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The top CSGO action continues. We're still watching with The International heresy at ESL Pro League Season 18, where 32 teams are playing for $850,000 in prize money and a trip to IEM Katowice and BLAST Fall Finals 2023 for winning the championship.
Among those in the running are Poles from 9INE and Americans from Complexity. They will open the second stream of Group D matches at ESL Pro League Season 18.
Of all the duels of the first stream, this one looks like the match of the day. It's all about the overall level of play of the two teams and their proximity in the Hltv world ranking.
9INE - 18 place world ranking, and Complexity - close the top 20. In general, we are waiting for a close game and beautiful CSGO.
In addition, let's try to figure out which team will be stronger and make it to the next round of the group stage, where the winner of the match will have to play against the winner of Cloud9/Eternal Fire pair. The loser will fall to the bottom net, where they will be eliminated without the right to make a mistake.
Let's open the match with an analysis of 9INE's form. In this match Poles play in the status of favourites.
Bookmakers are confident in the success of the club from Poland. The odds for their victory are at around 1.5.
9INE is a solid mid-table player on the competitive scene and there is no need to be surprised by their state of affairs. The team has proven themselves on the international stage and I am sure they will do so again.
9INE had a very fruitful first half of the year, which allowed the Polish club to climb into the top 20 of the best teams in the world. However, the lion's share of the events played were TIR-2 events.
9INE managed to get a number of victories at events like OMEN WGR Challenge 2023, GAM3RS_X Polish Clash and other local tournaments. However, the main achievements came in the spring of this year.
In April, 9INE triumphed at BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023: Europe RMR B, which opened the way to BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023. The Major itself ended for the Poles in the top 16.
Before the IEM Cologne 2023 Long Circuit, 9INE picked up another important win. They qualified for the big-budget Gamers8 by beating SAW in last chance qualification.
- 9INE roster: Goofy, KEi, Kylar, mynio, hades.
9INE is one of the most stable Play-In IEM Cologne teams. The club has been playing in such a roster for half a year already.
The first Play-In IEM Cologne 2023 opponent for 9INE was OG. The Poles won with a score of 19-17.
Then there was a loss from Fnatic (0-2), and then a minimal sensation in the form of a victory over Liquid in the match for the exit to the group stage. Then 9INE dealt with the North American club with a score of 2-1.
In the first match of the play-offs, 9INE were up against ENCE, but came up a little short. The Finns turned the game around on the decisive Mirage and sent 9INE to the bottom of the group stage.
The team finished their performance at IEM Cologne 2023 with a match against Cloud9. The Poles failed to defeat the more prestigious opponent, and lost with a score of 1-2 and left the championship.
Before the Long Cologne ESL Pro League Season 18, the team visited Thunderpick World Championship 2023 and Gamers8. Both tournaments ended with 9INE in the top 16.
9INE's best map is Vertigo. There the Poles won 14 matches with only 4 losses.
Next are Mirage (66% wins in 6 games), Anubis (58% wins in 12 maps) and Nuke (57% winrate in 7 matches).
The worst maps for 9INE are Ancient with 36% wins in 7 matches and Inferno, where the Poles have not won a single match in 3 maps.
We continue the match analysis with the analysis of Complexity's form. In this match the Americans are playing as the second number.
Bookmakers do not quite believe in the success of the Americans. The odds for the victory of Complexity are around 2.4.
Such a figure is not taken from nothing. CoL, as well as 9INE, are constantly appearing at major tournaments, but they do not achieve any special results there. That's the reason for such a figure, which leaves room for manoeuvre.
Complexity are on the 18th line of the world ranking. They got there thanks to their performance during the season.
And it was, frankly speaking, so bad. CoL are remembered for their top 4 at BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023: American RMR.
At the top tournaments, including the Blast Paris Major 2023, CoL were the back of the pack. The team finished in the top 21-28 at EPL S17, and at Major e it was top 20.
CoL started playing a little better in the second half of the year. They were already top six at BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023.
- Complexity's lineup: EliGe, JT, floppy, hallzerk, Grim.
CoL's "newcomer" was EliGE. The North American CSGO legend joined CoL a month ago, but has already managed to become the leader of the team in KDA with 1.10 rating.
Complexity played at IEM Masters Cologne 2023, where they finished early. CoL crashed out at the Long Cogner Play-In, losing to OG and finishing in the top 24.
CoL partially overcame their failure by winning the local Thunderpick World Championship 2023: North America Series #2. In the grand finals, they defeated Nouns.
Complexity's map roll is pretty sad. The most successful map is Overpass with 5 wins in 9 matches.
They can also play Nuke, Ancient and Anubis. But they have 33% wins each, with a very poor record of 6 and 3 maps respectively.
Previously the teams have not crossed paths in official matches.
Predicted result of Complexity Gaming vs 9INE at ESL Pro League Season 18
As far as I'm concerned, this will be the closest match of all in the first round of Group D. From here it would be logical to take the total +2.5, but there is faith in the victory of the Poles. They show hard work, and their performance is better than that of their future opponents.
Bottom line: 9INE win.
All bookmakers have agreed that 9INE is the favorite. This can be noticed because odds on them are 1.983. This number in the favor of Complexity Gaming amounts 2.088. Respectively, the last ones are the underdogs of the upcoming match.
What the team performance statistics say
|Last Matches||Complexity Gaming||9INE|
|5 matches (wins)||0||1|
|10 matches (wins)||2||5|
It will also be necessary to mention the history of face-to-face meetings between the opponents. The teams played 0 matches with each other before. And Complexity Gaming won 0 times while 9INE correspondingly became the winner 0 times.