DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 Betting Guide

DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 Betting Preview and Guide

Event Overview

With $250,000 up for grabs, 16 of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world will make their way to Dallas with the hopes of filling their pockets. The event takes place from May 28th to June 2nd. It’s being hosted in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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Outright Odds for DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019

This event works off the popular format of invited teams and those making their way through regional qualifiers. 10 tens were deemed worthy of an invite, 6 fought their way for a spot. Below are the outright odds to win the event for each team attending courtesy of Betway:

  • Liquid at 3.50 odds
  • ENCE at 4.50 odds
  • FaZe at 7.00 odds
  • Vitality at 8.50 odds
  • Fnatic at 11.00 odds
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas at 11.00 odds
  • NRG Esports at 15.00 odds
  • Renegades at 15.00 odds
  • Team North at 17.00 odds
  • G2 Esports at 23.00 odds
  • Windigo at 25.00 odds
  • Furia at 27.00 odds
  • Cloud9 at 34.00 odds
  • Tyloo at 65.00 odds
  • Isurus at 101.00 odds
  • Lucid Dream at 201.00 odds

Event Format

  • Group Stage: May 28th – May 30th, 2019
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The initial matches are Bo1
      • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • The Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: May 31st – June 2nd, 2019
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

This unique format could offer up some amazing games. With the teams playing through a double elimination group stage, we could see some unexpected names creeping through to the playoffs. On the flip side, we might see a powerhouse stumble.

Favourites to win

Team Liquid

In recent months, it’s been a given that Liquid will be favourites or in the running to win the event. With Astralis not attending DreamHack Dallas, it opens up the opportunity for Liquid to take home yet another Championship.

I think they’ll make it out of group stages without much hassle. The only potential issue I could see is their round 2 match up, where they’ll play either North or Team Vitality. Vitality beat Liquid 2-0 at CS Summit 4 yesterday, so there could be a momentum swing there.

All eyes will be on the other side of their group’s bracket, where FaZe and NiP will be looking to get some redemption for past shortcomings. Personally, I don’t Liquid will have such an easy breeze to the grand final, however, I believe they’re guaranteed to reach the semi-final stage.

ENCE

The Finnish underdogs aren’t really underdogs anymore. They’ve continued to show their worth at each event, causing upsets and pushing those at the top of the CS food chain all the way.

They’re coming off the back of success at BLAST Pro Series Madrid. They beat Astralis 2-0 in the grand final and will be hoping to continue that form coming into Dallas. However, they’re at CS Summit 4 this weekend and each series they’ve played has ended in a tie so far.

With CS Summit 4 being a smaller event, they may be using it as a boot camp for Dallas, therefore trying new plays and strategies so it’ll be hard to gauge their exact form.

FaZe

Possibly the most inconsistent professional CS:GO team there is right now. One day they look unbeatable and the next they struggle to win rounds against lower-tier teams. It looked like they may have finally found their groove after they beat Liquid 2-0 to win BLAST Pro Series Miami in April.

However, that didn’t seem to be the case. Since then they finished 9th-12th at IEM Sydney, getting knocked out by Grayhound Gaming. Many analysts and bookmakers have FaZe listed in the top end of favourites to win the event. Personally, I think they’ll struggle to make it through group stages. If they do scrap their way through groups, that’s when they’ll start to click and have the potential to make a run.

An Underdog?

Oh, we all love a good underdog story, don’t we? I’ve actually picked out a couple of teams to keep an eye on, one of which bookmakers have given horrible odds across the board.

NRG Esports

This is a roster that has continued to grow and improve over time. They’ve gone from being filling up the numbers in an event, to being a potential threat to all teams. The past two major events they’ve attended, they went home with an impressive 3rd-4th finish. Both times they fell short against Fnatic.

NRG will be hoping to have the chance to seek revenge on Fnatic during group stages. The two teams have the possibility of meeting in round 2 if they both win their opening games. If NRG finally pulls off the win against Fnatic, I feel that they can beat anyone in their group, including ENCE.

Cloud9

I was incredibly shocked when I saw Betway had given Cloud9 34.00 odds of winning the tournament. By no means am I saying they will win, but I think they should be rated slightly higher.

It’s understandable as their performances have been a bit lack lustre recently, but they have been improving in the ESL Pro League. The roster is filled with experienced players that have seen success in the past. As I said, I don’t see them winning the event, but they could cause some damage.

Conclusion

I’m excited for this event to get started. It looks to be one of the best events so far this year, despite Astralis not being in attendance. I think the double elimination bracket in the group stage will add to the thrills when watching, as every game is crucial. Meaning teams can’t afford to have a slow start.

For those looking to bet during DreamHack Masters, a good tip would be to look a map handicaps and round handicaps as it’ll boost your odds when there’s a clear favourite. Keep an eye out for our predictions for the most interesting matchups throughout the event.

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