High-profile CS:GO action returns on Saturday with the Blast Premier Series and the ICE Challenge. The European League of Legends Championship Series continues this weekend.
High-profile CS:GO action returns on Saturday with the Blast Premier Series and the ICE Challenge. We take a look at some of the teams to back from both these competitions.
Team Liquid (1.20)
For a while now, Liquid have been one of the best CS:GO teams in the world. A run of poor form doesn’t change their class and superiority. They have faced MIBR in 33 maps prior to this contest, and Liquid have won 21 of those. That’s dominance, by esports standards. Twistzz, Naf and Elige have been in astounding form in recent CS:GO, cementing Liquid’s position as the third-best CS:GO team in the circuit.
Ninjas in Pyjamas (2.49)
NiP are the lower-ranked team (No. 11 in the world) against Faze (No. 8). In the head to head, Faze have won three of five maps they’ve played against each other. However, these are very subtle differences between these teams that do not beckon an underdog status for NiP. Faze were beaten in both maps by NiP the last time these two teams met, at the Blast Pro Series in 2019 (16-7 in Mirage and 16-13 in Vertigo).
ENCE have been around the CS:GO circuit for longer. Apart from experience, ENCE have been solid in terms of consistency as well which has seen them climb to No. 12 in the world. OG are a relatively newer entry into this circuit and will find that the step-up from lower-ranked and top-ranked action is stark. ENCE have been quite reliable in most maps, including Dust2, in which they have not lost in their last four attempts.
Virtus.pro have struggled since the rebranding of their team from Avangar. However, personnel wise, they still have the depth and experience to carry them through best-of-three encounters because that’s where the skill shows eventually. Virtus.pro have lost their last five matches, which will spur them on to stay determined and hungry to end their losing streak. Expect Jame to have a terrific game and lead his team to a much-needed victory, as he has been doing throughout the last few months.
The European League of Legends Championship Series continues this weekend. After a host of interesting results from the opening week, we break down some of the best picks from Saturday’s LoL action.
More than Fnatic’s prowess, the odds are skewed so heavily in favour of them because of Schalke’s own problems. In the opening rounds of the LEC, Schalke lost both their opening games, against Excel and Origen. That will leave them woefully short of confidence when they come up against a quality team in Fnatic, whose solid run in the LoL Worlds was testament to their all-round skill. Odds of 1.24 are rather low, but that’s because Fnatic are a safe team to back.
Normally, odds of more than two in a head-to-head game means there is one distinct favourite. But are Origen really outright favourites here? I wouldn’t think so, and here’s why. Rogue won both their opening games at the LEC last weekend, against Excel and Misfits. That should buoy them with confidence and momentum, even against a team that, on paper, is slightly stronger. Origen also made a winning start to their LEC campaign, but that doesn’t mean they’ll run away with this.
G2 Esports (1.14)
G2 are a LoL LEC powerhouse. They have been one of the best teams in the circuit for a sustained period of time. Vitality, on the other hand, have struggled to compete with the roster depth that some other teams own, such as G2. Vitality have lost their last seven matches, dating back to August of 2019. That doesn’t do much for a team’s confidence. G2 have won four of their last five matches, and are also coming off a strong show at the World Championships. Not a bad option to add G2 to your bet slip for a double selection.
Mad Lions (1.51)
Skrilla odds for Mad Lions is quite high, giving you an advantage if you back them. They made their entry into the LEC only last week and started by splitting their opening matches, beating Vitality and Losing to G2. Excel have had some serious form concerns over the last few months: they have lost six of their last seven matches in the LEC, which goes back to late last year.