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MNM Gaming vs w7m esports match preview: JULIO faces former teammates, first international match on stage for MNM Gaming

MNM Gaming and w7m esports will face off in the second match of the day.

MNM Gaming and w7m esports will face off in the second match of the BLAST R6 Major Copenhagen Finals. 

It will be the marshmallow's fourth BO3 series in the tournament, following victories over FURY and SANDBOX Gaming in Phase 1, and M80 and in Phase 2.

Tomorrow's match will be the first time that Julio "JULIO" Giacomelli faces his former teammates, with whom he played from Sep. 2022 to Feb. 2023.

After 15 maps played, Fatih "Solotov" Türker has been the best player for MNM Gaming with a SiegeGG rating of 1.21. He currently holds the best K-D in the competition with 123 deaths and 172 kills, 35 of which have been entries.

He's not the only marshmallow to top one of the top charts. His teammate Josh "Yuzus" Pritchard has the best entry balance in the tournament, an 18-8 (+10), while Leon "neLo" Pesic leads in plants (14) and clutches (4), a spot he shares with Nathan "Nafe" Sharp.

Meanwhile, w7m esports has only played five maps so far. Following the Brazilians' victories against Team Bliss and Wolves Esports, the Bulls defeated SCARZ, Team Liquid, and Soniqs, rosters that eventually clinched a Phase 3 spot.

It will be w7m esports first international BO3 since the signings of Felipe "nade" Ferreira and Felipe "FelipoX" De Lucia. So far, both players have adapted well to the squad, currently averaging SiegeGG ratings of 1.17 and 1.06, respectively.

Gustavo "HerdsZ" Herdina and Diego "Kheyze" Zanello have been the best Bulls in the server with SiegeGG ratings of 1.30 and 1.28 — the best two ratings in the competition.

So far, w7m esports have followed very similar map bans, as the Brazilians have banned Skyscraper from every series played in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Bulls' last appearance on Skyscraper was at the Six Invitational 2023 against KOI where they lost by 5-7. 

Having also in mind MNM Gaming's current 1-0-2-2 record on Sky since the start of the Six Invitational 2023, we doubt any of the teams will pick it in tomorrow's series.

Meanwhile, w7m esports' second-most banned map in Copenhagen has been Bank. Curiously enough, it has been MNM Gaming's most banned map ever, with their last official appearance there coming against G2 Esports in the European League 2022 Stage 1.

Chalet is another interesting map to look at heading to tomorrow's series. Since their top-flight promotion, the British-majority roster have won on Chalet ten of the eleven times they have played there. Meanwhile, the Brazilians have yet to play Chalet this season.

However, this doesn't mean the Bulls are a bad team on Chalet. It's just the opposite: in Brazil, this season alone, teams banned Chalet every time against w7m esports. In Copenhagen, four of the Brazilians' five opponents banned Chalet, with Team Bliss being the only exception.

With 14 victories out of a possible 19, w7m esports' winning ratio on Chalet last season was impressive. So, we may see this map being played, even as a decider game.

Tomorrow's match between MNM Gaming and w7m esports will begin at 15:30 CEST (-2 UTC) and the winner will face the victorious side in the match between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Soniqs.

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