The Eden Arena Malta Vibes Cup resumes on Thursday with a couple of best-of-one games. With some relatively unknown names on the upcoming teams, we try to provide some insight into these players and list some targets for DraftKings’ CS:GO slate from this tournament.
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Xsepower is one of the best players in Forze, which is fairly reflected in his expensive price in this slate. Forze will also fancy their chances against a slightly out-of-form SG.Pro. Xsepower is well positioned to capitalize on that. He had 30 kills and 37 deaths in Forze’s previous game, a 2-0 loss to Ago. This is also an opportunity to put that loss behind them.
Others to consider: Tmb ($13,200)
High-priced flex options
Aged just 18, Tmb has already provided a glimpse of his raw killing talent. His death rate is also very high, which will improve as he plays more maps. He has already put up close to 5,000 kills in over 7,500 rounds. He is also coming into this game on the back of a spectacular individual performance in the previous game against Wisla Krakow. He led both teams in kills (55), K-D (+20) and damage output per round (99.9).
Apart from dynamic recent form, JR also has plenty of experience behind him. He is 26 years old, which is fairly experienced by esports standards. He has played 15,742 rounds with 10,793 kills (0.69 per round). He has even played close to 600 maps in his career. Hellraisers were beaten badly in the previous game, and JR had 24 kills and 34 deaths in that matchup. He had the fewest deaths in that fixture and even had a 1v2 clutch win.
Others to consider: Fame ($8,400)
Value flex options
Fl1t has been in some stunning form for Forze during these last few months. He has continued to stay aggressive, regardless of weapon. Even in pistol rounds, he has put forth a strong killing game. He even led Forze against Ago with 35 kills and 34 deaths. He was also the only player from Forze to finish with a positive K-D. He also had a team-leading damage per round of 73. Also, he is a fantastic stacking target from undoubtedly the stronger team in this matchup against SG.Pro.
If you’re looking for a sterling offensive player, Flarich could be your target. He has played over 21,000 CS:GO rounds in his pro career with 14,994 kills at a fantastic kill rate of 0.71 per round. He has built his K/D to 1.13 and even has a headshot rate of 55%. All these metrics should provide some confidence because even par returns will allow you to differentiate your roster, which is an absolute must in best-of-one games.
Others to consider: Facecrack ($6,800), Lukki ($6,200)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.