The first round of the Legends stage of the Berlin Major begins on Wednesday, with some of the biggest and best CS:GO teams in action. We take a look at which teams should form part, or whole, of your bet slip.
For a while now, Astralis have been one of the best CS:GO teams in the world. Undeniable favourites again, Astralis will open their Swiss best-of-one run against DreamEaters. Device has been in stunning offensive form in the last few months, accumulating close to 0.80 kills per round. Magisk and Dupreeh have accompanied his pyrotechnics efficiently. Together, this makes Astralis a tough nut to crack under any circumstance. An easy choice here.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (1.75)
Sweden v Brazil. World No. 12 v World No. 13. Ninjas in Pyjamas v MIBR promises to be a spectacle of equality. Based on past performance, NiP have the advantage in Dust2, Inferno and Nuke. MIBR are slightly better in Mirage, Train and Overpass.
However, NiP are in slightly better form. They also won the last meeting between these two teams, 16-13, at the Blast Pro Series in Sao Paolo earlier this year.
Natus Vincere (1.58)
Backing Natus Vincere is a s1mple decision. S1mple has been in tearaway form for NaVi, with an average of 0.90 kills per round in the last few months. What is even more impressive is that he has only 0.59 deaths per round, which makes his KD ratio unmatchable.
World No. 6 NaVi have lost to just one team, Liquid, in their last five matches. G2 are no pushovers, they’re going to be very hard to beat on account of their overall consistency, but NaVi may just be too strong, gamer for gamer.
FaZe Clan (2.28)
Mousesports are in the middle of a sensational run. They’ve won their last five games on the bounce, including best-of-three victories against North, G2 and Fnatic. FaZe have been beaten in all four games against Mousesports. In terms of form, FaZe have won just two of their previous five matches.
Yet, there’s something about matches like these that bring an underdog team together. On paper, FaZe might not be the favourite, but they’re still the No. 7 CS:GO team in the world. When two equal teams face each other, there is always unpredictability, but logic dictates taking the bigger payout with a near 50% chance of return.