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Gaimin Gladiators, ranked 54, will face ATK, ranked 64, in the group stages of the ESL Challenger League Season 41 North America on 11 May, 2022 in a best of three match. The two face each other in Group A.
There is very little between the two sides and it’s hard to pick an outright favorite but we are giving Gaimin Gladiators the slight edge heading into this tie. ATK should ideally head into this tie as slight favorites despite the lower rank because of their superior head-to-head but in the seven meetings between the two sides, ATK have won five of their match-ups with Gaimin Gladiators coming out on top only twice. However, Gaimin Gladiator have come out on top in their last two meetings, which suggests that the momentum is firmly in their favor.
Gaimin Gladiator’s star man is 22-year-old Cynic. The American averages an impressive 0.73 kills per round and 0.64 deaths per round. He has a K/D ratio of 1.15 and a KAST of 73.4% (all-time). He deals 80.8 damage per round and has been helped by some strong teammates. No one in the side has a KAST lower than 70% for the last three months.
Gaimin Gladiator have a good record on most maps bar Vertigo, where they have a win percentage of only 20% but will be encouraged by learning that this isn’t a great map for ATK either, who also have a poor win record of just 29%. The Americans are also on a hot four-game winning streak. It’ll be difficult for ATK to go up against a team with so much momentum on their side.
Unlike Gamin Gladiator, ATK are on a very poor run. They’ve lost their last three matches and only won one out of their last seven. As mentioned earlier, they’ve also lost their last two matches against Gaimin Gladiator despite having an overwhelming superior record in the past.
To get past this rut, ATK will be hoping to face Gaimin Gladiator on the Ancient map for at least one of their three rounds. They have an 86% win record here compared to Gaimin Gladiator’s 67%. They have a superior record on three other maps as well. ATK will have to tap into whatever positives are available and will be hoping that star man, b0denmaster, will get them through this period.
B0denmaster averages 0.71 kills per round and 0.63 death per round. He has a K/D ratio of 1.05 and a KAST of 68.8% in last three months.
Mythic, ranked 54, will face Carpe Diem, ranked 56, in the group stages of the ESL Challenger League Season 41 North America on 11 May, 2022 in a best of three match. The two face each other in Group B.
Carpe Diem go into this match as strong favorites against the less-experienced Mythic but it isn’t going to be that straightforward. In the only meeting between the two sides, Mythic came out on top in a tightly contested game that ended 16-14 in Mythic’s favor on the Inferno map. This match was played earlier this season in January but much has changed in since that game.
Mythic have played four games on the Vertigo map and have come out on top every time. They’ll be hoping to face Carpe Diem on this map not only because their record is so good there but also because Carpe Diem have a very poor record on the same map. In their 11 matches on Vertigo, Carpe Diem have registered a 45% win record.
Key to Mythic’s strengths is 29-year-old freakazoid, who has been in fine form for the last three months with a kill per round average of 0.82 and death per round average of 0.71. He also has a KAST of 71.1% in that time. The worry for Mythic is that they’ve lost their last two matches. Prior to that, they’d won four of their games. Like winning, losing can also be a habit and Mythic will want to that put this losing run behind them as quickly as possible.
Carpe Diem have got significantly more experience in the CS: GO circuit and they should use that knowledge and know-how against Mythic. Their most important player is CLASIA, who is averaging 0.77 kills per round and 0.66 deaths per round in the last recent months. He has an all-time K/D ratio of 1.11 and KAST of 72.2%, which is quite impressive. There isn’t much momentum in Carpe Diem’s favor but they remain favorites.
Russian side, Entropiq, who are ranked 16th in the world will face Czech Republic side, Sinners, ranked 40, in the group stages of the ESL Challenger League Season 41 North America on 11 May, 2022, in a best of three match. The two face each other in Group B.
These are two strong sides but as the rankings reveal, Entropiq are one of the top teams in the CS: GO circuit, which makes them quite firm favorites heading into this tie. The two side have had many tight battles in the past, 14 of them to be precise. Entropiq have a slender lead with eight wins in that time to Sinners’ six, having recorded two of those wins in their last two meetings.
The Russian side head into this match on a four-game winning streak. The most impressive part of this run were their victories over the world number 14, 15 and 18 ranked teams in the world. At the moment, Entropiq will feel like they could beat anyone who goes up against them.
Sinners, on the other hand, registered their first win in four games. The form is clearly on Entropiq’s side. Key to Entropiq’s great form has been Forester, who has averaged 0.73 kills per round, 0.67 deaths per round and 79.6 damage per round in recent weeks. It must be taken into account that some of their recent matches were against top opposition. 22-year-old Forester has an all-time K/D ratio of 1.05 and KAST of 70%.
Entropiq clearly love the Dust2 map, where they have a win rate of 80% but their record isn’t amazing in most other areas, which is why Sinners should be comfortable on most maps against Entropiq bar Dust2, Overpass and Ancient.
Sinners will need to get the small margins and in forsyy, they have someone who could help them do just that. He averages a mightily impressive 0.58 death per round in the last three months. He also averages 0.75 kills per round in that time, which is more than what Forester has managed. His all-time K/D record is 1.20 and he has a KAST of 71.8%. If Sinners are to put things right, they’ll need 20-year-old forsyy to lead the way.
ECSTATIC, ranked 37, will face Finest, ranked 50, in the group stages of the ESL Challenger League Season 41 North America on 11 May, 2022, in a best of three match. The two face each other in Group B.
Finest head into this game as favorites according to most betting sites despite having a poor head-to-head record and lower ranking. In the six meetings between the two sides, ECSTATIC have come out on top four times compared to Finest’s two. However, Finest are favorites heading into this match because they’ve won their last two matches against ECSTATIC.
ECSTATIC’s star man, FASHR, has dealt an average of 83.1 damage per round in the last three months. He has also managed an impressive 0.78 kills per round and 0.67 deaths per round. He has an all-time K/D ratio of 1.05 and KAST of 71.6%, which suggests that he’s going through one of his better runs at the moment.
His record is far superior at the moment to Finest’s anarkez, who in recent months has dealt 72.9 damage per round, averaged 0.71 kills per round and 0.66 deaths per round.
ECSTATIC have a superior win rate on most maps over Finest bar Dust2 and Mirage. ECSTATIC have a poor win record of 33% compared to Finest’s 62%. Finest also have a highly impressive record of 78% on Mirage after competing in nine games as a team. ECSTATIC have never played on this map as a team and will be hoping that they don’t go up against a side that loves this map on their very first attempt.
ECSTATIC also have a very poor record on Overpass, having only got a 20% win rate on the map and will be hoping that they get one of the other maps on offer. Both sides head into this tie off the back of a win but have been fairly inconsistent in recent week. They’ll be hoping to make it two wins on the trot at the other’s expense.
|ESL Challenger Information
|Ecstatic vs Finest, Entropiq vs Sinners, Mythic vs Carpe Diem
|Tuesday, May 10 at 1.00 PM EST onwards
|How to watch
|Official Twitch channel
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