SC2 WCS Finals Betting Preview

Adam Boothe

Thursday, October 24, 2019 4:38 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 4:38 PM UTC

The groups for the final 16 are set and await some quality Starcraft to see who will be contending in Anaheim!
<p>Groups B, C, and D are all that is left to decide this week, however several of the elite of the elite are still in the mix – Serral, Maru, Stats, Classic, Reynor, Hero and Rogue most evidently. Groups B and C are ruthless, while D fields some of the fortunate underdogs in the top 16.</p><p>Time had a really nice run at a couple tournaments in August, taking down some very talented favorites. Unfortunately he goes up against the best Terran in the world in his opener. While I would normally say the value is on the 3-0 here, Maru has not looked as dominant as he was in 2018. So I am going with the split wager of Maru to win in 4 or 5 maps.</p><p>The best Starcraft pro in the world, Serral, is in prime form coming into the pinnacle of the WCS circuit. Since the end of Assembly Summer 2019, he is on a 52-8 map streak. When the best of the best are in form, this is what it looks like. Sure many of those players are not of the calibre we see here at the Finals, however many of those opponents were. The last person to beat Serral? His opponent tonight, Stats. This Korean protoss not only knocked Serral out of the semi-finals, he did so at the tournament that people were calling 'SerralCon', due to it being in his native Finland. Without a doubt, Serral will remember that last meeting and have revenge on his mind. The numbers are heavily in Serral's favor since that match. However it should be noted that this is a rematch too of last year's Blizzcon Finals. These two have had an excellent battle before and with so much time to prep, I think Stats has a better chance here then the line suggests.</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&amp;a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/728x90_2.jpeg" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><div><h2>Matches:</h2><ul> <li>Maru (3-1/3-2) v Time @ 3.75 [<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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>]</li> <li>Stats (ml) v Serral @ 3.32 [<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+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>]</li> <li>Stats (+1.5) v Serral @ 2.06 [<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+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>]</li> <li>Heromarine/Classic (o3.5) @ 1.61 [<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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>]</li> <li>Heromarine (+1.5) v Classic @ 2.75 [<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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>]</li> <li>Heromarine (ml) v Classic @ 5.01 [<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+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>]</li> <li>Hero (+1.5) v Reynor @ 1.80 [<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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>]</li> <li>Hero (ml) v Reynor @ 2.75 [<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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>]</li> <li>Elazer (+1.5) v Trap @ 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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>]</li> <li>Elazer (ml) v Trap @ 3.11 [<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+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>]</li> <li>Neeb (+1.5) v Rogue @ 1.83 [<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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>]</li> <li>Neeb (ml) v Rogue @ 3.88 [<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+ Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>]</li></ul><p><br />At this time only <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="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a>has handicaps posted, but Pinnacle and some others will post them the day of the matches – might pay to wait till then! All series will be best-of-five. Each group is decided in its entirety each day. I will be tweeting out some of the updated plays on decider matches if I am up early enough in the morning to do so [@lockeqwerty].</p></div>
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