Afreeca Starleague Season 7 First Round » Betting Tips
A new season of the Afreeca Starleague has started this week, with the opening matches in the first two groups determining the early standings. The games will resume on Sunday and continue next week, with the group stage only to conclude in the first half of March. AfreecaTV Starcraft League Season 7 is an offline tournament involving a total of 24 players divided into six identical groups. Only two players from each group will advance to the playoffs, so the opening matches are important.
During the second phase of the competition, the 12 qualifying players will be joined by four of the best StarCraft Remastered pro-gamers from the previous tournament. The entire tournament is played in a dual format, with best-of-one matches in the group stage and best-of-five series from quarterfinals to finals. The prizes, as well as their distribution are yet to be announced, but past performance suggests that the first prize will revolve around $27,000.
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Groups C Matches are Scheduled for January 20
Both opening matches in Group C will take place on January 20 at noon and they have Best and Mong as favourites to prevail. Best is the only Protoss player in the group, but he is expected to advance to the next stage and win the opening match against Zelot. Bet-at-home only offers odds of 7/20 on Best to prevail, which is justified by his performance in matches played against Zergs. By comparison, his opponent is the clear underdog and with odds of 2/1, his victory would pay well.
Mong is the one that will play the most difficult match of the day, against Sacsri and the Terran is only narrow favourite. Betway considers his victory as more likely, but punters can still expect excellent odds of 7/10 on the more experienced pro-gamer. Sacsri is the underdog in this group and likely to join his fellow Zerg to the back door, so it’s vital for him to win the opening match. Even odds on his victory don’t look particularly appealing under these circumstances.
Clear Favourites in January 22 Groups D Matches
On Tuesday, Mind and Light should be able to kickstart the new Afreeca Starleague Season 7 campaign with a victory. Mind is the biggest favourite of all the players competing in both groups C and D, with tiny odds of 1/5 at ArcaneBet to defeat Modesty. The Zerg has struggled in the previous season as well, so the otherwise high odds of 33/20 on his victory are perfectly justified.
In the other Terran vs Zerg duel of the day, Light isn’t expected to have a hard time against ggaemo. This is an experienced player who has frequently survived the group stages of previous Afreeca Starleagues. If he starts the tournament with a victory, punters who bet on his triumph will be paid at 7/10 by Rivalry, while those who bet on ggaemo and win will be rewarded at odds of 2/1.