Fantasy Scout: IEM Katowice
With the first massive event of the year ahead of us, we prepared a special article to help you assemble your HLTV Fantasy teams for IEM Katowice.
Before going into specific players you could select for the tournament in Katowice, it is important to first understand the details of how Fantasy works. While, in short, it is just about picking the players that will perform the best, grasping the nuances of the game could make the difference between victory and defeat.
The game is based on a pointing system with four categories being added up: rating points, team points, role points, and booster points. Points for each player are calculated on a series basis, with the matches then being added up throughout the tournament.
Rating points are calculated by finding the difference between a player's rating and a 1.00 rating, and then halving that to get the points.
Example 1: 1.12 rating -> 12/2 -> 6 points
Example 2: 0.80 rating -> -20/2 -> -10 points
Role points are based on the role assigned to a player before the event starts and cannot be changed. Depending on the player's performance in the match, he can receive a big bonus (+5), a small bonus (+2) or a penalty (-2). Use the back of the player cards to find stats that will help you select appropriate roles.
Team points were recently added to take into account the most important part of CS - winning and losing. A player who is on a winning side will receive a bonus (+6) while losers will be penalized (-3). Additionally, players from teams that are eliminated will receive a penalty (-3) for every round of the tournament they don't participate in.
Booster points are similar to role points, but they are acquired throughout the tournament by assigning one-time-use boosters to players. If the criteria of the booster is met, the player will receive a bonus (+5) while failing to do so doesn't have negative consequences. The point of boosters is to give users something to come back to during the event and add some excitement while watching the game as you hope your player will get an ace or two nade kills.
A concept that is important to understand as well is padding, which is used in some tournaments to level the playing field for teams that skip certain rounds, which happens in GSL group stages and other formats. The skipped rounds are padded with the points averaged in the previously played rounds.
Example: Astralis win their two first matches in IEM Katowice groups with device receiving 15 and 25 points. For the third round, which they don't play, device will receive (15+25)/2=20 points
With the basics wrapped up, we can start building teams. What comes into play there is the price of players (based off of LAN rating over the last six months, with adjustments based on team ranking) and the limitation of just two players from a single team per Fantasy roster (in Money draft mode). At small events, the first match and place each team has in the bracket can be crucial, but with a seven-day event such as IEM Katowice that isn't crucial.
The pricing system isn't perfect and often results in some players being way above or below their deserved price range. Looking at the IEM Katowice player list, here are some underpriced and overpriced players worth pointing out:
Kenny "kennyS" Schrub ($206,000)
Nemanja "nexa" Isaković ($201,000)
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen ($204,000)
Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken ($201,000)
Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov ($200,000)
Håvard "rain" Nygaard ($202,000)
Seon-Ho "xeta" Son ($250,000)
Frederik "acoR" Gyldstrand ($218,000)
Lucas "Bubzkji" Andersen ($211,000)
Christopher "dexter" Nong ($218,000)
Joshua "INS" Potter ($213,000)
Dzhami "Jame" Ali ($212,000)
While there are surely other slightly undervalued and overvalued players, what matters the most is making a team with five of them while respecting the $1,000,000 cap.
To help you pick a squad, we've prepared three templates using the money draft rules, which limit the player selection to two members of the same team.
If you are willing to risk a big negative score from HUNDEN in order to pack your team with four of last year's most successful players, this is a template you should consider. It can be tinkered with easily, replacing device with Emil "Magisk" Reif frees up funds for Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, or going the other way, you could downgrade to Nick "nitr0" Cannella and invest into a pricier Astralis duo.
Something we will probably never see in reality is ZywOo and s1mple on the same team, so why not try it out in Fantasy? Not only that, but we get another player with an astonishing peak level in kennyS as the third star of this lineup.
The drawback is that all three of these players could not make it to the playoffs, and the fact that AdreN and HUNDEN are bound to finish the event in the minus makes it even riskier - something we try to offset with good role selection. An alternative could be downgrading kennyS for a slightly cheaper player and getting Finn "karrigan" Andersen (Leader role) to have more longevity in the team.
The Balancing Act
This template is an attempt to have a balanced team in which every player is capable of bringing in points. To do so, we found a couple of players that have recently had a spike in performance, hoping they can keep it up: broky, frozen, nexa, and Boombl4. The lineup also doubles down on a rising team, mousesports, with chrisJ. This lineup can be changed in a number of different ways, such as downgrading to karrigan and replacing nexa with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač for more star power.
After you've finished analyzing all of the best combinations, head over to the IEM Katowice fantasy page and join the HLTV x 1xBet Fantasy league, which features $250 of cash prizes provided by our partner, or find a community league to compete in, such as the ones organized by mousesports or Renegades fans.