CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals Playoffs » Betting Predictions
The first week of December started fast and furious with some exceptional games in the first stage of the CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals. The two double elimination format of the group stage has made this phase of the competition more exciting for players and fans alike. Three days after the tournament has started, we already know the names of the 6 teams that have qualified for the playoffs. Astralis and MIBR have already secured a place in the semifinals and they are patiently waiting for the quarterfinals to end.
The tournament has a guaranteed prize pool of $750,000 and the name of the winners will be decided on Sunday afternoon. 10 teams have already been eliminated and collected an amount ranging between $20,000 and $24,000. Two more will be sent home once the quarterfinals conclude and receive a bit over $32,000. The real money is awarded to those who play the finals, as the top two teams will receive a six digit sum. This means that even though Astralis and MIBR are guaranteed a prize of at least $55,000 for reaching the semi finals, they have plenty to fight for.
Mousesports Are Favourites against Renegades
Mousesports have kick-started their campaign with a crushing victory over Ghost Gaming and won the second series against Natus Vincere by 2-0. MIBR proved to be more than a match for them, but they are once again favourites in the quarterfinals against Renegades. Betway offers odds of 2/5 on Mousesports to prevail, although they are not expected to go further than the semi finals.
Renegades on the other hand have started the CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals in the worst possible way. They’ve lost the first match in the group stage against HellRaisers after winning just five rounds, but they have miraculously rebounded. An impeccable performance in the lower bracket saw them reach the quarterfinals. Bet-at-home has them priced at 16/5 to cause another upset and advance.
Team Liquid Starts with the First Chance against Natus Vincere
Team Liquid have done everything by the book in the group stage and showed no weakness whatsoever in the first two matches. Eventually, the tournament draw has pitted them against Astralis and their better opponents gave them no chance whatsoever. Defeated into straight matches, they are once again credited with the first chance in the quarterfinals and odds of 1/2 at ArcaneBet.
Natus Vincere are a force to be reckoned with in the Counter Strike Global Offensive arena, but they are underdogs in this series. They barely won the first match and were promptly dismantled by Mousesports in the second round of the group stage. Much to their credit, they have managed to turn the ship around and displayed a solid performance in the lower bracket. They will need to further elevate the quality of their game to cause an upset in the quarterfinals, as reflected by the odds of 7/4 at Rivalry.gg.