Michael Lee is back to kick off the week in esports with a massive article featuring three of his best bets for this Monday, the 21st of June! In this edition, he focuses in on the CS:GO Spring Sweet Spring tournament for all three of his bets.
Spring Sweet Spring #3
Young Ninjas and Anonymo Esports will clash on Monday, June 21, in the first round of Spring Sweet Spring #3: Main Swiss Stage. These two last met at the end of March, when Anonymo secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory with 16-13 on Train and Inferno after they lost the second map (Overpass) with 7-16.
Anonymo have since finished top-eight at European Development Championship Season 3 and top-four at the ESL Mistrzostwa Polski: Spring 2021, but were largely unsuccessful in their tournament runs. Young Ninjas were slightly more convincing over the last three months, with a top-four at Elisa Invitational Spring 2021, as well as a third-place finish at BLAST Rising 2021 and a runner-up at the Svenska Elitserien Spring 2021.
Despite their relative success over the year, Young Ninjas struggled to impress of late. They finished top-six at REPUBLEAGUE Season 1 and crashed out of the European Development Championship Season 4 without a single win.
Ninjas are 3-4 on the month with wins against Tricked Esports, KOVA, and Sangal. Anonymo have played 13 games in the month and managed to win six, which puts their win % slightly above Ninjas’. That’s quite impressive, considering Anonymo had to face tougher opponents. Take the Poles to win 2-0.
Spring Sweet Spring #3
Endpoint enter this match on a five-game winning streak, with wins against Double Poney, Izako Boars, Young Ninjas, Movistar Riders and Sangal Esports. On the other side, HYENAS managed only three wins in their last six against HONORIS, Budapest Five and Lyngby Vikings.
There’s no hiding that Endpoint have been playing much better over the last few weeks. Much of their success comes from incredible performances of William “mezii” Merriman, who has been averaging a 1.20 rating across the last three months.
Even that number doesn’t show how good the 22-year-old has been playing recently. During Endpoint’s five-game win streak, his map averages sit at 1.05-2.08 with an overall average of 1.47. On the side of HYENAS, their best player is Federik “Fessor” Sørensen, with a 1.08 average over the last three months.
Endpoint are rightfully priced as the favourites, but even at 1.65, the number seems a bit high. HYENAS are not a good team. This roster is assembled from players who were considered good but have never proven themselves as such. Take Endpoint to win.
Spring Sweet Spring #3
Budapest Five finished the Regular Swiss Stage in ninth with a 2-3 record. They lost to Galaxy Racer, Copenhagen Flames, and HYENAS and picked up two wins against For The Win Esports and Ambush Esport.
With results like that, it’s hard to be optimistic about the Bulgarian roster, but it’s no surprise that they’re struggling. Budapest Five have been underperforming for a good portion of the year and haven’t shown anything of note since early January 2021.
They hold a 44.8% win rate over the last three months and have only looked good against much weaker teams, with an occasional upset here and there.
EXTREMUM are not exactly a team you would expect to compete for the highest honours. However, they deserve some praise for their bronze medal from cs_summit 8 in May.
Despite their success, it’s important to note that EXTREMUM haven’t played a single official match in three weeks. Long hiatuses usually result in some ring rust and shaky performances while the players get back into the competitive rhythm.
While I don’t see Budapest Five as a team that can defeat EXTREMUM, they should at least be capable of taking advantage of the situation and win one map.
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