ESL ONE: COLOGNE PLAYOFFS

When it comes to competitive Counter-Strike in 2020, all roads have led us to Cologne! The world’s best CS:GO teams fought tooth and nail to ascend the ESL Pro Tour rankings and secured their spot at one of the two 2020 Masters Championships, ESL One: Cologne.

The Group Stage is now behind us and we’re heading straight for the action in this week’s preview of ESL One: Cologne Playoffs. Let’s have a look at the 32 teams in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania as they stake their claim at the hefty prize purse! 

ESL ONE: COLOGNE FORMAT

As this year’s global competitions are off-limits, the current format resulted in a separation of teams into regions and divisions of unequal strength. Since the performance of the teams cannot be accessed and compared reliably, the 32 bands of warriors competed in four individual tournaments across four regions. Seeding was determined by the number of points obtained in the ESL Pro League, ESL One: Road to Rio and DreamHack Masters Spring

In the European and North American divisions, the Playoffs will be played in a single-elimination bracket. All matches are best-of-three, excluding the Grand Final best-of-five. This format is identical to the one in Asia and Oceania, with one minor difference: the upper-bracket team will be heading into the Grand Final with one map advantage. 

ESL ONE: COLOGNE RECAP

Europe

Europe’s 16 top CS:GO teams made it to Cologne, but only eight remain standing. In Group A, Sprout, Complexity, OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas saw no obstacle too large to overcome. All four teams swept through the opposing BIG, Mad Lions, Natus Vincere and mousesports, respectively. In Group B, Astralis, G2 Esports, Heroic and Team Vitality triumphed over Team Heretics, Faze Clan, MIBR and fan-favourites Fnatic. 

Remaining Teams: Astralis, Complexity Gaming, G2 Esports, Heroic, OG, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Sprout and Team Vitality. 

Prize Pool: $325,000

North America

With only eight competing teams, the NA Group Stage wrapped up rather quickly. Group A’s Chaos Esports Club and Furia Esports pushed out 100 Thieves and Gen.G Esports, while Group B’s Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid downright shoved Cloud9 and Triumph back to the bench.

Remaining Teams: Chaos Esports Club, Evil Geniuses, Furia Esports and Team Liquid. 

Prize Pool: $135,000

Asia

The four teams in the Asian division are gunning for the finals as we write. Tyloo and ViCi Gaming emerged victorious in the first two rounds, shortly after which Tyloo stomped ViCi in a 2-1. Beyond Esports and Invictus are due to clash on 28 August in a last-ditch effort for the Grand Final. 

Remaining Teams: Beyond Esports, Invictus Gaming, TYLOO, and ViCi Gaming. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

Oceania

Oceania’s top four have their eyes on the prize! Renegades are in the lead over ORDER, with Chiefs ESC and Avant Gaming scheduled for an early-morning match on 28 August. The winner of this matchup will go up against the upper-bracket loser. Although results are still up in the air, it looks like Renegades won’t leave ESL One: Cologne anytime soon. 

Remaining Teams: Avant Gaming, Chiefs ESC, ORDER, and Renegades. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

WHERE TO WATCH THE COUNTER-STRIKE ESL ONE: COLOGNE PLAYOFFS

Tune in and watch the CS:GO ESL One: Cologne Playoffs online, streamed live on the ESL One Live platform. 

If a match is currently in play, you will be directed to the live stream instantly. To view all tournament streams, videos and best-of highlights, look for ‘ESL TV’ on the left-hand menu. 

CS:GO ESL ONE: COLOGNE PLAYOFFS BETTING

We’re just in time to catch two of EU’s last matches before the Grand Final. Astralis are at 13/25 (1.52) to win their clash with Ninjas in Pyjamas at 14/9 (2.55) to topple the favourites. 

Shortly after, we will see Evil Geniuses who are 7/12 (1.58) to defeat Team FURIA at 7/5 (2.40) to unleash their fury.

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LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

Last week, we covered the explosive start to the LCS Summer Playoffs in North America; this week, we’re heading to Europe! EU’s 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs are just around the corner, with the first match set to kick off on Friday, 21 August. Europe’s top six teams will clash on the Rift in a bid for one of four World Championship qualifiers. Let’s see where we stand so far, and when you can expect you see your LEC favourites in action! 

