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The opening match between Mouz and Outsiders should be extremely close
BNE will take on the home favorites 00Nation
OG will look to kick off the major with a win over the OCE representatives Grayhound
Mouz and Outsiders are extremely evenly matched and this should make for a very close game between the two teams.
Mouz have been looking quite good recently and their new signing XertioN has integrated well into their roster. Frozen has been playing at a very high level lately and has maintained a 1.24 HLTV rating, a 1.27 impact rating, 0.59 DPR, 84 ADR and a 74.5% KAST score.
Frozen has also been the one to find the majority of the openings for the team, with 20% of the entry frag attempts at a 62.5% success rate. Mouz are able to find advantages in the rounds off Frozen’s picks and can then pressure the opponents into making mistakes.
Outsiders form has slipped somewhat after the last major since they lost their star player in Yekindar to Team Liquid. FL1T has stepped up to take Yekindar’s place and he has been performing quite well recently. Currently, he has a 1.15 HLTV rating, a 1.15 impact rating, an 82 ADR, and a 0.75 KPR. FL1T has performed well in late-round situations and has managed to win 71% of 1vX scenarios he has been put in.
Outsiders’s AWPer Jame has also found his old form, and he has a 1.11 HLTV rating, a 0.49 DPR, and a 74.6% KAST score. Jame is crucial for the team because he has the ability to make important mid-round plays that either result in him finding the enemy team in transition, or enabling him to pass valuable information to the rest of the team to bring them the upper hand in a round.
BNE will face off against 00Nation, one of the home favorites in the first round of the Challenger stage matchups. The two teams are very evenly matched, and the home crowd atmosphere might be enough to push 00Nation over the line.
BNE managed to qualify for the major after some great games in the EU RMR. The standout player on the team has been Juanflatroo and he has a 1.12 HLTV rating, a 1.13 impact rating, 83 ADR and a 0.76 KPR. Juanflatroo’s strengths lie in his mid-round play and he has been able to make huge plays to seal the round in BNE’s favor.
BNE’s best map so far has been Ancient where they have an 85% win rate and currently hold an 11-2 record across the past three months. They have a fantastic CT side on the map and dominate defensively to win 70% of their CT side rounds.
00Nation managed to qualify for the major through the NA RMR with a 3-1 record to make it to the major. The standout player on the team so far has been Try, the team’s AWPer. Try has a 1.15 HLTV rating, a 1.16 impact rating, 0.62 DPRR and a 0.76 KPR. Try has been the one to find most of the opening picks for the team, with the Argentinian player attempting to find 19.6% of the opening picks at a 59.4% success rate.
00Nation’s best map so far has been Inferno, where they have not dropped a single game over the past three months. They have a great CT side and manage to win 75% of their defensive rounds. In addition, they pick up rounds in which they get the opening pick 89.8% of the time.
OG and Grayhound take on each other in the first round of the IEM Rio Challengers stage.
OG have been on an upward trajectory lately and have looked impressive with their new signings. Degster is the team’s AWPer and he has been performing quite well recently. He has a 1.14 HLTV rating, a 0.6 DPR, a 72.5% KAST score and a 0.74 KPR. Degster has also been the one to find most of the openings on OG and the Russian AWPer has been able to find the entry frag 63.5% of the time with almost 19% of the entry attempts.
Degster is supported quite well by Flamez, the team’s star rifler. He has a 1.14 HLTV rating, a 1.16 impact rating, a 0.64 DPR, a 73.2% KAST score and a 53.6% headshot rate.
Grayhound have qualified for the major as the first seed out of the Asian RMR. The top performer on the team has been INS, and he has a 1.24 HLTV rating, a 1.29 impact rating, 90.8 ADR, 0.81 KPR, and a 72.7% KAST score. INS finds entry kills quite often and attempts to find the entry frag 23.3% of the time at a 53.5% success rate.
Liazz has also found some form recently and has a 1.20 HLTV rating, a 0.56 DPR, and a 75.2% KAST score. He uses his experience to navigate late-round situations quite well and has a 78% win rate in 1vX situations.
|Teams||Mouz vs Outsiders, BNE vs 00Nation, OG vs Grayhound|
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Monday, October 31 at 10 am ET onwards
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