In the decisive match of Group A of the Flashpoint 1 tournament as part of the bo3 confrontation, the European team c0ntact and the Danish team MAD Lions will meet. What to expect from this match, and who will be stronger in the end? – Read our prediction.
MAD Lions are on the 13th line of the hltv.org world ranking. The end of 2019 was remembered for its reshuffles. Many large organizations decided to become part of the cyber sports industry and began to buy entire teams. So, the composition of Tricked eSports was completely redeemed by the Spanish organization MAD Lions. As often happens, after signing the contracts, the players began to show themselves several times better and achieve even better results. Ex-Tricked previously occupied excellent places in the tier-2 tournaments, which, apparently, attracted MAD Lions. Over the past few months, ex-Tricked were the third in almost every championship in which they participated. For instance, Superliga Orange Finals 2019, La Copa 2019, GameGune 21 and DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019. But already in January, after moving to MAD Lions, the guys began to play witheven better. MAD Lions won the IEM Katowice 2020 Europe Open Qualifier 2 without losing a single card. They took 3rd place at the IEM Katowice 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier, beating the ENCE team with a score of 2:0 in the final of the lower bracket, thanks to which they still got to such a major tournament. A very next day, MAD Lions took the DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier, and at the tournament they finished the group stage without defeat, taking 1st place in group B. It is noteworthy that the group also included 2 more teams from Denmark (North and Heroic), and MAD Lions dealt with them. But in the semifinals against the Australians from Renegades managed to pick up only one card.
The first opponent of MAD Lions in the framework of the ICE Challenge 2020 was the Mousesports team. MAD Lions lost with the score 0:2. However, the guys were close to winning on the Mirage map, because they lost there with a score of 15:19. Yes, and on the second map (Dust2) they took 11, which is also not bad, considering that this was their first game against ths strong collective. In the relegation match, MAD Lions defeated Team Heroic 2-0, once again proving their superiority on the Danish scene. The quarter-final confrontation with OG ended in favor of MAD Lions with a score of 2:0. The Danes lost 12 rounds on each map. But the semi-final was again marked by a defeat from the mouz team. As a result, MAD Lions took 3-4th place, but with leaps and bounds broke into the top 11 teams of the world according to hltv.org. As part of the IEM Katowice 2020, the Danes took 9th-12th place, beating only Virtus.pro. After this failure, the MAD Lions team lost their captain – HUNDEN. He was replaced by a former Copenhagen Flames player – AcilioN. Often, the departure of the captain noticeably affects the results of the team, and in this case, MAD Lions began to experience enormous difficulties. As part of Flashpoint 1, they lost to HAVU with a score of 0:2, but were able to beat Copenhagen Flames with a score of 2:1.
C0ntact take 19th place in the world top hltv.org. This team is a former CR4ZY team and, under the banner of the new organization, the guys played only 2 matches, both in terms of Flashpoint 1. In fact, the current c0ntact are a good shooting range-2 team and are quite capable of imposing the fight on the best of the best. While still performing under the CR4ZY banner, the guys took 2nd place at Europe Minor – StarLadder Major 2019 and 3rd at StarLadder Major 2019 Main Qualifier. But in the framework of the main stage of the tournament, they managed to get only to 9-11 places. Undoubtedly, this result is pretty good, given that they defeated NiP and FaZe Clan. However, this success was fleeting. After quite a bit of time, CR4ZY lost the fuse and began to lose a lot. Failure awaited them at the ECS Season 8 Europe Pinnacle Cup and Arctic Invitational. And after a failed attempt to get to DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, 2 players left the team right away. Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač and Nemanja “nexa” Isaković left the squad. However, Luka “emi” Vuković, who already played with the guys in Valiance, returned to the team, and former Windigo Gaming player Georgi “SHiPZ” Grigorov also joined. As part of the DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019 group stage, the CR4ZY team managed to beat the Asterion team and take revenge from HAVU Gaming.
Thus, the guys took 2nd place in group B. In the playoffs CR4ZY defeated the AVANGAR team in the semifinals and the Heroic team in the final with a score of 2:1. At the end of the year, the guys took third places at DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 and DreamHack Open Winter 2019, as well as second place at DreamHack Open Sevilla 2019. In the new year, DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier and DreamHack were failed under the banner of CR4ZY. Open Anaheim 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier. After that, the composition was sold to the American organization c0ntact. As part of Flashpoint 1, the boys beat the Copenhagen Flames 2-0, and lost to the HAVU Gaming 1-0.
MAD Lions vs c0ntact Prediction
In fact, at the moment the teams are at approximately the same level. Depending on the chosen cards, everyone can win. Therefore, the map-veto stage in this match will be very important. MAD Lions are doing well on Mirage, Train and Nuke. If at least 2 of these cards are picked, then the guys have excellent chances to win. Also, the map pool c0ntact includes 3-4 cards, so the Danes can force the opponent to play according to their rules. We predict that MAD Lions wil win.