Another great night or esports action coming up to bring in the new month and once again, our gaming expert Michael Lee has you covered with his three best bets of the night, focusing in on the CS:GO ESL Pro League below.
ESL Pro League Season 12 North America
Team Liquid already swept Chaos only a few days ago at ESL One Cologne 2020 North America with 16-13 on Inferno and 16-8 on Mirage, and will likely look to repeat their success this Tuesday. The match was very one-sided throughout as it was expected and while it's hard to say whether we will see the same outcome this time out, it seems highly likely we will.
Liquid have not been looking too good throughout most of the year, but have seemingly found their form after they acquired ex-Triumph player Michael "Grim" Wince, who has proven he is the "real deal" with his performances. Most recently we saw him post an incredible 1.48 HLTV rating on the second map Chaos and it’s safe to expect another superb performance from him here.
Liquid and Chaos played seven maps this year, with Liquid winning five of them (5-2). The only two maps Chaos managed to win came at the time when Liquid were struggling with their form, but have since improved significantly. Even though we have seen Chaos win maps off Liquid before, it's hard to believe they will manage to achieve the same feat here. Liquid have proven they are one of the best NA teams and unless Chaos manage to outperform themselves, this should be a clean 2-0 win for TL.
ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe
Natus Vincere are set to meet with GODSENT in the opening round of ESL Pro League Season 12: Europe this Tuesday, which will be their third clash of the year, and for GODSENT their first competitive fixture in two months.
NaVi are entering this match following a poor performance at ESL One Cologne, where they won their opening game against the shaky mousesports (2-1), but lost the next two against Complexity (0-2) and Ninjas in Pyjamas (0-2). Both of their losses were very one-sided which makes me believe NaVi are not in the best form ahead of ESL Pro League.
GODSENT, on the other side were last seen playing at cs_summit in July when they finished fifth, which was quite an accomplishment for a team of this calibre. They also don't have any internal struggles, but at the same time, GODSENT are a bit ring rusty due to their lack of playtime, which is somewhat worrying.
Nevertheless, NaVi's disastrous performance at ESL One Cologne is enough to make me believe the Ukrainians will struggle to win here. GODSENT are in good form and possess enough quality to make this match interesting, so we have to take our chances with the underdogs. Bet on GODSENT to win!
ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe
BIG have failed to impress with their recent results, seeing how they lost to Sprout (1-2) and Ninjas in Pyjamas (1-2), meaning they're entering this bout with a two-game losing streak. Nevertheless, both of their losses were unfortunate, since BIG could have easily won had they showed a bit more in the crucial rounds
We, however, should not forget that BIG are still the no.1 team in the world and rightfully so. Before their slip-up at ESL One Cologne, BIG won DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Europe with relative ease and have before that claimed gold at cs_summit 6 Online: Europe. Those titles don't come easy so despite BIG's iffy displays recently, they still possess enough quality to take on any team, especially AGO.
Like BIG, AGO managed a few solid results as of late, namely the ESEA MDL Season 33 Europe Finals, where they defeated Sprout (3-1) in the grand finals. Despite their success, however, AGO have cooled down as of late and lost against the likes of HAVU, Winstrike and AGF, which is not too inspiring, since those three teams are much weaker than BIG.
In their last meeting, AGO managed to steal one map off BIG (1-2), which is quite an accomplishment and while it may seem like AGO will manage the same feat here, I find it hard to believe they will. BIG are still a far superior team to AGO in all elements of the game, who will struggle to win one map, let alone the whole series. Expect a 2-0 win for BIG!
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