ECS Season 8 Finals Betting Preview

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The CS:GO community has been treated to quite a few events in the past month or so. However, a common theme has been one or two of the tops team not being in attendance. The script changes slightly heading into the ECS Season 8 Finals this weekend, November 28th to December 1st. There is a $500,000 prize pool for the eight teams to fight for. This time around, all teams made their way to the event through their respective regional qualifiers.

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ECS Season 8 Finals Format

Group Stage:

  • Two double-elimination formats (GSL) Groups
  • Each group has 4 teams
  • Opening matches are best of 1
  • All following matches are best of 3
  • Top two teams from each group advance to the playoffs

Playoffs

  • Single-elimination bracket
  • All matches are best of 3

Teams in attendance and their odds

The groups for the event have now been locked in meaning the odds have stabilised. The following odds are courtesy of GG.Bet:

  • Astralis at 1.50 odds
  • Evil Geniuses at 5.00 odds
  • Team Liquid at 6.00 odds
  • Fnatic at 7.00 odds
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas at 11.00 odds
  • MiBR at 13.00 odds
  • Avangar at 41.00 odds
  • Sharks at 201.00 odds

Groups and opening matches

Group A

This group consists of:

  • Avangar
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Team Liquid

Below are the opening games and their start times:

Evil Geniuses vs. Avangar – Thursday, November 28th at 15:00 GMT

Team Liquid vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas – Thursday, November 28th at 16:30 GMT

Group B

This group consists of:

  • Astralis
  • Fnatic
  • MiBR
  • Sharks Esports

Below are the opening games and their start times:

Astralis vs. Sharks Esports – Thursday, November 28th at 18:00 GMT

Fnatic vs. MiBR – Thursday, November 28th at 19:30 GMT

Key Betting Tips

Map handicaps – If there’s a clear and obvious winner, map handicaps against them are the easiest way to boost odds. Likewise, if there’s a team that likely won’t win but has a chance of causing an upset, consider a map handicap in their favour.

Group stages can fool – Whilst monitoring teams performance can be a great way to help gain knowledge for esports betting, it’s important to not look too deeply into unusual performances during group stages. There is a history of teams having slow starts and going on to win the event. Don’t let this has a negative influence on your bets during playoffs.

Recent form is important – There are some teams in the Counter-Strike scene that are incredibly hit and miss, but in most cases, taking a teams recent form into account can help weigh up which sort of bet you should place and how much you should risk wagering.

Expectations for ECS Season 8 Finals

Astralis Domination

The headline is all you need to pay attention to. Astralis had some ups and downs recently but their most recent event shocked and impressed everyone. Astralis made their way to IEM Beijing earlier this month after a miserable performance on their home soil just a few days prior. They tore through everyone they faced, winning the event without dropping a single map. A truly impressive feat.

Evil Geniuses Flop

I have personally been a fan of this Evil Geniuses roster, even during their NRG days earlier this year. A lot of bookmakers still have them favoured quite highly as second-favourites to win the event. After watching them at recent events, my expectations for them have dropped severely. It seems like they reached their peak with the two event victories after the player break. Are they finally come back down to reality?

A resurgence from Liquid

At the start of 2019, the battle for the best team in the world between Liquid and Astralis was in full swing. We got to witness some insane matches in the latter stages of tournaments showcasing the two. In recent times at least one of them have had misfires at events and never looked like their former selves. Liquid will be hoping a couple of weeks break since Blast Pro Series Copenhagen has helped them regain and get back to their peak.

An upset from the Ninjas in Pyjamas

With their recent performances combined with the group they’ve managed to land, I can see Ninjas in Pyjamas making the playoffs. I don’t think they’ll have what it takes to win the event, but they could cause some surprises. Depending on how both groups finish and the playoff bracket ends up, there is a chance of seeing the Ninjas in a grand final once again.

Conclusion

This past weekend at the CS:GO Asia Championship we got to see some underdog teams battling it out and lift a Championship. This weekend all the top dogs are back in action. We should be treated to a fantastic few days of CS:GO action.

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