After a relatively long hiatus of high-profile CS:GO action, DreamHack Leipzig opens on Friday with four interesting games. We take a look at some of the bets to consider.
Some acquisitions and player transfers towards the end of 2019 has changed the entire dynamic of the professional CS:GO circuit. One of the big beneficiaries of those changes has been Virtus.pro after their rebranding from Avangar. Jame, for example, now plies his trade with them after a long stint with Avangar. As a result, Virtus.pro have climbed up to No. 19 in the rankings. BIG, on the other hand, don’t seem to have the same depth and skill to challenge Virtus.pro, even in a best-of-one encounter.
Taking Sprout primarily because of the bigger payout. There isn’t a lot that separates these two teams. Sprout are ranked 30, while North are only slightly-better positioned, at 21 in the world. In terms of form, both teams are strongly placed, having won four of their previous five matches. In the head-to-head match-up, both teams have won two maps apiece. In a best-of-one, where one play can change the momentum, it might be more prudent to back the team with the larger payout.
Cloud9’s relatively recent foray into CS:GO has been topsy-turvy. The odds are significantly lower because there is an apparent feeling that their roster is more skilled. However, that’s not the only factor that has to be considered. Renegades have been together for a while now, which has seen them climb the CS:GO rankings rather steadily, up to No. 24 in the world. Renegades have also won their last five games on the bounce, so form isn’t a concern.
Mad Lions (1.83)
Mad Lions, formerly Tricked Esports, are no pushovers. They are now No. 18 in the world, with plenty to prove. Ever since their rebranding, they have been a force on the CS:GO circuit. Cadian and Stavn have both averaged more than 0.70 kills per round in their last few months. Mad Lions also cruised past Heroic in IEM Katowice earlier in the year in successive maps (16-7 in Train and 16-13 in Nuke). Mad Lions have won their last four matches, including wins against ENCE (2-0) and Illuminar (2-1).