StarSeries & i-League Season 8 Betting Guide

The ever eventful experience that is CS:GO is starting to get back into full swing following the player break. We’ve had ESL New York and DreamHack Masters Malmo recently. Now 16 teams had to Belek, Turkey to battle it out for the $500,000 prize pool. StarSeries & i-League Season 8 runs from October 21st27th.

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StarSeries & i-League Season 8 Format

  • Group Stage: October 21st – 24th, 2019
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group has eight teams
      • Seeding is based on HLTV World Rankings
      • All matches are Bo3
    • The top four teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Upper Bracket
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Lower Bracket
  • Playoffs: October 25th – 27th, 2019
    • Double-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

Group A

  • Fnatic,
  • Imperial,
  • Renegades,
  • MiBR,
  • Vitality,
  • Invictus Gaming,
  • Mouz,
  • North

Group B

  • Evil Geniuses,
  • 5Power,
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas,
  • Furia,
  • Avangar,
  • Heroic,
  • NaVi,
  • G2

StarSeries & i-League Season 8 Participants & Outright Odds

  • Evil Geniuses at 3.00 odds
  • Natus Vincere at 4.00 odds
  • Vitality at 5.00 odds
  • Fnatic at 7.00 odds
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas at 9.00 odds
  • Mousesports (Mouz) at 11.00 odds
  • Furia at 13.00 odds
  • Avangar at 15.00 odds
  • MiBR at 17.00 odds
  • Renegades at 19.00 odds
  • Heroic at 21.00 odds
  • North at 25.00 odds
  • G2 Esports at 27.00 odds
  • Imperial at 51.00 odds
  • Invictus Gaming at 101.00 odds
  • 5Power at 151.00 odds

These odds are courtesy of GG.Bet

The History of StarSeries & i-League

This tournament series stems from a joint venture between StarLadder and ImbaTV. The series first made it’s appearance in 2019 as an Invitational and has been running successfully ever since.

The only team that has one the series more than once; Natus Vincere. They are in attendance once more next week and are hoping to finally get themselves back on top in CS:GO. The format has changed from the previous event where Natus Vincere found themselves on top. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the Double Elimination Group Stage format.

Event Favourites

Evil Geniuses

EG made their shock return to CS:GO just last month when they signed the former NRG roster heading into ESL New York. The organisation instantly experienced success as EG went on to win ESL New York, dominating Astralis on their way.

However, they had a dip in form at DreamHack Masters Malmo. The excuse can be made for Malmo due to the fact they travelled straight from New York for it and played the beginning of the tournament with jet lag etc.

Now that they’ve had time to regroup and get everything back on track, they’ll be aiming to be take-home another Championship.

Natus Vincere

NaVi are the current StarSeries & i-League Champions and have the potential to obtain back to back success this time around. Last time out the event was a bit of a mess with upsets and some of the “bigger” teams not in attendance.

With this being said, it still takes a lot of talent and hard work to win a Championship. This event is realistically the only success the NaVi roster have seen in recent times which is causing some questions to be asked about the roster. You would imagine that a roster that has S1imple, arguably the best player in the world, could find more consistent success.

Fnatic

Believe it or not, Fnatic are coming off the back of an event victory. A few years ago this wouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone in the CS:GO scene. However, this past year or so the Fnatic roster had been going through a downfall if you will.

The crowds and fans were going insane when they started making the deep run in Malmo earlier this month. Personally, I don’t see them replicating the success with another Championship. With this in mind, I do think they’ll make another deep run, solidifying their status and potentially find themselves in another grand final.

Is there an underdog?

CS:GO events are becoming notorious for underdog stories and upsets on the major stage. I think this event will be no different, but the level of upsets won’t be as drastic as before. I picked out two teams that could be seen as underdogs and have the potential to do damage deep into the tournament.

Mousesports (Mouz)

This team has been going through an incredible rebuilding process and I believe they have now reached their prime time to execute on the project. They recently finished 5th/6th at Malmo but were by no means a pushover at the event. They are without a doubt a team to keep an eye on.

Avangar

They have always been seen as a potential underdog but ever since the addition of Adren they have hit a new level of performance. This was seen at full during the Berlin Major back in September. They made a run to the final before falling short against Astralis. They will surely have the potential to repeat this success.

Conclusion

It looks to be an amazing week on Counter-Strike approaching us. Whilst it could be argued that some notable organisations and teams aren’t in attendance, there is still a great talent pool with quite a lot up for grabs.

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