Hello and welcome to my special DreamHack Winter 2018 Preview article in which I aim to give you a comprehensive picture on what to expect from the last DH event in 2018. There are just a few days left before the start which means teams are already in full-on preparation mode. G2 Esports especially; they are here to make a statement just a few days ahead of their big competition – ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals. So, without much further adue, let’s jump straight to the betting side of the deal since there’s probably a ton of you interested in exactly that.
Here’s a quick look at my top esports bookies as far as CSGO betting is concerned:
Now that you know my favorite esports bookies for CSGO, let’s talk a bit about the criteria I used when picking them out. It won’t take too much of your time yet you can learn a great deal about them, so I reckon you at least skim through them:
This one is especially important for beginners. Let’s face it, navigating esports betting sites can be a cumbersome task even for the most experienced of us. Now think of what’s that experience like for beginners. Well, luckily, each entry on my list has a fluid website and incorporates easy navigation through the most popular esports markets. Registering, logging in, depositing, choosing the matches and betting – everything on these websites is as simple as it can be.
This one needs no further explanations –
Needless to say, all of my choices are well-versed across the board in terms of betting odds. They might not have the highest ones for every single match, but generally speaking, they are definitely among the best options at the moment.
Of course, great customer support is of crucial importance not just for every esports bookmaker but for virtually every online website that offers some sort of a service/product to their visitors. As far as the bookies listed above go, they are all known for having a professional customer support team. However, you most likely won’t have to deal with them in the first place since we’re talking about some of the best and most organized esports bookies at the moment.
Betting options are always important. Luckily, esports markets have been battling for their betting presence and now it’s finally here! We are witnessing more and more esports betting options across all popular bookies. The trend is bound to keep on growing meaning the future of esports industry is going to be brilliant!
If you’re not just looking for the traditional match-winner bets, then all these bookies will hook you up with some awesome specials. BetWay is usually the best option here as they focus on specific in-game specials that are known for spicing up people’s betting experiences. So, if specials are what you are looking for from your next esports bookie, you really can go wrong with BetWay or any other one from the list above.
Here are a couple of interesting facts about this tournament for all your fact-lovers out there:
My DreamHack Winter 2018 Preview wouldn’t be complete without a proper look at the tournament format. No worries, things are pretty straightforward with this one since there are only 8 competing teams.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, DreamHack Winter 2018 will consist of 2 parts – Group Stage and Playoffs. Only 4 teams will advance to Playoffs so the Group Stage matches are, as always, of crucial importance. There’s no room for silly errors early on, that’s for sure!
Just like last year, DreamHack Winter 2018 will start off with 2 double elimination format groups, each with 4 teams onboard. Of course, only 2 of them will find their way through to the Playoffs. Opening and Winners’ matches will be played as Best of 1 while Elimination and Decider matches are scheduled for Best of 3 series.
On the other hand, all Playoffs matches will be played as Best of 3 to further increase the pressure for both teams and their respective fans. Bo3 series will be rocking the grand finals match too, with just one team taking the $50,000 grand prize home.
Since we already know both groups’ teams as well as their respective opening matches, here’s how I expect they’ll both unfold. Keep in mind that these are just my personal opinions based on the current state of affairs on the competitive scene. With that in mind, here goes nothing:
compLexity vs X6 Galaxy
The end of 2017 was nothing but a tough time for compLexity. With several roster changes down the road and several more to come, compLexity dropped to the 72nd position on HLTV’s global CSGO team ranking. Luckily, with ShahZaM and Stanislaw joining the bunch a couple of months later, things started to look a lot better. Fast forward to today, even though they haven’t qualified for ESL Pro League S8 Finals, they can still say they’ve had a solid season. ANDROID, yay, and dephh are looking impressive at times, but the consistency is still something they need to work on if they want to make a bigger impact out there.
The Swedish side, on the other hand, is nowhere near the caliber of compLexity. Sure, they are, generally speaking, in a good form lately. We are talking about tier B tournaments here but their form is still pretty solid. Unfortunately, their most recent matches against more reputable teams were rather unimpressive. Tough losses against teams such as OpTic, Vitality, and Chaos speak for themselves. That’s why I can’t really see them making too much trouble for this compLexity team… but they could cause an upset and go through to the playoffs though!
