ESL One New York 2016: Busting the Odds

The stage at IEM Katowice 2014

One more major tournament that we will have the pleasure of following is the upcoming ESL One New York. This large scale event will include competitions for Street Fighter and CS:GO and will be hosted in Brooklyn, NY.

So, is there anything special about it?

Well, besides the music, lights, premium event organization, followed by sponsor participation and the rockstar status of the players themselves, there is really not anything special about it. Nothing at all.

However, it will be a fun packed couple of days and surely interesting to bet on. For those of you that are only getting started with CS:GO real money betting, here are a couple of important facts that you should know about ESL One New York:

  • Organized by ESL.
  • Prize pool is $250,000. Winners get $125,000.
  • Starts September 30, ends October 2.
  • Best of 3 rounds wins (Bo3).
  • Swiss Groups format. The teams with the same w/l record play each other.

I am really looking forward to round 1, so I’ve decided to do a quick overview of the teams and their current form. I’ll let you figure out the winners.

SK Gaming vs OpTic

SK Gaming’s furious five is on a role. Even though I don’t like predicting winners publicly I will definitely consider putting my money on SK Gaming in the Round 1, simply because their form has been great in in the past two months. They have a 6 win streak and a total of 19-5 score in September. OpTic came through the NA qualifier with an impressive win over Cloud9. They currently have 8 wins in the row and are a tough competitor for SK.

G2 Esports vs Astralis

G2 Esports is playing Astralis in the first Round 1, which is a pretty even matchup in the books. Astralis is motivated after their breeze through the European Qualifiers and a 2-0 win over Faze in the finals. However, their current form in September is about the same as G2’s.

Team Liquid vs Na’Vi

Team Liquid is facing NaVi in the first round, after coming from a 2 win streak against Complexity gaming. Their form in September is 6-6 and NaVI has a negative streak in September with even 4 losses in a row. Both against Fnatic and Hellraisers. So, it will be another tough matchup but I believe the home team (Liquid) will come through as a winner. Let’s wait and see.

Virtus Pro vs Fnatic

Fnatic just came home from beating Na’Vi in the ESL Pro League on September 25. Their form in the past couple of months has been great actually, achieving a total of 10 wins and 6 losses. Virtus Pro, on the other hand, has had a pretty balanced two months. The Polish superstars copped a win loss ratio of 15-12 in August and September with the most notable wins being over Cloud9 and Team EnvyUS.