A Series of Unfortunate Events for the German Squad
BIG has been plagued by several problems surrounding their players this season and several subs have had to be called up over the past few months. It all started in July when Krimbo tested positive for Covid-19, and since then it has been a string of misfortunes that ended with k1to replacing two different players and the head coach after being demoted to the academy team.
The 23-year-old finally got a permanent spot in the main team in early August, replacing tiziaN, but that wasn’t the end of the changes in the team. faveN had to drop out once again due to “a medical situation forcing him to rest at home“, which forced the German organization to employ the academy player’s services only for the IEM Rio RMR and the Major.
The difference in form for BIG between online and LAN is another talking point that is impossible to avoid when mentioning the German team. They achieved the #1 ranking in August 2020 and held it for eight weeks as the CS:GO scene moved entirely online during the pandemic, but since their return to LAN, BIG has only managed one title, the online Roobet Cup. The change in syrsoN’s form is especially notable, as the AWPer has achieved a 1.19 online score over the past 12 months, compared to a 1.09 LAN score.
On a positive note heading into the Major, Syrson showed encouraging signs at the Malta RMR, where he averaged a score of 1.20, his best LAN score since the previous RMR for the Antwerp Major. Although the German team is definitely going through an uncomfortable situation, it is more than clear that it is capable of adapting to all kinds of changes.
KSCERATO and Yuurih Need to Pop-Off at Rio
The identity of FURIA has always been marked by the aggressiveness of arT, whose information-driven plays and disruptive style was what made the Brazilian team stand out from the rest of the field during their rise. It was a style that caught teams off guard constantly and was often what defined the team rather than the stellar rifle work of KSCERATO and yuurih. In recent times, however, arT’s impact has declined, being overshadowed by other players who have perfected and adapted that style to an even greater level while he has struggled to do so.
Despite being less decisive, the aggressive rifler is still an exciting prospect to watch against the best teams in the world, a player who is the perennial wildcard on the server and can create spectacles in games like a few others. Today, the way teams approach Counter-Strike has neutered the individual impact arT can have, and his skill can’t compare to that of the aforementioned YEKINDAR, leaving FURIA destitute in the best tournaments.
In its place, the conversation has focused on KSCERATO and yuurih, who have always had a consistent impact on the server for the team and have become more or less their only win condition with arT’s noticeably inferior impact against the best teams in the world.
FURIA as a whole has remained a stalwart presence on the server in recent months. They made the ESL Pro League Season 16 playoffs before falling to Outsiders and advanced in the Americas RMR with a 3-1 record, but the Brazilian team will need to improve their form if they are to impress back home.
BIG vs FURIA Match Information
- Date: Monday, October 31
- Time: 11:30am ET
- BIG vs FURIA Live Stream: Twitch.tv
BIG vs FURIA Prediction
As FURIA head into the Rio major, the pressure will be on them to put on a good show across the board. Their fringe-playoffs level won’t be enough to satisfy their fans at home, and the players can’t and shouldn’t be satisfied with more of the same. For a roster that represents the hope of Brazil’s future, FURIA need to show they can level up with the home crowd behind them, or further changes may well be on the horizon.
The chances of BIG going deep at the Major are slim as the team lacks the necessary star power to trouble the biggest favorites at the event in Brazil, something which is further compounded by the fact that they are forced to use an academy player as a stand-in. I really don’t think that BIG has what it takes to beat down a team like FURIA, and let’s not forget that FURIA is playing at home, making this matchup even more one-sided towards the Brazilian squad.
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