Michael Lee returns with more betting Counter-Strike: Global Offensive previews and predictions for the first day of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2022 Play-In stage. Today, he takes a look at OG vs Renegades, ENCE vs Entropiq, and Astralis vs MIBR, who will meet on Tuesday, February 15th.
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Esports Betting Tips: Tuesday, February 15th
OG vs Renegades
The last time we saw these two teams meet was back at the IEM Cologne 2021 Play-in, where Renegades defeated OG 2-0, with 16-11 on Nuke and 19-15 on Inferno. A lot of time has passed since then, and while neither of these two teams got better with the recent roster changes, OG once again enter the match as huge favourites.
OG have recently changed their IGL, as they signed Nemanja "nexa" Isaković to replace Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen, who left for G2 Esports in search of greener pastures. Since adding nexa, OG have played four matches, and they won all four. That includes three BO1 wins, twice against Astralis, once MIBR and one BO3 win over Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Renegades have recently acquired Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas from EXTREMUM to replace Liam "malta" Schembri, and so far, they haven't played a single official match together. That makes them another team we have no data on and no idea what we can expect from them. Still, Renegades might be good for an upset or two, but anything else would be too much to ask for them.
There is no denying that OG has a much better roster, but these matches can get close, especially in an online setting. OG should win the match, but Renegades are good for a couple of rounds. Bet on over!
ENCE vs Entropiq
ENCE have not played a single match in the last month. They have recently added Pavle "maden" Bošković as a replacement Joonas "doto" Forss, which I guess is an upgrade, but without any matches to show for, we just don't know yet what to expect from this team.
Entropiq are on a five-match winning streak with wins against LFO, Finest, Enterprise, Nemiga and Into the Breach. Since the player break, they have lost just three matches from the last twelve, but two of those losses came against Gambit, so it is fair to say they are in great form.
I don't like betting on favourites in BO1 matches, but there is nothing that makes me excited about the current ENCE roster. Entropiq have been crushing teams similar to ENCE, and they should be able to stomp them as well!
The odds just don't make any sense. Bet on Entropiq to deliver; they are miles ahead of ENCE.
Entropiq – 2.50 Rounds
Astralis vs MIBR
MIBR recently surprised Natus Vincere in the opening round of BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022 when they produced a 16-12 upset on Dust2. After that, they won one match from the next five (2-0 against Complexity), which is terrible, but considering they had to face the likes of Astralis, OG, Vitality and OG, it's not that bad. Nevertheless, they finished the tournament in 7-9th place.
As mentioned, MIBR and Astralis met not too long ago when Astralis took the W with 16-9 on Overpass. The match was quite close in the first half which MIBR ended with an 8-7 lead, but they completely collapsed on the T side and won only one round for the remainder of the match.
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer was the best player on the server that day with 20 frags and a 1.38 HLTV rating. On the side of MIBR it was Breno 'brnz4n' Poletto, who was their best performer with 21 frags and a 1.24 HLTV rating.
There is no denying that Astralis are much better if you compare the two rosters player to player, but the Brazilian squad should thrive in the role of an underdog
Astralis are on a downwards trajectory, and they have been very shaky lately. We might be in for a close match!