Day one of StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 was relatively uneventful, but CSGO Betting brings you our StarLadder betting tips for day two. The highlight was undoubtedly G2’s demolition of NiP on Inferno. In that game, a combination of great play by the French side and an impatient NiP failing to utilise their grenades correctly saw the Swedes rarely look a threat. Elsewhere, SK Gaming were made to work on mirage by TyLoo, whose compatriots 5Power did little against Na’Vi to suggest they will have any impact. Perhaps the biggest surprises were the lack of resistance put up by Immortals, Gambit and FaZe, all of who looked very lacklustre. None of their opponents, North, Fnatic and HellRaisers respectively, looked particularly strong, though it is hard to knock them given the margins of their victories.
Day two will see the teams who won face each other, and the teams who lost will also meet due to the Swiss-system.
Gambit (2/5, 1.40 Betway Esports) vs TyLoo (2/1, 3.00 Mr Green)
TyLoo took 12 rounds against SK Gaming on Mirage yesterday, but unfortunately they will not get to play their home map again, given that it is Gambit’s perma ban. Unfortunately, TyLoo’s perma ban, Nuke, is a weak map for Gambit but they will be forced to ban it, along with Cobblestone, which they do not play against top tier teams. Gambit are renowned for being one of the best teams on Cobble, and this greatly damages TyLoo’s chances of getting a favourable veto.
Barring any crazy decisions, a good veto is impossible for TyLoo here, as their second best map, Cache, is a weak map for Gambit, so that will be removed. TyLoo have only played Inferno once, as it has been a frequent second ban, but they did win on it. Given Gambit’s shaky performance against fnatic, they may gamble on leaving it in the pool. In that case, they should remove Overpass, which Gambit dominated on at the ELEAGUE Major in January. This gives Gambit the choice of Inferno or Train, two maps on which TyLoo are likely very weak. As such, Gambit are likely to take this match comfortably despite their fragile performance against Fnatic.
UYA (63/20, 4.15 Mr Green) vs CLG (11/50, 1.22 Betway Esports)
Given so little is known about UYA (5Power) and as CLG are such a poor side, this is a game best watched. CLG should come out on top but make no appeal at the prices.
FaZe (1/2, 1.50 Betway Esports) vs Immortals (2/1, 3.00 Ladbrokes Esports)
FaZe and Immortals met twice at IEM Katowice last month and on both occasions Immortals struggled, only racking up double figure rounds once in three convincing map defeats. As such, FaZe will control the veto here. They will remove their perma ban Cobble, Cache and Inferno. Incidentally, these are Immortals three best maps. Even though FaZe beat Immortals on Inferno, they do not need to risk leaving it in the map pool. Immortals will definitely remove Nuke and Mirage, and after their last defeat will likely remove Overpass. The two teams have not yet met on Train, aside from in the strange tiebreaker at IEM Katowice. FaZe came out on top there, 10-7, and barring any significant progress for either side, a similar result is expected. The outright appeals more than the handicap at the available prices.
North stated pre-event that they had specifically focused on their CT side on Cobble but it was a dominant T side that saw them brush aside Immortals. We won’t be seeing a repeat of that because Astralis perma ban that map, whilst North will remove Astralis’ best map Train. It is hard to call which team will ban Cache, as neither team like the map, but it is certain to be removed. Of the remaining maps, it is difficult to forecast where we will end up. Regardless, Astralis should have the ability to come out on top. The concern is how seriously they take the group stage of events but at odds of 3/5 (1.60) they cannot be passed up.