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Players to watch in the ELEAGUE semifinals

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

The semifinals of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier are happening today. The matches are Astralis/Cloud9 and FaZe Clan/North.

In those four matches, I’ve picked some players that fans should look out for.

Astralis vs. C9:

Kjaerbye: Has been in a slump individually for the last few months, but he seems to be getting back into form. If he gets closer to that early 2017 form, the tactics of Astralis become all the more dangerous.

Dupreeh: The most consistent player on this team has arguably been the best for the last few months. He had an incredible series in the quarterfinals and plays a strange lurk role that veers between passive and aggressive solely based on circumstance, what his team needs, and timing.

Skadoodle: He’s in one of his rare tournament forms. I think it’s more likely he returns to the average, but if he stays at the form he is currently enjoying, here is what will happen. Skadoodle will win post-plant/retake situations and multiple 1-v-X situations that swing the favor back for his team. I don’t know why this is the case, but when Skadoodle is on form, this is where he gets his most impactful kills.

FaZe vs. North:

NiKo and Rain: In a team of superstars, these two have been a cut above the rest. Rain has been in his best form all year and has really opened up space for the other players on this team. At the same time, his consistent decision making and impact is such that he is often the star of the team anyway. NiKo is still one of the best players in the world (if not the best), and he is more likely to survive to the mid to end stages of a round where he consistently saves FaZe if they go a man down or are in a bad situation.

k0nfig: North will ride or die on k0nfig. The thing is that k0nfig is way more likely to ride than die. He can match anyone on this server in terms of raw aim, so when he comes on with MSL’s tactics, this will give North a chance to win.


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