CSGO Berlin Major: Europe Minor Match Bets

Adam Boothe

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 10:41 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2019 10:41 AM UTC

The road to the Berlin Major finally hits LAN this week!
<p>Holding the largest prize pool and most prestige, naturally gives the CSGO Majors greater attention from both the pros and community. While we are still a good month or so from the event itself, the next two weeks see teams from the four regions [EU, NA, CIS, ASIA] fight to secure the final spots. There are eight teams from each region and two spots available. The third place in each group will be granted a 'last-chance' opportunity to a play-in with the third place finishers in the other regions. Due to some roster moves causing forfeits, there will now be three spots granted to the four teams competing at the play-in instead of one. This means that, while still being very difficult to secure a spot, there is a slightly improved probability you will see your favourite team make it.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Today, we present the group-stage draw for the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019: Europe Minor on July 17-21, where 8 participants are set to fight for 2 tickets to the most prestigious CS:GO event of this fall&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Details: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/i4rBDC9yvy\"&gt;https://t.co/i4rBDC9yvy&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/BerlinMinor2019?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#BerlinMinor2019&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/Europe?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Europe&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/csgo?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#csgo&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/cssltv?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#cssltv&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/4E2q9dD6tr\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/4E2q9dD6tr&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— StarLadder CS:GO (@cssltv) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/cssltv/status/1148978740547993602?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;10 de julho de 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;"}[/]</p><p>The European Qualifier is once again stacked- seven of the eight teams are sitting between 10 and 30 in the world. Four have won an international lan in the past year, while three more have been runners-up. The EU region is generally accepted as the most difficult one to compete in and this qualifier will be no different. Interestingly we will see an equal number of national and mixed rosters with Mousesports, Crazy, BIG, and NoChance communicating in English. Unlike some regions, there is not a single roster I would write off, nor one that is a given to progress even past the group stage. The eight teams are split up into two and will play a GSL-style elimination. Two teams from each will move to playoffs. The winner of the upper-bracket finals will progress straight to the Challengers Stage. The loser of that match will play a consolation final against the winner of the playoff elimination match to determine who will go to the Challengers, and who will have to compete in the play-in.</p><p>I have been contemplating getting involved with several teams on the futures of the NA and EU qualifiers for a few weeks now and decided to pass. The format with 3 teams progressing in some form makes it a bit more tricky and diminishes the value given the multitude of outcomes.</p><div><h2>BIG v North:</h2><p>I have not been a fan of Big since they acquired Xantares from Space Soldiers. Teams seem to struggle when communicating in hectic situations where there is a language barrier. Additionally it has been made public that Gobb has been grooming Tabsen to take over as IGL when he retires. As one of the more tactical minds to play CS, Gobb's style struggles when the team is not entirely on the same page as they do not have the firepower to go toe-to-toe with the very best in the world. Their map pool is also not as strong as it has been with prior iterations of the team. That said, this is only a best-of-one and this almost always adds value to an underdog on the spread. I am expecting either Dust2 or Inferno to be the map selected, with a possible outcome of Train. North are a team with a load of firepower since their roster moves of a few months ago. That said, they also continue to be inconsistent. There are not many teams attending this qualifier that I would trust North to cover this number against often enough.</p><ul> <li><strong>Bet: </strong>Big (+4.5) v North @ 1.72 [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a>]</li></ul><p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&amp;a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/970x250_2.jpeg" style="width:100%" /></a></p><h2>Crazy v Sprout:</h2><p>Sprout is justifiably the underdog here against Crazy. With any of the iterations of their respective rosters they have not taken a game off the European mix and have only covered the spread on one occasion. There is really no way for me to like Sprout for any reason here. They are flying back from Texas where they looked very average and dropped two poor maps to Team Spirit. The only reason they cover the spread is if they get both pistols, a number of clutches and Spiidi has one of his outlier games where he actually impresses. However, playing the probabilities I will take Crazy. As a note, this does not mean bet against the German squad without consideration throughout the qualifier. I just don't like them against this opposition for this number.</p><ul> <li><strong>Bet</strong>: Crazy (-4.5) v Sprout @ 1.85 [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Get in the game with Betway!">Betway</a>]</li></ul><p> </p><p><em>This tournament will be taking up most of my time over the next two weeks, so get in touch at any point [@lockeqwerty]!</em></p></div>
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