Esports SC2 GSL Super Tournament Preview and Betting Tips

Adam Boothe

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:56 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 7:56 PM UTC

The final few Starcraft2 tournaments are drawing near – this one deserves some attention!

<p>The last time we covered a Starcraft event the talk of the town was how 'OP' the Protoss race was. At that other GSL event something like 75% of the final bracket came from Aiur and was getting a little ridiculous. Well fast forward a few months and seems the balance has levelled out a little more – at least on the professional circuit.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The 2019 GSL Super Tournament! &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/Rkz3Agu3jD\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/Rkz3Agu3jD&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— AfreecaTV (@afreecaTV_gl) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/afreecaTV_gl/status/1179154020096544768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;October 1, 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>The first GSL Super Tournament this year featured seven 'toss in the final eight competitors. With this one holding only five amongst the entire field, and three in the bottom quarter, we will see a little less PvP. There is a good representation of the respective races from the Korean-only tourny.</p><p>For the Zergs; Rogue, Dark, Soo, Solar and Impact will be present. On a good day anyone of those could beat any other, though I would say Impact alone does not present a threat to the title. Speaking only on this years performance, likely only Dark and Rogue should be considered contenders. Soo did defeat the #1 Zerg in the world, Serral, en route to an historic victory in Katowice but has done little since. It could be time for Solar to not just be an upstart Zerg, but to take home a significant title.</p><p>The Terran representation consists of what I would consider maybe three of the five best players for the past couple years; Maru, Gumiho, and TY. One of the hottest Terran players over the past couple months has been Cure, but he has yet to pick up any significant victories on LAN against the cream of the crop this year. While I would still put those other names ahead of his, Cure could be a dark horse if he can put it together offline as well.</p><p><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></p><p>Protoss will field a few of their big names, but certainly not all this time around. Stats, Classic, Hero, Trap are all capable of beating one another and anyone attending in a series. I would put Hero and Trap slightly behind Classic and Stats in both current form and pedigree, but not by a lot. Afterall, Trap is here after reaching the grandfinals of the recent GSL regular season.</p><p>I took a look at the outrights and nothing appears 'off'. The favorites are a little higher than usual, but that is because of the way the bracket has broken down. Four of the best five, maybe in the entire world, are in the top quarter. I am referring to Rogue, who plays Stats in the opener, and Dark, who plays Maru. To clarify this is Maru, the #1 Terran playing Dark the #1 Korean Zerg and Rogue, the #2 Korean Zerg, facing the #1 Protoss, Stats. Whichever player emerges from these four is undoubtedly the favorite to take the tournament. If you want to take a shot on one of these four, by all means, but there is so little separating them that it will tough to navigate which holds more value.</p><div><h2><b>Matches:</b></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>-Stats (ml) @ 2.15 [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>-Stats (+1.5) @ 1.53 [Bet365]</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>-Maru (ml) @ 1.80 [Bet365]</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>-Soo (3-1/3-2) @ 1.80 [Bet365]</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="Pinnacle Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Gumiho (ml) @ 1.99 [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>-Solar (-1.5) @ 1.72 [Bet365]</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>-TY (3-1/3-2) @ 1.80 [Bet365]</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>-Hero (-1.5) @ 1.83 [Bet365]</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" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>-Classic (ml) @ 1.92 [Pinnacle]</strong></em></a></p><p>I did not expect to be on so many favorites, if you've followed me for any length of time, you'll be aware how much I seek out those + numbers. However, some of the dogs required 3.0-3.5 odds minimum to call it value. There were a couple lines that I would call disrespectful without even looking at the ratings; particularly Gumiho and Classic. I think a lot of the underdogs at this tournament are capable of upsets, but we need to get that number to justify it – same as when we call favs overvalued.</p><p>At this time only Bet365 has handicaps posted, but Pinnacle and Betonline sometimes post them in the morning. All matches will be best-of-five except the grandfinal, which is best-of-seven. The tournament runs Thursday through Sunday!</p></div>
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