Grab your shoe and a beverage of your choice and commit the holy act of 'the shoey', because it is time for the likes of Renegades and ORDER to fight it out at ESL One: Road to Rio.
Grab your shoe and a beverage of your choice and commit the holy act of ‘the shoey’, because it is time for the likes of Renegades and ORDER to fight it out at ESL One: Road to Rio. We break down the format, the teams, and give you some betting advice for this week’s CS:GO action.
Renegades, ORDER, Chiefs, and Ground Zero will compete in a best-of-three, round-robin group stage, with the winner advancing straight to the finals. The next two teams in the group will play a decider match to determine who moves on to play in the final, and whoever gets fourth place will have to watch the rest of the tournament play out from the sidelines.
The prize pool for this tournament is $10,000, but more importantly, there will be Tournament Circuit Points up for grabs that will go towards the Regional Major Rankings.
The winner will take home 200 points and the loser will go home empty-handed. The points will be rewarded as follows:
Here the group stage odds for those who fancy a bet on the tournament:
The entire tournament will be played online and will run from May 6 to May 10.
Stats are from online matches in 2020.
Renegades bolstered their roster with the acquisition of the former ORDER player Hatz at the start of the year, and it helped them secure second place at DreamHack Open Leipzig with wins against Cloud9 and MAD Lions. This team has only gotten stronger with Sico and Hatz, and dexter is a player who has impressed even against the world’s strongest competition. Renegades will be big-time favorites here, there is no doubt about that, and they will be keen on cementing their place as the top team in Oceania with a win at ESL One: Road to Rio.
dexter has been fantastic for this Renegades side, and the most impressive part is that he is doing it while commanding the team as the in-game leader for the squad. His annoying sneaky playstyle has been a thorn in the side of his opponents, and he was instrumental during Renegades’ run to the finals at DreamHack Open Leipzig, leading his team with a 1.18 rating.
ORDER picked up Rickeh at the start of the year after Hatz left for Renegades, and it did not take long until they were forced into another roster change due to emagine’s retirement. Their latest addition, J1rah, was initially picked up as a substitute, but it did not take long until he was signed by the organization on a permanent basis after impressing in the in-game leader role. After winning ESEA MDL with their new roster, ORDER will look to add yet another title to their resume with a win at ESL One: Road to Rio.
It’s hard to argue against aliStair being the key player on this ORDER team. The young AWPer has been dominant for ORDER so far this year and he carried his team to a win against Renegades on Train at the Asia Minor Qualifier, posting 33 kills and a plus-16 K/D differential. One thing is for certain; aliStair will have to be on his game once more if ORDER wishes to overcome Renegades this time around.
Chiefs, or Genuine as they used to be called, were picked up by the Chiefs organization after impressive showings at the IEM Katowice Qualifiers, where they beat ORDER and managed to put up a fight in the finals against Renegades. Spearheaded by players like stat and apocdud, Chiefs will look to cause an upset here against Renegades and ORDER, two teams who have gotten the better of them for the most part.
The dynamic duo of this Chiefs squad is stat and apocdud, but we have chosen to highlight the former here. stat was excellent for this squad during their run to the finals at the IEM Katowice qualifiers, leading his team with a 1.21 rating 82.2 damage/round. His team will be a certain underdog once again, but if he shows the type of form that he did at the IEM Katowice qualifier, Chiefs might just have a chance at pulling off an upset or two.
Ground Zero will be the big underdogs of the competition. Interestingly, they have taken down Chiefs in their last two meetings, so perhaps they have a bit of a mental edge heading into the opening match. This is a young roster overall, with players like PEARSS and Void being stand-out players at just 18 and 19 years old respectively. Also, keep a close eye on BURNRUOk whos aggressive playstyle proved to be a deciding factor in their two wins against Chiefs earlier in the year.
BURNRUOk does not just have an interesting nickname, he also has an interesting style of play. This guy is insanely aggressive, and it becomes evident when you break down the stats. He actually leads his team in both kills/round (0.73) and deaths/round (0.75), which proves how willing he is to take fights. BURNRUOk proved to be a deciding factor in their two wins against Chiefs earlier in the year, and he will look to replicate that feat as Ground Zero are set to face off against Chiefs in the opening match.
It is very, very hard to go against a team like Renegades, especially with how good dexter has looked recently - and they are definitely my pick to win the tournament. However, they might drop a map or two, as we have seen in their two most recent games against ORDER and Chiefs. The fact that Ground Zero will be coming in as an underdog against Chiefs despite winning against them in the last two meetings is interesting, and that could be a decent spot to take advantage of the long odds.