The most important tournament of the month begins on December 3, as the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams take part in the CSGO ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.
A guaranteed prize pool of $600,000 and the sheer pride of making a deep run in a flagship tournament provide the impetus to excel. The group stage lasts for three days and the top three teams advance to the playoffs on December 6.
Astralis is the Team to Beat at the ESL Finals
The CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals have a clear favourite, with Astralis dominating the most important esports tournaments of 2019. Punters who want to place ante-post wagers can only expect top odds of 13/10 on Astralis to lift the trophy.
There is a huge chasm separating them from the pack, with Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses being the next in line. ArcaneBet offers odds of 4/1 on the former and 5/1 on the latter, even though Team Liquid has to survive Group B, where Astralis is the top seed.
Punters who play the long game could consider a team from Group A for the CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals trophy. Fnatic, FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves are the strongest contenders for the second place, assuming Evil Geniuses confirm their favourite status.
Rivalry offers similar esports odds on these teams to prevail, with 7/1 on Fnatic, 8/1 FaZe Clan and 9/1 on 100 Thieves. With Astralis and Team Liquid being so strong in Group B, G2 Esports, North and mousesports will be chasing an elusive third place.
ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals First Round Games
All 16 teams will play on the opening day starting on December 3 at noon, with matches being scheduled every two hours.
Astralis are expected to crush Grayhound Gaming , hence the odds of 1/10, but Evil Geniuses play the most difficult match of Group A. Punters can lock in on odds of 7/10 at Unikrn on them to defeat Fnatic, or they can trust the underdogs at even more tempting odds of 11/10.
There are clear favourites in all four matches played in Group B, although none of the top seeds have such a commanding lead over opponents as Astralis do. We like G2 Esports to defeat Skarts Esports at 3/10 and we are even bigger fans of a Team Liquid win over North at 2/5. ATK will try to cause the first upset of the day against mousesports and those who back them to succeed will be paid at 3/1.
FaZe Clan and 100 Thieves will try to take advantage of Fnatic’s difficult match against Evil Geniuses and secure a narrow advantage. FaZe should be able to defeat MiBR at odds of 3/5 and 100 Thieves also have an edge over Heroic at 13/20. Natus Vincere have the easiest task of all Group A teams, as they play against TYLOO, one of the weakest teams at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals.
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