The ESL Pro League is back after a day’s break. We take a look at Thursday’s fixtures and some teams to back from those games.
Map handicap: Faze Clan -1.5 (1.41)
Tyloo are a rapidly-improving team in CS:GO circles. Despite their growth, it doesn’t seem like they have enough depth to even come close to the quality of this Faze team. There is a massive rankings mismatch too. Tyloo are currently ranked at 29 in the world, while Faze are seventh.
Faze have won three of their previous five games. They have lost twice in that period to top-ranked Natus Vincere. Both of those defeats were in three maps. In the four maps these two teams have played against each other, Faze have won three. Incidentally, all of those results were at the ESL Pro League last year.
100 Thieves (1.18)
Here is another huge mismatch. 100 Thieves are a solid, consistent CS:GO team. They’ve been competing against the best on the biggest stages for years. Swole Patrol are just starting their journey, which is why they are ranked 56 in the world.
Recent form doesn’t reveal a fair picture. Swole Patrol have won their previous five matches but none of those wins are against top-quality opponents. 100 Thieves, on the other hand, have won three of their last four matches, including victories against Mousesports, Tyloo and Evil Geniuses. If you don’t mind the additional risk, backing 100 Thieves to win without dropping a map is a higher reward option.
Backing Liquid outright is unlikely to allow you a high-risk, high-reward punt. However, it’s hard to see MIBR beating this Liquid team. For a long time, Liquid were the best CS:GO team in the world. Of course, that’s not true anymore as they have slipped to sixth in the world. Yet, there is far too much skill and experience in that team to slip up against MIBR.
MIBR aren’t pushovers but they’ve lost some of their lustre in the last few months, particularly after their rebranding. The head-to-head matchup is quite revealing. Of the 35 maps against each other, Liquid have won 23 of them, including the last five on the bounce. Liquid won in straight maps in the Blast Premier Series earlier this year (22-19 in Vertigo and 16-9 in Inferno).