How To Bet ELEAGUE's Million Dollar Tournament

Friday, July 20, 2018 3:46 PM UTC

Friday, Jul. 20, 2018 3:46 PM UTC

A very unique event every year is ELEAGUE taking place in Atlanta. It was the first production to get a televised deal with TBS and is definitely worth tuning in for a match or two. The prize pool is a cool million dollars - nothing to shrug at!

<p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The ELEAGUE &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#CSGOPremier&lt;/a&gt; 2018 Groups πŸ™Œ&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Games begin July 21 at 2pm ET&lt;br /&gt;Full schedule πŸ‘‰ &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Where to watch πŸ‘‡&lt;br /&gt;πŸ–₯️ &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;πŸ“± &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt;πŸ’» &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;β€” ELEAGUE (@ELEAGUETV) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 12, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2> </h2><h2>The Format</h2><p>This event features an 8-team double elimination group stage, followed by 4 teams qualifying directly to the semifinals. All matches are a best-of-three. This might be the most stacked and ruthless tournament of the year other than the Majors. Of the current top eight teams, seven are attending. The final team is Cloud9 who, due to roster changes, are probably the one team we won't see too much from.</p><p> </p><h2>Group A</h2><p>Group A features current number one, Astralis facing off against Cloud9 in the opening match. This is as lopsided a matchup as you will see during the week. Cloud9 added Styko as a stand-in only a few weeks ago (replacing FNS, who replaced Stewie). Then last week it was announced Tarik would be departing Cloud9 for Mibr. In his place C9 added Swedish strategic leader, Golden. While I think Cloud9 has some good pieces, we need to see Skadoodle return to his Major-winning form. That is my win condition for Cloud9 to make any noise in this tournament. We can probably count on Autimatic and Rush to do their part in many rounds, but we need to see more from their awper.</p><p>The other tantalizing matchup (I am going to be saying this a lot over the week) in Group A is Liquid v Mibr. Mibr is now on 3/5 β€˜Made in Brazil’ but they have retained and acquired a good deal of their firepower through all the roster changes. In fact, on paper, they might have the most of any team in the world now (debatable with Faze and Mousesports). Tarik's addition confirms the commitment that Mibr will continue to communicate in English. They now have 5 players capable of winning any round imaginable. Their opponent, Liquid, has continued to do what Liquid does best; make the playoffs but not win any titles. Cologne was their most disappointing result since adding Taco to the roster - they got knocked out in groups by Big and North without winning a map. They really looked in poor form. That said, they have now had a good couple of weeks to prepare for this tournament on home soil. However, if they show their previous level this will be an easy match for Mibr (comms and all).</p><p> </p><h2>Group B</h2><p>The first Sunday game features a rematch of the Cologne quarterfinals; Natus Vincere versus Fnatic. Looking back at the results from that game, the score might have seemed close but it never really felt that way. Navi had such dominant first halves of both maps, that you kind of figured they would close it out eventually. One thing to note however, is that Fnatic had only added Draken and Xizt in the couple of weeks prior to Cologne - it was their first official event together. If they have taken the time since to prepare and work out a solidified map pool, then they could be very dangerous. Navi is coming off their biggest win ever in CSGO with that Cologne title. This has legitimized their roster and recent run as one of the best in 2018. Navi's</p><p>greatest strength (apart from Simple and Electronic) is their mid-round call on both T and CT. It is truly remarkable how many times they are in equal or disadvantageous situations but can work off each other almost seamlessly to win the round. Also, for all of Zeus' reckless forcebuying on t-side, they are very disciplined when it comes to saving weapons on CT if a round is likely lost. It is very hard to replicate team chemistry so I hope Navi will continue playing like they are!</p><p>It is a bit silly to call one group the 'group of death'. However if I had to, it would be Group B. This group hosts three of the top 5 teams in the world and #8, Fnatic, and yet two will not see the playoffs. This is exactly why I called Eleague 'ruthless'. One of big storylines last week was the return of Olofmeister to Faze Clan. He is a former number one player in the world, but due to personal problems took a sabbatical of sorts through most of this year. In his stead, both Xizt and Cromen performed admirably. However there is a certain fear that a team fielding Olof can strike into the heart of the opposition. I do have my doubts about his current level given Cromen was still with the team in Cologne and this announcement was so recent. Their opponents, Mousesports, had one good match against Gambit and then were swiftly knocked out of Cologne by G2 and Ence. Their CT-sides were a farcry from the dominant defence we have seen in the past. What is sad, and incredibly surprising, is that they actually looked better with Nothing and Styko in the lineup instead of Oskar and Snax. Faze most recently beat Mouse in Brazil in a 5 map marathon. However, as I said, that was with a slightly different roster. Given the price, I find the Mousesports odds very tempting.</p><p> </p><h2>Props</h2><p>I really could not find much value in the player or team props. The reason being that there are so few matches and teams attending that it can be affected by one match if a team gets knocked out early. Some head-to-head player props might be up your alley though! A few of the map props I did like <a href=";book=Bet365" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">at Bet365</a> for this week though are:</p><p><strong>Highest T%</strong></p><p>- Dust2 @ +275</p><p>- Inferno @ +500</p><p> </p><p><strong>Most Played</strong></p><p>-Mirage @ +300</p><p> </p><p><strong>Team to Play Most Maps</strong></p><p>-Fnatic (ML) v Mousesports @ -110</p><p>In terms of outrights to win the tournament, as I already mentioned, it really is up for grabs. I would still favor of Astralis but there is zero value at anything below +250 (which is all I have found thus far). There are two teams in Natus Vincere and Faze who have both defeated the Danes on LAN during their dominant run. However the problem with taking one of them, as good as they are, is they still might not see the playoffs!</p><h2> </h2><h2>Opening Matches</h2><p>-MIBR (ML) @ +100 [<a href=";book=Pinnacle" title="top rated sportsbook">Pinnacle</a>]</p><p>-Fnatic/Navi (over 2.5) @ -110 [<a href=";book=Bet365" title="Top rated sportsbook">Bet365</a>]</p><p> </p>
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