CS:GO Betting Tips for World Electronic Sports Games

by Douglas Phillips
on March 16, 2018

World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) is quickly approaching its Playoffs Stage, which will take place this weekend (March 17th – March 18th). Out of the initial 32 teams, only 8 are left in the event’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament. These 8 teams will be fighting for a huge prize pool of 1.42 million dollars. And, if you understand who they are, what they’ve done so far and what they’re capable of, the matches that are left to be played offer plenty of excellent betting opportunities.

Competitive Format and Prize Distribution

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Playoffs of World Electronic Sports Games will be played in a single elimination bracket format that includes a 3rd place match. Every series will be Bo3.

The prize pool will be split among the remaining teams in the following way:

  • Winner: $800,000
  • Runner-up: $300,000
  • 3rd place: $150,000
  • 4th place: $70,000
  • 5th – 8th place: $25,000

Analysis of the Teams

Team Russia

This is a team consisting of Natus Vincere, Gambit Esports, EPG, and FlipSid3 Tactics players. Team Russia had a tough road during the Group Stage, qualifying for phase 2 and the Playoffs by defeating opponents like SK Gaming and Team EnVyUs along the way.

MVP PK

MVP PK is an established CS:GO team from South Korea. For this level of competition, they’re quite good and experienced. As a result, it’s not a huge surprise that they’re in the Playoffs of WESG, a tournament that features teams with players of only one nationality.

MVP PK ended phase 1 with 3 consecutive wins and then finished 2nd in Group A (phase 2) with 1 win and 2 draws.

Space Soldiers

This is one of the strongest teams left in the tournament. They’re from Turkey and are well known in CS:GO, having participated to many events, including the ELAGUE Major where they finished 9-11th.

Space Soldiers won Group F in phase 1 and then Group B in phase 2. So far, their record is 5 wins, 1 draw and 0 losses.

Team One

Team One is from Brazil and has a highly skilled roster that wants to prove its worth on a big stage. This team has already participated to a significant number of Minor events, gaining experience and winning trophies.

At WESG, Team One ended phase 1 in 2nd place (Group A) and then qualified for the Playoffs by finishing 2nd once more in Group B.

Fnatic

Fnatic is the main contender for winning this CS:GO edition of World Electronic Sports Games. The Swedish roster has been performing well lately, winning their first tournament in almost 2 years: Intel Extreme Masters Season XII World Championship.

So far, at WESG Fnatic won their group with ease in phase 1 and then went on to win their group again in phase 2. Their record so far has been 4 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses.

AGO Esports

This is a team from Poland and has had a lot of good results in small CS:GO tournaments, culminating in a Play2Live Cryptomasters championship title.

AGO Esports ended phase 1 of WESG’s Group Stage with 2 wins and 1 loss (2nd place in Group B). The second phase was even tougher for them but they ultimately qualified out of Group C with 1 win, 1 draw, and 1 loss.

Cloud9

It looks like the ELEAGUE Major winners are on their way to getting at the top of their game again. Their recent performances have been solid and they are now looking set for a top 3 finish at WESG.

Cloud9 ended phase 1 with 2 wins and 1 loss, placing 2nd in a Group G won by Fnatic. Their second phase went better, as they won Group D with 3 consecutive wins.

GODSENT

GODSENT is an established team from Sweden. It has a strong roster and even though its results are not spectacular, the team always plays against world class opponents and that constitutes a strong point in an event like this.

GODSENT’s road to the Playoffs was relatively smooth. They easily won their group in phase 1 with 3 victories and then went on to finish 2nd in their group (D) in phase 2, after losing a match to Cloud9.

Betting Tips for the Quarterfinals

Fnatic vs. MVP PK

  • Match day: March 17, 10 AM (CEST)
  • Location: Haikou, China

Fnatic is more than one class above MVP PK at the moment, so the chance of an upset in this Bo3 series is almost 0. Individual skill, level of experience and current form all favor the Swedish team, who is likely to win not only this match, but the entire World Electronic Sports Games CS:GO event.

GG.BET puts the odds at 1.11 – 5.54 in favor of Fnatic, and this is practically free money to be made.

Cloud9 vs. Team One

  • Match day: March 17, 10 AM (CEST)
  • Location: Haikou, China

In theory, Cloud9 should win this match with ease. However, looking at Team One’s performance during this tournament, it’s pretty clear that they’re a scary team to face right now. And Cloud9 hasn’t exactly been in great shape recently.

GG.BET puts the odds at 1.05 – 7.76 in favor of Cloud9, and at these odds you might want to consider betting a smaller amount on Team One, as the actual victory odds here are only around 55-45 in favor of Cloud9.

Space Soldiers vs. GODSENT

  • Match day: March 17, 12:30 PM (CEST)
  • Location: Haikou, China

Space Soldiers is a much stronger team than GODSENT at this point, so it’s surprising that the odds aren’t lower on their side. With everything we’ve seen from them in the last few months and with the structure of this Playoffs bracket, it’s actually likely that we’ll see them in the Finals.

GG.BET puts the odds at 1.50 – 2.41 in favor of Space Soldiers, so a bet on Turkish team is definitely worthwhile.

Team Russia vs. AGO Esports

  • Match day: March 17, 12:30 PM (CEST)
  • Location: Haikou, China

Team Russia is not an established team like AGO Esports, but it has much better individual players who are constantly competing against the world’s best. Due to this reason, I see Team Russia as the clear favorite in this match and it would take a lot for AGO Esports to produce an upset.

GG.BET puts the odds at 1.53 – 2.33 in favor of Team Russia, as it is considerably stronger than its opponent.aa

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