Here we go. Day 2 of ESL One Cologne 2020 will feature some of the best teams in the world, both in the EU and NA regions. Here is a short breakdown and our predictions for Wednesday matches for the both regions.
Natus Vincere @ 1.58
Natus Vincere has been a consistent name in the top five of Counter-Strike Global Offensive. The team comprises two of the best players in CS:GO (s1mple and electronic). The duo has stayed on top of its game and has produced top tier Counter-Strike over the past year. Despite the focus on in-game individual strengths, Na’Vi has had a heavy strategic play style. Mousesports’ roster has been inconsistent as the team is still struggling to improve its performance on a regular basis. The relatively shallow map pool puts the team at a disadvantage against one of the best teams in the world.
Complexity Gaming @ 1.26
Complexity will face off against MAD Lions in the team’s opening match for the tournament. MAD Lions has undergone a roster change where the team lost its main player. Bubzjki has been the superstar on the roster and has put forth some impressive results lately. His joining Astralis leaves a massive gap on MAD Lions and they are already struggling. The team added innocent to its roster, a player who speaks a different language and by all means, should be a temporary fix for the roster.
Meanwhile, Complexity has climbed nearly seventy ranks from the start of the year. The CG:GO juggernaut has produced impeccable results and its captain, blameF is the best player on the team. He also spent a considerable amount of time studying opponents and trying to figure out how to counter them. CS:GO fans can expect some strong performance by the Complexity team at ESL One Cologne. CSGO bettors should take Complexity to easily win this match. With MAD Lions’ roster faltering in their recent matches with innocent, I just don’t see how they can challenge an in-form Complexity.
FaZe Clan @ 1.64
Heroic is now ranked first in the Danish CS:GO teams ranks, but their first challenge after this placement will be putting the entire team to test as FaZe Clan looks to impress with their newest player. FaZe Clan recently added Kjaerbye to their ranks and the change is a promising one. With an insane amount of firepower, and a further developed tactical approach, the squad is ready for prime and this match is a perfect opportunity for them. Heroic on the other hand isn’t doing badly, but they are still behind FaZe in a number of in-game points, making them the underdogs in this match. I do recommend a ML bet on FaZe.
G2 Esports @ 1.45
The Brazilians at MIBR are heading to the European division of ESL One Cologne 2020 and they will be facing the French squad of G2, who will be more than ready to take them. MiBR has started recovering from the past years of failures with their newest player, but Fallen’s squad still isn’t up to face the best teams that CS:GO has right now, and unfortunately for them, that’s a category that G2 fits in. The Frenchmen will come to this match prepared and ready to break MIBR, and while this time will be certainly harder than the last, but even then G2 will be able to edge out them in this match.
Team Liquid @ 1.20
Cloud9 and Team Liquid will face each other in the ESL One Cologne 2020 NA. Team Liquid is one of the best CS:GO teams in North America for sure. The team added Grim to the roster and the player has been phenomenal for the team so far. He has top-scored in multiple games and Team Liquid looks set to put forth a strong performance. The team also added moses as the head coach, and while he will require time to adjust to a new strategy, Team Liquid’s players are in excellent form. Cloud9 is ranked lower than Team Liquid and is one of the better tier 2 Dota 2 teams in North America. However, I think that this team does not stand a chance to Team Liquid in current shape and form.
Evil Geniuses @ 1.10
Evil Geniuses is the best North American CS:GO team together with Liquid. The team is currently ranked highest in the RMR points in North America and continues to push the limits with its performance. The players are some of the more skilled players in the region. Triumph recently lost 40% of its CSGO roster. This will adversely impact the team’s chances in this match and I don’t expect EG to have any hiccup against EG.