One of the best events in the CS:GO calendar takes place this week. From July 2nd to July 7th, 16 of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world will battle it out for their share of the $300,000 prize pool. The event is held in the Lanxess-Arena and will hopefully live up to the previous experiences of events in Cologne.
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Outright Odds for ESL Cologne 2019
This has the potential to be one of the most competitive and interesting events we witness this season. We so many teams showing championship potential so far in 2019, it’s always exciting to see who will edge it out on top. All of the following odds are courtesy of Betway:
- Astralis at 2.75 odds
- Liquid at 3.75 odds
- Natus Vincere at 7.00 odds
- Vitality at 9.00 odds
- ENCE at 11.00 odds
- Mousesports at 13.00 odds
- NRG at 13.00 odds
- FaZe at 17.00 odds
- MiBR at 17.00 odds
- FURIA at 26.00 odds
- Fnatic at 34.00 odds
- Ninjas in Pyjamas at 34.00 odds
- Renegades at 51.00 odds
- BIG at 60.00 odds
- Heroic at 101.00 odds
- MVP PK at 250.00 odds
- Group Stage: July 2nd – 4th, 2019
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
- Each group has eight teams
- The group stage is seeded based on the ESL CS:GO World Rankings
- 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
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
- Playoffs: July 5th – 7th, 2019
- Single-elimination bracket
- The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
- The Grand Final is Bo5
Group Stage Teams & Format
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Favourites to win ESL Cologne 2019
This is potentially the first time this year we have come into an event with several teams having strong opportunies to win. Below we have broken down each team and why you should look at them as potential ESL Cologne Champions.
Astralis are just that team that you can never rule out of a tournament. I personally think they caused their own downfall in the past couple of events due to skipping events that they felt weren’t as relevant. This has allowed other teams to continue to compete at a high level regularly and in turn Astralis have lost that edge that they held over so many teams coming into a series.
There is a positive to take from this though. The team could very well use that past losses as a realisation and reality check to get them practicing and performing at the level we have seen so regularly over the past couple of years.
The best team in the world? Despite what some think, that’s what the statistics show. The North American based roster have grinded hard to earn their #1 spot and seem intent on keeping it. They’re coming into ESL Cologne off the back off another Championship victory. It’s important to note that Liquid will now be on the hunt to win the Intel Grand Slam this year.
The French roster has started to turn many people’s heads in the past month or so. It all started back at CS Summit and many didn’t think much of their success. With teams taking it as practice and essentially a pre-LAN for DreamHack Dallas, the credibility of the event wasn’t there.
However, the have tasted success since and are eager to put France back on the CS:GO map. The biggest issue this roster suffers from is a lack of consistency. This normally trips them up in the early stages of competition leaving them with a massive task of clawing back into contention.
Could the recent roster change finally help this former powerhouse find a Championship again? You would imagine that when having a superstar like S1imple on your roster, it would be easy to consistently battle for top spot. However, this hasn’t been the case and the team has suffered from arguments and tension due to their poor performances at times. This recent change could flip the table but we will have to wait and see.
Everyone’s favourite Finns are back in action again, but most betting sites aren’t favouring them as heavily as they were earlier in 2019. I think this is fair, the breaks in competition are either a burden or great help, there is no middle ground and a fast start is a vital for this team to survive this tournament.
Underdogs and teams to keep an eye on
I’m always a big fan of an underdog story but this time around I don’t think there really is many underdogs kicking around. Fans should definitely keep an eye on the following teams though:
All of these teams have put in strong performances in recent events and should be primed to continue their successful showings. Personally, I think Mouz (mousesports) are heavily underrated by analysts and bookmakers for this event. I’m not sure if they’ll be able to pull off the victory but I believe they will make a very deep run in the tournament.
Finally, those that like storylines and seeing how teams develop I have a good team to keep an eye on. That keep is Heroic, they made it to the event through the European Qualifier an have the legend that is Friberg leading the roster. Their first game is against ENCE, which isn’t an easy task but in a best of 1 with a good veto process, they stand a chance of causing an upset.