100 Thieves vs G2 Esports (IEM Katowice 2020)
The expectation will be for both of these teams to make a deep run at Katowice and start of the year strong. We can look at their performances at Blast Premier: Spring 2020 Group Stages this past weekend to gauge how exactly this series might play out.
The Australian roster that joined 100 Thieves in the second half of 2019 are carrying a lot of excitement and have a consider weight on their shoulders to impress the fanbase. Whilst representing Renegades, they have glimmers of hope and success but never quite managed to take it to the next level.
After an impressive start under the 100 Thieves banner, a 2nd place finish at IEM Beijing, it looked like 2020 could be the year for the Aussies to shine. Their first event of the year took place this weekend past, Blast Premier. Here they had a relatively disappointing weekend, finishing bottom in their group.
The most important thing to note is that their opening game was against G2, where they lost 2-0. However, the map scores were 16-13 and 16-12 so we can expect another close series.
G2 alongside Vitality lead the resurgence of French CS:GO in 2019 which was refreshing was so many fans to see. After continually improving, G2 lost who many deemed to be their star played, Shox, who joined Vitality. This increased the potential of Vitality and in turn looked as if it might push G2 into a downwards spiral.
G2 went on to sign Nexa and Hunter, two non-French players who seem to have fit into the roster quite nicely. They had a promising start to 2020 at Blast Premier, defeating 100 Thieves and then OG Esports (twice). Evil Geniuses were also in their group, but we didn’t get to see them clash, which has left some questions about exactly how good G2 really are.
Like I mentioned previously, I think we can expect to see another close series here, similar to the series that played out between the two-last weekend. The best betting option would be an outright G2 win at 1.74 odds.