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ESL Pro League: Season 7 Finals Preview

9 May 2018 16:09

The culmination of nearly 100 days of CS:GO action will come to a climax when the ESL Pro League: Season 7 finals get underway in Dallas on 15th May. Thirty-eight teams from Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific and South America have competed through weeks of intense group play and just 16 progress to the offline finals for a shot at the $250,000 grand prize.

The Teams

The top seven teams from the European season advanced straight into the offline finals whilst the top six from North America also advanced. Asia-Pacific and South America have much smaller leagues so only sent three teams between them.

Below are all the teams that have qualified and their overall odds to win the finals outright:

  • FaZe- 7/2
  • Astralis- 7/2
  • mousesports- 6/1
  • SK Gaming- 6/1
  • Natus Vincere- 6/1
  • Cloud9- 15/2
  • Team Liquid- 10/1
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas- 12/1
  • OpTic Gaming- 20/1
  • NRG- 33/1
  • Renegades- 50/1
  • Space Soldiers- 50/1
  • HellRaisers- 50/1
  • Grayhound- 100/1
  • MVP PK- 100/1
  • Sharks- 100/1

Team Preview

FaZe Clan and Astralis are surprise favourites with the bookies after both teams struggled in the European season, finishing fourth and sixth respectively. After the ESL Pro League group stages finished on 26th April, the two teams competed at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII in Sydney and met each other in the final. In the sixth premier tournament of the year it was FaZe that took top honours, beating Astralis 3-0. Bosnian Rifler ‘Niko’ played an integral part in that tournament win and is third favourite at 15/2 to be the Finals MVP in Dallas.

Natus Vincere, also from the European region, haven’t won a premier tournament since 2016, yet with Ukrainian AWPer ‘s1mple’ - the bookies’ tournament favourite to win MVP at 13/2 - on their side, they could easily sweep through to the finals.

SK Gaming are the favoured North American team at 6/1, despite finishing the Group stages in sixth place - the last spot to secure a place in the finals. These odds seem short for a team that didn’t win a single round at the Intel Extreme Masters just last week. Team Liquid, the winners of the North American Group stages, look to have the most enticing odds at 10/1, despite not having won a premier tournament since 2015.

So far only Fnatic have won multiple premier events in 2017, and since they don’t feature at this month’s tournament we could have our second repeat winner of the year. Who do you think it could be? Let us know at @esports_co_uk

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Updated on: 2018-05-16

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