CSGO StarSeries Season 8 Preview and Betting Tips

Adam Boothe

Sunday, October 20, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 2:44 PM UTC

Didn't take long to get to the next quality international CSGO tournament!
<div><p>We have another big-name field of teams heading to Belek, Turkey this week for Starseries Season 8. This might sound like a league rather than a tournament, however it is just a lengthy lan running from Monday until the following Sunday. In attendance will a number of top ten and twenty teams, but also a couple somewhat new faces in Invictus, Imperial, and 5Power. I don't have any of these teams rated very high, however that doesn't mean they are not capable of stealing a map against the quality opposition.</p><p> </p><h2>SOCIAL:</h2><p>With no Astralis or Team Liquid attending, this is really a showing of the 'next best' team in the world. Evil Geniuses, Natus Vincere, and Team Vitality are in my view the current front-runners for winning some titles before 2019 concludes. That said teams like Nip, Mousesports, Avangar, Furia, Fnatic, G2, North...alright I am just starting to name everyone, could defeat any of those three in a best-of-three. Since the Berlin Major we have seen a handful of roster moves that should have CS fans around the world excited. While the past 20 months or so has been the Liquid v Astralis story, in the 7 weeks since the Major concluded a handful of these teams have improved significantly.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;StarSeries i-League CS:GO Season 8: Group Stage draw and schedule&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarSeriesS8?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#StarSeriesS8&lt;/a&gt; will start with Group Stage, which will be held from October 21 to 24. The participants were seeded into 2 groups randomly.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;📰Details: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/pEuWJ7B3RZ\"&gt;https://t.co/pEuWJ7B3RZ&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/StarLadderCSGO?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#StarLadderCSGO&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://t.co/rw3kaHxvfT\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/rw3kaHxvfT&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— StarLadder CS:GO (@StarLadderCSGO) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/StarLadderCSGO/status/1184862294058176512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 17, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p> </p><h2>Outrights:</h2><p>I don't play the futures markets at every LAN, but I have my eye on a few here this week that hold value. All three teams are capable of winning this tournament and all are a little bit undervalued due to Evil Geniuses and Fnatic being the most recent quality tournament winners, at ESL One New York and Dreamhack Masters Malmo.</p><p>- Natus Vincere @ 4.50 [<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="Well rated bookmaker">Bet365</a>] – 1.5u</p><p>- Team Vitality @ 7.90 [<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="A+ Bookmaker">Pinnacle</a>] – 1.0u</p><p>- Mousesports @ 13.00 [Bet365] – 0.5u</p><p>That said, if you do like Evil Geniuses, their best price is over at Pinnacle @ 4.2. Now I do have some issues with Mousesports at times, they are certainly inconsistent. Dropping a best-of-three to some 'no-name mix team', as I saw one tilted HLTV'er put it last week, doesn't qualify as a sure thing to reach the semi-finals. However IF, and it is a big 'if', they find some form here they can take down every team attending. That being said, I also had thoughts to take Fnatic, Nip, Furia, Avangar, MIBR, and Renegades instead of them for a half-unit. Do not get too locked in on your pre-tournament assessment, good teams lose to bad teams quite regularly.</p><p><strong>Match Bets:</strong></p><p>- North (+1.5) v Mousesports @ 1.83 [<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="A+ Bookmaker">Pinnacle</a>]</p><p>- Vitality (-6.5) v Invictus @ 1.83 [Bet365] map1</p><p>- Vitality (-6.5) v Invictus @ 1.87 [Pinnacle] map2</p><p>- Mibr (moneyline) v Renegades @ 1.90 [Pinnacle]</p><p>- Fnatic (-7.5) v Imperial @ 2.00 [<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="Well rated bookmaker">Bet365</a>] map1</p><p>- Fnatic (-7.5) v Imperial @ 2.00 [Bet365] map2</p><p>- Nip (moneyline) v Furia @ 1.76 [Pinnacle]</p><p>- Nip/Furia (o2.5 maps) @ 2.15 [Pinnacle]</p><p>- Evil Geniuses (-8.5) v 5Power @ 1.83 [Bet365] map1</p><p>- Evil Geniuses (-8.5) v 5Power @ 1.83 [Bet365] map2</p><p>- Heroic (moneyline) v Avangar @ 2.30 [<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>]</p><p>- Navi (-1.5) v G2 @ 2.50 [Bet365]</p><p>The great thing about Starseries, is that all matches will be best-of-three; gives us many more betting opportunities with quality looks. If you have another play in mind that you would like me to take a look at, contact me anytime throughout the weekend [lockeqwerty].</p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=168&amp;a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p></div>
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