Esports action continues this Tuesday, the 25th of May and as usual, our gaming expert Michael Lee is back to give a full preview and betting tips for some of his favourite matchups of the night across the CS:SGO Flashpoint Season 3!
Flashpoint Season 3
Complexity entered Flashpoint Season 3 in solid form, but they ended up crashing out of the title race very soon. They slipped against BIG (0-2), picked up a clean sweep against Fnatic, but failed to make it past Heroic (0-2), eliminating them from the lower bracket.
FunPlus Phoenix did not impress either. They picked up an easy 2-0 sweep against HYENAS, only to get swept by Ninjas in Pyjamas in the next round.
In the lower bracket, FPX did not look much better. They lost 1-2 against the shaky Team Vitality to add to their long list of disappointing results, which just might get a bit longer on Tuesday.
PickleBet has Complexity priced as 1.65 favourites, which I can't argue with. Complexity might have struggled to make it far this tournament, but they had to face much stronger opponents than FPX, so I have to value their efforts more.
These two last met in March during ESL Pro League Season 13. Complexity won that bout 2-0, with 16-6 on Nuke and 16-10 on Dust2. FPX have since not shown any signs of improvement, so we can expect another similar outcome here. Take Complexity to win!
Flashpoint Season 3
These teams have found themselves on opposite trajectories in recent months. While Heroic have been tearing through the European CS:GO scene, Vitality have found themselves in a free fall.
Vitality were one of the world's best teams in 2020 but have since cooled down significantly. They haven't achieved anything in 2021 outside of their third-place finish at the BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020.
They later added a 10th-12th place finish at BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2021, ninth-12th at the Intel Extreme Masters XV - World Championship, and didn't even make it out of the groups at ESL Pro League Season 13.
In their last two tournaments, Vitality looked hardly any better. They got eliminated from the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021 by a third-tier team 9z Team and managed only seventh-eighth at the DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 at the start of the month.
The only positive we can take from Vitality's recent showings are their 2-0 win against OG and 2-1 against FunPlus Phoenix. However, even those results are nothing to write home about.
Heroic, meanwhile, haven't finished outside top-four in a single tournament in 2021, except for IEM Katowice, where they got eliminated by the eventual champions Gambit Esports. They're also 17-3 in their last 20.
Heroic are clearly the better team and a serious candidate for the Flashpoint Season 3 title. Although I expect the Danes to win, the individual quality of Vitality's roster should be enough for the French side to win one map.
A 2-1 victory for Heroic seems like the most likely outcome, and you can bet on that result at 3.00 with PickleBet.
Flashpoint Season 3
BIG and Double Poney will clash in the third round of Flashpoint lower bracket. It will mark their first meeting in history and one that should end in favour of the German side.
BIG are 4-2 in their last five, with losses to mousesports (0-2) and SAW (1-2), and four wins against Apeks (2-1), BLINK (2-1), Sprout (2-1), and Complexity (2-0). Double Poney are 5-1 in their last five, with only one loss against Astralis (0-2), and five victories against GROUND (16-10), LowLandLions (16-6), Nordavind (2-0), Apeks (2-0), and Anonymo Esports (2-1).
Double Poney have been playing well, but they have yet to prove their worth against a proper top-10 team. Their only memorable win against an S-Tier team happened about two weeks ago when they took down the shaky Vitality (2-0).
While I don't believe Double Poney can defeat BIG, they are undoubtedly solid enough to make this match a bit more interesting. Double Poney hold a much better map win rate on Nuke, Inferno, and Dust2, meaning that they'll have the edge on at least one map.
This should help them win one, but I don't believe they'll achieve much more. Take BIG to win 2-1!
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