Counter-Strike is due for a classic elite-level tournament and DreamHack Masters is finally delivering just that at the end of April. We’re in for an epic slog between 16 teams at this tournament, featuring the usual CS:GO competitive format, a ton of games and, of course, exciting betting action.
It’s an absolutely top-level event featuring most of the best teams in the world, and while there is a favorite, this is one where a handful of teams have a solid shot at taking it. If you’ve been looking for some CS:GO betting action, you can’t miss this one.
Make sure to check out our guide on all things CS:GO betting and let’s take a look at DreamHack Masters Spring in more detail.
Who’s Playing at DreamHack Masters Spring?
DreamHack Masters Spring features 16 top-level Counter-Strike squads, including the best from both Europe and North America. This event is absolutely packed with talent, as we see all of the top five and nine of the top 10 in the HLTV world rankings, with just No. 6 Liquid missing.
Overall, it’s one of the most stacked events of the year so far and any of Gambit, Astralis, Heroic, Na’Vi and Virtus.pro have a strong shot at winning it. Then, there are also strong sides like Furia, G2 and Complexity who always have it in them to pull off an upset, as well as up-and-comers like Spirit and Extra Salt.
The event features a standard CS:GO format, with teams being split into two groups of eight. These groups are played in a best-of-three double-elimination format, with three teams from each group advancing to the playoffs – the winner of each group earns a seed in the semifinals, while the other two take quarterfinals spots.
Meanwhile, the playoffs feature a single-elimination format, with the first two rounds being best-of-three, while the grand final is a lengthy best-of-five. All this means we’re set to see a whole ton of games at the event.
Odds as of April 23 at Bovada
Gambit Looks to Cement No. 1 Ranking
Gambit is definitely the team to watch at this event, having stormed into elite-level Counter-Strike with a stunning win at IEM Katowice. The team has continued to perform since their upset win, taking home the Pinnacle Cup, coming in second in ESL Pro League and winning the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.
They’re made up of an exciting mix of young talent and veteran experience and have already shown they can beat the best of the best.
DreamHack Masters will be another test for Gambit. A good result here will no doubt see them cement their No. 1 spot in the HLTV world rankings, while a disappointing performance could point to a fall after their meteoric rise.
Is The Astralis Era Over?
Astralis is considered to be the greatest team of all time. They’ve won the most majors out of any team, and absolutely dominated CS:GO for two years straight. However, they slowed down in 2020, with multiple players taking breaks from the game and being sidelined due to injury.
The full squad finally returned to action at the end of the year and 2021 was looking like it could be another year of Astralis dominance. Unfortunately for them, the team has failed to find a real footing so far, with multiple disappointing results seeing them fail to even reach the podium at four of five events they’ve played this year.
This event could prove to be a vital one for Astralis, as it will be their first without star player dev1ce, who shockingly signed with Ninjas in Pyjamas. If they fail to perform once again, it could very well be the end of the Astralis era as they’re no longer able to battle it out with the best of the best.
Heroic Aims For Back-to-Back Trophies
Like Gambit, Heroic is another team to keep your eyes on. After a shaky start to the year, the team finally looks to be returning to its late 2020 form, having won ESL Pro League against none other than Gambit.
Overall, Heroic doesn’t have flashy individual players or superstars but the squad is based on hard work and very strong fundamentals. Their players are all experienced and able to more than hold their own, however, where they really shine is their flawless execution of tactics, and strategic depth.
The play style worked extremely well at ESL Pro League and we’ll no doubt see some more tactical gameplay work wonders for them as they aim to take home another trophy.
Esports Betting Guides
Doc's Picks Service
Need more winning picks? Get $60 worth of premium member picks from Doc’s Sports – a recognized leader and trusted name in sports handicapping since 1971.