Betting Guide For IEM Katowice Legends Stage

Adam Boothe

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:45 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 5:45 PM UTC

We are down to the final sixteen teams that still hold a shot to win the first Major of 2019.

<p>The action begins Wednesday with 16 best-of-one matches. All books will be offering lines the moment the first round concludes, so be sure to keep track of the latest results that day to not miss round 2!</p><p>The Challengers Stage concluded on Sunday with the last three do-or-die series. Five of last week's proposition bets had chances to win on the final day; Nip [@ 8.5], Winstrike [@ 6.0], G2 [@1.5], Tyloo [@ 1.6], and Cache for a half unit @ 21.0. The two short lines hit with G2 going head-to-head against Tyloo. If they had beat them in two maps Cache would not have been played and we would have got a half-win/ half-push on the 21.0 flyer! Alright enough about last week - let's focus on what we have before us!</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Will the reign of &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@astralisgg&lt;/a&gt; over &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CSGO&lt;/a&gt; continue at &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#IEM&lt;/a&gt; Katowice? The Danish superstars are ready to take on the world at the Major! &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Intel®ExtremeMasters (@IEM) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 18, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p> </p><h2>The Challengers v The Legends</h2><p>The Legends Stage will operate identically to the Challengers Stage, which you can read up on from last week's article here []. Seven of the top eight seeds qualified through. I thought the one team to falter would be NiP, however it turned out to be #1 seed, Fnatic. Talent-wise the Fnatic boys are not too far off the 8 returning Legends this week. So that should tell you just how close this pool of teams really is. There is a high possibility of only four Legends making it through to playoffs this time around. 14 of the top 20 teams (HLTV rankings) make up the group; Hellraisers are 21 (though I would say they are certainly in the top20) and Complexity is #39 (which is justified given what we've seen recently).</p><p>-Cloud9 = Yes @ 5.75 [<a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c">Betway</a>]</p><p>-Faze = No @ 4.75 [<a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c">Betway</a>]</p><p>-G2 = Yes @ 2.75 [<a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c">Betway</a>]</p><p>-Navi = No @ 3.35 [<a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c">Betway</a>]</p><p>Crazy, right? Well not considering the prices. I think we could see all four of these teams on the final 2-2 day. I will try to keep this brief but if you would like to discuss these bets further, feel free to message me on Twitter [<a href="">@lockeqwerty</a>].</p><p>Beginning with Cloud9, we saw them play their best CS on Saturday and Sunday. Until that point they had a bit of the old Fnatic, 'let's wing it' approach to tactics. Their strongest maps of Mirage, Inferno, and Overpass they were dismantled on. You could argue that even Grayhound was the better team in the opener and C9 might have lost that one too had it not been for some clutch heroics from Zelsis and Kioshima. It's true; they narrowly made it through to this stage. However it is not helpful to say 'well they only beat Winstrike and Furia'. Remember what I said last week; the gap between the best and the worst at this tournament is marginal. I think C9 has yet to show their best and will be a team competing for a spot on the final day, so theseodds justify the play so long as they don't revert back to what we saw through the opening two days.</p><p>Faze recently topped C9 in the final of a mini-tournament, ELEAGUE Invitational. That said it was shaky at best, and they had already lost two them 2-0 a day prior. I understand that from their lackluster outings in the second half of 2018 a change was needed. As commonly happens with big-name rosters, it's the worst performing player who gets outed rather than focusing on the causes of the problem. What is the problem here? Team cohesion on both t-side and ct. I don't think Niko is doing himself or Faze any favors by taking over the reigns of IGL. They can make it thru on firepower alone (probably), but I think they'll be one of the teams to fade from the outset.</p><p>G2 had the most to be proud of in quite some time with their dominant final two days at the Challengers Stage knocking out Fnatic and Tyloo. Yes, both series went to three maps. However, if you watched them on Dust2, Overpass and Cache they gave their opposition no room to breathe. It was night and day from their play against Vega and Avangar on those particular maps earlier in the week. Weaknesses? Mirage and probably t-side on most maps not called Dust2 and Cache. However I think they have a lot more things figured out then some of the field.</p><p>Navi, navi, navi. Oh boy. A lot of fuss was made in the wake of their performance at the ICE Challenge in London a few weeks ago. To be honest, I didn't think it was such a big deal given that North and Heroic did not have a Major to compete for. And then the interview with HLTV was published, and Zeus opened up regarding team frustrations. In 2018 Navi did quite well following an embarrassing tournament performance, but Zeus' comments read differently to me. It wasn't optimistic, 'we're going to improve', but rather a 'I quit' attitude. This is why the price on Navi to be eliminated is so low this week. However if this decorated roster does not throw in the towel they could grind out enough maps to make it through. We'll know within the first day I imagine.</p><h2> </h2><h2>Player Props</h2><p>-Highest Rating Avangar = Jame @ 3.35 [Betway]</p><p>-Most Kills BIG = Xantares @ 2.75 [Betway]</p><p>-Most Kills Vitality = Zywoo @ 2.1 [Betway]</p><p>-Highest HLTV 2.0 Rating = Dupreeh @ 1.8 [<a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18">Bet365</a>]</p><p>-Highest HLTV 2.0 Rating = Coldzera @ 1.8 [Bet365]</p><p>-Highest K/D = Sergej @ 1.83 [Bet365]</p><p>-Highest K/D = Forest @ 2.0 [Bet365]</p><p>-Player w/ Fewest Deaths Natus Vincere = Simple @ 3.35 [Betway]</p><p> </p><h2>Map Props</h2><p>Most Played = Inferno or Mirage @ 1.5 [Bet365]</p><p>Highest CT % = Train @ 4.0 [Bet365]</p><p>Highest T % = Dust2 @ 5.0 [Bet365]</p><p>Least Played = Nuke @ 11.0 [Bet365]</p><p> </p><h3>Others</h3><p>-Aces in a Single Map = over 1.5 @ 2.4 [Betway]</p><p>-Total Aces = over 9.5 @ 1.95 [Betway]</p><p>-Total Overtime Maps = over 6.5 @ 1.8 [Bet365]</p><p> </p><p>Unfortunately as of Monday afternoon, these were only a couple of the books offering props. However I fully expect that to change within the next 24 hours. As I mentioned last week it was best to grab Astralis on the outright at that time. They have since moved down from 2.5 to approximately 1.9 at most books. Unfortunately there is not enough space to elaborate on the statistics and reasoning behind all these proposition wagers, but hit me on Twitter with any questions or feedback!</p>
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