LDLC vs Heroic
In all honesty guys, I’d straight up avoid this bet. Why? Well, LDLC and Heroic are both in tough situations in their own right. In fact, this tournament is the last chance for both of these teams to make a notable achievement in 2018. A proper start for each would be to win in this opening match… but from the looks of it, it’s going to be neck and neck all the way through.
If I had to pick a winner here, I would say LDLC has slightly better odds of seeing it through. They’ve been on a solid run lately, getting closer and closer to that #10 global rank. Their roster has been playing consistently over the course of the last few months whilst Heroic made several roster changes in recent months. Most recently, they set peacemaker as their coach for TOYOTA Masters Bangkok but it’s unsure whether or not he’ll be coaching his team during DH Winter 2018 too. All in all, I give a slight advantage to LDLC but, as I said in the beginning, I’d rather avoid this one altogether.
Group A Outcome
All things considered, compLexity Gaming should snatch the first place in this group away from LDLC come the Winners’ Match. The question now is – who will be the second placed team? Well, I believe Heroic will be a major flop here and will be eliminated after just 2 matches. However, assuming compLexity takes the pole position, Decider Match against LDLC and x6tene could be a great contest. Since I have to choose, I’d say x6tence will go through to the playoffs, simply because they’ve been a better team last time out.
OpTic vs Bravado
Bravado Gaming is entering this tournament as the biggest underdog. We are talking about a South African team which just recently relocated to North America region in pursuit for greater international recognition and success. However, I can’t see them doing anything notable in this tournament. They are in a tough group, going up against the likes of G2, OpTic and ENCE, all of which are considered to be among the top 20 best CSGO teams at the moment.
As far as their Opening Match against OpTic Gaming is concerned, I firmly believe they’ll go out without a proper contest. The Danes are on a solid run winning 10 of their last 15 competitive matches. That list has some big names too; the likes of compLexity, Ghost, and BIG were all defeated by this OpTic team. With that in mind, placing a medium handicap bet (-6.5 at -120) seems like the best option for this particular matchup.
ENCE vs G2
Out of all 4 Opening Matches on Dreamhack Winter 2018, the second Group B match (ENCE vs G2) will be the best one. Bookies see ENCE as slight favorites but we all know kennyS’s brilliance comes to life in the most important moments. That’s why, I have to say I’d rather test my luck with a bet on G2 instead of going with petty -200 on ENCE.
At the moment, most bookies have G2 to win this one at roughly +150 which is a great value considering the matchup. Of course, the map is going to drastically affect this one, especially since we are talking about a BO1 match. Still, from my current point of view, I can’t agree with bookies on the favorites here. G2, even though they are having a tough run of form lately, should see this one through!
Group B Outcome
In all honesty, G2 and OpTic should see this group out and qualify for the Playoffs. However, it won’t be due to a lack of competition. Sure, Bravado Gaming probably won’t get a hold of the third match, but ENCE Esports, on the other hand, is no pushover. In my personal opinion, the Decider Match will most likely be the rerun of ENCE vs G2 Opening Match. Yup – that means I believe OpTic will be victorious against ENCE/G2 in the Winners Match. Still, as far as the Decider Match is concerned, it’s going to be a tough one, that’s for sure. If there’s a single individual that can make it or break it here, it’s definitely going to be kennyS.
At the end of the line, one thing is certain – there will be no lack of entertainment and fast-paced matches during DreamHack Winter 2018. Not just because it’s the last DH Open tournament in 2018 but also because of a strong team lineup. We’re all in for a treat with this one, I’m sure!
And now for the final few sentences of my DreamHack Winter 2018 Preview! As for the betting side of the deal, bookies seem to be favoring ENCE to win this one. ENCE outright winner betting odds are sitting at roughly +275. However, if you’re like me and you’d like a bit more risk to your game, then perhaps betting medium on OpTic at +350 or small on G2 at +800 might be better worth your while.
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