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Astralis vs Liquid

[ft_boxes box_style=’info’ ]Match: Astralis vs. Liquid (StarLadder Berlin Major 2019 Champions Stage Quarter Final) | Format: Best of 3 | Prediction: Total Maps over 2.5 | Odds: 1.87 | Bookmaker: GG.Bet | Match start: 2019-09-06 17:30 BST[/ft_boxes]

Preview

Two CS:GO powerhouses of recent times clash in the quarter final at the Berlin Major. The two had been sloppy through Legends stage and will hope to rectify these issues for Champions stage in order to make a deep run.

Astralis

They have recently been dethroned as the best in the world by Liquid. This matchup would be the perfect way to make a claim that they still are the world-beaters that they once were. Astralis have had a better looking time in Berlin in comparison to rivals Liquid.

It started as business as usual with wins against both DreamEaters and G2. However, things took a swing in the advancement match against NRG. After almost 60 rounds on Train in the opening map, NRG edged out and took that momentum into Nuke. Astralis then lost 16-4 on Nuke, dropping the series 2-0 and having another shot at qualifying.

The series against CR4ZY wasn’t as comfortable as many thought it would be. After losing year another game after several stages of overtime, it went to the last map (Vertigo) before Astralis could close things out.

Liquid

The player breaks obviously didn’t treat Liquid as well as others. They headed into the break after becoming officially the best team in CS:GO. This statistic didn’t stop them from falling to both NRG and Avangar. Leaving them with a 1-2 record and fighting for their tournament survival in all upcoming matches.

They had a comfortable 2-0 win against North to level themselves out at a 2-2 record. This meant it all came down to their match against Mouz. The winner would confirm a top 8 placing and advance to Champions stage.

It was a back and forth series and really either team could have come out on top. Liquid came out on top winning the series 2-0 but that doesn’t do justice for how close it was. The maps ended 19-17 and 22-20.

Prediction

It’s incredibly difficult to pick an outright winner here. I think the best betting option is the 1.87 odds for the series to have over 2.5 maps. With it being a best of 3 series, this means if it goes to the last map, the bet comes in. With how close these teams are and their performances so far in Berlin, there’s a high chance of this coming through.

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