*ESL One: Rio 2020 has been moved to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic*
Brazil will host its first CS:GO Major Championship when ESL One: Rio 2020 takes place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Beginning with the New Challengers Stage on May 11, the event will run through the Grand Finals on May 24.
Though we are months away from ESL One: Rio 2020, most of the field is already set with several teams previously earning Legends status.
According to the early odds posted, Astralis is a +161 favorite to win the first-ever major in Brazil. That should not come as much of a surprise to anyone, as the Danish squad won three of its final four tournaments of 2019 while making it to the finals in seven of nine to close out the decade. 2020 has not been as kind to Astralis so far but a third-place finish at IEM Katowice reaffirmed how great this team is.
Not surprisingly, mousesports have the second-best odds at +496. At the time of writing, mousesports sits at No. 3 in the world according to HLTV. The European team has found their way to the finals in six of their past seven events. They have a more difficult road to the ESL One: Rio 2020 championship as they need to go through the Challengers Stage in addition to the Legends and Champions Stage, unlike Astralis and others. Though a run like that is unprecedented, mousesports is clearly coming together and rounding into one of the best teams on the planet.
One interesting team to watch is Team Liquid, who sits at +893. After arguably the greatest run in CSGO history early in 2019, Liquid slowed noticeably throughout the latter half of the year and into 2020. Between August 2019 and March 1, the North Americans won two of their 12 events they attended while flaming out fifth or worse on three other occasions in that span.
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Odds as of March 16 at Sportsbook