Five combined games from the DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe and Flashpoint constitute DraftKings’ main CS:GO slate on Monday. Here is a look at the players to consider for your roster.
If you had any doubts about device’s proficiency as a player, this stat should ease those reservations. In 2014, he was ranked No. 20 in the world. For five straight years following that, he has always ranked inside the top 5 players in the world (No. 3 in 2015, No. 3 in 2016, No. 5 in 2017, No. 2 in 2018 and No. 3 in 2019). This has been a tough year for Astralis, but class doesn’t fade away easily. A simple rule of thumb for any sport on DraftKings is to back quality and device certainly fits the bill.
Others to consider: syrsoN ($13,500)
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Headshot rate is a reliable metric to analyze a player’s style in CS:GO. A player with a low headshot rate, like syrsoN (career headshot rate of 30.4%), indicates a higher percentage of close-range encounters. Often, that modus operandi leads to a high death rate. But syrsoN has maintained a solid 0.64 deaths per round in his career (22,834 deaths in 35,918 rounds). Along with a kill rate of 0.74 per round, he has shown his class and experience in maintaining a stellar offensive rate along with strong in-game economy.
blameF has displayed admirable patience in helping Complexity rise to No. 10 in the CS:GO rankings. The team will be distraught after a 2-1 loss to a rejiggered Cloud9 team in the quarters of the Blast showdown. Despite 59 kills and 58 deaths, blameF couldn’t prevent a tight 16-14 in Dust2 in the deciding map. He even had a successful 1v2 clutch win in that game.
EliGE wasn’t needed much as Liquid blew past MIBR 16-11, 16-2 in the quarters of Blast on Sunday. Still, he chipped in with a stellar K-D of +8 (37 kills and 29 deaths) with an average damage per round of 85. EliGE has continued to excel in his leadership role for a Liquid team that has now found its footing. That is evident from his increasing production — he is now averaging 66.8 DKFP per game.
Others to consider: dupreeh ($9,400)
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These stats don’t represent an apples-to-apples comparison because sh1ro has played against primarily lower-ranked opponents. Still, they’re pretty impressive – sh1ro has 11,152 career kills (0.78 per round) along with just 7,792 deaths (0.54 per round). This spectacular death rate has earned him a K/D ratio of 1.43 with a career ADR of 79.8. These are some terrific returns, even for second-tier tournaments. Confidence and form isn’t a problem for sh1ro.
This is the most valuable selection of this slate. A player of allu’s caliber for just $6,800 is a steal. He has played only 34 maps since the start of September but has still maintained a solid K/D (0.74 kills and 0.64 deaths per round in this period). He is lethal with most long-range weapons, including the AK, which will likely keep his death rate low too.
Others to consider: Calyx ($7,000)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.