CSGO WESG 2018: Esports Betting Tips

Adam Boothe

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 10:01 PM UTC

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019 10:01 PM UTC

Although the ESL Major ended only a few days ago, another international Counter-strike LAN is already approaching. 

<p>This time it is the very unique World Electronic Sports Games 2018 Finals, <strong>held in Chongqing from March 11th-17th</strong>. This tournament is a fixture of the esports calendar, but plays host to a more varied array of CSGO talent and structure. It offers up some novel betting opportunities rarely seen in today's competitive climate!</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;FalleN \"Courage\" | Inspired by &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WESG?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WESG&lt;/a&gt; 2018-2019. Watch now: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/k5wJLQgmKD\"&gt;https://t.co/k5wJLQgmKD&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— WESG (@WESGcom) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WESGcom/status/1102148275338125313?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;March 3, 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>The Format</h2><p><br />First off you may be wondering why there are so few quality teams attending a tournament with such a large purse ($890 000). WESG requires that all rosters be comprised of players from the same nationality. This is why we see so many roster compositions you may be unfamiliar with, while entire pro teams are also in attendance. It appears several rosters have dropped out at the last minute, but there is 'supposed' to be 8 groups of four playing a best-of-two in a round robin.<br />The top two teams from each group will progress, while the others will be eliminated. The playoffs will be a standard best-of-three single elimination from the round of sixteen until the grand final.</p><h2>Groups</h2><p><br />There has been unanimous criticism of the group draws this year. Some have multiple top 30 teams, while others have zero in the top 50. This will be most unfortunate for Group A and Group E who have several talented teams that could make a dent in the playoffs. As the format is bo2's, the tiebreak could be decided by head-to-head or round differential.<br />There is an interesting parallel between last year's tournament and this one; Fnatic's form. Prior to WESG 2017 Fnatic placed last at Starseries before winning Katowice and WESG in back-to-back tournaments. It was the final hot run for them before roster changes would once again surface. I expect their embarassing performance in Poland to be a much-needed kick in the rear, so hopefully they have improved tactically as well.</p><p><strong>Group A Winner</strong> = G2 @ 2.62 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">[Bet365]</a><br /><strong>Group B Winner</strong> = Optic @ 2.5 <a href="http://affiliate.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828" target="_blank" title="Pinnacle">[Pinnacle]</a><br /><strong>Group E Winner</strong> = Fnatic @ 2.0 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">[Bet365]</a><br /><strong>Group F Winner</strong> = Wardell n Friends @ 6.5 <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">[Bet365]</a></p><p>These were the only four groups that interested me enough to take a risk, however given some of the longshot odds in the other groups it may be worth looking into the form of some other teams!</p><h2><br />To Reach the Finals?</h2><p><br />NiP = No @ 1.55<a href="http://affiliate.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828" target="_blank" title="Pinnacle"> [Pinnacle]</a></p><h2>Round Robin Matches</h2><p><br />Wardell n Friends (ml) v Imperial @ 2.62<br />Wardell n Friends (ml) v Panda @ 2.2<br />Valiance (-1.5) v Denial @ 2.0<br />Optic (-1.5) v Denial @ 2.0<br />Movistar Riders (+1.5) v Windigo @ 1.72<br />Singularity (+1.5) v G2 @ 2.37</p><p>These opening round robin tickets were all found at Bet365; the first book to post their lines! The prices listed here I don't imagine will get any better, however it is possible so it may pay to wait. These were just the first items I wanted to move on, but there will be more as the week progresses [@lockeqwerty]!</p>
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