The Esports Championship Series Season 7 finals are set to take place in SSE Arena in Wembley, London, from June 6th - June 9th, where we will get a chance to see the best eight CS:GO teams in the world battling each other for our entertainment and their chance to take home the largest piece of $500,000 prize pool. The event will be divided into two parts; group stage and playoffs.
The group stage divided teams into two groups of 4 teams. The teams participating in the event by the group are as follows:
Group A: Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, NRG Esports, FURIA
Group B: North, Team Vitality, Complexity Gaming, MIBR
Teams will face off against each other in a double-elimination format, with all the opening matches played in Bo1 format and all the following matches in a Bo3 format. Once the group stages end, only the top two teams from each group advance into the playoffs, where we will get to see the qualified teams playing in a single-elimination bracket Bo3 format.
With a lot on the line for the participating teams and a lot to prove for some of them, the Esports Championship Series Season 7 once against promises to deliver us with exciting matches that will keep us, the fans, on the edge of our seats, cheering for our favourite team. With an exciting event ahead of us, there is also a chance to place our bets, and after a closer look we believe we have found the team worth putting our hard-earned cash on.
Looking at the odds, Astralis are considered favourites, priced at only $1.60 and rightfully so. They are one of, if not the best team to ever play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and looking at the teams attending the tournament, I don't see a single team that should be able to provide a proper challenge for the experienced Danes.
The only team that should be close to Astralis in terms of skill and individual talent are probably the Brazilian MIBR, but even they have failed to show any proper results for quite some time now. I would go even so far to say that on the right day, even teams like FURIA and Complexity would fancy their chances for an upset.
Down the pecking order are Team Vitality, NRG, Ninjas in Pyjamas and North. Team Vitality and NRG are probably above the other two, especially as NiP are not in great shape and most of their BO1 matches can be considered a coin-flip, that is even against a much worse opposition. As for North, they have recently undergone some internal changes and their star player Valde decided to take over the IGL role. I am not overly positive about the news, as we are yet to see a successful transformation of a star player into an IGL and I am confident saying Valde won't be an exception to the rule.
FURIA and Complexity are considered huge outsiders by the bookmakers, but to be honest, FURIA have as much of a chance of reaching the finals as Team Vitality. They are fun to watch as they rely on an explosive/aggressive style of play, which won't work in their favour against Astralis. Still, I believe they will definitely fancy their chances against some other teams.
In conclusion, we recommend a bet on Astralis. Although they are priced quite short at $1.60, they should prove to be on a whole other level compared to their opposition. Astralis had a long time to prepare for all the teams and I am sure they won't allow Team Liquid to take over the number 1 spot on HLTV ranking with a win here.
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