With some of the bigger teams not playing at Friday’s ESL Pro League, it might be an opportunity to take the bigger payouts on some relatively-unknown teams. Who are those teams?
Map handicap: Natus Vincere -1.5 (1.40)
The difference between these two teams is stark. Led by S1mple, Na Vi have made significant strides up the CS:GO rankings. They are now up to No. 9 in the world, with three wins in their last four games, an indicator of their class and form. Hellraisers are on the other end of both those factors. They’ve lost their previous five games, which includes a defeat to the Natus Vincere Junior team. That should be reason enough to back Na Vi for a comfortable outright win.
G2 Esports (1.29)
G2 have been a very active CS:GO team in recent times. A climb up to No. 14 in the world is a testament of their consistency during this period. KennyS, Nexa and Hunter have been outstanding for G2, providing avenues of reliable aggression. All three players have an average of 0.70 kills or more per round in the last three months of CS:GO action. They have a 73% win rate in Dust2 in their previous 15 maps, a relatively large sample size. G2 have also won three of their previous five maps in Train.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (2.11)
The all-Brazilian team of Detona are just finding their feet, as is evidenced from their rank outside the top 100 CS:GO teams (112). Sharks, on the other hand, have been around for a while. However, not much separates teams outside the top 10 from the top 100 apart from experience and confidence.
Detona Gaming are very capable of finding their best early and take a map. Which map? They have won four of their previous five attempts in Dust2 and also have a 57% win rate in Train over their last seven maps. In terms of form, Detona have also won their last three matches.
Infinity Esports (2.90)
Neither of these teams can confidently boast about their career highlights in CS:GO. Isurus are ranked 138 and Infinity at 186. Isurus own the head-to-head between these two teams, winning all seven maps against Infinity. There are a few other factors in favour of Infinity, though. Form wise, Infinity have won four of their previous five matches, their only loss during this period a 16-12 defeat to Intz in Overpass. Isurus don’t have a win in their last five games.
MalbsMD has one of the best K/D ratios in the last few months, accumulating 0.90 kills and 0.66 deaths per round in the previous three months. He is ably complemented by Sam_A (0.78 kills per round), Spamzzy1 (0.80 kills per round) and Daveys (0.78 kills per round).