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IEM Katowice 2019 is almost live. You all probably know that the entire event starts with The New Challenger Stage. We here at Esports-bite will present you with daily betting tips and predictions for IEM Katowice 2019.

Cloud9 – Grayhound

I really think that Grayhound qualified because Asia Region is awful. They got dominated by Renegades two times, and to be honest if they are not able to beat Renegades, how can they beat Cloud9. On the other hand, Cloud9 had a good spell of results in the ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019, and they are definitely fired up for IEM Katowice 2019.

Form

Both of these teams were active in the last couple of weeks. As mentioned above, Cloud9 played on ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational 2019, while Grayhound had to qualify for IEM Katowice 2019 through Asia Minor.

Let’s start with Cloud9. In their last 5 bouts, North American organization only won 2 matches. However, one of those wins was against FaZe, where they dominated the superstar team. Furthermore, they were able to beat compLexity. They were also defeated in the grand finals by FaZe, but they also lost to fnatic and Astralis.

Grayhound won three out of their last 5 matches. Their only two defeats were against Renegades, where they barely had any chance. However, they came close in one of those best-of-3 series, but they fell short. They have beaten top teams in China and Korea though. However, nothing really looked convincing, as they were unable to win any of these series in 2 maps.

Map Pool

Since Grayhound was more active within the last 3 months, we have a clear insight into their map pool, while the same can not be said about Cloud9.

To start with the permabans, Grayhound does not play Train, and that was their permaban for a while now. On the other hand, is avoiding both Dust 2 and Nuke. Since this is the best-of-1 match, Cloud9 will be able to ban both of these maps.

Onto the good maps for these two teams. In the last couple of months, Cloud9 has been solid on Mirage and Overpass, while Grayhound looked comfortable on Overpass, Dust 2 and Nuke.

Cloud9 can also play Train and Inferno, but I feel like they will avoid Train if possible. Grayhound can also play Mirage, Cache, and Inferno, but they would rather stick to their strong maps.

In summary, I feel like these two teams will battle it out either on Mirage or on Overpass, since these two maps are really strong for both teams. I do not think that there is a reason for Cloud9 to play maps that they do not usually play, especially because this is a best-of-1 match.

Summary

Since these two teams never played against each other, it is hard to predict how will their play styles match. However, from what I was able to spot, Grayhound enjoys playing on a strategic way which leads to executions on certain bombsites. On the other hand, Cloud9 is a great mix of passive and aggressive play style. You can never know what to expect from Cloud9 and this will probably win them the game against Grayhound.

Grayhound has never faced competition like Cloud9, and they will be stunned once they find out that they can not constantly win aim duels against these guys. Furthermore, Grayhound will not be able to surprise Cloud9 with their veto, as Cloud9 can control the map veto just like Australians can. Lastly, Cloud9 definitely has better individuals, and that should be enough for former Major winners to dominate Grayhound in the opening match of IEM Katowice 2019.

Betting prediction: Rounds Handicap, Cloud9(-4.5)

Odds: 1.7

Bookmaker: gg.bet