CSGO Berlin Major Legends Stage Preview and Betting Predictions

Adam Boothe

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 12:36 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 12:36 PM UTC

The final sixteen competitors are now known – who will lift the final Major trophy of 2019?

<div><h2><b>Introduction:</b></h2><p>The Challengers Stage completed with really only one true surprise; Dreameaters making it through instead of Furia or perhaps Forze. The most dominant team through that phase was NRG. After dropping a shocking opening map to Dreameaters in overtime, they cruised through Tyloo, Syman and Avangar with an impressive 40 round differential through four maps. Not the toughest of opposition, but you can't say they did not take care of business. For all their talent, Vitality and Avangar found it far from 'ez' to progress on. While North and Mousesports both finished 3-0, they each faced huge deficits almost losing 0-2 to Crazy and G2. The fact they rebounded and completed both comebacks and series victories should be a testament to their ability, not a detraction because they were behind in the first place.</p><p>Now the new and old legends will meet to determine which eight will progress to the Champions stage and eventually the $500 000 first place prize. I mentioned last week that I thought it would be either Liquid or Astralis, that hasn't changed but this is the first Major since Krakow that there isn't a sole favourite. In fact, there are a lot of parallels between Krakow and Berlin; Astralis was the defending major champs but on the day the Krakow Major started they were ranked third in the world, two Americas teams were ranked #1 and #5, and a French team was also in the top5. Eerie right? While we have seen some underdogs win majors before, Krakow was the one true 'Cinderella story' at this level of event. Is it time for another one?</p><p>Don't get me wrong here, I am not expecting the winner not to be Astralis or Liquid [writing about sports probabilities with double negatives is always the way to go]. So, if you want a 'safe' play [no such thing], then by all means take one of them. Best price on Astralis [3.50] and Liquid [2.75] is over at Unibet. Or for an even safer play [still no such thing] you could split a wager on them that pays out 1.54...LOCK! Jokes aside, there is not anything wrong with doing this. These two teams have been in so many grand finals over the past 18 months that I ran out of fingers and toes to tally it up. I've decided to go a different route for this tournament for a change and it's mostly because its a major and not some willy-nilly Blast Pro Series tournament. I've selected four long-shots with which to take a chance:</p><p><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="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Mousesports @ 17.00 [Bet365] 0.75u</strong></em></a></p><p><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="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-NRG @ 17.00 [Bet365] 0.75u</strong></em></a></p><p><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="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Faze @ 21.00 [Betway] 0.55u</strong></em></a></p><p><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="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-G2 @ 26.00 [Betway] 0.45u</strong></em></a></p><p><em><strong><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></strong></em></p><p>Some great payouts for 2.5u risk. However, going back to my previous comment, 2.5u split on Liquid + Astralis will still net you a little over a unit. Nothing wrong with that either!</p><h2><u>Match Bets</u></h2><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Avangar (+3.5) @ 1.85 [Pinnacle]</strong></em></a></p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Astralis (-6.5) @ 1.93 [Pinnacle]</strong></em></a></p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Renegades (+4.5) @ 1.86 [Pinnacle]</strong></em></a></p><p><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="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Crazy (+5.5) @ 1.90 [Bet365]</strong></em></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-North (ml) @ 2.05 [Unibet]</strong></em></a></p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Faze (+3.5) @ 1.85 [Pinnacle]</strong></em></a></p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-G2 (ml) @ 2.38 [Pinnacle]</strong></em></a></p><p><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="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Nip (ml) @ 1.85 [Betway]</strong></em></a></p><p>For those unaware Ence are going down the route of many other organisations and replacing their IGL, Aleksib,with more firepower and adding another Finn, Sunny. As the change will not take place until after the major it creates a unique, if not awkward, dynamic. Sometimes this lights a fire under the player being kicked and they simply start fragging with a Rambo-esque approach – enter Styko. However, the team chemistry certainly changes after news like this so it will be interesting what Ence is able to do. It might be worth a look taking Ence 'to reach champions stage = no' for plus money over at Bet365. If anyone would like to discuss roster changes, map vetoes, ct/t strength or your mutual distaste for particular analysts in the CSGO community, I'm free anytime [@lockeqwerty]. The grind continues on August 28<sup>th</sup> – best of luck!</p></div>
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