Undoubtedly, Riyadh Masters 2023 is one of the headline events at Gamers8 this year. Throwing up a staggering $15,000,000 prize pool for one of the top esports, the event also offers a number of esports betting opportunities. Look no further for all the essential information in this Riyadh Masters 2023 betting preview!
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Riyadh Masters 2023: Outright Odds
A total of 20 teams all have a chance to walk away with a portion of the $15,000,000 prize pool. Helping us rank these teams are outright odds as provided by GG.Bet, one of many reliable Dota 2 betting sites.
Here’s the top 10 teams according to the esports bookmakers, where the lower the number, the more likely the team is to win the tournament:
|Team||GG.Bet Outright Odds`|
Feel free to learn more about GG.Bet, the provider of the outright odds, in our very own GG.Bet review.
Format and Schedule
There are three stages of competition – Play-In, Group Stage and Playoffs.
Firstly, the Play-in takes place between July 19-20th. Here, two groups of six teams compete in a single round robin with BO2 matches. The following teams are seeded into this stage:
Play-In Seeds according to EPT Ranking:
- General Ranking – Team Secret, Xtreme Gaming, Entity, Virtus.pro, OG
- SEA – Execration
- CN – Team Aster
- SA – beastcoast
- NA – TSM
- EEU – 9Pandas
- WEU – Team Liquid
From this stage, only the top two teams from each group move onto the Group Stage. Meanwhile, 3-6th teams from each group are matches, two more teams move on to the Group Stage, going up against the Dota 2 odds.
Here’s how the Play-In Groups have been determined:
- A: Entity, Execration, Team Aster, Team Liquid, TSM, Virtus.pro
- B: 9Pandas, beastcoast, OG, Quest Esports, Team Secret, Xtreme Gaming
Once in the Group Stage, two groups of eight compete between July 21-24th. Teams from Play-In will join the following teams already seeded for the Group Stage:
- DreamLeague S19 Champions – Gaimin Gladiators
- DreamLeague S20 Champions – BetBoom Team
- DL Average Placement – PSG.LGD, Evil Geniuses, Tundra Esports, Shopify Rebellion, Team Spirit, Talon Esports
Again, single round robin with BO2 matches will allow the top four teams from each group to seed to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs. Meanwhile, 5-6th place of each group seeds to the Lower Bracket of the Playoffs.
Here’s what the Groups currently look like as Play-In seeds are yet to be determined:
- A: Evil Geniuses, Gaimin Gladiators, PSG.LGD, Team Spirit, TBDx4
- B: BetBoom Team, Shopify Rebellion, Talon Esports, Tundra Esports, TBDx4
Finally, the last standing 12 teams fight through a double elimination bracket. All matches are BO3, starting on July 25th, ending with a BO5 Grand Final on July 30th.
In this particular betting preview, we’ll be using GG.Bet outright odds to preview the Play-In Stage. Learn more about GG.Bet in our GG.Bet review.
Riyadh Masters 2023: Play-In Betting Preview
- Team Liquid (9.0)
- Team Aster (30.0)
- Entity (35.0)
- Virtus.pro (50.0)
- TSM (55.0)
- Execration (60.0)
Compared to the other Group, Group A seems to be more clearcut compared to Group B.
Firstly, the favourite is as clear as daylight, with Team Liquid placing third at last year’s TI 2022, maintaining their form in the most competitive Dota 2 region – WEU.
Meanwhile, Team Aster from China will be going toe to toe with Entity with both teams almost equally favoured for the second seed according to the esports odds. However, Aster has the edge considering their impressive international experience.
- Quest Esports (13.0)
- 9Pandas (16.0)
- beastcoast (20.0)
- OG (28.0)
- Xtreme Gaming (28.0)
- Team Secret (33.0)
This next group has a much tighter group of teams as evident by the outright odds provided by the esports betting site.
Placing fourth at the Bali Major, Quest Esports are favoured by the odds to come out on top in Group B. Yet, not by a mile, as 9Pandas (former HellRaisers) are a formidable team from Europe who’ve beaten some of the best teams in the world.
Otherwise, beastcoast is also in the mix as a tough North American squad with a fair chance at being one of the two teams to make it to the Group Stage.