Gambit vs. Illuminar, Preview & Prediction - Free 11/26 CS:GO

Gambit is a firm favorite in this Best of 3 encounter when they face Illuminar in the opening match of Group B at the DreamHack Open November 2020 on Thursday. Nemiga and KOVA are the other two teams in the group, so we can say that Gambit is widely expected to make the playoffs from one of the two top places in the group.

Gambit Team Stats and Latest Results

Gambit is one of the hottest teams in the CS:GO at the moment as they are looking unstoppable in the last few weeks since returning to the tour with this name (ex Gambit Youngsters). They won the LOOT.BET Season 8 after defeating Virtus.pro in the Grand final and earned $25,000, while the Russians also won the title at the Nine to Five 6 along with $35,000 after a comfortable victory over Nemiga. Gambit qualified for this tournament through the DreamHack Open November 2020 Europe Qualifier and wins over NAVI Junior, Sinners, OPAA, and Espada. Gambit won 17 of the previous 18 matches.

During the last three months, Gambit was dominant on Overpass (91.7% win rate), Vertigo (88.9%), and Inferno (83.3%), while their “weakest” displays came on Mirage (58.3%). Gambit assembled its squad in October this year and appeared on 58 maps with a record of 46 wins and 12 losses. The team members are Hobbit (1.17 rating), interz (0.98), Ax1Le (1.23), sh1ro (1.26), and nafany (1.07).

Illuminar Team Stats and Latest Results

Illuminar qualified for this tournament after winning the ESL Polish Championship Autumn 2020, where they defeated AVEZ and Wisla Krakow. They also cashed in $6,257 for first place at the tournament, but are massive underdogs in this game and at the DreamHack Open November 2020 in general. Illuminar won nine of the last 14 games.

In the previous three months, Illuminar was decent on Mirage (66.7%) and Overpass (66.7%), while they failed to impress on Dust2 (20.0%) and Vertigo (33.3%). Illuminar is playing with the current lineup since August 2020 and appeared on 38 maps with a record of 21 wins and 17 losses. The lineup is made of Snax (1.16), reatz (1.03), mouz (0.99), phr (0.98), and Vegi (1.08).

Gambit vs. Illuminar H2H Record

These rivals have met just once before, and Illuminar won that clash at the Eden Arena Malta Vibes Cup 3 in July this year.

Gambit vs. Illuminar Betting Preview

Gambit is playing so well at the moment that I don’t think even stronger sides than Illuminar couldn’t beat them. With only one loss in the last month, it’s hard to expect Illuminar to take a scalp of Gambit, and I am backing the favorites to get a victory here. Gambit dropped only one map in the last six games, and even if they lose a map on Thursday, I have no doubt they will be victorious in the end.

The Pick: Gambit to win (-196 @PINNACLE)

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