Match Team Liquid vs Evil Geniuses result and VODs on BLAST Global Final 2020 Counter Strike. Playoff / Lower Bracket, Round 2. Finally EG gets aggresive on the A ramp, taking Liquid off ot their game and getting a second round.Just like the pistol round, Liquid gets a free plant B on the last round of the half, and finishing it with a. View the result and all the stats of Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid: gold graph, player's stats and builds,damage comparison. That loss, coupled with wins from Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid, leave FURIA, EG and Liquid tied at 5-1 with one match left for each before the playoffs. Team Liquid dispatched Gen.G Esports 2-0. Live Streams Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid on ESL Pro League S13 Counter Strike. Group Stage / Group D.
MDL Disneyland Paris Major, Upper Bracket
This is thelast tournament of this patch, which makes it surprising that the current meta isnot entirely solidified. Only ~20 heroes haven’t been picked and even though thetop tier heroes are contested in almost every game, the rest of the hero poolfinds its way in and out of games relatively evenly. We’re bound to see someinnovations, especially in the form of creative counters to the most popularheroes.
Drow is arguably the meta-defining hero right now, which means that by the end of the tournament we will see teams which are confident in first-picking her, and others which have prepared creative strategies to counter her. This is what makes EG vs Liquid an especially interesting series to analyze:
EG went for first-pick Drow two consecutive games, while Liquid countered her with two different strategies with mixed success.
At the time of writing the article, Drow was picked 16 times, banned 48 (2nd most contested hero), and has a 56% win rate.
In an interview, Kuro said that he thinks she’s “not broken, but she’s really close”. He probably said that because Drow is very strong but counterable. This statement is reinforced by the fact that he let EG pick her in game one and two of their series.
There are two major aspects to the hero:
(2) She farmsextremely fast thanks to her instant creep-kill mechanic coming from herultimate. Once she hits lvl6, she wants to spend the majority of the early-midgame in the jungle. Ancient camp stacks help her a lot. To counter this, youneed to contest her jungle (take away her map control) and to try to gank herto slow down her farm. This, of course, is easier said than done because Drowhas 4 allies who will actively try to prevent you from doing that.
To beather, you usually need to have a plan for dealing with both aspects. In thatsense, an early-pick Drow defines the strategies of both teams to a significantextent.
What makesher “imbalanced”, is that her farming mechanic is so good (2) that she can oftenthrive even in games where:
- She losesthe laning stage (she doesn’t need items to farm the jungle, just lvl6)
- She getscountered by gap-closers (thanks to Hurricane Pike)
In thatsense, the key to her success is (2), which is hard to counter when playingagainst good, coordinated opponents.
Drowis currently the 5th or 6th most popular hero in pubs (onpar with Sniper) and the only one with a convincingly positive win rate (~ 55%)out of the six:
Above: Pudge, Lion, Jugg, PA,Sniper, Drow
This means that learning to play her is a goodidea, but learning to counter her is crucial if you want to win pubs consistentlyright now (more on her counters below). That said, it’s fairly likely that shewill get nerfed slightly in the new patch (most probably her farming mechanic).
Liquid used Brood in their first game against EG’sDrow extremely successfully. Brood is a great counter because she has an answerfor both (1) and (2). She is extremely fast in her Webs, which lets her get ontop of Drow relatively easily. Moreover, Drow doesn’t have AoE or mobility todeal with the Spiderlings.
More importantly,however, Brood is extremely strong in the early-mid game when Drow still needsspace to farm. This allows Brood to take control of the enemy jungle, and takeaway map control from Drow, even search for her in the jungle, which greatlyreducing Drow’s ability to flash-farm.
Broodhas faded out of the meta a little bit in the last few months, but Liquid’sconvincing success vs EG with it is likely to make the go-to Drow counter bythe end of the tournament. According to Dotabuff’s pub stats, Brood is the herowith the highest win-rate advantage over Drow, suggesting she is currently her hardest counter.
Sniper is a counter to Drow that works very differentlycompared to most. He simply has higher range than her, so he makes it hard forher to get to him in fights. Equally importantly, he is one of the bestanti-pushers in the game, which makes it hard for Drow to utilize her mid-gametiming to push high-ground.
