This round of CEVO looks to be a huge battle. The ATHENA corporation does not want to see zd3 have an easy path to the playoffs and we have been blessed with 2 main events.
Zero Dark Thirty Gaming vs Non-Judicial Punishment
This is a match you would expect to see in the finals. The history behind these two teams alone makes for a great main event. Zd3 was founded on 3 members leaving NJP. NJP have the best competitive stats to date, winning numerous tournaments against tough opponents. These matches are going to come down to which team makes the least mistakes.
Dyss vs RespectTheKarma
This could be one of the best matchups if we get to see it. Karma loves to run the m14 tactical on long range maps, while Dyss has a variety of weapons up his sleeve. Expect Dyss to be running the m200 SD ALP or switching it up with an M14. In the smg game look Dyss to be harrassing the flanks and finding opportunities to grab multiple kills. zd3 run very controlled gameplay so look for karma to play a little safer and make key kills for pushes.
Highpants vs AndersHolmvik
The generals of the battlefield. It is going to come down to who can direct his troops more effectively. Whichever stream you watch be sure to notice the decision making and coordination these two players display. Highpants is recognised as one of the best strategists in GRP, creating a lot of the plays and call outs that are known today. Anders has had to take a bunch of players from different teams and teach them coordination and decision making that can compete with clans that have had a lot longer to gel.
Map predictions: The Nukes, Metro, Tomsk
I definitely see metro as a key map for both sides. NJP has arguably the best sniper in GRP. It favours both teams to run this map, but can be very one sided for the team spawning stairs side. Because Tomsk is the third map I expect to see the nukes as the other map picked. Expect to see under bridge as the emphasis for both teams, looking to capitalize on kills.
Prediction: Non Judicial Punishment | 2- 1
With NJP's competitive history expect them to come out on top. They have the ability to punish mistakes and take kills from nowhere. The inexperience of being a new team may prove to be their downfall.
Team Evolution vs Warmup Tryhards
This rivalry has a rich history behind it. These two teams have been sparring partners for a long time, becoming close contenders between each other. Although the core eVx aren't there, this NA eVx team should be serious contenders for top spot in the competition. WTH's strength comes from great team dynamics and when their communication is on point can take down anyone.
Dgarand vs Tepanqui
These two players are the top killers on their teams. Dgarand sniping can hold down entire lanes when setup. He also had the ability to push aggressively with SMG and destroy opponents. He may need to against tepanqui. He has the ability to calculate situations and determine the best way to kill without exposing himself. Look for these two to stick around the top KDR in the team.
Wigsplitter1505 vs actionzz
These two players are new to tournament play and have a lot of skill. They are both aggressive assault players with great gun skills. Look out for these players to make big plays for capturing points.
Map predictions: Metro, The Nukes, Tomsk
Metro is going to be a big map for both for WTH. They will look to dominate with sniper rifles and sniper variant assault rifles. The nukes will be a deciding map between the two teams, either deciding a 2-0 victory or a third map. Look for an all out brawl on Tomsk as both teams have practised this map relentlessly.
Prediction: Warmup Tryhards | 2 - 1
I think the fact that the team evolution NA group haven't been together for long will be the downfall for them. It will be a game about capitalizing on mistakes and eVx just may not be cohesive enough. Either way look for a very close matchup, with maps going no further than B/D capture point.
TaW vs Twisted Society
Team Quebec International vs Danger Close
Prediction: Danger Close
Faction Esports vs Horsemen of the apocalypse
Prediction: Faction Esports
Out for Blood vs Much Doge, Wow
Prediction: Much Doge, Wow
Majorsinsweg vs Cry me a river
Excessive vs Seven Deadly Sins
Tom Clancy's Elite vs United we Stand
Prediction: United we Stand
Justified Archangels of Glory vs The Unwanted
Prediction: Justified Archangels of Glory
2 Soldiers 1 Canteen vs Team Phoenix
Prediction: Team Phoenix
CU in Playoffs vs PRIME
Prediction: CU in Playoffs
Hellraiserz vs Violent Resolutions
Lethal Tactix vs Deadly Mofos
Prediction: can't decide
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