Professional CS:GO finally returns after a long hiatus with the Vulkan Fight Series on Monday. Two games constitute DraftKings’ main CS:GO slate. Here are some strategies and suggestions for your roster construction.
El1an finished 2020 in style. He was easily the most productive killing weapon for Winstrike, averaging a stunning 0.83 kills per round with just 0.62 deaths per round since October. He achieved this at an average damage per round of 85.9. He was one of the most influential reasons for Winstrike’s rise to No. 53 in the CS:GO rankings. He is averaging 68.3 DKFP per game, second-most on this slate.
Others to consider: B1T ($13,800)
High-priced flex options
n0rb3r7 has averaged 56.6 DKFP per game. That has been achieved primarily through kills. Despite being just 19 years of age, he has played over 18,000 rounds in 685 maps. That gives him a slight advantage of knowing how and when to attack. That’s his preferred style of play — he has 13,136 kills at a rate of 0.72 per round. A little over half of those kills have been headshots, showcasing his effectiveness with long-range weapons.
Considering B1T is 18 years old, there isn’t a massive sample size of data. However, in the 207 maps that he has played in his professional career, he has been impressive. He has 3,985 kills at a rate of 0.73 per round with a startling headshot rate of 70%. That level of offensive output compensates for his death rate of 0.66 per round. He even has a career ADR of 79.2.
iM has plenty of experience. He has played over 10,000 rounds in the lower tier of CS:GO, which is rare because of the prevalent roster fluidity. He has racked up 7,533 kills at a rate of 0.73 per round with a headshot rate of close to 50%. Even though he has a death rate of 0.71 per round, his offensive skill makes him a high-value target on this slate from Nexus, the highest-ranked team on this slate (44 in the world).
Others to consider: NickelBack ($8,000)
Value flex options
Gospadarov is a stacking pick for this slate because Na Vi Junior has been one of the most impressive teams in the second tier of pro CS:GO. Gospadarov has been steady for Na Vi Junior, with a career K/D ratio of 1.11. Even though his kill rate is just 0.68 per round, his effective defense means he stays alive longer in rounds, improving his in-game economy and weapon collection.
torzsi is an important selection for two reasons. One, CS:GO is an incredibly unpredictable sport which makes hedging a viable strategy. Two, torzsi is Budapest Five’s most proficient offensive player as is evident from his recent form. He has been averaging 0.79 kills per round with 0.66 deaths since October at an average damage per round of 79.2. To draft Budapest Five’s best player for just $6,000 makes him immensely valuable on this slate.
Others to consider: XELLOW ($7,200)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.