Godsent will have to use their all-Brazilian roster to pick up some momentum and confidence as this Blast Showdown picks up speed. They have made quick progress up to No. 29 in the world but there is plenty of work to be done if they are to stand a chance of winning the North American leg of the Showdown this month.
Evil Geniuses, on the other hand, will be looking to rebuild with a new look roster of players, which includes Rush and Stewie2k. EG have now fallen to No. 38 in the world, and there is plenty to be done if they are to beat even a slightly stronger Godsent team.
In terms of betting, Godsent starts this game as slight favorites. Not by much, but by enough. And that is because they have shown better form over the last few months while EG continues to rebuild, and that will be evident in this game as well.
Damau has led Godsent in terms of offensive proficiency in the last few months. He has averaged 0.75 kills with just 0.62 deaths per round in the last three months of action. He will be needed to improve on his recent returns or at least keep that stable.
Godsent has some other players, such as Taco and Hen1, who will be relied on to lead the early action in rounds and to bring the man advantage in their favor with some early kills. It will be interesting to see how they perform under duress.
The map Godsent will prefer will be Vertigo. In the last six maps in that, they have won five, which equates to a win percentage of 83. They have also won three of their last four maps in Overpass and six of their last 10 maps in Ancient.
CS:GO is usually a younger player’s sport but EG has a team rich in experience. They have made some smart acquisitions in the last few months, which will give them renewed vigor but they will need to start winning maps to make further progress up the sport’s rankings.
Autimatic will be a big part of that. He has averaged 0.68 kills but he has struggled with keeping his death rate low. He has a death rate of 0.71, which is simply too high. Brehze has been in sprightly offensive form, with 0.70 kills and 0.69 deaths per round with an average damage per round of 75.2.
This is a completely one sided matchup, with a stark difference between teams in each key factor. For example, Furia are one of the best teams in the world, with a ranking of No. 8 in the world while Sharks have continued to struggle with a ranking of No. 114 in the world.
Furia should win this one easily. In terms of skill and competence, there is a massive mismatch. From a betting standpoint, you could consider Furia to win this without dropping a map. You will likely get better odds as well, which makes a big difference.
Sharks are a relatively new team, with new players, but they will be able to at least compete. There is not too much strength in their offensive game but if they can keep their in-game economy intact, they may just have a chance.
Furia are a team with incredible talent, right from their top player to their in-game leader. Kscerato has been with the franchise for a while and has averaged an impressive 0.72 kills with just 0.59 deaths per round in the last three months of action.
He will be tasked with leading this Furia team through most rounds. He will have adequate support from Yuurih, who is also one of the most experienced players on this team. In the same analysis period, he has managed 0.72 kills with just 0.60 deaths per round.
Furia have been on fire in the last few matches. They have won their last four matches, including beating MIBR and Complexity in straight maps. Before that, they beat Isurus and Leviatan 16-4 each, in Nuke and Inferno respectively.
Both of these teams have rosters that are entirely Brazilian. Sharks have plenty of work to do to even come close to the level of proficiency that Furia have developed over the last few months. That means they are languishing at No. 114 in the world.
Sharks have also been in poor recent form, which includes defeats in their last two matches. Sharks were beaten 16-13 in Nuke in their previous match before also being beaten by Brazilian team Case in straight maps.
There isn’t a massive sample size of data to analyze but Sharks will do well to stick with Dust 2, where they have a map win percentage of 67 in their last three maps. They have won three of their last five maps in Mirage and just two of their last five maps in Inferno.
Two of the better steady teams in the middle rung of the pro CS:GO scene will face each other in this contest as No. 22 Complexity go up against a steady MIBR team, who have improved their ranking to No. 24 in the world presently.
Complexity has worked hard to establish themselves as a solid team, capable of winning not just matches against better opponents but also winning tournaments and silverware. They have done this by making some shrewd signings from the volatile teams around them.
MIBR have been around for a while but have not quite picked up the speed in the last few months. They have, at least now, made a bit of progress towards their goal of being in the top 20.
Most of these players that will play for Complexity have plied their trade for Cloud9 in the last few years. Cloud9 have recently made their way back to CS:GO but this Complexity team will certainly be able to use their experience to keep in touch with the rest of the world.
That starts with Floppy, who has averaged 0.72 kills and 0.65 deaths per round in the last three months of CS:GO. He also has an average damage per round of 81, with an average impact of 1.06. Overall, he will be one of the keys for this team in an offensive phase.
Another player that will be pivotal to Complexity is Grim. That is because he is arguably their most crucial long-range specialist in this sport. In this same analysis period, he has averaged 0.73 kills and 0.70 deaths per round, which is three months.
MIBR, or short for Made in Brazil, is another all-Brazilian roster. They were, at one point in the last few years, a permanent fixture in the top 10 in the CS:GO rankings but that has unfortunately changed in the last few months. Still, there has been progress in the last few months.
One of the players that has led that charge is Jota, who averaged 0.77 kills and 0.62 deaths per round in the last three months. He also has an average damager per round of 86.5 with an impact of 1.28, which are quite sterling numbers despite the quality of opponents not being as high.
This is another big mismatch in this week’s Blast Premier Spring Showdown North America. Liquid are one of the best teams in the world while Pain are a team that is only now starting to find its feet in the high profile action of CS:GO.
Liquid have made progress after undergoing a tumultuous few years as they have slipped dramatically from No. 1 in the world. At this stage, they have moved to No. 13 in the world but will be armed with some new players to help them out of this recent poor run of form.
In terms of betting, this is a bit of a no-brainer, with Liquid being one of the best teams in the world. But is it worth considering having Liquid to win without dropping a map? I would say yes, certainly. The trade-off between risk and reward is significantly better in that case.
Like most teams, there is one player that can instantly catch fire in CS:GO, and prove to be the difference late in rounds. While Elige has historically not been that player, it has all turned around in the last few months. In fact, he has averaged quite a stunning 0.83 kills with just 0.59 deaths per round in the last three months of CS:GO action. Very impressive by any standard of measure.
There are two other players that have been in exceptional form in the last few months, which includes oSee and Naf. Both players have been excellent at their offensive game. oSee has averaged 0.73 kills and Naf has managed the same kill rate in this period.
Shox has taken his time to get used to the system but his colleagues have given him the luxury to take that time because they have won their last six matches, including wins against Complexity and Evil Geniuses.
It is crucial for Pain that they find their feet quickly against one of the best in the world. And if they don’t, this could be a long day for them considering the strength of this Liquid team. There are a few things going for them, which they have to pick up rapidly.
One of those factors is the form of Nython, who has averaged 0.78 kills with just 0.62 deaths per round in the last three months of CS:GO action. He has an average damage per round of 76.4 as well. He even has a KAST of 73.3, an indicator of his all-round efficiency on almost any map.
|Blast Premier Spring Showdown North America Information|
|Teams||Godsent, EG, Furia, Sharks, Complexity, MIBR, Liquid, Pain|
|Location||Online event, conducted in North America|
|Time||Wednesday, April 27 at 4.30 PM EST onwards|
|How to watch||Official Twitch channel|
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