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Heroic, Big favorites to win IEM New York EU

cadiaN of Heroic celebrates a win at the Dreamhack Open
Stephanie Lindgren via DreamHack

Tournament Counter-Strike returns in October and we kick things off with a very exciting event, as some of the best of the best battle it out at IEM New York EU.

This is set to be quite a short event, spanning over only five days from October 6 to 11 and featuring just eight teams. However, this doesn't mean there won't be some great matches and many opportunities for wagers.

Who’s Playing at IEM New York EU?

There are just eight teams at IEM New York EU, but they’re some of the world’s best. Heroic, Vitality, and Big headline the event, with all three coming in the top 5 in the HLTV world ranking, while the others aren’t too far behind.

The teams are split into two groups of four and will play in a GSL style format, before heading to a four-team playoff. For those unfamiliar with the GSL format, the team’s play in what is basically a mini-double elimination playoff. Winning two matches means you advance, and losing two means you’re out.

You can check all the teams and their odds to win below:

Odds to Win IEM New York EU
TeamOdds
Heroic+250
Big+250
Vitality+300
G2+350
Complexity+600
OG+900
Fnatic+1200
FaZe+1400

Odds as of October 2 at BetOnline

Heroic regain dominant form

Heroic are one of the favorites going into IEM New York EU and for quite good reason. Everything clicked for them at ESL One Cologne in August, and the team dominated the event despite coming in as underdogs.

They slowed down at the start of the ESL Pro League, with two shocking losses to ENCE and AGO, causing many to consider their triumph as just a fluke.

However, the Danes seem to have bounced back, winning six of their last seven matches and securing a spot in the upper bracket final of the Pro League. Considering their form, they should look good here.

Are Big back?

Another favorite for this event is BIG, who is also regaining form, but in a different way to Heroic.

For Big, ESL One Cologne was a disaster. They crashed out in last with two very disappointing losses, only days after taking home DreamHack Open, beating none other than Heroic in the final.

Meanwhile, ESL Pro League has been a huge success for the German team. They started off strong and have only been defeated by Na`Vi and Heroic, two of the events hottest teams. They’re still in for a chance to win it in the playoffs lower bracket, but a good showing there and at IEM could see the former world number one reclaim their throne.

Which G2 will show up?

This may seem like a recurring theme, but that’s just how it is with G2. Consistency is not the name of the game for them and each tournament seems to be night and day for the team.

They crashed out last in ninth at CS Summit Europe, despite an impressive second place at DreamHack Masters Spring. G2 then rode the wave again, placing 3rd-4th at ESL One Cologne, before finishing at a disappointing 11th-12th in the ESL Pro League.

So we stand at another event with G2 and the same question remains: Which G2 will show up? Will we see the world-beaters go to another grand-final? Or will it be another uninspiring G2 flop?