Will FURIA finally overcome Evil Geniuses, or will the North American side continue their dominance? We break down three of today's games in ESL Pro League.
Over 2.5 Maps (1.90)
The last (and only) time these two teams have played was in ICE Challenge at the start of the year, when Aleksib got revenge on his former team in a 2–0 sweep. Both of these teams perma-ban Vertigo, so I would expect OG to ban Train, which is a great map for ENCE and one of OG’s weakest maps in the pool. ENCE may feel tempted to go for Mirage, which has been a good map for ever since Jamppi joined the team. Both teams will have a pretty sizeable advantage on their respective map choice, making the over a viable option. With Train out of the picture, I would
GODSENT Map 2 (2.55)
BIG got the better of GODSENT at cs_summit 6 back in June, in a game where GODSENT failed to break double digits on either of the two maps in the series. BIG decided to go for Dust2 in that series, and with GODSENT likely banning Mirage, it would not be surprising to see them go for it again. BIG are one of the world’s elite Dust2 teams, posting a 74.4% win rate out of 43 games, which is quite impressive when you consider the volatility of a map like Dust2. However, GODSENT will have a solid shot at the upset on a map like Vertigo or Inferno, making the Map 2 odds interesting.
Evil Geniuses (1.47)
Evil Geniuses have had FURIA by the balls for the entire year, beating them in all five meetings so far. With this in mind, it is hard to bet against them in this spot. However, we have seen FURIA make most of these series close, taking three of those games to a decider, so the handicap is a decent option here on FURIA as well.