The upper-bracket quarterfinals of the OGA Counter Pit will be played on Monday. Two quarters constitute DraftKings’ main CS:GO slate. With some relatively-unknown teams in action, we take a look at some picks for your DraftKings roster and the reasons for them.
The price for degster is so high because he is Espada’s best killing weapon. He has incredible offensive prowess with most long-range weapons. Despite Espada losing 2-0 to Virtus.pro, degster had a tremendous 40 kills with just 33 deaths along with an ADR of 81. He had a clean ace (five kills in a single round) in that game. His fantasy average of 74.4 DKFP per game will gradually decrease but he is still the best pick for Captain on this slate.
Others to consider: Dima ($13,200)
High-priced flex options
In that matchup against Virtus.pro, Dima was woefully below par, adding just 26 kills to 38 deaths. He led Espada in the preceding game, with 51 kills and 46 deaths with a stunning average damage per round of 99.1. He still has some work to do to become a consistent force and carry Espada into the top-30 CS:GO teams in the world. For this slate, though, he could be a strong stacking target.
In my opinion, XELLOW isn’t worth this much. It’s not that he isn’t a strong selection but rather that his value might not match his price. If you have the budget, though, he should certainly be on your roster because he is comfortably the best player from Nexus, at least based on recent form. In the past three months, he has been averaging 0.78 kills per round, the highest on his team. He even has an average damage per round of close to 80.
Espada has the matchup advantage in this game. Since this is just a two-game slate, prudent strategy should result in a stacked roster, constituting as many Espada players as possible. Patsi hasn’t been in fantastic defensive form (0.68 deaths per round in the last three months) but if you’re looking for a decent offensive player, he could add value with that stack (he has 0.68 kills per round at an ADR of 76.8).
Others to consider: iM ($8,400)
Value flex options
Here’s a stunning stat: h4rn is the only player from FATE to have a positive K-D in the past three months of CS:GO action. That is reason enough to pick him for your roster as a hedging play because of his form and consistency. He has averaged 0.72 kills and 0.62 deaths per round in this period, showcasing his strength with the AK and other long-range weapons.
Here’s an even more stunning stat: No player from AGO has a positive K-D in the past three months. The team has fallen to No. 41 in the CS:GO rankings as a result. However, F1KU at least doesn’t have a negative K-D (he is averaging 0.71 kills and deaths per round). If Espada doesn’t enjoy a straight-map win, then F1KU would have played a significant hand.
Others to consider: Mar ($6,400).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.