Faze will look to prevent its fourth successive defeat to BIG when the teams meet on Sunday in the CS Summit. We take a look at targets to consider from that game and three others that constitute DraftKings’ Sunday CS:GO main slate.
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Niko (Faze, $13,500)
There are two players with the CS:GO names of Niko on this slate. I’m talking about the Niko from Faze. Niko has fallen off the boil a touch. That is understandable considering Faze has lost some rhythm over the past few weeks. In Sunday’s matchup against BIG, a team Faze has lost three successive games against, Faze will rely on its best player to get them out of their funk.
Others to consider: Allu ($13,200)
High-priced flex options
Allu was required desperately by ENCE in its previous game against x6tence, which ENCE eventually won in overtime in the third map. Struggling in the third map, Allu stood up to finish with 72 kills and 58 deaths with a K-D of +14. He had an average damage per round of 76.1 in that game along with a KAST of 70.5%.
Liquid, like Cloud9, was convincingly beaten, 2-0, on Saturday. Elige managed just 30 kills with 42 deaths in a stuttering performance. He led Liquid in ADR with 85.7. He had been a revelation in the games that preceded that Saturday matchup though and has averaged a solid 67.8 DKFP per game, which isn’t easy to do over a sustained period of time.
Cloud9 was pummelled by 100 Thieves in the team’s previous game on Saturday evening. In two maps, Cloud9 won a grand total of 13 rounds! There was nothing that oSee or any of his colleagues could do to prevent that. oSee had 26 kills and 33 deaths. Apart from this performance, he has been quite solid for Cloud9, particularly with the AWP.
Others to consider: Stavn ($8,400).
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TabseN was exceptional on Saturday against BIG but couldn’t prevent defeat against a solid team. He led both teams in kills with 66 and had 58 deaths, finishing with a K-D of +8. These were the performances that carried BIG into the top 10 in the CS:GO rankings. BIG has a psychological stronghold on Faze as well, which could play a part in this game.
I’m expecting Liquid to be much better against Furia than how the team was on Saturday against Evil Geniuses. If that pans out as expected, Naf could be a productive stacking play from Liquid. He has the ability to stay aggressive even in the face of intense pressure. He also has the ability to stay back and take short-term pain for longer-term gain.
Others to consider: Kscerato ($7,800), Broky ($7,200).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.