The SuperNova Malta 2018 is a tier 1 CS:GO event scheduled to take place between November 29th – December 2nd. As the name suggests, the tournament will be held in Malta and will feature 8 strong teams.
SuperNova Malta 2018 has a decent prize pool of $150.000 and promises to be a great event, both for casual fans and CS:GO bettors alike.
SuperNova Malta 2018 brings together 8 teams from all over the world.
- Gambit Esports
- Team Kinguin
- Team Liquid
- NRG Esports
Of course, given this level of competition, Team Liquid is in a class of its own and has by far the highest chances of winning the event. But apart from this giant everyone else could potentially have a great run. I would put BIG, NRG Esports and Gambit Esports in the second group in terms of strength, while everyone else falls into the third group.
SuperNova Malta 2018 Tournament Format
SuperNova Malta 2018 will be held in two stages: the Group Stage and the Playoffs Stage.
For the Group Stage, the teams will be divided into 2 groups of 4 as follows:
- Team Liquid
- NRG Esports
- Team Kinguin
- Gambit Esports
Each group will be played in a double elimination bracket format (GSL). The initial matches are Bo1. All the other matches of the tournament are Bo3. The top two teams from both groups advance to the Playoffs.
The Playoffs will have 2 Semifinals a 3rd place match and a Grand Final.
SuperNova Team Analysis
BIG’s form has been pretty good in recent months. The team did have a less than spectacular result at the recent Intel Extreme Masters XIII Chicago, finishing on the 9th – 12th place. However, smooya, gob b and the rest of the squad managed to get several other important results, including a 2nd place at ESL One: Cologne 2018, a 3rd place at cs_summit 3 and two 5th – 8th place results at FACEIT Major: London 2018 and StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6.
All things considered, BIG is one of the strongest contenders going into SuperNova Malta 2018, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team in the Grand Final. And not only is it a strong team, it is also competing in the weaker group. Its 3 opponents in Group B, HellRaisers, Gambit Esports and TyLoo, are fairly strong teams themselves but I don’t believe they’re at BIG’s level at this point.
Gambit’s results in recent months have been mediocre, although for it they were alright. After all, we’re not talking about a top 10 team so appearances at big events are a plus regardless of the team’s results in those events. Nevertheless, Gambit did have some notable achievements in the past 4 months. Among them, I would mention its 3rd -4th place finish at Intel Extreme Masters XIII Shanghai and ESL One: New York 2018 respectively.
Apart from these results, Gambit Esports had several other less spectacular runs: 13th – 16th place at ESL One: Cologne 2018, 13th – 16th place at DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, 20th -22nd place at FACEIT Major: London 2018 and 12th – 14th place at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6.
Overall, I think it will be difficult for Gambit to make it alive out of Group B, but the possibility definitely exists. Just don’t assume it’s one of the favorites at this point.
HellRaisers haven’t been able to raise anything lately, with the exception of their fanbase’s eyebrows. And that’s because the team went from one failure to another in these past few months since their spectacular 5th – 8th place finish at FACEIT Major: London 2018.
The only two notable results have been a 9th – 11th place at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6 and a 5th – 6th place finish at EPICENTER 2018. Like Gambit, HellRaisers also seems to be out of shape right now, so I wouldn’t count on it to reach the Playoffs Stage.
Ever since TaZ has joined the team earlier this year, Team Kinguin has been improving at a steady pace. Previously, it had had almost no results to speak of in the 2018 competitive season. And then, just a few months after TaZ got transferred from Virtus.pro, Kinguin started to show a lot of signs of progress.
Team Kinguin placed 1st at DreamHack Open Montreal 2018, 2nd at Hellcase Cup #7, 2nd at ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018, 7th – 8th at cs_summit 3 and 1st at ESL Polish Championship Summer 2018.
If it can beat NRG Esports in Group A, Team Kinguin definitely has a great chance of advancing to the Playoffs, as I don’t believe that Virtus.pro will be an issue if they happen to face them. At the same time, I also don’t believe that Kinguin has any real chance against Team Liquid, so it will have to beat the other 2 adversaries to qualify.
TyLoo has recently won the Asian Development League Season 1. Apart from that, TyLoo is a serious contender and possibly the strongest CS:GO team in the Asian region.
Over the past 5 months, TyLoo has had a number of notable results, including these: 2nd place at Asia Minor Championship London 2018, 2nd place at Intel Extreme Masters XIII Shanghai, 3rd – 4th place at CS:GO Asia Championships 2018, 9th – 12th place at DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, 12th – 14th place at FACEIT Major: London 2018, and 12th – 14th place at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6.
To make it out of Group B, TyLoo will have to beat both Gambit Esports and HellRaisers. Because I don’t think that it can beat BIG in its opening match.
Team Liquid is by far the strongest competitor at this tournament, with many great results over the past 6 months. This is a top 3 team in the world right now and if it wasn’t for Astralis to reap all the glory, Team Liquid would have probably been the best team in CS:GO in 2018. TACO and his squad played no less than 6 Grand Finals this year and had 5 other top 4 placements overall.
Unless something goes terribly wrong with regards to schedule or jetlag, I fully expect Team Liquid to win this tournament, as it is practically unrivaled. There are only a few teams who have a tiny chance of stopping the giant, but that’s a far-fetched possibility at best. Mathematically, this event is at least 67% in Liquid’s bag before it even begins.
NRG Esports is a strong team in its own right and has been Liquid’s nemesis quite a few times during this season, even though it is considerably weaker than this North American powerhouse. We’ll have to see what NRG can do at SuperNova Malta 2018, as its recent results have been quite good: 1st place at Intel Extreme Masters XIII Shanghai, 3rd – 4th place at ESL One: New York 2018 and StarSeries i-League CS:GO Season 6, and 1st place at cs_summit 3. Not bad at all.
All things considered, Virtus.pro is still dumpster tier and has no chance to qualify for the Playoffs Stage as far as I’m concerned.