The ESL One CS:GO Major is scheduled to begin in November at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the path to competing in this event begins on April 22 as four of the six regions start their tournaments. The biggest and most lucrative region is the European with 16 teams competing, including four of the top five ranked teams in the world, with a prize pool of $115,000 US.
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has coined the No. 3-ranked fnatic as the favorite at +200 followed by No. 4 mousesports at +250, No. 2 Astralis at +300, No. 5 G2 at +600 and No. 8 FaZe at +900 to round out the top five teams on the oddsboard.
Odds Shark’s Stephen Campbell took a look at the North American Region as well.
Odds as of April 21 at Sportsbook
What Is The CS:GO – Europe Regional Format?
As mentioned off the top, there are 16 teams competing for their chance to be in the ESL CS:GO Major in Brazil later this year. The teams are split up into two groups of eight with Group A having the second- and third-ranked teams in the world, Astralis and fnatic respectively, while Group B features the fourth-, fifth- and eighth-ranked teams in the world, mousesports, G2 and FaZe respectively. You can place bets on daily matchups throughout the tournament as well.
Each team will have a best-of-three match against every other team in their group. The round robin begins on April 22 and runs until May 10, then a double-elimination playoff bracket will begin. In the playoffs, once again each match will be a best-of-three but the final will be a best-of-five. The Sportsbook of the tournament will collect 500 Pro Tour points and 1,600 RMR points.
Where Is The Betting Value For CS:GO EU Region?
Immediately, you may look at the No. 2-ranked team in the world, Astralis, third on the oddsboard at +300 as the best betting value, but it may not be in your best interest to back the team out of Denmark. Astralis had a terrific end to 2019, winning seven of the last 12 events it competed in, including the StarLadder Berlin Major in September. However, it had a slower start to 2020, finishing third or worse in the three events thus far, including a 10-12th finish in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Regular Season in February.
Meanwhile, fnatic has won the last two tournaments it’s been in and is the rightful favorite. I’m looking at G2 at +600 to provide some good betting value to win the European Region. The team out of Germany had a streak of five events in which it didn’t place on the podium, but from late 2019 into early 2020, G2 had five straight podium finishes, including three victories and two second-place finishes. It seems they are all or nothing recently and that makes for a fun team to wager on. It will have to get past FaZe or mousesports to land in the top two in Group B and if so it has a good shot to win it all.