The group reshuffles for a fresh round of games on Friday from the ESL Pro League. We break down predictions from these games.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (2.23)
Tyloo are unduly underestimated in this contest. Undoubtedly, OG are favourites but that doesn’t mean Tyloo will be brushed off. OG have a good run of form going into this game, including a win against Evil Geniuses. OG are 19th in CS:GO in the world. Tyloo are a few spots behind them, at 29 in the world.
Tyloo also have a strong map matchup, with a win rate of over 60% in Dust 2 (67% in their last three maps), Mirage (78% in their last nine maps), Train (60% in their last five maps) and Overpass (67% in their last three maps). There is a strong chance they could win one map, taking the total to three.
Map handicap: Liquid -1.5 (1.42)
There are a lot of hurt egos in the Liquid camp. They will know that there is so much work to do to improve and find their fluency in order to climb back up the CS:GO rankings. They have split their last four matches, losing to Natus Vincere and G2 in that period. These will all be reasons to fire up in this ESL Pro League campaign.
They will be helped by an opposition with a lot of spirit, but not the same level of skill in personnel. Swole Patrol started this campaign in sprightly style against 100 Thieves, but this Liquid team will be a whole different kettle of fish.
Evil Geniuses (1.65)
EG found their best towards the end of 2019 and the start of this year. They’ve been slightly inconsistent as this year has progressed. Yet, there is plenty of talent in that team as is evidenced from their No. 8 ranking in the world. 100 Thieves did not start this competition well, losing their way early on against Swole Patrol.
There might not be much separating these two teams in the rankings. However, the head-to-head matchup reveals a completely different story. In 29 maps against each other, Evil Geniuses have won 22, including seven of their previous nine maps.