A list of recent matches this team has played, green indicates a win and red a loss. Blue is a draw/cancelled
As many of you know I do not really rate NiP that highly, I think that 90% of the time, they are simply a two man team. NiP has been struggling quite a bit recently and ahm lets see at stats and try to see why, oh because Get Right is slumping at the same time as F0rest? Yeahhh who would have guessed. NiP for me are quite inconsistent because of this, you can never count them out, or in for that matter because it just depends, will F0rest or/and Get Right have a good performance here, or am I having to rely on Pyth and Friberg to win me skins….hmm not a good bet in my books. OpTic for me have more players that can make a big impact for the team than NiP lol, however the ones on NiP that can make an impact are 1. Better and 2. The whole team just works better as a team and this is a team game, hence NiP are better here. Experience wise you have to hand it to NiP as well obviously, however you gotta remember that historically at least, they do not do well on first games of a LAN, so you can’t be too sure. With this being a BO1, this is basically what these NA teams are hanging on by, a single map upset they can do pretty easily. Overall, 65-35 NiP here. I expect NiP to take it, however the slump of Get Right and F0rest really are not putting much confidence in me, and the fact that Mixwell at times can be a god.
5% NiP under 72%, otherwise 2% OG
My odds = 65-35 NiP
My risk = High
My bet = 5% NiP under 72%, otherwise 2% OG
My advice = Same as my bet
My odds for this match: NiP 65:35 OpTic Gaming
Damn, the first matches of this event are so hard to predict, this one may seem a bit easier as the odds suggest that NiP are the clear favorites, but in reality this is just another 50-50 match and either team can win here, these two teams actually played against each other a month ago, NiP took the first two best of one matches quite convincingly 16-4 and 16-10, then they played another match against Optic few days later and this one was a butt clencher, NiP got demolished 3-16 on cobblestone, then managed to wreck their opponents 16-2 on overpass which was actually Optic’s pick this time, and the last map went 16-14 in favor of NiP, that series was a rollercoaster.
So these matches were the previous encounters between NiP and Optic, but let’s focus a bit more on their individual results because that’s actually interesting. NiP played quite bad on both Dreamhack Summer and ECS Season 1 Finals, on the first event they barely beat Epsilon, Astralis and then got wrecked by Immortals in the finals, ECS went even worse as NiP didn’t even win a single map, they lost the first match against Luminosity and then got 2-0’d by Gamers2 so they are not doing too well right now.
Optic played better, they won the MLG Minor and secured a spot on the major qualifier which also went very well for them, Optic lost the first match 14-16 against Gambit, then managed to win all following matches against Fluffy Gangsters, FlipSid3 and HellRaisers, they also played two very close matches against NiP and Gamers2 on ELEAGUE, additionally Optic had all time their needed to prepare for this major while NiP had to attend two different lan events and only had like 5 days to practice so that’s pretty rough for them.
So it seems like this will be also an underdog bet for me, the odds are stupid and Optic even looked better than NiP in the recent time, so they can definitely upset them in a best of one.
My odds for this match: NiP 55:45 OpTic Gaming
The last time these two teams played, it was incredibly close game, or well, incredibly weird as well. NiP were completely destroyed on the first map, before winning the second in easy fashion, being up on the 3rd, and then almost losing it, before closing it. Was not your typical series, and was a really weird game. The other interesting part is, they played Cobble twice. One time NiP won 16-4, and the second time OpTic won 16-3. If anything this highlights the sides are suffering from consistency issues. NiP are clearly the better team, and I do think they will take this game fairly comfortably, but with the map likely to be Cache, it could make for a really interesting affair. Would put this game as a 65-35 for NiP, and will bet accordingly.
My odds for this match: NiP 65:35 OpTic Gaming
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