Complexity Gaming v Gen.G – IEM Katowice 2020 NA Closed Qualifiers Betting Prediction
Complexity Gaming and Gen.G are set to lock horns this Wednesday, January 8, at North American IEM Katowice 2020 qualifiers, where they will go head-to-head in a bid to secure a spot in the semi-finals and get themselves one step closer to earning a ticket for one the most prestigious CS:GO tournament of the year.
The so-called “juggernaut team”
Complexity are entering 2020 with a rebuilt roster, which features two Danish players, Benjamin “BlameF” Bremer and Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke, one Bulgarian pro – Valentin “poizon” Vasilev, who arrived from Windigo, and two long-standing members of the organization Owen “oBo” Schlatter and William “RUSH” Wierzba, who were with the organization since June and September respectively.
The organization’s owner has been very vocal on social media over the past few months about how he will create a “juggernaut team”, but looking at the current roster we are not convinced Complexity managed to build a line-up which will be able to live up to those expectations.
If we are completely honest, this roster will never win a Major tournament in 2020 and should lower their expectations to finishing the season as a third or fourth-best team in North America, simply because there is no reason to believe this EU-NA mix has the tools to compete against teams such as Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid.
The only thing Complexity are better at compared to other NA teams is their amazing training facilities, however, having good infrastructure is only half the battle. Or maybe one third… anyway, it won’t make a difference in the short term.
Gen.G enter CSGO scene
Gen.G have played a total of three matches since their inception. They secured two wins against Just For Fun and Holding W, but lost to an old roster of Just For Fun. You might not have heard of those teams, nor will you hear about them ever again, which is something to take note of here.
Gen.G’s current roster consists of a former NRG(now Evil Geniuses) In-game leader Damian “daps” Steele, two former Cloud9 players Timothy “automatic” Ta and Kenneth “koosta” Suen, Sam “s0m” Oh from Team Envy and arguably the best Asian CS:GO player in the world – Hansel “BnTeT” Ferdinand from TyLoo.
Their current coach is Chris “Elmapuddy” Tebbit, who does YouTube videos analyzing professional matches and does so very well. For anyone looking for such content, his YT channel is worth checking out.
As we see it, this team has more potential than their Tuesday’s opponents, and they could, in theory, become a really strong team if they end up making a roster change or two.
The only concern we have with Gen.G is with koosta, who is a solid “support” player, however, he tends to “slack off” a bit and apparently doesn’t practice enough, which makes us question whether he is fit for a career as a pro player. Nonetheless, only time will tell whether he has fixed his mentality. If not, there are always other players who will be happy to take his place.
In this match, Gen.G will have to field Hunter “SicK” Mims as a stand-in instead of BnTeT, but we don’t see that as a massive problem as it should not affect the team’s performance too much, especially in this early stage. That is not to say Gen.G would be significantly stronger with the Indonesian pro, however, considering this is the first match of the season, between two new teams, we won’t put too much emphasis on this change. It’s also worth noting SicK already played with the team in their previous three fixtures so he won’t have a hard time fitting in.
Verdict & Prediction
Anyway, this is a match between two completely new teams and in my opinion, the odds are slightly off here as the whole match looks like a 50/50 shot for either team. You can expect a puggish approach from both teams, which leaves the match wide open for both teams.
We expect the series to go the distance, and with very generous odds offered on Gen.G +1.5 maps handicap, we will gladly take our chances with them to give the new “juggernauts” in the scene a run for their money. Since we published this prediction on our premium membership, the odds have dropped, but 1.787 for Gen.G to secure at least one map is still worth a bet.
Prediction: Gen.G +1.50 Maps
Odds: 1.847 Pinnacle