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The very definition of a 50-50 game in my eyes here, and it could be a good one. Because Liquid dropped out of Starseries, the winner of this game will qualify from the group, and therefore this is an important game for both teams.
NME rely on koosta and will need him on point tonight to take this. If he is on fire, then he could take this game almost on his own, which makes betting against him risky. 54-Denial also rely on witmer, who only just got back today and therefore has not played CS for 3 days, so expect him to start slowly tonight, and maybe need a map to reach his level.
Both sides are incredibly close if you compare their players. Judging the riflers in both sides, I would actually give the edge just slightly to Denial. I believe their players to have a higher skill ceiling and be more consistent. The players in NME are at a higher level right now, but their consistency, especially in relyks and MAiNLiNE damages them sometimes. Shinobi and SicK, the latter, have a lot of skill. I can see SicK being in a team another level up in the future, he is incredibly young and raw.
Right now the odds are 54-46, which means you could realistically bet on either side. I personally feel a little bit more towards Denial, so I will be going LOW on them.
My odds for this match: Denial 50:50 NME