4.23.20 CSGO Slate

We are all reminded that this is gambling when Cloud9 loses a series to a team that was basically formed 8 days ago and we also saw Fnatic get dumpstered by the meme team. Things like this can get you tilted if you aren’t careful to chalk up the day as a weird one and move on to the next slate. That being said, if Team Liquid manages to lose here today I may punt my phone across the living room in honor of Gronkowski’s return to football. We have some close looking series, some easy, favorites and a lot of in between here so have some fun and game on.  

Draftkings’ scoring follows the chart shown below, with a focus on K/D and clutch plays. Rosters are set with a Captain position who receives 1.5x his points at 1.5x his salary, but beyond that it is positionless. This is important to understand because CS teams follow a composition of different roles such as IGL (In game leader), entry fragger, support, etc. With Draftkings making no distinction between players, it is left to you to decide which roles are most important within this scoring system and to take advantage of that. For several teams for example, their IGL is not often going to score highly as they may be less skilled at the game but are valuable in ways that Draftkings doesn’t record. With that in mind, we will jump into a quick look at the roles of key players, their key stats, and how their perceived performance should fare in accordance with their salary. 

StatisticFantasy Points*Players drafted as Captain earn 1.5x fantasy point values
Kills+1.5 Pts
Assists+1 Pt
Deaths-1 Pt
Entry Kill (First Kill of the round)+0.5 Pts
1v2 Clutch+1 Pt
1v3 Clutch+2 Pts
1v4 Clutch+3 Pts
1v5 Clutch+5 Pts
Quad Kill+3 Pts
Ace+5 Pts
Rounds Not Played Bonus +0.5 Pts per round not played
Match Sweep Bonus +5 Pts (minimum of 2 maps played)

Fanduel Scoring

MVP – 1.5X Points (1)Player (4)Team (1)
Kills 3Kills 2Bombs Planted 1
Deaths -1.5Deaths -1Bombs Defused 2
Assists 1.5Assists 1Rounds Won 1
Headshots .3Headshots .2Rounds Lost -.5
Sweep Bonus 22.5Sweep Bonus 15Match Won 10
Team Sweep 10

Fanduel has 6 slots for a captain, 4 standard players, and a team. The captain position does not affect a player’s salary like it does on Draftkings. This is particularly advantageous for when you have an inkling that a superstar will put up a large performance but you don’t want to limit your options elsewhere. The team slot will be a lot of fun for those situations where you like a team to win but don’t like the fantasy prospects of any particular players so you can still get some exposure. We figure most users will try to pick the cheapest winning team because a lot of the stats you get points for are hard to predict, but a winning team should definitely fare better.

Our top plays are designed to show the most playable options on each team, factoring in performance and price. The top 2 plays on each team will be in our player pool and the third tier top plays are people we will sprinkle in a bit along with the core group. All of the statistics shown are for the last 3 months to see who has been performing well recently while still keeping a significant sample size. 

HER(-114) V DIG(-114) (9:00 AM EST)


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Fun fact of the day, Heretic’s coach has a lifetime ban from Valve for match fixing and is somehow allowed to participate. Neat! This looks like one of the closer series on the entire slate, on a day full of large favorites. That’s great for viewers, bad for DFS. We are avoiding this team as even if they win, we don’t see them really paying off their salaries. Nivera has been good (well priced on Fanduel) and we like Maka okay but….eh. 

Top Plays: No first, Nivera, Maka


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This is one of the older rosters in CS except for the newer addition of a 19 year old, can you guess who it is? That’s right, the guy with the best stats on the team because he isn’t washed up. They managed to replace great great grandpa guardian with somebody who isn’t awful and it should pay immediate dividends as they showcase this new look after a disappointing Flashpoint showing. F0rest is honestly still decent and a little underpriced for this plus matchup. This isn’t as exciting as other games on the slate but there are a few guys here you can feel comfortable playing, but not really enthusiastic. Hallzerk, f0rest, and friberg are the three amigos that fit that description for us, and GeT_RiGhT is on the lower end of the spectrum. Xizt is simply the next guy waiting to be replaced…  

Top plays: hallzerk, f0rest, friberg/GeT_RiGhT

N(+245) V FaZe(-345) (9:00 AM EST) 


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North is in a pickle here against FaZe and it’s hard to like anybody. If you are playing the early slate, FaZe will be the heavy chalk and you can try to be different by playing North guys but it’ll be risky. If you decide to go contrarian, look for Kjaerbye or aizy, but it’s not likely they do well. You may want to just lock in the chalk here and then roll the dice with the Heretics/Dignitas game.

Top plays: No first, no second, Kjaerbye/aizy


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FaZe Clan8,400

It’s FaZe, they’re big favorites here…you know what to do. Barring a collapse like we saw from fnatic yesterday they should be able to do whatever they want against this North team where they also have a large advantage in the map selection. NiKo can be locked in without much thought, as well as avoiding oof-meister at all costs (why is he still here??). Coldzera is super cheap on DK and rain is cheap on Fanduel, making them both solid value options in a plus spot.   

Top plays: NiKo, coldzera(DK)/rain(FD), broky/Team slot(FD)

G2(-400) V GOD(+277) (12:30 PM EST) 


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G2 Esports8,600

G2 has a nice matchup here against GODSENT and a solid betting line to prove it. When these guys dominate their opponents, they tend to all perform well and that’s a good sign for a guy like AmaNeK who is cheap on both sites. HuNter- is a guy we usually really like but his price is nuts here and we’ll be underweight on him, in favor of kennyS at a discount. He has the best potential of anybody on the squad and rates highly for a plus matchup. 

