The Spring Season ends in China’s CS:GO Super League
In the CS:GO Super League in China, the Spring Season came to a climax with four teams battling it out for two spots in the CSL 2017 Finals. In the end, it was TyLoo and Eclipse who claimed those spots after an interesting knockout tournament.
In the first match, TyLoo got the better of To.be.or.not.to.be relatively easily. The second semi saw Eclipse defeat NEW4 by a 2-0 scoreline. That set up a Winners Final between TyLoo and Eclipse, which TyLoo won 2-1 in a closely fought contest.
Eclipse’s hopes were eventually dashed when TyLoo confirmed their dominance by recording a 2-0 win in the final. The Summer Season will start shortly, and another two teams will make it through to contest the Main Tournament against Eclipse and TyLoo later in the year.
Space Soldiers emerge in Poland
A Major event also took place in Poland this past weekend. Eight top CS:GO teams contested the NVIDIA GeForce Cup, with a total prize pool of $30,000 up for grabs in this second tier event.
The tournament was a straight knockout event from the quarterfinal stage. Somewhat unusually, every match was decided by a 2-0 scoreline.
The quarterfinals saw wins for The Gatekeepers, Space Soldiers, Team Kinguin, and Red Reserve. The semis continued the streak of blowouts, as Space Soldiers and Red Reserve advanced.
All hopes that the final may have been closer were dashed when Turkey’s Space Soldiers claimed the map victory 16-8. Then in the second match, they absolutely dominated by racking up a huge 16-1 victory and claiming the $15,000 top prize.
Both winning teams will look to cement more opportunities in Major and Premier Level CS:GO events across the world.
The latest betting and news on ESL Pro League Season Five Finals
With a massive prize pool of $750,000 up for grabs, one of the biggest on the CS:GO calendar, 12 of the best teams from Europe and North America will convene in Dallas, Texas, for the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals. The event starts May 30 and runs through June 4.
The tournament features SK Gaming, Cloud9, and G2 Esports and promises to be a hugely exciting event.
Teams are split into two groups where they will play each team once in a single matchup, so teams will have to be ready to go from the jump, and there are no second chances.
After the group games have been played, the final table will be worked out, and the bottom three teams in each group will be eliminated from the tournament. The teams finishing second and third in the group will advance into the quarterfinals, while the team finishing atop the group will earn a seeded spot into the semifinals.
The groups are:
- Group A – SK Gaming, G2 Esports, Immortals, Fnatic, Cloud9, Team EnVyUs
- Group B – North, Team Liquid, mousesports, NRG Esports, Natus Vincere, OpTic Gaming
There are two quarterfinal matches between the four teams finishing second and third in each group before the two winners of those games progress to the semifinals. The winners of the two semis will then contest the final and a chance at the $225,000 top prize.
The bookmakers have already opened several markets on this big CS:GO event. Most interesting is the Outright Winner market; SK Gaming are the current 2/1 favourites to win the event. This is not surprising given their recent victories at the Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney and at the CS_Summit just a couple of weeks before. However, they were beaten by Cloud9 at the recent Subaru Invitational.
G2 Esports are 9/2 with Bet365, with North 5/1, Natus Vincere 11/2, Fnatic 13/2, and these teams seem to represent the most likely winners with most bookmakers. Outside of this top five, mousesports are 12/1, Team Liquid 16/1, OpTic Gaming 18/1, Cloud9 a tempting 20/1, Team EnVyUs and Immortals are both 33/1 shots, while NRG are the 50/1 outside bet.
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