Accordingto Dotabuff’s pub stats, PL is a good Drow counter. This is quite straightforwardto understand – he can get on top of her, and she lacks the AoE to deal withhis illusions. PL, however, is unpopular right now for one reason or another(slow farmer, countered by Crimson, etc.), which makes picking him against Drowrisky. Naga Siren, however, could providesimilar solutions. It is a bit harder for her to get on top of Drow compared toPL (her Net and ultimate help), but her illusions present a similar problem forDrow. Moreover, Naga is a great flash-farmer thanks to the interaction of RipTide and her illusions, which means that even if Drow finds her farm, Naga willbe able to keep up.
Despite thegame plan, Liquid were unable to win game 2. This is because Drow offers aninteresting strategic option to the team that picks her:
She worksboth in the mid or safe lane, and more importantly – she works both as a pos. 1or pos. 2.
This means that if youfirst-pick Drow and the enemy team over-commits in picking counters, you canuse your last pick to draft your true pos. 1 win condition hero.
In thiscase, EG chose Alchemist. Sniper and Naga are theoretically good vs Drow,but they lack the damage needed to deal with Alch’s regen. Moreover, they are bothnot active heroes that can take map control away from the relativelygreedy Drow + Alch combo. This, along with the brilliant play from Cr1t with ES,enabled EG to find their farm and reach the late game, where they simply had anadvantage in fights and managed to secure the victory.
Nyx is not a perfect counter to Drow by any means,but he is the most successful hero on the tournament so far for a reason (he has 85% win rate at MDL at the time ofwriting this article). Vendetta is a great tool to scout and find Drowwhile she’s farming. Combined with at least one other ganker, Nyx can makefree-farming the jungle very hard for her in the early-mid game. The success ofNyx, however, isn’t that directly related to Drow. He is just a great counterto a big percentage of the top-tier picks right now (Dark Seer, Enigma, NP,Oracle, Ember, Bat). He is useful against Drow, but you cannot rely on him tobe your sole solution for her.
Spectre is one of the heroes that teams have tried touse to counter Drow. Spect’s ultimate directly counters (1) by letting her findand get on top of Drow instantly in fights. Moreover, it could also be used tocounter (2): if you have teammates that can hunt Drow, Spect can join the gankwith Haunt. That said, Spect has a timing problem against Drow. Drow hits avery strong mid-game push timing, which comes before Spectre comes online. Thismeans that if you rely on Spect to win against Drow, you need to also have aplan how to survive the mid game push of the Drow team or how to delay hertiming by actively ganking her and taking control of her jungle.
Phantom Assassin is another classic counter that can work. She obviouslyhas a great mechanic to get on top of Drow, but she is a slower farmer.This means that if you rely on PA to beat a Drow, you need to play aggressivelystraight out of the laning stage (together with your whole team, PA cannot makemoves on her own) to take away Drow’s map control. Otherwise, you risk letting theDrow find her farm. With Hurricane and later in the game MKB and/or SilverEdge, Drow can deal with PA late game.
Tinker & Zeus work vs Drow a bit like Sniper. They cannot geton top of her and they cannot contest her jungle (without the help of theirteam), but they can damage her in fights from a safe distance and they aregreat at anti-pushing, which prevents Drow from ending the game in her strongmid-game timing.
SinceDrow is meta-defining, understanding her counters is also crucial if you’rebetting on MDL matches. Understanding which lineups could work against her andwhich lineups have problems can give you a big advantage for live betting. IfDrow doesn’t get banned, pay close attention to the draft of the enemy team(does it have some of the counters we talked about above?) and to the lastpick(s) of the Drow team (in case they try to move Drow to pos. 2 and pickanother win condition hero). Evaluating these factors well enough could giveyou an advantage over the odds.
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The American ESL One Cologne event kicked off yesterday, and it already showed off plenty of upsets. Two to be more precise. 100 Thieves defeated Gen.G and FURIA lost 2:0 against Chaos. Both were opening matches of group A, meaning either FURIA or Gen.G will be eliminated tomorrow.
Instead, we’ll be talking about group B featuring EG, Liquid, Cloud9, and Triumph. The former two are the prime focus since we’re going to be working our way to some high-value EG vs. Liquid predictions.
Eg Vs Liquid Live Finals
Well that was fast… #EGCSGO makes quick work of Triumph and takes the series 2-0 in our first match of #ESLOne Cologne. #EGWINpic.twitter.com/1expjAD96w
— Evil Geniuses (@EvilGeniuses) August 19, 2020
Of course, it’s predictions we’re talking about here – what else could it be? Didn’t you guys miss some top-tier esports picks? I mean, sure, DreamHack Open Summer was a solid event, but it didn’t feature the very best teams out there. ESL One Cologne does exactly that, and we’ve already seen two thrilling upsets take place. What will the event have in store for us in the coming days? I bet it’s fun, fun, fun… and then some more fun!
