The ESL Pro League resumes on Friday from both regions. We take a look at some players to consider for Captain and the flex positions for your DraftKings CS:GO lineups on Friday morning.
S1mple started this tournament in fantastic fashion. With him, though, it was hardly surprising. He had 53 kills and 26 deaths with an astounding average damage per round of 113.6 and a K-D of +27. Plus, Godsent is a fairly solid team. That’s just S1mple at his best. He will have to lead Natus Vincere by example, especially after all his outbursts on Twitter.
Other to consider: Syrson ($13,500)
High-priced flex options
BIG cruised past Ago 2-0 in the previous game. Syrson was decent but he would have been expected to produce a lot more against a team that isn’t quite at the same level. He had 34 kills and 32 deaths. Any positive K-D game is good, but +2 in a rout was middling by his lofty standards. He would want to improve on that against OG on Friday.
Slowly but very discernibly, Cerq has taken over as Evil Geniuses’ most proficient player. That title used to belong to Brehze ($8,200) in EG but his loss of form in 2020 hasn’t hampered his team much because of Cerq’s dominance. He has averaged 65.5 DKFP per game, which is quite solid in a competitive North American CS:GO circuit.
In a 2-1 loss to ENCE in the previous game, every Heroic player was killed more than 50 times. Stavn was one of only two players not to have at least 50 kills. He has had a busy year, so you would expect some underwhelming performances. However, he is unlikely to have two of those on the bounce. Expect one of Heroic’s stars to return to his offensive best, and cruise past 20 kills per map against Ago.
Other to consider: Niko ($8,000)
Value flex options
Mantuu can take a lot of credit for OG staying relevant in the CS:GO scene. The team hasn’t made rapid leaps in the rankings, like Heroic or BIG, but consistency has been OG’s forte. Mantuu is the leader of this team. Even in the previous game, he led OG with the highest K-D (+9) with 67 kills and 58 deaths, despite the loss to G2. He has averaged a commendable 60.6 DKFP per game, which is extremely valuable for this price.
Jks is a reliable player. He has his challenges in this particular matchup against Evil Geniuses, who are coming off a title-winning run at ESL One Cologne last week. However, there is also a chance there is some fatigue after that competition. Jks has proved himself as one of the best all-round players in 100 Thieves, maintaining an impressive death rate despite his aggressive style of play.
Other to consider: Allu ($7,600)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.