Can the Europeans take Dreamhack Rio or will it be 'dia de Furia'?

Adam Boothe

Friday, April 19, 2019 6:48 AM UTC

Friday, Apr. 19, 2019 6:48 AM UTC

We have a rare opportunity for a smaller CSGO LAN featuring a field of times outside the top 10 and some rarely heard from. The question is - can we make it profitable!

<p>The Dreamhack series of tournaments is primarily boutique short-but-sweet two or three-day LANs. The one taking place in Rio de Janeiro is no different. It features a selection of teams that rarely qualify for such events. Both AGO and Luminosity dropped out giving opportunities to others in the Brazilian scene. The eight teams are split into two groups and will play an opening best-of-one. Winners in all four matches will then play another bo1 to determine who will go straight to the semi-finals. The group stage is double-elimination, so only two teams from each group will progress. All elimination matches are best-of-three. It will be exciting to see which of these smaller organisations emerges victorious.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Here are your &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DHOpen?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DHOpen&lt;/a&gt; Rio groups AND schedule!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Group A&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/avangarkz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@avangarkz&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/eUnitedgg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@eUnitedgg&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/furiagg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@furiagg&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/INTZeSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@INTZeSports&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Group B&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/valianceandco?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@valianceandco&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/W7MGaming?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@W7MGaming&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/AGOesports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@agoesports&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/sharksesportsgg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@sharksesportsgg&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://t.co/3Pk21dnbhl\"&gt;https://t.co/3Pk21dnbhl&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/XO6cyRQz7w\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/XO6cyRQz7w&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— DreamHack Counter-Strike (@DreamHackCSGO) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/DreamHackCSGO/status/1117813905689063425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;April 15, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Outrights</h2><p>The field features five Brazilian teams but, refreshingly, neither MIBR nor Luminosity will be in attendance. There are two European/CIS rosters, Avangar and Valiance, and North American squad, Eunited. The way the cancelled teams have broken down has once again created one significantly more challenging pool, Group A. Avangar, Furia, Eunited and Intz are 2,3,4, and 5 on the outright markets. The favourite is Valiance, a mixed-nationality roster. They have some legitimately intimidating firepower (especially at a tournament like this), most notably eliminating Mousesports from the European major qualifier back in January. However, I don't believe Valiance is that far ahead of Avangar and Furia and they will likely play one of those teams in the semi-final as a slight favourite. So while I do expect Valiance to clear their group with relative ease I don't think there is much value on them to reach the final or win.</p><p>There are two plays I recommend making here based on the nature of Group A and the value in a 'group of death':</p><h2><b>To Reach Final</b></h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Avangar @ 2.5 [Unibet]</strong></em></a></p><h2><b>To Win Outright</b></h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Furia @ 5.1 [Unibet]</strong></em></a></p><p>Additionally, you can also play the reverse of this depending on what you think the semi-final match-ups will be. That is not to say Valiance does not have a good shot to knock off both these teams in the playoffs. They only lack 'value' because they have the easier group to get out of it. Will be playing the match markets as maps are released throughout the weekend and will post on Twitter. Enjoy the tournament!</p>
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