Super Bets for the Starcraft 2 Super Tournament

Adam Boothe

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:28 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2019 9:28 PM UTC

One of the highlights in the Starcraft 2 circuit is the two annual 'Super Tournaments' which began  two years and are now a staple

<p><b>INTRO: </b>The Super Tournaments are an interesting couple of events each year. Though the monetary pool is nothing exceptional (for esports nowadays), the real prize is the WCS points granted to those who qualify and make a respectable playoff run. Similarly to the ATP Finals at the O2 arena, SC2 pros earn points through the numerous events during the year to qualify for WCS Global Finals. Unlike the ATP, the Global Finals actually are the highlight of this game's calendar – Blizzcon! A qualification for the tournament of tournaments can set players up for a nice payday and potentially years of team bonuses and sponsorships but</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;[2019 GSL Super Tournament]&lt;br /&gt;Super is coming.&lt;a href=\"https://t.co/UOq8X59rR2\"&gt;https://t.co/UOq8X59rR2&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/aVSipj4lEp\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/aVSipj4lEp&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— AfreecaTV (@afreecaTV_gl) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/afreecaTV_gl/status/1118272856788328448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;April 16, 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><p>Anyway, back to the tournament at hand. This four day competition features 16 Koreans competing for 3000 WCS points. As we are rapidly approaching the half-way point of the calendar, it is starting to get down to crunch time. The Korean cut-off for Blizzcon is usually between 4000-5000 points. Currently only Maru is probably guaranteed a spot from this region. After his victory over the weekend he received a direct invite, along with runner-up Classic, to this event. The field this weekend is stacked. Arguably only one or two of the top 10 Korean's are not attending, depending on which ranking you use. However the top Korean Zerg, Protoss, and Terran will all be there. The format is also excellent; the round of 16, quarter-finals, and semi-finals will all be a best-of-five series followed by a best-of-seven final.</p><h2>Outrights</h2><p>Bet365 offers an interesting market for many of the bigger SC2 tournaments; Race of the Winner. In SC2 there are three races which I mentioned prior. The odds on this are very dependent upon the composition of the bracket. At this event 9 of the players are protoss and the lower half of the bracket features six of them. This gives an enormously high likelihood of seeing a protoss in the final. Unfortunately the price on a victory for 'Aiur' it is not that enticing at a lowly 1.95! There is only one protoss player from the upper-bracket I hold to have a serious shot at making the grand-final, Stats. However that path is very challenging for any player. The winner of Maru/Stats will then have to play the winner of Dark/Gumiho and then, most likely, Rogue. All of these players have had many historic tournament victories and are all deserving of outright consideration.</p><p>Although there are two strong Terrans attending, the biggest obstacle to taking them is just that – there are only two! If you are a believer in the Maru train, which has been rolling lately, then I recommend taking the 'winning race' prop as Terran at 4.20. It is almost the same price as taking him, but you have the added benefit of adding Gumiho to the probability, if needed! My play is going to be very different here. I have decided to take the 'winning race' prop with Zerg. The payout is much better than Protoss and the talent more secure than Terran. Additionally 4-5 Protoss and potentially both Terran could be out after the first round. Contrast this with all four of the top Korean Zerg attending, and none of them having to play each other before the semi-finals! It should be noted that this does not mean a Zerg will win, simply that these types of markets are all about probabilities. Taking Zerg here offers the most value.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><em>Winning Race = Zerg @ 2.95 [Bet365]</em></strong></a></p><h2>Opening Matches</h2><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Stats (+1.5) v Maru @ 1.83 [Bet365]</i></strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Dark (3-1 or 3-2) @ 1.93 [Bet365]</i></strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Rogue (-2.5) v Hurricane @ 2.37 [Bet365]</i></strong></a></p><p><a href="http://affiliate.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Ragnarok (ml) v Parting @ 1.94 [Pinnacle]</i></strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Sos (3-1 or 3-2) v Solar @ 2.43 [Bet365]</i></strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Zest (3-1 or 3-2) v Dear @ 2.20 [Bet365]</i></strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Soo (3-1 or 3-2) v Classic @ 2.20 [Bet365]</i></strong></a></p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><strong><i>Hero (-2.5) v Patience @ 2.25 [Bet365]</i></strong></a></p><p>At the time of writing this only Bet365 had their match handicaps and totals up, but it may pay to wait until Thursday and Friday morning for more selection! If you're unsure how to make the exact score wagers, get in touch with me on Twitter [@lockeqwerty].</p>
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