SUMMER SEASON RECAP

In Europe, we saw the best of the best compete in a round-robin group stage, hoping to seize one of the seeds into the 2020 LEC Summer Playoffs. Out of 10 outstanding teams, six pushed through and showed us what they’re capable of.

This season, Rogue skyrocketed to the very top of the standings (ending at 13-5 W-L) and pushed MAD Lions Madrid (12-6) down to second place, both moving on to the playoffs in the winners’ bracket. Just below, G2 Esports finished strong in third place (11-7). Fnatic and SK Gaming tied at 9-9, but FNC’s Championship Points total bumped Mithy’s roster up to fourth and SK down to fifth. 

In sixth place (at least) we expected to see none other than Origen. Boy, were we in for a surprise! Just this Spring, Origen stormed the lanes and soared to third place (13-5). Unfortunately, everything went downhill from there. With defeat after defeat, we saw xPeke’s Origen sink through the ranks and leave the competition in tenth place (6-12). 

The sixth seed went to FC Schalke 04, who ended the season at 8-10. To say that the team had a rough start would be an understatement. The first matches of the Spring Split crushed their spirit in a streak of four losses, followed by Forg1ven’s departure and inevitable roster changes. It seems like it paid off though, as Schalke 04 confidently claimed sixth, and don’t look like they’re about to back down!

Excel Esports, Misfits Gaming and Team Vitality did not pull through and concluded the season in seventh, eighth and ninth places respectively. 

LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS FORMAT

The LEC Summer Playoffs will span three rounds and conclude in the semi-finals and finals, anticipated to take place in early September. Unlike previous seasons, seeding is determined by the number of obtained Championship Points, awarded for performance during the Summer Season. 

  • All matches are best of five.
  • The top four teams play in the winners bracket, fifth clashes with sixth in the losers bracket.
  • Double elimination bracket, where the first seed picks between third and fourth seed in Round One. 
  • The loser with the lowest seed from the winners bracket will play in the losers bracket in Round Two.
  • The loser with the highest seed from winners’ bracket will play in the losers bracket in Round Three. 
  • Top four qualify for 2020 Season World Championship. 

Round One is going live on 21 August, with SK Gaming vs FC Schalke 04 as the first match of the playoffs. The winner of the match will sit in the losers bracket, awaiting the lower R1 seed of the weekend’s winners bracket skirmishes. 

As the first seed, Rogue opted to face Fnatic on Sunday, leaving MAD Lions to go up against the formidable G2 Esports on Saturday, 22 August. The losers will be sorted by seed ranking and will drop down to the losers bracket in R2 and R3. The winners, on the other hand, are on a highway straight to the semi-finals. 

LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE 

Round One: 21-23 August.

Round Two: 28 August.

Round Three: 29 August. 

Semifinals: TBD, anticipated between 30 August and 5 September.

Finals: 6 September.

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

Tune in and watch the League of Legends LEC Summer Playoffs online, streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available directly on the platform. To check out ongoing skirmishes, click WATCH. Past standings and concluded matches can be viewed through the VODS tab. 

LEC 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS BETTING

FC Schalke 04 are favourites to win, at 4/9 (1.44), in their first Summer LEC Playoffs bout with SK Gaming, at 7/4 (2.75) to overwhelm their opponent. 

On Saturday, G2 Esports stand at 4/11 (1.36) to topple Mad Lions Madrid, who are at 21/10 (3.10) to roar in triumph. The second match in the winners bracket will see Rogue at 7/9 (1.78) to push through to the semi-finals, but they may have found a worthy adversary in Fnatic, who are at 34/33 (2.03) to prove their worth. 

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LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

We’re back in action, and the stakes are high — the LCS Summer Playoffs are taking off; the top eight LCS teams will cross swords in a bid for the 2020 World Championship. The teams have earned their spots through epic victories and jaw-dropping action in the Summer Season, but they must prove their worth once more. With only three qualifying spots up for grabs, we’re in for Rift-shattering plays! Let’s recap where we’re at and take a look at some LCS 2020 betting options.

