The CS:GO Champions Cup Finals are upon us and for three days, some of the best Counter Strike Global Offensive teams will converge to St Julian’s in Malta. The Intercontinental is the gracious host for the event that has 8 teams competing for a share of the $300,000 prize pool.
Half of that amount will go to the winner, while another $100,000 will be divided among the next three teams. Nobody leaves empty-handed, but those who qualify to the play offs will reap the best rewards.
CS:GO Champions Cup Finals Groups Stage Matches
On December 19, the group stage begins and the 8 participating teams will try to finish in the top half to qualify for the playoffs. ENCE and FURIA are the main Favourites in group A and both of them are expected to have an easy task on the opening day. FURIA play the first match at the CS:GO Champions Cup Finals against TyLoo, in the only non-European clash at the event. The Brazilians are credited with the first chance and odds of 7/20 by Unibet esports, while the Chinese outfit is priced at 21/10 by the bookmaker.
8 teams, $300.000 up for grabs, 4 days of intense CS:GO
— Champions Cup (@championscupgg) December 5, 2019
ENCE can take an early lead in Group A by defeating Movistar Riders and the Finnish team gets esports odds of 3/10 to prevail. Punters willing to take a leap of faith with the underdog will be paid at 5/2 if the Spanish cause an upset on opening day. G2 Esports and BIG are the best-ranked teams from Group B and they face each other in a match that could determine the group winner. G2 Esports are expected to prevail and those who bet on them at Unikrn will enjoy odds of 2/5, while their opponents are priced at 9/5.
Hard Legion Esports and Team Spirit are the outsiders of Group B, so the direct match is particularly important to both. The loser will be virtually eliminated from the CS:GO Champions Cup Finals, so the stakes are as high as they get. Punters will have a hard time picking winners in this single match, as suggested by the identical odds of 9/10. We believe that Hard Legion Esports are slight favourites after beating BIG in the qualifiers; the recent direct match has resulted in a walkover for Hard Legion Esports.
Brace Yourselves for an ENCE vs G2 Esports Final
The Finnish team is expected by bookmakers to cruise to the last act of the CS:GO Champions Cup Finals after winning Group A. They should lock horns with BIG in the semifinals, as we expect the Germans to finish second in Group B. The latter are priced at 8/1, while ENCE get odds of only 3/2 at ArcaneBet to win the esports tournament. Their toughest opponents during the group stage are likely to be FURIA, whom they should meet in the Winners’ Match. G2 Esports have the experience and skill to advance to the playoffs and the odds on them to lift the CS:GO Champions Cup Finals trophy sit at 4/1, which is tempting value.
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