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ECSTATIC, ranked 33rd in the world, will face ex-MAD Lions, ranked 43rd in the world, in the Elisa Invitational Spring on 11 June, 2022, in a best of three match.
The two sides have faced each other five times in the past with ECSTATIC coming out on top on four occasions to ex-MAD Lions’ one. Their most recent meeting took place in November 2021. The two faced each other thrice on the day with ECSTATIC coming out on top twice.
ECSTATIC came into this match in decent nick, having won five of their last seven matches. They’ve also had a good head-to-head record and will be quietly confident that they’ll win this match.
Key to that has been 26-year-old Dutchman, FASHR, who has dealt an average of 84.1 damage per round in the last three months. He has also managed an impressive 0.79 kills per round, 0.66 deaths per round, and had a KAST of 74.6% in that time. He has an all-time K/D ratio of 1.06. If he’s in the mood, ECSTATIC should have this game in the bag.
Ex-Mad Lions were heading into matches last month with a bit of rustiness and were unseeded after having not played a match in almost five week. They’ve now got a decent rank and will feel like they belong in the CS: GO circuit.
Ex Mad Lions are on an extremely hot run of form, winning six of their last seven matches. It doesn’t matter if the opponent is weak or strong, that sort of momentum will definitely galvanize the squad and they’ll be hoping that the momentum can get them a win against ECSTATIC.
Ex Mad Lions will be pinning their hopes on 22-year-old Lithuanian, jL, who has an impressive all-time K/D ratio of 1.10. jL has averaged 0.76 kills per round, 0.65 deaths per round, had a KAST of 71.3% and dealt 78.4 damage per round in the last three months.
Another noteworthy aspect of Ex-MAD Lions in recent months has been their 100% record on Overpass. They’ve played four matches on the map and won every time. Their only win against ECSTATIC has come on Dust2, where ECSTATIC have a poor record. Ex-MAD Lions also have a pretty impressive win rate on Mirage with 86% in the last few months.
Ex-MAD Lions will be hoping that they get some of these little advantages when they face ECSTATIC but the chances of them all happening are low. ECSTATIC are a decent bet for this match. Back them to have enough against ex-MAD Lions.
Danish side, MASONIC, ranked 50th in the world, will face North Macedonian side, BLUEJAYS, ranked 63rd in the world, in the Elisa Invitational Spring on 11 June, 2022, in a best of three match.
The two sides have faced each other 3 times in the past with MASONIC getting the better of BLUEJAYS on two occasions. The three meetings took place last month in the Pinnacle Cup IV with MASONIC winning 16-8 and 16-13 on Ancient and Inferno. BLUEJAYS won the second match 16-7 on Vertigo.
Since the matches between the two sides took place quite recently, MASONIC will be pretty confident that they can get the win here. It must be noted that they don’t have as good a win rate as the BLUEJAYS on Inferno but still beat them.
They also have a better win rate on four of the maps but their better win rate on Vertigo didn’t help them last time out, which shows just how unpredictable CS: GO matches can be at times.
Key to their hopes will be 19-year-old kraghen. He has averaged 0.70 kills per round, 0.67 deaths per round, had a KAST of 70.6% and dealt 81.8 damage per round in the last three months. He has an all-time KD ratio of 0.99, which goes to show that he’s improved his game in recent months.
One of the things that the BLUEJAYS have got going for them heading into this tie is better form. MASONIC have only won one of their last four matches, whereas the BLUEJAYS have six of their last eight. They’re also less rusty than MASONIC, who haven’t played a lot of matches in the last month.
BLUEJAYS will have to use every margin on their side and none bigger than their 21-year-old star, CacaNito. The North Macedonian has averaged 0.82 kills per round, 0.68 deaths per round, had a KAST of 69.3% and dealt an incredible 89.9 damage per round in the last three months. He has an all-time KD ratio of 1.12 as well.
MASONIC are the favorites heading into this match but the BLUEJAYS are well worth a punt. They’re in form, have a player in great nick and have nothing to fear heading into this one. They’re good value.
German side, BIG Academy, ranked 68h in the world, will face Norwegian side, 777, ranked 121st in the world, in the Elisa Invitational Spring on 11 June, 2022, in a best of three match.
The two sides have never butted heads before, which should make this a fairly fascinating encounter.
BIG Academy head into this match as overwhelming favorites. They’re on a four-game winning streak and they’re most likely going to make it five in a row. They’ve only lost one in their last nine matches.
Key to that has been 23-year-old k1to. He has averaged 0.79 kills per round, 0.68 deaths per round, had a KAST of 69.7% and dealt 87 damage per round in the last three months. He has an all-time KD ratio of 0.98.
They have to be careful with a few things though. They’ve got a very poor record Nuke in the last three months, played three and lost three on the map. They also don’t have a great record on Vertigo with a 25% win rate in the last three months.
777 haven’t been in the best of form but are coming off the back of a loss to SINNERS. Their win rate on Overpass is decent with a 67% record but this also happens to be BIG Academy’s favorite map. BIG Academy have recorded a 100% win rate on this map in the last three months. The maps where BIG Academy are weak in are the same that 777 aren’t great in.
There’s little hope for the Norwegian side heading into this. The 20-year-old will look to show off his skills. He has an all-time KD ratio of 1.05. He has averaged 0.77 kills per round, 0.74 deaths per round, had a KAST of 66.5% and dealt 84.7 damager per round in the last three months.
This should be a fairly easy victory for BIG Academy. Don’t think too hard on this one. The German side is a safe bet.
Ukranian side, Kyiv, ranked 60th in the world, will face Danish side, Tricked, ranked 84th in the world, in the Elisa Invitational Spring on 11 June, 2022, in a best of three match.
The two sides have an interesting history. Kyiv have come out on top in four meetings, Tricked on one with another match going into overtime. Their most recent meeting was in September 2021. The teams faced each other thrice on the same day with Kyiv coming out on top 25-21 and 16-10 on Vertigo and Mirage. Tricked won 16-11 over Inferno in the first match of the day.
The Ukrainian side have lost four of their last five matches and will quickly want to change. They have a great opportunity against a side that hasn’t got the best of records against them. They’ll need 23-year-old uQlutzavr to put his best foot forward. He has an underwhelming all-time KD ratio of 0.97. In the last three months, he has averaged 0.71 kills per round, 0.68 deaths per round, had a KAST of 68.4% and dealt 75.9 damage per round.
They’ll be hoping that at least one of the matches is on Dust2, where they’ve got an 80% win rate in the last three months.
Tricked have clocked a better win rate in four of the maps compared to Kyiv but will know that it isn’t enough against this type of opponent. They have a better record on Vertigo but still felt short against them last time around.
Their star man is 21-year-old PR1mE. He has averaged 0.67 kills per round, 0.68 deaths per round, had a KAST of 67.7% and dealt 74.3 damage per round. He has an all-time KD ratio of 0.95. This doesn’t stand out, which is why they’ll need everyone in the team to pull together really hard.
Despite Kyiv’s poor form, they should win this. There aren’t many arguments that can be made to favor Tricked in this one.
|Elisa Invitational 2022 Information|
|Teams||Team 777, Big Academy, Masonic, Bluejays, Kyiv, Tricked|
|Time||Wednesday, June 8 at 9.00 AM ET|
|How to watch||Official Twitch channel|
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