It’s a billing of big names today at the ELEAGUE. SK Gaming will face off against Space Soldiers, who defeated them the last time they battled it out at ESL One. Will history repeat itself here, or will SK Gaming put their old nemesis down? Astralis will go up against mousesports, and Cloud9 will battle G2 Esports, while Gambit Esports take on Natus Vincere. The ELEAGUE has finally picked up momentum, with big banners moving to score in the event and enter the Champions Stage. Teams that directly qualified for the Legends Stage will meet the survivors of the Challenger rounds today. Let’s look at each match-up, and see which matches can be accurately predicted.
Astralis Vs mousesports
Astralis and dev1ce are back in action, and the complete roster makes its debut today, and against no less a team than the brilliantly-playing mousesports. This is going to be the match of the century, with dev1ce and dupreeh going into action side by side once again. These teams did face each other in the ECS, but that was when dev1ce was ill and unable to play. Now Astralis is complete again, and it will be interesting to see how mousesports fare. The teams are evenly matched, all told.
Astralis have a sixty six percent win rate, while mousesports’ win rate is sixty percent. The match itself could go either way – mousesports are playing in very good form, and we don’t know yet how Astralis’ roster will play, what with dev1ce’s time away from the team, and him and dupreeh switching roles. Not a match up to bet on, and don’t put money on Astralis until you see what sort of plays the new configuration can put out.
Cloud9 Vs G2 Esports
This is going to be very interesting, because G2 Esports currently stand at number five in the global rankings, and Cloud9 at number 6, with just four points difference between them. The difference in their win rates is a mere two percent. G2 Esports do, however, have the advantage of a bigger map pool. Cloud9 always ban Nuke and Overpass in best of one matches. G2 Esports are either better than or equal to Cloud9 in all the remaining maps. The odds are with G2 on this one, but this is another match up that could go either way.
Gambit Esports Vs Natus Vincere
Gambit Esports qualified for the ELEAGUE by winning the PGL Major in Krakow last year. But at that point zeus and kane were on their team, whereas they are now with Natus Vincere. Gambit Esports’ win rate dropped to fifty five percent after zeus and kane left. Natus Vincere’s win rate, on the other hand, is now at an awe-inspiring seventy percent. Natus Vincere have delivered above average performances in five of the seven maps they have played here. Gambit Esports’ performances, on the other hand, were just about average in four maps, and above average in just two. A stake on Natus Vincere in this match would not be at all out of place, with the odds on them running at 1.84.
SK Gaming Vs Space Soldiers – A Sure Win
SK Gaming are back in action, and against Space Soldiers, no less, who beat them by two rounds in Cache at ESL One last year. Have SK Gaming learned from the experience? Or is this going to be another ‘thrown match’, of the sort so-called super-teams are so glad to ‘throw’ at their loyal fans?
Space Soldiers have already proved at this event that they are not a team to be underestimated. SK Gaming, of course, will play without boltz, since he qualified for the ELEAGUE as a part of Immortals. However, even with felps playing instead, this match is still a sure win, since felps was part of the roster when they qualified for the event. If SK Gaming doesn’t underestimate Space Soldiers again, they should have a decent win here. They’re certainly worth a stake, and the odds are running at 1.28 on SK Gaming.
These are the most carefully formulated match predictions, by analysts who thoroughly study team histories and playing styles. Stay tuned for more match-by-match analyses and predictions for this event. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest on your favourite Esports titles.