixture of passive and aggressive style, which can cause a lot of troubles for teams who do not play much against Hellraisers. Furthermore, most of their plays are based on the individual achievements of ISAA and woxic, who are a very strong duo. The only reason Hellraisers are not in semi-finals to is their early challenge, Natus Vincere. They were even able to take the map out of them, but s1mple and his crew are too big of a bit to chew so early in the tournament.

AVANGAR

There is not much to say about this team. Somehow they passed the group, as they were able to beat Ninjas in Pyjamas. I do not think that they know how they pulled it, but the fact is they have a chance to advance to semi-finals. They are lacking when it comes to firepower, while ISAA and woxic are fired up. Furthermore, they were annihilated by team Liquid, and that says a lot of the level they are on.

HEAD TO HEAD

Hellraisers and AVANGAR play against each other for a total of 4 times. AVANGAR was not able to get a single win versus them. It is clear that Hellraisers enjoy playing against AVANGAR’s style of play, as they got all 4 wins against them. Hellraisers won on Cache, Dust 2, Train, and Overpass. On the other hand, the only map AVANGAR can compete on is Mirage, and they have not played on it.

Furthermore, Hellraisers have deeper map pool than their opponents. I think Hellraisers will ban Mirage, as they do not feel comfortable on it, and they will probably go for Overpass as their map pick. I can see AVANGAR going for Dust 2, as they won a lot of their matches there, but mostly against lower tiered teams.

CONCLUSION

I think that Hellraisers are one division above AVANGAR in every way possible. Mainly, they have better individuals, not just in woxic and ISAA, but bondik and ANGE1 as well. On the other hand, AVANGAR definitely lacks firepower and skill to compete versus those guys.

Furthermore, map pool will cause a lot of problems for AVANGAR, as they are capable of playing 2 maps in total, and there is no way that they are going to play both of those maps tomorrow versus Hellraisers.

To conclude, Hellraisers are a better team, they have better individuals, and a deeper map pool. I can not see in what way is AVANGAR able to endanger Hellraisers in this match-up.

HELLRAISERS TO WIN  – 1.38@ggbet

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

Dota 2 ESL One Hamburg 2018 Preview

ESL One Hamburg 2018

Once again, Hamburg will become the focal point for eSports enthusiasts and fans with ESL One Dota 2 returning to the well-known metropolis and offering the largest Dota 2 event in Europe. 16 teams will compete against each other for six days. Compared to the previous year, this time the number of participants has doubled.

In 2017, the event was held in the Hamburg Barclaycard Arena and this year, the ESL One returns to the renowned site. In contrast to the previous year, the entire event was extended to six days owing to the high popularity of competition in the EU region.

Last year over 10,000 fans watched the event live over a four-day period. In the end, Virtus.Pro beat Team Secret 2-0 and topped Europe’s Dota 2 Champion.

Let’s take a look at this year’s potential contenders who might lift up the trophy.

Team Secret

This year, Secret might not be the reigning champions, but by many bookmakers, they have been rated as the favorites to lift the title. Team Secret has been one of the few teams that have improved just after The International break. All eyes will be on Nisha who will be playing his first competitive competition under a big organization.

Just a couple of weeks ago, they won the Singtel PVP Esports Championship. So it is fair to say that they are the strongest side in EU since other big teams have not participated in any competition or have been eliminated early just like the TI7 champions Team Liquid who are nowhere to be seen at the moment.

Team Secret Dota 2
Credits: GameAxis

Evil Geniuses

Apart from Team Secret, Evil Geniuses and Virtus.Pro are also tipped to be the future champions. For Evil Geniuses, this will a difficult feat since yesterday the organization has announced that they will be playing with a stand-in. So this a huge blow to their title ambition since their first choice, Sumail will not be playing. Sumail was arguably the best player at the TI8. Playing without him won’t help EG’s title ambitions.

