Six teams have already punched their ticket to the ELEAGUE Quarterfinals by virtue of finishing in the top two of their group. FaZe, North, G2, Fnatic, Cloud9, and Team EnVy are all set to compete for a million dollar prize pool in Atlanta over the next few weeks. However, two more spots remain in what turned out to be the toughest group of them all. It’s a shame that one of three of SK Gaming, Astralis, and Team Liquid won’t be able to make the knockout stages of ELEAGUE, but those are the breaks of a random draw.
CS:GO ELEAGUE Group D Betting Odds
SK Gaming +125
Team Liquid +400
Group of Death
When this group was formed, it was a little peculiar to see the top team in the world paired with another team that was in the top five. SK Gaming and Astralis have combined to win seven Premier tier events this season and have looked unstoppable at times. Although both have fallen off in recent weeks, there is no denying the talent present with these two teams.
Take a look at SK Gaming. They have won four premier tier events, two major tier events, and have at least made the semifinals in 13 of the 17 events they have entered this year. That’s an incredible run of performances and even though they haven’t won since ESL One: Cologne back in early July, this team is due for another breakthrough.
Astralis was the best team in the world through the first four months of the year. The Danes won the first ELEAGUE back in January, taking home $500,000 after knocking off rivals Virtus Pro in the finals. Coming into the tournament, they were seen as a contender, but not a favorite, yet they left as the top team in the world and followed that up with a big win over FaZe at the IEM XI World Championship.
What has made this group so scary now is the recent emergence of Team Liquid. Liquid wasn’t a team of consequence through the first half of this year, but has really turned it on over the last few months. They have looked very strong recently, coming in second to mousesports at ESG Tour Mykonos and FaZe at ESL One: New York this month. Both of those runner-up finishes resulted in nice paydays, but this team is looking for a first-place finish.
Poor Heroic. This isn’t a bad team at all, but they are punching well above their class in this group. They have played well at the Major tier, but have yet to really break through at the Premier tier. They will likely be swept out of this group 0-2.
It’s almost impossible to go against SK Gaming. They knocked off EnVy and stomped Cloud9 in the Group Stage of ESL One: New York before being upset by Team Liquid in the semifinals. That was a bit of a fluky result as Liquid was pushed to the brink in the rounds it won, winning 22-18 on Inferno and 16-14 on Cobblestone. Meanwhile, SK crushed Liquid 16-5 on Overpass. It’s hard to see Liquid knocking off SK Gaming again.
Astralis has been putting together diminishing results since knocking off Virtus Pro in the Clash for Cash: Rematch in June. In their latest four tournaments, they have failed to make their finals and they haven’t been able to get out of the Group Stage in their last two tournaments. Like SK Gaming, they were knocked off by this same Team Liquid team at ESL One: New York two weeks ago in the same fashion.
Astralis and Liquid will square off in the first match of Group D and that match will likely determine the second team out. My money is on Astralis to get it done even though it has struggled recently, but momentum is big in this sport.
As for the group winner, getting SK Gaming at these odds is great. This has been the best team in the world over the past two years and even though this group is tough, they do get to play Heroic in their first match and will only need to beat one of Astralis and Liquid to win the group. Bet on the Brazilians to take down the Group of Death.
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