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CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals Preview

26 May 2017 11:22

The CS:GO ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals begin on Wednesday, held at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, USA, with the final on Sunday 4th June. Twelve teams – six European and six North American – will be competing for first place, and $225,000 from the $750,000 prize pool.

How did the teams qualify?

The qualifying process saw two divisions – one European and one North American – with fourteen teams fighting for the six qualification spots in each group. Best-of-one round robin matches determined which six teams would advance from their region through to the finals in Dallas.

Captained by Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen, Danish-based North topped their European qualifying group with 54 points – notching up 18 wins from 25 matches and a Round Difference (RD) of 106. North qualified along with G2 Esports, mousesports, Fnatic, Natus VIncere and Team EnVyUs.

In the North American section, Brazilian team SK Gaming won 20 of their 24 qualifying matches, earning 60 points and boasting an RD of 112 to secure their place in Dallas. The other North American teams to make it through are Team Liquid, Immortals, NRG eSports, Cloud9 and OpTic Gaming.

What is the format?

The Season 5 finals will see the twelve teams split into two groups. The teams finishing first in both groups will advance straight to the semi-finals, with the four teams finishing second and third going through to the quarter-finals. Those teams finishing fourth, fifth and sixth will be eliminated from the competition. The teams will fight it out using the Cache, Mirage, Inferno, Nuke, Train, Cobblestone and Overpass CS:GO maps.

What are the groups and their betting odds?

Group A and B are shown below, with their latest betting odds in the overall tournament outright market from Bet365.

Group A:

  • SK Gaming – 2/1
  • G2 ESports – 9/2
  • Fnatic – 13/2
  • Cloud9 – 20/1
  • Immortals – 33/1
  • Team EnVyUs – 33/1

Group B:

  • North – 5/1
  • Natus Vincere – 6/1
  • mousesports – 12/1
  • Team Liquid – 16/1
  • OpTic Gaming 17/1
  • NRG Esports – 50/1

Which teams will impress?

Cloud9 emerged victorious in Season 4 with a 2-1 victory over SK Gaming in Brazil last October - who they finished behind in Group B - and the European team will be one of the sides to look out for this time. Captained by Timonthy “autimatic” Ta, they’re 10/1 with Bet365 to reach this season’s final.  Ta only joined the Cloud9 roster last year, having previously played for the likes of Team SoloMid, compLexity Gaming and Maximum Effort.

SK Gaming are 2/1 favourites with Bet365 to emerge victorious in Dallas after topping their qualifying group. With Ricardo “dead” Sinigaglia as manager and Gabriel “FalleN” Tolodo team captain, the Brazilians are in eye-catching form after winning both the Intel Extreme Masters XXI – Sydney and cs_summit this year. 25-year-old Toledo has a reported 10,282 kills from 14,339 rounds.

Team Liquid have reached the finals for the past three years, but are yet to reach the semi-finals so will be desperate for an improved performance this time around. They finished in seventh position in Season 4 with one win from four games in Group A, and they came sixth in Season 3 after one win from three games in Group B.

At the IEM Sydney this month, OpTic Gaming performed well to finish third, although they went down 2-0 in the semi-finals to overall winners SK Gaming. Led by 23-year-old team captain and rifler Will “RUSH” Wierzba, they’ll be looking to make their mark in Dallas with a similar performance.

Bet365 has 4/7 on a European team winning the Season 5 Finals, whilst you can get odds of 5/4 for a North American team to do the business with the same bookmaker. Alternatively, a team from Group A is at 1/2 to come first overall, and a Group B team priced at 6/4 to emerge victorious.

The Prize Pool

The $750,000 prize pool is divided in relation to a team’s overall finishing position:

  • 1st place - $225,000
  • 2nd place - $100,000
  • 3rd place - $60,000
  • 4th place - $60,000
  • 5th place - $45,000
  • 6th place - $45,000
  • 7th place - $40,000
  • 8th place - $40,000
  • 9th place - $35,000
  • 10th place - $35,000
  • 11th place - $32,500
  • 12th place - $32,500

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Updated on: 2017-08-18

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