https://twitter.com/EvilGeniuses/status/1053640054122467329

Virtus.Pro

For Virtus.Pro, we know that they are the reigning champions. So, the Russian organization should be placed first but that is not the case. The lineup failed to perform at the biggest Dota 2 competition in the World, The International. Before the start of the competition, Virtus.Pro was tippled by many to lift the trophy but they were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Despite the Post-TI results, they have not made any roster changes and surely are a big contender for the title. But their lack of consistency might not get them the title victory.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

The team led by the former TI champion, Peter “ppd” Dager is another team to watch out at the main stage. Ninjas in Pyjamas received the direct invitation to the event due to their excellent performance after the Post-TI. The lineup is a mixture of former Team Secret and OpTic Gaming players. The chemistry between the players is top-notch and ppd will be aiming to secure the title under his belt.

Ninjas in Pyjamas Dota 2
Credits: ggScore

Odds on GG.bet

  • Evil Geniuses – 3.50
  • Virtus.Pro – 4.00
  • Team Secret – 4.50
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas – 8.00
  • Alliance – 13.00
  • Forward Gaming – 13.00
  • Vici Gaming – 15.00
  • Team Aster – 15.00
  • TnC Predator – 17.00
  • paiN Gaming – 31.00
  • CompLexity Gaming – 34.00
  • Mineski – 34.00

EPICENTER 2018, betting preview and odds

 

Slikovni rezultat za epicenter 2018

Epicenter 2018 is taking part in Moscow, Russia. The tournament will be played throughout 6 days, starting with 23rd of October. 8 teams will fight for their share of $300,000. However, some team pulled out in the last few days, those teams being Astralis and Mousesports.

 

TOURNAMENT WINNER, ODDS:

Liquid – 1.6 @ gg.bet

 

Natus Vincere – 1.8 @ gg.bet

 

FaZe Clan – 2 @ gg.bet

 

Ence eSports – 5.5 @ gg.bet

 

NiP – 6.5 @ gg.bet

 

HellRaisers – 6.5 @ gg.bet

 

AVANGAR – 7.5 @ gg.bet

 

Virtus.Pro – 17 @ gg.bet

 

Swole patrol – 17 @ gg.bet

 

5POWER – 51 @ gg.bet

 

As you can see, there are some clear favorites to lift the trophy, those being, team Liquid, and Ukranian Natus Vincere. There are also some of the teams who are on fire as of late, and they could provide a good competition for those two teams.

 

WHO IS ABLE TO BEAT TEAM LIQUID AND NATUS VINCERE?

Some teams have been on fire lately, especially Ence eSports. Coming off from winning StarSeries i-League Season 6, Ence roster, led by their AWPer Allu is looking really good. They are focused, they have put in hours, and they are definitely here to play. The amount of potential this team has is huge, as sergej is always one step above his opponents, and once he gets going, there is no stopping him. Finnish roster definitely has a chance in this tournament, and I truly believe they can beat either Liquid or Natus Vincere.

 

DARKHORSE POTENTIAL

As in every tournament, there is always one team being overshadowed by star players and bookmakers favorites. For me, that is Ukranian organization Hellraisers. They have been playing hot and cold lately, but they showed they can dominate everyone, top 5 teams included. They had a great showing on the FACEIT London Major 2018. CS:GO is mostly based on momentum, and I think if Hellraisers become hot, there is no one capable of stopping them, as all the teams in this tournament are mostly based on the individual play, and ISSA and woxic can thrive in those situations.

 

Odds are really good on Hellraisers to win the entire thing. The best odds I was able to find was at gg.bet. On the day I was writing this piece, odds were at sky-high of 6.5 for Ukrainians to lift the trophy.

Slikovni rezultat za woxic

(Hellraisers star play, woxic)

 

CONCLUSION

Just like every EPICENTER so far, we will see a lot of thrillers. Counter-Strike:Global Offensive is a game very everything can be changed if you win one important round. Momentum will shift, you will destabilize your opponents economy and there is always a chance for some minor teams to upset favorites, who are mostly set by bookmakers. Be prepared to enjoy all the excitement EPICENTER 2018 has to offer.

 

What do you think, who would be able to win against Team Liquid, and Natus Vincere? Also, who would be your darkhorse in this tournament and why? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.