The twelfth season of ESL Pro League is a very special one! The LAN event packing $750,000 had to be canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. In its place appeared five online events for each of the game’s regions. We’re talking Asia, Oceania, Europe, as well as both Americas. The group stage has already begun on the two main events, European and North American. We’ve already seen a few upsets, so let’s hope our EG vs. 100T predictions overcome that and bring forth a nice little return.
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EG vs. 100T Predictions
Coming into this match, Evil Geniuses is considered as a heavy favorite. We’re looking at the third-best team in the world right now, and by far the best team in the region. Need I remind you, EG have won three consecutive titles, and they’re not looking like they’re going to stop anytime soon. They’re ruthless, they’re dynamic, and their map pool is second to none. How can the Aussies counter such a beefy squad?
Well, the only way they know – by utilizing their pitch-perfect teamwork and hoping EG players start making silly mistakes. It might seem ridiculous, but that’s a legit tactic; a tactic that 100T (and former Renegades too) deployed with solid consistency. Of course, EG is a top-level team that’s not really known for making too many mistakes. But, if 100 Thieves play their cards right in the banning phase and secure a favorable map pick early on, anything can happen on the decider map!
That said, even though Evil Geniuses are considered as the heavy favorites here, 100 Thieves will definitely fancy their chances, and could pose a threat to our EG vs. 100T predictions. We should be alright, though, as long as we do our pre-match research in an orderly fashion.
As I already stated, Evil Geniuses are the heavy favorite here. How come? Well, not only do they possess a stronger and more experienced roster, but their form is also vastly superior to that of 100T. Three consecutive titles – that’s not an easy feat to accomplish, especially when talking about online-only events. EG has done what very few teams have managed to, and by looking at their form (not just team-based but individual too), 100T have an incredibly difficult task on their hands.
— EG CS:GO 🏆🏆🏆 (@EvilGeniusesCS) August 30, 2020
The start of 2020 was absolutely atrocious for the Aussies. They had not a single proper campaign to boast with. A few group stage eliminations coupled with consolatory 5th/6th spot placements. The best of 2020 came in June and July, when 100T finally reached playoffs on two occasions. First up, DH Masters Spring when they almost went all the way to the grand finals if it wasn’t for that disheartening 16-14 defeat against FURIA. On top of that, they also had a solid run on CS_summit 6 when they got eliminated by Gen.G. Their form is steadily increasing, but I still don’t think it’s anywhere near EG’s, don’t you agree?
Map Pool Depth
How should I put this without looking like a complete a**hole? Don’t get me wrong guys, but looking at the map pool stats of both teams reveals that our EG vs. 100T predictions can only go one way. Believe it or not, EG is superior on every single map… well, every single map except Overpass with is their permaban.
I mean, just look at this photo and you’ll see what I’m talking about – it’s ridiculous:
Surprisingly enough, though, the last few head to head matches all went to the decider map. EG was the winner on the last two occasions, with one of them being a Bo1. The second match, the Bo3, ended with a narrow overtime win on Nuke. So yeah, even though the map pool stats point heavily in EG’s direction, I wouldn’t risk going with a correct 2:0 score for this one!
As far as player qualities are concerned, there’s only one winner here – EG. The likes of Brehze and CeRq are, at least for the moment, a level above anything 100T players can throw at them. Truth be told, though, top EG starts did go through a bit of a rough patch earlier this year. However, they jumped right back up and are now fuming with confidence, with winds of victory in their sails that’ll make it even harder for the Aussies to shut them down.
I just had to go with Evil Geniuses here. I mean, the odds aren’t the greatest and 100 Thieves will definitely have their chances, especially knowing this is the opening match for both sides. Still, I’m certain Brehze and the boys won’t let their guard down. They’ve played against 100T on numerous occasions and they should know how to counter their teamwork-based plays.
That said, I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming matches!
May the odds be in your favor…