A busy weekend around the esports world includes more CS:GO action from the ESL Pro League. Here are some predictions from Sunday’s games.
Team Vitality (1.31)
Head to head, gamer for gamer, NiP might have a chance in this game. However, Vitality have been in great form recently, even finishing second in the DreamHack Masters following a 2-1 loss to Fnatic in the final. Zywoo has proven his class for Vitality, leading them through a crowded mass of high-quality CS:GO teams. Not much will change in this encounter as No. 6 Vitality find a way past a tricky NiP.
Heroic’s better form means they start this match as slight favourites. But there is plenty of promise in Sprout, who are even ranked higher (25) than Heroic (28). SyrsoN is easily the most-important player in Sprout from an aggression standpoint: he averages 0.76 kills per round in the last three months. While there are complementary players around, Syrson will be a crucial cog in this game again.
Evil Geniuses (1.14)
While Cloud9 have plenty of depth in their roster, it is pale in comparison to Evil Geniuses, who have been in tearaway form in recent times, which includes a stunning upset in the final of the ESL One New York to beat Astralis and take the title. Together, Brehze and Cerz average 0.75 kills per round. Ethan, Tarik and Stanislaw are very capable players, averaging 0.67 kills per round together. That depth is hard to match for Cloud9, who have lost three of their previous five matches.
From a maps match-up perspective, almost all numbers are skewed heavily in favour of Evil Geniuses. They have a 100% win rate in Dust2 (eight maps), Mirage (three wins in four attempts), Inferno (unbeaten in their last seven maps) and Nuke (nine wins in 12 attempts).
Correct score (in maps): Vici 2-1 (3.00)
MVP are a relatively unknown force in CS:GO still. Vici have been around for a while. The trends and probability are in favour of Vici winning without dropping a map as the odds suggest (1.62). However, with unknown variables comes unpredictability. On the big stage, MVP might just start quickly and take one map. The uncertainty of that outcome is high, but so is the return. In their last five games, MVP even have a straight-maps win against Avant. They have been on this stage before too. Might be worth the punt on this result?