DreamHack Open Atlanta 2019 Predictions
The most important Counter Strike Global Offensive tournament of this month begins mid-week, as the best teams converge to Georgia for the DreamHack Atlanta 2019. The tournament will feature only eight teams, six of them directly invited by the organizers, while the other two have earned their place through qualifiers. Participating teams are split into two groups of four, with the opening matches being played in a best of one series, while the elimination and decider games to require up to three to determine a winner.
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The playoffs promise to be a short but intense affair, played in a single elimination bracket and all the games are played in a best-of-three format. With a guaranteed prize pool of $100,000, the winner will claim half of the amount, the runner-up will receive $20,000, while the teams in third and fourth will collect $10,000. There’s a lot of interest for the DreamHack Atlanta 2019 event among Counter Strike Global Offensive fans and plenty to look forward to. That’s why, the organizers have created a special mobile app for the event, where participants can see the full schedule, maps and also earn prizes.
Favourites off to a Strong Start at the DreamHack Atlanta
The format of the competition explains why the odds are only available for the opening matches (read also our Live Esports Odds guide). Heroic and Cr4zy play the opening matches and both are expected to steamroll past their opponents. In the first match of the day, Heroic take on Triumph Gaming, one of the two North American qualifiers. Arcanebet anticipate a fairly easy victory for the favorites, as reflected by the odds of 1/4. Since this is a best of one series, the good form of Triumph and the lack of pressure could produce an upset, which is priced at 2/1.
Cr4zy will kickstart the Group B matches at the DreamHack Atlanta 2019 with another potentially lopsided match. Chaos Esports Club were invited directly to the tournament, so they have played fewer official matches recently. Punters will still have a clear favorite in this best of one series, as Cr4zy get odds of 3/10, as opposed to 23/10 on the underdogs.
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Competitive Race for the Second Place
Sprout and Illuminar Gaming are the teams credited with the best chance to finish in the second place in Group A. They lock horns in the third match of the day and the outcome of the series could well decide the qualifying team. The stakes are as high as they get and even though Sprout are narrow favorites, the odds don’t necessarily reflect the truth.
Punters can only expect odds of 1/2 on Sprout, which makes it far more tempting to trust Illuminar Gaming at 7/5 to produce an early upset.
Virtus.pro and INTZ have a much easier mission in Group B, where they should be able to pick up easy victories over Triumph Gaming. Once again, CS:GO fans and pundits should turn their eyes to the head-to-head game, which should decide the qualifiers.
Virtus.pro are priced at 3/5 by Rivalry, while a win for INTZ will produce odds of 13/10 if the underdogs manage to outshine the favorites.
The winners will probably face Cr4zy in a Bo1 series, while the losers will prepare for the best-of-three deciding series.
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DreamHack Atlanta Antepost Bets on Cr4zy and Heroic
Punters have the option of betting in advance on the winner of the DreamHack Atlanta 2019 and two teams stand out from the crowd. Heroic are the main favorites, but only barely, as they have a slight advantage over the strongest contenders, Cr4zy. Unikrn has already posted the odds and Heroic are priced at 17/10, slightly ahead of Cr4zy who are priced at 7/5.
Naturally, both teams are expected to reach the finals with relative ease, as suggested by the odds of 1/2, respectively 3/4.
As always, there are also a few dark horses that both players can bet on for a chance of bigger winnings. Sprout and Illuminar Gaming are the third and fourth favorites, with odds of 9/2 and 7/1, but they have the misfortune of playing in the same group. Add to this the fact they share Group A with Heroic and a single mistake during this stage will cause the untimely elimination and the doom of the ante-post bet. Virtus.pro have an easier track to the final act of the competition and as long as the odds revolve around 9/1, this experienced team is worth considering for an average-sized bet.