The quarterfinals of the DreamHack Masters in Malmo will be a fine opportunity to test the level of quality of some of the lower-ranked teams against the world’s best. We take a look at the teams to back from this event.
G2 Esports (2.07)
This will be a marginal call because there isn’t much separating these two teams. G2, ranked No. 13 in the world, are up against Furia, ranked No. 16. In terms of form, both these teams have won three of their previous five matches. However, skill wise, G2 may just be slightly better off, led by KennyS. The all-Brazilian team of Furia will depend heavily on Kscerato. The better odds and payout is another reason to pick G2.
Team Liquid (1.22)
There is a massive difference in quality between these two teams, as evidenced by the ranking: Liquid are the world’s highest-ranked CS:GO team, while OpTic are ranked 35 in the world. That alone is reason enough to back Liquid. Offense wise, Twistzz, Naf and Elige all average 0.75 or more kills per round too. OpTic just can’t compete with that killing efficiency.
Team Vitality (1.26)
Vitality are filled with quality right through their roster. Zywoo has been in astonishing form, averaging 0.82 kills and 0.61 deaths per round. This for a player who has been facing the world’s best CS:GO players regularly. While Tyloo have won all of their previous five matches, the quality of opposition hasn’t been as high as the standard Vitality are used to. In their previous five, Vitality have best-of-one wins against Faze and North as well as a BO3 victory against Mousesports.
Ence are making a dramatic slip down the rankings. Their form over the past few weeks has been mediocre, at best. For a world No. 6 team, it’s important to have several offensive weapons. However, Ence have just Allu who averages more than 0.70 kills per round in the last three months. Fnatic, now ranked 24, are making steady progress up the rankings with performances of substance against top teams. This will be another solid display.
Take S1mple out of Na Vi, and you have a completely different team. North’s primary objective would be to neutralise the efficiency of S1mple as well as possible. In their last five matches, Na Vi haven’t registered a win yet. In 14 rounds against each other, North have won 10 times. That’s an extremely favourable head-to-head record, which will translate into plenty of confidence too.