The Fast Cup kicks off on Monday with round-of-16 fixtures. Two of them constitute DraftKings’ main CS:GO slate. Looking for players to consider from some relatively unknown teams? We’ve got you covered with picks for DraftKings’ slate below.
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Budapest Five is coming off an arduous Malta Vibes Cup. One of those games was nearly a week ago against PACT and had two maps go into triple-overtime. Kory had 81 kills and 94 deaths in that 2-1 loss. He has been Budapest Five’s most important offensive weapon, which is fairly well reflected in his expensive price. Still, it’s unlikely he will disappoint.
Others to consider: Torzsi ($12,600)
High-priced flex options
In that same matchup against PACT, Torzsi had 94 kills and 80 deaths. He was the only player from Budapest Five to have a positive K-D with an ADR of 79. He can also be a capable Captain considering his killing proficiency. His price is extremely affordable, especially since he should significantly improve upon his +14 K-D in this game.
It’s important to draft at least two players from Singularity in this contest. The ranking mismatch is discernible. Singularity is ranked No. 81 in the world while SJ is languishing at No. 178 overall in the CS:GO rankings. Nicoodoz has been averaging 0.71 kills with just 0.60 deaths per round in the past three months, making him the most prolific all-around player from Singularity.
Hedging is always a good idea in CS:GO to counteract your stacking strategies because Counter Strike can often be a fickle sport. SJ isn’t expected to beat Singularity but if that happens you should be covered with the selection of Jemi. He has some astounding offensive numbers, having racked up close to 0.90 kills per round since May.
Others to consider: Celrate ($8,000).
Value flex options
In the past three months of CS:GO action, Fleav has 0.73 kills per round with 0.71 deaths. That’s not a large sample size as Budapest Five hasn’t played much in this period. On the other side, a positive K-D in a small sample size can also reveal a player’s consistency. He is the only player, other than Kory and Torzsi, to have a positive K-D in this period on his team.
Tobiz hasn’t been very good in the past few weeks. In fact, in Singularity’s previous game against Illuminar, Tobiz had just 20 kills and a massive 43 deaths. That lack of form has resulted in his price dropping substantially to the extent that he could be the most valuable player on this slate from a price-return perspective. He might not have a positive K-D but he could have a high kill rate per round against an opponent ranked well below Singularity.
Others to consider: Lynxi ($7,000).
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.