ECS Season 7 Finals Betting Guide

ECS Season 7 Finals June 2019 London FaceIT

Event Overview

There is $500,000 up for grabs this upcoming weekend in London from June 6th-9th. Eight teams will be in attendance, consisting of four teams from both Europe and North America. Last season Astralis were crowned champions and took home $250,000. Will they be able to repeat this success?

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Outright Odds for ECS Season 7 Finals

As these teams have all qualified through their respective region’s league, we should be in for a treat talent wise in each match. Obviously, some match-ups will have favourites but there shouldn’t be too many on sided score lines. Below you can see the odds for each team to win the event courtesy of Betway:

  • Astralis at 1.50 odds
  • MiBR at 6.00 odds
  • Vitality at 6.50 odds
  • Furia at 12.00 odds
  • NRG at 15.00 odds
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas at 17.00 odds
  • Team North at 21.00 odds
  • Complexity Gaming at 67.00 odds

Event Format

Format

  • Group Stage: June 6th – 7th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
      • Each group has 4 teams
      • Opening matches are Bo1
      • All following matches are Bo3
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
  • Playoffs: June 8th – 9th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Group A

  • Astralis
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • NRG Esports
  • Furia Esports

Group B

  • Complexity Gaming,
  • MiBR,
  • North,
  • Team Vitality

Favourites to win

Astralis

Astralis are looking like clear favourites to win the event, and rightly so. While I said that we should expect entertaining matchups and close games, not many teams are showing the end quality it requires to defeat Astralis in an important series.

Astralis have already won two majors in 2019 and finished 2nd in another two. They have had the taste of success this season and will surely be seeking more. When you consider the teams that Astralis are paired within their group, you would imagine they’ll finish group stages unbeaten.

MiBR

Bookmakers are starting to favour the Brazilian line-up again, despite their incredibly shaky end to 2018 and start to the 2019 season. They’ve slowly started to string things together again, but their inconsistency is what costs them in the long run at events.

They don’t have a particularly easy group either. They’ve been put against Vitality, North and Complexity. They’re not guaranteed to play each team due to how the bracket works, but we could see them stumble a bit early on here. If they make it out of group stages, there’s a high chance it’ll be an Astrais vs MiBR grand final.

Underdogs at ECS Finals?

With these teams all being fairly highly rated, it can be hard to truly identify a team as an underdog. I think we can pick out a team from each group that could cause some trouble. Over in Group B, I’d say it has to be Vitality. Now I do favour them to make it out of the group stage, but I’m mean they will be an underdog when it comes to playoffs.

On the flip side over in Group A, I think teams will now be slightly wary when facing Furia. During their time at Dallas last week they’ve shown how dangerous they can be. However, their first matchup is against Astralis and that game could knock out any momentum they do have.

A team to keep an eye on (H3)

I’m not referring to NRG as an underdog, more so a team to follow through the event. Their roster is stacked with talent, but they just struggle to get things into gear at some events. We’ve seen them at their best, competing with all tops team. However, we’ve also seen them struggle and get demolished in a series that they were favourites. Maybe their disappointment and Dallas will fuel the fire for a resurgence in London.

Conclusion

I believe we’re in for a very exciting few days of CS:GO. I’m excited to watch it and I’m eager to see how things fall in the group stage with how the format works. Teams can very quickly find themselves battling for the tournament life and that will surely add to the thrill of the event.

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