Skilled European Teams Raise Bar for Latest Faceit Qualifier

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 3:27 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 18, 2018 3:27 PM UTC

The best Faceit Minor regional qualifier is now here - Europe. This qualifier is stacked. The quality and skill-ceiling of these eight teams has the potential to do the most damage at the major.

<p>If you placed any of these teams into another region they would almost certainly come out on top. Additionally, there is not that much separating these rosters. Every team (apart from 3DMax) has a decent amount of experience on LAN and against some of the best teams in the world. Seven of the eight teams have one or more players who have previously attended a major. Even more incredibly, Kinguin, Nip, and Leftout all consist of at least one major winner. This is not to say those teams will have an upper hand coming into Thursday, but it illustrates the caliber of the field.</p><p>Let's analyze this qualifier, which runs Thursday through Sunday. All lines are from <a href=";book=Bet365" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bet365</a>, but many other excellent books will be posting their markets over the next 48 hours.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Europe &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#FACEITMinor&lt;/a&gt; media day is well under way! 👌&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Check out our Instagram story for more behind the scenes content 📷 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— FACEIT (@FACEIT) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 18, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Group A</h2><p>I am going to preface this discussion with the following disclaimer: Any team can survive the group stage and possibly even the playoffs. Unlike the other regions where a few favorites dropped maps and had second chances against lesser opposition, no such redemption exists here.</p><p>Ence and Optic are the two teams I most highly favor in Group A. Both rosters are loaded with talent: riflers, awpers, pistols -- everything. They also have good map pools including the ability to play on fringe maps like overpass, nuke, and dust2. I give the slight edge to Optic here based on experience, but very slight. Ence had a knockout performance in Cologne before losing an incredible series to Natus Vincere. That gave them some much needed lan experience. I think <a href="" title="Sports Betting Odds">the odds are overvaluing them slightly, though</a>. They are still incredibly young with the exception of their awper, Allu.</p><p>Leftout is a roster of leftovers from the French scene. They have two of the best French-speaking players to ever touch CounterStrike in Scream and Kioshima. These two are capable of pulling the rest of the roster through this qualifier, but I wouldn't bank on it; there are so many other teams with a high amount of firepower. I also have very little faith in Sixer unfortunately. He had a solid reputation in CS 1.6 but in CSGO has disappointed more often than not. There is only so much he can do. As much as I would like to see these guys prove something here, I don't think they will. 3DMax got here by beating Nip (opening day) and then a very pathetic Japaleno and Windigo. While they are by no means a free win they are certainly the odd one out in this group.</p><p> </p><h2>Props</h2><p>To Win Group A: Optic +200</p><p> </p><h2>Matches</h2><p>Optic (-4.5) -120 (Thursday. 9:30 a.m. ET)</p><p>Leftout (ML) +150 (Thursday, 10:30 a.m. ET)</p><p> </p><h2>Group B</h2><p>The best team in this group in terms of firepower, experience, current form and map pool is Kinguin. Yes, the big names are on the Ninjas, but we haven't seen them performing like they ought to for quite some time. I consider them lucky to have even scrapped through the previous qualifier. Kinguin, on the other hand, though they are not superstars by any means, have shown excellent teamwork to beat the opposition they ought to on the maps they should. I don't think they outclass any of the other three teams in their group, but I do believe they are capable of making adjustments in the middle of the match to grind out wins.</p><p>If you've been following the Sprout social media accounts this past week you'll notice how incredibly pumped they are to be in London. After watching their German brothers have an incredible run in Cologne, I think they will be very motivated to prove their worth. The one concern I have for Sprout is their map pool. They seem to heavily rely on Train and Mirage. To further my point, they won only once on a map that wasn't Train or Mirage (Cache, 16-14 against Ago). Sure, they can rely on one of those getting through the veto, but what if they don't get one of those in a best-of-1 or you need to play a more technical map in the decider?</p><p>Word has it that the Red Reserve roster has had some inner turmoil/conflict within the team. That might be true, but also take it with a grain of salt; sometimes it is just rumors. What I do know is that they did enough to qualify for this Minor and they've posted some good results online since. If they do show up to play, and there isn't any truth to their dysfunction, then <a href="" title="Free Sports Picks">there is no reason they couldn't win this group</a>. They have a young and talented team of the next generation of Swedish superstars, plus a very intelligent IGL who I am certain is hungry to pull this team together.</p><p> </p><h2>Props</h2><p>To Win Group B: Kinguin +240</p><p> </p><h2>Matches</h2><p>Kinguin (-3.5) -110 (Friday, 9:30 a.m. ET)</p><p>Red Reserve (ML) +150 (Friday, 10:30 a.m. ET)</p><p> </p><h2>Final Tip</h2><p>Something to keep in mind when deciding what to bet on: If a team loses either of their opening two matches, they cannot "win the group." So be careful about doubling down on Kinguin or Optic (or any other roster you think can do it).</p>
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