Monkey Knife Fight Picks: More or Less CS:GO DFS Picks for Thursday

The second-ranked team in the world (Astralis) faces No. 3 (Gambit) in the ESL Pro League on Thursday. This is the play-in of the competition. The winner of this game will advance to the semi-finals.

Here are some CS:GO Monkey Knife Fight picks for April 8th's esports slate.

  • Gambit finished at the top of Group C with five wins in five matches. They had a round difference of +66! Spectacular, by any measure.

  • Astralis also topped Group D, with four wins and a loss. They had a round difference of exactly half of Gambit, at 33.


More or Less


Device: MORE THAN 39.5 KILLS

The most influential factor when it comes to CS:GO kills is the level of aggression. In CS:GO, long-range specialists using weapons like the AWP or a rifle, will likely accumulate more kills because they are usually the last to engage. Device has been one of the best long-range proponents in pro CS:GO for years.

He finished 2018 as the No. 2 player in the world. In 2019 and 2020, he finished at No. 3. Over his career, he has racked up 33,724 kills at a stunning average of 0.78 per round, and a headshot rate of 35%. Against Gambit Youngsters, Device could have a field day out.

Hobbit: LESS THAN 38.5 KILLS

Astralis are the No. 2 team in the world. They went through a tumultuous 2020 but have now returned to the position they belong. Gambit Youngsters have made tremendous progress up the ranking, up to No. 3 in the world. Despite these two teams being so close to each other on the rankings, there is a discernible difference in the skill level. This is important because it’s likely that Astralis will dominate Hobbit.

Hobbit has a kill rate of 0.72 per round over his career (17,672 kills over a period of 24,392 rounds). That’s high but may not be enough against a team like Astralis, particularly if this is done in two maps, which is not implausible.





Gambit’s unprecedented CS:GO rise has been led by Shiro at the helm. At just 19 years of age, Shiro has racked up close to 13,000 career kills. More impressively, he has managed to achieve this at a startling rate of 0.77 kills per round. He is as proficient from close range as he is with the AWP or rifling. His K/D ratio of 1.44 is one of the best in professional CS:GO. All the factors point to him having another solid kill game, which should rise over 38.

Dupreeh: LESS THAN 37.5 KILLS

Dupreeh is a fantastic player. In fact, he is one of the best in the world. However, his role in this Astralis team is slightly different. He has a career kill rate of 0.72 per round. He has managed close to 35,000 kills in his career at a stellar headshot rate of 50%. Despite these numbers, his modus operandi is usually a bit more methodical and concerted instead of aggressive. If Astralis or Gambit win 2-0, he is unlikely to have 38 kills. Even if it goes to a third map, his style may leave him with fewer than a total of 38 kills.



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Nikhil Kalro

A writer with a focus on real-money gaming, including DFS. Founder of a gaming company. My MKF goal is for predictions to be, more or less, accurate..