The new year will start out right in the CS:GO community. The first big tournament of the year will feature 24 of the best teams from around the world vying for a million-dollar prize pool. Virtually every major team will be there, so this tournament will give us a great indication of who the best teams in the world are.
CS:GO ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 Betting Odds
FaZe Clan +400
SK Gaming +450
FlipSide3 Tactics +10000
Vega Squadron +10000
Virtus Pro +1600
Team Liquid +3300
100 Thieves +750
Space Soldiers +3300
Quantum Bellator +30000
It’s very peculiar how the first premier tournament of 2018 will be set up. The 24 teams invited to this tournament will be placed in different groups depending on how they did at the Krakow Major back in July 2017.
The eight teams that made it to the Quarterfinals of that tournament will get an automatic bye into the Round of 16. That gives them a significant advantage as they do not have to worry about qualifying.
The 16 other teams invited will duke it out from January 12 to January 15 with the top eight teams advancing to the Round of 16.
Even though FaZe will have to play the first week in order to qualify, this team has to be considered one of the favorites to win the first major tournament of 2018. FaZe took things to another level after they added GuardiaN and olofmeister following the Krakow Major, winning three premier tournaments and finishing second in two others in the last four months of 2017. They will be very tough to defeat now that they have been playing together for five months.
SK Gaming has to be considered the other big favorite. Although SK crashed out in the Quarterfinals of the Krakow Major, they won five tournaments in 2017 and were the best team over the course of the season. They finished the year strong with a dominating win over FaZe at the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals.
Fnatic may have the best value of any team on the board. They may have lost their best player to FaZe, but they have retooled their roster and were one of the strongest teams over the last two months of the season. Fnatic didn’t win a tournament last year, but had strong regular season performances in the ECS and the ESL, and made it to the Semifinals of both tournaments before getting bounced by FaZe.
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Cloud9 coming into this season. Cloud9 looked like the best team in North America last fall and was constantly competing with the top European teams at the end of the year. Like Fnatic, the thorn in their side was FaZe, but there’s no shame in losing to a team like that.
Astralis no longer has dev1ce, but this team is one to keep an eye on. This was arguably the best team in the world through the first half of 2017, but a rigorous schedule looked like it burned this team out over the last few months of the season. Astralis had a solid performance at ECS to close the year out and might be primed to return.
Don’t Waste Your Money
North was one of the more overrated teams at the end of last year. They lost seven of their last eight matches and the only team they were able to beat was OpTic. This team should be at double its odds to win this tournament.
As much as I like Virtus Pro, this team looked like it needed to shape things up at the end of last season. They have been together for almost four years now, but Virtus only made the finals of one premier tournament over the last 10 months of 2017.
Misfits is a much better team than its 150-1 odds indicate. This team is one of the top teams in America and knocked off quality squads like Cloud9, North, and Ninjas in Pyjamas at the end of last year. They have a good chance to make it to the Round of 16 and are well worth a flyer.