The Barclays Center in New York, home of the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders, will be the venue for a completely different sport this weekend as 8 of the best CS:GO teams in the world compete for a massive 250,000 dollar prize pool. Will Natus Vincere defend the title from last year’s event or will we see a different team take down the event? Which team will offer best betting value? Let’s have a look at the odds.
ESL One New York will be played in two different groups of 4 teams using the double elimination system. The opening and the winning games will be played in a best of one format, which means surprises might well happen while the elimination matches and decider matches are played as best of 3. Four teams will qualify to the semi-finals with the grand final, being played on Sunday 17th, in a best of 5 format.
Group A Betting: Easy group for the Brazilians of SK Gaming?
In the first group we see SK Gaming, Cloud9, Natus Vincere and Team EnvyUs battling it out for one of the spots in the play-offs system. SK Gaming, who have just finished the ESG Tour Mykonos in 3rd place after a disappointing 2-0 loss over Team Liquid in the semi-finals, will be looking for another ESL One victory after taking down ESL One: Cologne in July earlier this year. SK is currently priced at 3/1 to win the tournament and a very interesting 7/4 to win just their group.
SK’s first opponent will be Team EnvyUs, who managed to qualify for New York by upsetting G2 and Gambit Gaming. After qualifying for New York EnvyUs have lost their form and only managed to get a 3-7 record in the ESL Pro League and a last place in ESG Mykonos after losses over Virtus Pro and BIG. They would have to perform well to get even close to a play-off spot, being an 11/5 underdog for their game against the Brazilians and 14/1 to win the whole tournament.
In the other game in the group we see Natus Vincere battling it out for the second place in the winners match against Cloud9. NaVi, who have been underperforming throughout the whole year, are showing some sparks of new life after Zeus joined the Ukrainian organisation again, and many have high hopes for this tournament, as he has had some time to form the group into a team. The odds are currently at 7/1, which is definitely an interesting pick in this 8-team tournament.
Cloud9, went through a massive roster change 1 month ago, and have struggled ever since. Even though being the most popular American organisation, it would take more than just the home crowd advantage to get far in this tournament. Cloud9 are currently priced at 9/1 to win the tournament.
Group B Betting: European superteam FaZe favourite to win the group
Perhaps the most interesting group to watch is group B. European powerhouses Astralis, FaZe and Virtus.Pro will be competing for a place in the semi-finals and a chance to claim the biggest chunk of the 250,000 prize pool. Faze (6/4) and Astralis (2/1) are the favourites to win their group, but this is the group where upsets can happen.
Faze has shown a lot of potential after the acquisition of GuardiaN and olofmeister and are among the favourites to win the tournament for a good reason. The European team has only been able to have one tournament win since its creation in 2016 and with the current roster, there should be more to follow. They will be playing their first game against Virtus.Pro, and are a massive 3/10 favourite to win the game.
Virtus.Pro has been underperforming for over half a year and really only has the 3rd-4th place finish in the PGL Major in Krakow to look back to as a positive aspect of their season. VP is currently listed as 9/1 to win the tournament and even 4/1 to win the group, and we can only hope they can put up a good fight in this group.
Priced at 3/1 to win the tournament we see Astralis, the Danish super team. Astralis has never really had issues to perform in Major events, making them one of the most consistent teams in the competitive CS:GO scene. In the last two Majors they played it was an unbelievable Gambit Gaming who managed to stop the Danes, even though bringing good Counter-Strike. They are currently a 1/4 favourite to win their game against Team Liquid, who were invited to ESL One New York as well.
Maybe the invitation for this major could not come at a better timing for Team Liquid as they, although underperforming throughout the whole year, managed to get 2nd place in Mykonos last week, with a 2-0 upset over SK to look back to. Qualifying to the finals in this group will be a very tough job, but with the home advantage in mind, a bet on Liquid at the odds of 14/1 to win the tournament might be an interesting odd if you are looking for value.
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