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ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 Preview

9 January 2018 16:48

If you thought 2017 was a good year for CS:GO, then what 2018 has in store for you is even more thrilling. Following the hugely successful ELEAGUE Major tournament held in Atlanta last January, Valve is hosting the first Major of 2018 in Boston, beginning on 12th January and running all the way through to the 28th. The total prize pool sits at $1 million, with $500,000 going to first place, whilst the top eight teams will all achieve Legend Status for the next Valve Major, which is yet to be announced.

ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 Structure

With a new year comes new terminology and structure to the ELEAGUE tournaments. The tournament begins with the New Challengers Stage, formerly the Major Offline Qualifier, and consists of 16 teams playing in a Swiss System format. If you are not familiar with this method of separating teams, check out our explanation of the Swiss System. The eight teams that win three matches then progress to the new Legends Stage.

The Legends Stage, formerly named the Group Stage, is the same Swiss system format. Those eight qualifiers from the Challengers stage will face eight teams that pre-qualified from their performance at the PGL Major in Krakow last year. The top eight who win three matches in this round qualify to go forwards into the new Champions stage, held live in Boston.

The Champions stage mirrors what used to be the playoffs, and as such is a single elimination bracket in a Bo3 series. All matches will be held at the Agganis Arena in Boston, starting on January 26th and finishing with the finals on the 28th.

ELEAGUE Major Boston Betting

FaZe clan come into the tournament as favourites, despite having to begin in the Challenger stage due to their torrid time at The Krakow Major in 2017, where they didn’t win a single game. Since then the European outfit has recruited former world number one Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer among others to their roster. These moves resulted in the team enjoying a very successful run to end 2017, with wins at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 and the eSports Championship Series Season 4 Finals over Astralis and mousesports respectively, both of whom are competing in this tournament.

The second favourites are the all-Brazilian team of SK Gaming who enjoyed easily their most successful season ever in 2017. The team won five premier events, including ESL One: Cologne 2017 and EPICENTER 2017, to firmly establish themselves among the world’s best. After coming in the top eight at Krakow, the team has automatic Legend status for this tournament and will join the action in the second stage.

The next favoured team is Astralis, winners of the 2017 instalment of this tournament that was held in Atlanta. In what looked like it was going to finally be their year of dominance, 2017 turned out to be a year of “nearly but not quite” for the Danish team, who posted top four finishes at five premier events. The odds for all teams at the tournament are below:

  • FaZe - 10/3
  • SK Gaming- 7/2
  • Astralis- 6/1
  • G2 eSports- 13/2
  • 100 Thieves- 8/1
  • North- 8/1
  • mousesports- 12/1
  • Natus Vincere- 12/1
  • Gambit eSports- 14/1
  • Cloud9- 16/1
  • Fnatic- 16/1
  • Virtus.Pro 16/1
  • Space Soldiers- 33/1
  • Team Liquid- 33/1
  • BIG- 50/1
  • EnVyUs- 66/1
  • Misfits- 80/1
  • Sprout- 100/1
  • Renegades- 100/1
  • Vega Squadron- 150/1
  • FlipSid3 Tactics- 150/1
  • AVANGAR- 300/1
  • Quantum Bellator Fire- 300/1
  • Flash Gaming 500/1

With both $500,000 and Legend status for the next ELEAGUE Major up for grabs, 2018 CS:GO eSports is starting with a huge bang. The action will be intense from the get-go and runs for the best part of a month, meaning there will be no January blues for CS:GO fans! That is unless your team drops out in the first round, of course…

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Updated on: 2018-01-10

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