CS:GO IEM Beijing Betting Preview

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CS:GO IEM Beijing Betting Preview

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I was very surprised that, of all the events still getting the green light during this online phase of the 2020 CS circuit, IEM Bijing was one of them. I did a preview for the 2019 version of the event which looks far different than the one beginning tomorrow. I began the preamble with:

“This Beijing tournament is a bit of a peculiar one. It has somehow attracted six of the top ten teams in the world while only holding a $250 000 prize pool AND being on the otherside of the globe.”

Well I clearly didn’t know what peculiar really meant in 2019. This year’s version of the tournament has a smaller prize pool, more teams, and yet none of them are anywhere near Beijing. Was interesting looking over the prices of the opening day lines as well last year. Vici and Tyloo were huge underdogs against their first competition, Astralis and Vitality. 100 Thieves was a pick’em against Ence, and Faze was about 36% against Evil Geniuses.

Coming into tomorrow there’s actually quite a few similarities. Olofmeister, Rain, Coldzera, and Broky are sizable dogs once more against an international roster. Meanwhile Vitality is once more above 75% in their best-of-three opener. Eventually Astralis went on to crush Faze 2-0 in the semifinals to the tune of 16-0 and 16-2 with Olofmeister top-fragging for the mix with a whopping 19 kills over two maps. In the grand finals, a showdown between the Danes and Aussies of 100Thieves, the first map was tight before Astralis running away with it on Train and Nuke.

Like most of the events this year, Beijing has broken up their event into both North American and European regions. On the EU side you should know all the competitors. Among the 16 attendees, eight comprise HLTV’s current top10 in the world. However even looking beyond those teams, the other eight have all scored wins over that crop in the past. When Mad Lions is the “worst” team in the field, by rank, you know its a stacked tournament. The North American side is a little less exciting, but doesn’t mean the betting opportunities will not be fruitful.


-spirit +1.5 v vitality @ -180
-spirit ml v vitality @ +175
-faze +1.5 v og @ -160
faze ml v og @ +200 with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

-complexity/fnatic o26.5 @ -135
-complexity/fnatic o26.5 @ -135
-complexity/fnatic o26.5 @ -135
-mad lions +1.5 v navi @ -140
-mad lions ml v navi @ +250

-rugratz +1.5 v liquid @ +200
-rugratz ml v liquid @ +700

-whalers +1.5 v chaos @ -155
-whalers ml @ +220


Always risking 1u, never ‘to win’ 1u. If I expose two, that still remains risking 2u, not betting 2.5 to win 1 simply because the price is shorter than what I have. A standard stake here is 1u = 1% of your bankroll. This will keep you in the game instead of busting out every other day because you decided to be stupid and put your entire bankroll down on 8 wagers. If you have worse prices you don’t bet more to compensate. Please do not attach my plays in parlays, you are costing yourself extra money trying to cut corners.