Most Common CS:GO Betting Mistakes
Talking about CS:GO betting, here’s a quick rundown the most common mistakes with some advice on how to tackle them:
Splurging a Ton of Money
Betting on esports can be a highly entertaining pastime… as long as you don’t invest too much money. Even if you’re constantly winning your wagers, it takes nothing more than a short losing streak to lead you into a world of (financial) problems. Don’t invest too much money to avoid unnecessary long-term issues… no matter how good the opportunity might be!
Going All-in All the Time
Here’s another stupid move beginners make all the time – going all in. If you’ve invested $50, there’s no need to spend it all on a single wager. Divide it up and hope it lasts for as long as possible, with an occasional withdraw once you exceed a certain amount.
Taking Stats for Granted
The last thing we need to talk about here is taking stats for granted. People do this all the time, no matter how experienced they are when it comes to betting on esports. But, as you’ll come to see in our EG vs. Liquid predictions, stats are the main thing you should look at before placing your bets.
For more useful info on how to improve your CS:GO betting success rate and avoid making silly mistakes, please check out our esports betting mistakes piece!
EG vs. Liquid Predictions
Now that we have the technicalities out of our way, let’s turn our attention back to EG vs. Liquid predictions. There are four figures we’ll be checking out today, and they are as follows:
- Recent achievements
- Head to head matches
- Map pool info
- Individual prowess
If you’re thinking of betting a lot of money on this match (and I advise you not to, since it could go either way, this one), consider going even deeper. Stuff like per-weapon stats, positioning, angle percentages – there’s a ton of additional (read advanced) stuff you can investigate. It will take you A TON OF TIME, though, so it’s best to take things with moderation and bet only a small amount of money!
It’s really difficult to tell these two apart as far as 2020 achievements go. Evil Geniuses have two notable titles, both in the last two months. Liquid, on the other hand, won just one event (ESL Pro League S11 NA), but have been a lot more consistent than Brehze and the boys.
Take the last four matches as the perfect example – Team Liquid were the runners-up on two occasions, third-place on one, and fourth place on one.
If we’re talking about EG vs. Liquid predictions and nothing else, this segment should go in favor of Evil Geniuses. Despite Liquid’s consistency throughout the year, EG’s recent triumphs (CS_summit 6 and BLAST Premier Spring Finals) put them in the pole position ahead of this matchup.
Head to Head Matches
Of course, a big part of today’s EG vs. Liquid predictions revolve around the head to head matches. After all, we’re talking about the NA classic dating back to the pre-EG era when Brehze and the boys were still playing under NRG colors.
Overall, Liquid is the winner in terms of head to head matches, having won 31 in contrast to EG’s 24 matches. However, if we’re taking the recent head to head matches into account, then EG is the superior side. EG won the three latest matches against Team Liquid, which will surely be a massive positive coming into this match.
Eg Vs Liquid Live
Map Pool Info
When it comes to the map pool depth of both teams, there’s not really a clear winner. At the first glance, Team Liquid seems the better of the two… however, EG ought to be able to easily take away Inferno and Train, while heavily contesting the likes of Dust 2 and Nuke, one of which should be the decider map.
That’s a great basis for a total maps over 2.5 bet, which seems like the most likely option at the moment.
Individually, there’s no separating these two. With Grim in the starting roster, Team Liquid has an extra boost to team morale, plus a strong fragger who’s coming into this tournament following an excellent performance on DreamHack Open Summer. EG, on the other hand, has a fine roster we’ve all grown accustomed to. Most importantly, though, Brehze, Ethan, and CeRq have been at the top of their game in recent months. Their consistency was the key issue of EG earlier this year.
Eg Vs Liquid
When it comes to EG vs. Liquid predictions, this is yet another one of those matches that could go either way, so we’re probably going with one of them esports specials here. We have two tough sides, arguably the two best NA teams at the moment, going up against each other for a place in the playoffs. Luckily, the losing team has an extra shot of qualifying via the decider round. If they win their final group stage match, they’re through to the playoffs.
Eg Vs Liquid Esl Pro League
Yep, total maps over 2.5 to the rescue. As always! Just like I said earlier in the map pool depth section, both teams have at least one map they should comfortably win tomorrow. That said, there’s no way this one finishes with a 2:0 blowout. Stats-wise, total maps over 2.5 isn’t on our side, seeing as only one of the last five head to head matches went to the decider map… but I reckon things are about to change!