Esports Odds: ESL Pro League Finals Playoffs Picks

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SBR Staff

Friday, May 18, 2018 12:41 PM UTC

Friday, May. 18, 2018 12:41 PM UTC

And .... then there were six. Let's take a look at which teams survived a grueling group stage in Dallas in the ESL Pro League Finals and now prepare to do battle in the playoffs!

The group stage is now concluded in the ESL Pro League Finals. We correctly predicted 5 of 6 teams to clear the group stage, with the exception being Ninjas in Pyjamas. Lets take a look at how the survivors performed and what the coming matchups are shaping up like.

Mousesports v Liquid

These two teams have struggled with consistent form through the opening three days of the tournament. Since losing their best map (Mirage) to Faze on Day 1, Mouse have won on Cache twice, Nuke once and Mirage again. It hasn't been the prettiest counter-strike to witness, but they have pulled together to win when the game was on the line. Liquid, on the other hand, has benefited from the weakest bracket to the playoffs; they beat a very overwhelmed Grayhound team and then a Space Soldiers roster missing its star sniper. Then they were manhandled by Astralis on their own map pick, Inferno. Although these teams have played each other very closely in the past, and it has often gone to a third map, I am very confident in Mousesports beating Liquid.

Prediction: Mousesports (ML) -158 [2 units @ Pinnacle]

Faze v SK Gaming

Two titans of the CSGO scene will be fighting for survival in the quarterfinal instead of a grand final like we saw so many times in 2017. They have both added players within recent months; Xizt replacing Olofmeister for Faze, meanwhile Stewie2k replacing Taco. This change in team chemistry certainly impacted the rosters, and until last week neither had one a title in 2018. The storyline for me is going to be SK's terrorist side strat book vs Karrigan or Xizt's ability to hold bomb sites. One thing I am certain of the Brazilian roster is looking extremely deadly on their ct side once more. They are then doing just enough to squeeze by on their terrorist side. And even though I'm a fan of the Faze roster, I think they bow out of Dallas here against a motivated SK.

Prediction: SK Gaming (ML) +150 [1 unit @ William Hill]

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The Group Stage is done and dusted!
Dallas will get even hotter tomorrow 🔥🔥

Join us at 11:30am CDT as the #ESLProLeague Playoffs kick off! pic.twitter.com/ZqkK0c67V5

— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) May 17, 2018
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Saturday's Semifinals

If Mousesports beat Liquid they will play Natus Vincere in the SF. I will most likely be on the o2.5 maps if this is the case. However, if Liquid pulls off the upset against Mouse, I like Natus Vincere to win convincingly in a 2-0 fashion against the North American squad.

The other SF will see the winner of Faze/SK meeting the tournament favorites, Astralis. Given what I have already said about Astralis in the last article and SBR video, I have been given no reason to change my lean here. The Danes can play any map and make the team that chose it question why they did so. I will likely be betting Astralis 2-0 in that one as well but will have to wait until Saturday to confirm.

Any queries regarding CSGO related information, and daily bets, please feel free to find me on Twitter (@lockeqwerty).

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