The Challengers stage has come to an end at the StarLadder Berlin Major. It’s now time to step things up a gear and advance to the Legends stage. Eight teams earned spots in Legends Stage from Challengers matches that took place during the past few days. Now 16 teams battle it out for the final eight places available in Champions Stage.
This roster has been slowly but surely climbing their way up the worldwide CS rankings. However, they had suffered for the past year or so with horrible inconsistencies. They final seemed to get things clicking before the player break with consistent deep runs into tournaments.
NRG opted to remove Daps from the team and bring in Stanislaw to try and help with more consistent high-level performance. They had to play one event with Daps after the change was confirmed and it was the best they have looked. Now in Berlin, this will be the first big test for this new roster.
At the beginning of 2019, I would straightaway have them listed as a strong underdog that could potentially make their way into Champions stage. However, at recent events they’ve really lacked the huge firepower from individuals that’s required when you’re playing against the best teams in the world.
Hopefully Renegades have been able to take advantage of the player break and mentally reset for this upcoming event. Sometimes in the mental block in the team that caps potential performance. I think they have the raw talent on the roster to compete with the top teams in Legends Stage. It just depends if they show up in Berlin and piece it all together.
Renegades are a returning Legends team whereas NRG had to qualify through the Minors and battle through Challengers stage this past week. I think NRG will have an edge because they’ve got to play some high-intensity games already in Berlin.
I’d look at the -3.5 handicap to NRG that’s sitting at 1.67 odds. This means that if NRG wins 16-12 or better, they bet will come through. If Renegades get the 13th round, it would be a loss.