Top plays: kennyS, AmaNeK, huNter-


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Targeting underdogs on a larger slate is really not that great of an idea and this is no exception. We won’t be vouching for any of these guys, good luck if you take a contrarian approach. 

Top plays: Avoiding this team

ISU(+134) V RED(-175) (12:30 PM EST) 


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Isurus Gaming8,300

This should be a fun, close series and maybe a solid matchup for a one off or 2. That being said, we give the edge to Red Canids and will mostly be looking at their guys. If you expect the Isurus victory, it will come on the heels of solid team play but they have actually been swept by this same RED team in their last two showings. Despite the seemingly close series, we will also avoid these guys.

Top plays: Another team with poor prospects and limited upside


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Red Canids8,200

Latto and DeStiNy have been doing it all and should be the guys carrying them to another victory here. Nython is a solid pick to complete the 3 way stack if you desire but we mostly stick with combos on big slates as it takes a walloping to get players further down the scorecard to excel. 

Top plays: DeStiNy/latto, nython

IMP(+189) V BOOM(-256) (12:30 PM EST) 


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Imperial 8,000

Imperials feels like a larger underdog here than their odds suggest and they have been a mixed bag of late. DelboNi had been super hot but crashed back to Earth yesterday against Isurus and also hasn’t fared well against BOOM. Zqks is really the only guy that sticks out for us and his price is reasonable enough to consider him in a one-off way but again it’s hard to justify picking guys in losing spots when there are so many options. 

Top plays: No first, zqkS


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Boom 8,400

Felps is a really solid player and an easy guy to target here, he especially seems far too cheap on Fanduel. When looking for a pair, we like yel a lot and then chelo as we feel  they share similar upside but yel gets a nice price tag reduction for it. We don’t hate boltz or shz in a plus matchup like this but there can only be so much food to go around. 

Top plays: felps, yel/chelo

BEAR(+619) V TL(-1250) (4:00 PM EST) 


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Bad News Bears7,500


Top plays:  dapr seems cheap for his potential but don’t do it in a matchup like this


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We believe this is the largest favorite we’ve seen in CS since starting our writing and it makes sense as this is the Premier team of NA and the Bad News Bears are well….here? We’ll likely fire up a bunch of these guys, with a particular focus on NAF and EliGE. Stewie2k and Twistzz both can go off here but it’s likely that it will be one or the other. Nitr0 is just not gonna be on our radar despite the spot. Their team is safe but a little too expensive for us, look for a cheaper option so you can spend up on players. 

Top plays: NAF, EliGE, Stewie2k/Twistzz

nV(+277) V FUR(-400) (4:00 PM EST) 


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Envy should lose this series like they did in their last matchup but it’s worth noting that MICHU has been going positive in losses a lot recently and has been an overall solid play and could be a great pick for cost savings at his depressed price. He’s not a target to light it up, but he can be that last guy whose salary makes your lineup work. We can’t say the same about anybody else here. 

Top plays: No top play, MICHU


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FURIA 8,500

FURIA should be able to put this one away with little friction and that’s good news for yuurih and KSCERATO who tend to thrive when taking out the trash. KSCERATO is pricey but in a posiiton where it actually makes sense and he can pay it off. Yuurih can outperform his salary in a bigger way but this is KSCERATO’s team and don’t forget it. 

Top plays: yuurih, KSCERATO, HEN1/Team slot (FD)

MiBR(-588) V Yeah(+376) (4:00 PM EST) 


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Sigh, yes this is another large favorite and you should see why we have been so critical of underdogs today. With so many favorites in play against inferior opponents, it’s not really a slate to look for cheeky upset plays. If one favorite blows it, the other favorites will be the top scorers instead, this isn’t a slate for losers. MiBR just blew the Flashpoint tournament in an epic meltdown against MAD Lions and smart money says that they have learned from that and their focus and team play will be improved. Not only that, but FalleN and TACO literally own Yeah so that’s kind of funny. Anyway, you know the drill that they have 3 stars that rotate their carrying of the squad and this matchup should see fer and FalleN overwhelm them in superior AWPing skills and hyper aggressive strategies. 

Top plays: fer, FalleN, kNgV-


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Yeah Gaming7,700

They are literally owned by two guys on the other team and shouldn’t really be in this tournament. Do they have a chip on their shoulder? Something to prove? Yes to both questions, but they’ll still get railed by one of the more underrated teams in the world. 

Top plays: Yeah? More like Nope

Thank you for reading! Please check out our podcast, yesterday’s CSGO slate info and todays’s LOL LPL & EU Master’s Slates Info for even more great content. Follow us on twitter to stay up to date on all future posts. @GameOnDFS

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4.22.20 CSGO: https://gameondailyfantasy.com/2020/04/22/4-22-20-csgo-clutch-slate/

4.23.20 LOL EU: https://gameondailyfantasy.com/2020/04/22/4-23-20-lol-eu-masters-slate/

4.23.20 LOL LPL: https://gameondailyfantasy.com/2020/04/22/4-23-20-lol-lpl-fanduel-slate/

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