Despite other ongoing high-profile tournaments in the esports world on Wednesday, there is plenty of opportunity in some qualifying CS:GO tournaments, including the playoffs stage of the ECC. Take a look at some teams we back to win.
BIG have been around the professional CS:GO circuit for a while now. This period has led to their rise up the rankings, to 28 in the world. Ex-Windigo, meanwhile, are still unranked because they’ve just not been around for long enough. Their assessable sample size of games is relatively low. BIG have lost three of their last five games, but they’ve played against some of the best teams in the world as well, including G2, North and Ninjas in Pyjamas. The probability in this game is skewed heavily in favour of BIG. You could even consider backing them to win in straight maps (with Skrilla odds of 1.61).
When two decent teams face each other, it’s always tough to make a likely prediction. However, there are certain factors that could aid decision-making. For example, form, ranking points and recent history.
Sprout have won three of their last five games, while Spirit have lost two of their last three matches. Form, check.
Sprout are ranked 23 in the world, backed by a roster that is in strong aggressive form. Team Spirit, on the other hand, are ranked a whole 12 spots lower, at 35 in the world.
Sprout’s recent form includes wins against Illuminar and Cr4zy, two solid CS:GO opponents, which will hold them in good stead in terms of confidence.
Godsent’s recent ascent in the CS:GO circuit has been a direct result of some strong form against other solid teams. Godsent, ranked 22 in the world, have won four of their previous five games, including victories against Forze (16-14 in Dust2) and Tricked (2-0). They have also beaten Movistar Riders in both maps they’ve played against each other earlier this year at the European Champions Cup. Movistar Riders might just find Godsent a tad too strong considering the depth among their five members.
Gambit Youngsters (1.63)
Copenhagen Flames were smashed by Gambit Youngsters 16-6 the last time they met. The manner of that defeat might trouble Copenhagen Flames, who are coming into this game on the back of two straight losses. Sh1ro has been in astounding offensive form in the last three months, averaging 0.79 kills per round. Gambit, ranked 25 in the world, are too strong personnel and skill wise.