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CS:GO News & Predictions – Na’vi Academy, Liquid and Shields

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There is a lot to talk about with CS: GO and esports in general right now.

Are academy teams making a comeback? Will Astalis lose their No. 1 spot? Will Team Liquid go to ESL Cologne or Blast Pro?

As always if you plan on using your CS: GO knowledge at online sportsbooks like Bovada, be sure to check their review to make sure that you are getting everything you need to have the best advantage for your CS: GO Betting.

Ok, let’s dive in.

Na ‘Vi Academy

The ‘success’ of academy teams over the years has been questionable at best. But it seems that Na ‘Vi is giving it another go. So, at least in the CIS region, we may see a resurgence in junior teams. That said, Na ‘Vi has announced a 10-day try-outs period where Na ‘Vi will be recruiting players for their new academy team, ‘Na ‘Vi Jr.’

The Prerequisites:

  • FACEIT Rank 10
  • Speak Fluent Russian
  • Able to Move Temporarily to Kiev
  • Between 16-19 Years of Age

Liquid Moving Up?

Team Liquid smashed through the IEM Sydney event beating Fnatic in the Finals to win it all. They now sit in the No. 2 spot just below Astralis. But for how long? The gap has to be closing quickly, especially with Astralis skipping so many events. Astralis is bypassing both the CS Summit 4 and DreamHack Masters in Dallas to head over to Madrid for the Blast Pro in Spain.

So, if Team Liquid manages to win both the CS Summit and DreamHack, will they earn enough points to pass Astralis as the top seed overall?  We’ll have to wait and see. It’s possible if Astralis has a lousy showing in Madrid, but if they win or place well, then it is likely Liquid will remain No. 2 for the time being.

Speaking of skipping events. Liquid will be bypassing the ESL Cologne to hit Blast Pro LA full force. So, this could also delay them overtaking Astralis in the standings. The two are going to have to meet head-to-head in the ECS or EPL Finals. That is the point where we will see who is the real No. 1 in the world. Until then, Astralis has built up to many wins to hand over their No. 1 ranking without either a head-to-head defeat or a tournament loss (not-head-to-head) where Liquid goes on to win.

SHIELDS!

This has been the hot talk around esports communities over the last day or so with Danger Zone’s ballistic shields. Now, we have blast shields akin to the old Call of Duty riot shields. The new shields take 10 hits to break, so they give you some great protection for a decent amount of time. You can start out with it or purchase the shield for $500. It’s not all sunshine; here is some give and take. Be sure to watch the video to see the pros and cons of the BS update (ballistic shield).

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