SUMMER SEASON RECAP

North America’s 10 best teams went head-to-head to secure one of eight spots in the Playoffs. Team Liquid dominated the competition with a 15-3 Win-Loss ratio, Cloud9 were right on their heels at 13-5. Both teams are at the top of the LCS 2020 Summer Standings and will start off in Round Two of the winners bracket. 

FlyQuest and Team SoloMid had an impressive showing as well, both finishing the run with 12 Wins and 6 Losses. Evil Geniuses got off to a shaky start but managed to find their footing in the last few matches (8-10) and head into the Round One winners bracket along with Golden Guardians (9-9), TSM and FlyQuest. 

In the final match of the split, Dardoch’s Olaf and Aphromoo’s flawless Soraka plays secured the win for Dignitas, and with it the eighth and final spot in the LCS Summer Playoffs. Unfortunately, the final standings left Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals trailing in the dust. 

LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS FORMAT

The LCS Summer 2020 Playoffs will span three rounds and conclude in the early September Finals. 

  • The top eight teams from Summer Season clash in best of fives, with the top two teams receiving a bye into the second round of the winners bracket.
  • Teams who placed 3rd-6th (FlyQuest, TSM, Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses) are up in the first round of the winners bracket.
  • The last two (100 Thieves and Dignitas) compete in the losers bracket.
  • Double-elimination bracket, where the first seed (Team Liquid) picks between Round One winners. 
  • The top three teams qualify for the League of Legends 2020 World Championship. 

Round One started on 13 August, with TSM and Golden Guardians heading into the first skirmish. In a crushing 3-0 stomp, GG came out on top and are moving on to Round Two. 

FlyQuest made their play against Evil Geniuses on Friday, 14 August. After five exhausting matches, FlyQuest soared into Round Two with a score of 3-2 against Evil Geniuses, who are now demoted to the losers bracket. 

Dignitas and 100 Thieves, in the losers bracket, stormed the Rift against TSM and EG over the weekend. Unfortunately, the underdogs were knocked out of the running in two clean (0-3) sweeps. Pending results from the first matches of Round Two, TSM and EG are awaiting the losers and will be wrapping up Round Two next weekend. 

As the first seed, Team Liquid has the pick of their opponent, and they’re going to clash with Golden Guardians on 21 August, leaving C9 to face FlyQuest a day prior. With the first two eliminations now behind us, Round Two is sure to turn up the heat!

LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE 

Round One: 13-16 August.

Round Two: 20-23 August.

Round Three: 29-30 August.

Finals: 5-6 September. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

In the meantime, you can tune in and watch the League of Legends LCS Summer Playoffs from the comfort of your home. The LCS Summer Playoffs matches are taking place entirely online and will be streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available to registered users and visitors alike, without any restrictions. To tune-in to ongoing skirmishes, head to WATCH. Previous tournaments are available on the VODS tab. You can also check out highlights and commentary by your favourite Youtube creators and Twitch LoL streamers.

LCS 2020 BETTING

The next match will see Cloud9 as favourites, at 1/5 (1.20) to win their first LCS Summer Playoffs matchup against FlyQuest eSports at 32/9 (4.55)

The second brawl is not one you will want to miss! The leading seed, Team Liquid, sit at a comfortable 1/5 (1.20) to emerge victorious, and Golden Guardians will stake their claim at the coveted Worlds qualifier at 32/9 (4.55) to defeat the top dogs. 

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PREVIEW: DREAMHACK MASTERS GRAND FINALS

CS:GO DreamHack Masters is coming to an explosive finale this weekend, with the Grand Finals due to take place on 14 June in Europe and North America.

While we wait for Friday’s Lower Bracket Finals results, let’s have a look at DreamHack Masters standings so far. 

With only four CS:GO teams competing in Oceania and Asia, the Grand Finals in these regions wrapped up on 7 June. In Oceania, fan-favourites Renegades crushed Avant Gaming 3-2, leaving ORDER trailing in third place and Chiefs Esports Club in fourth. In Asia, TYLOO triumphed over ViCi Gaming, banking $10,000 and 185 Tournament Circuit Points. Beyond Esports were defeated by ViCi in the Lower Bracket Finals, leaving Lucid Dream in the dust.  

Quick refresher! In 2019, DreamHack partnered with ESL to announce the ESL Pro Tour, a top-tier pro circuit linking over 20 DreamHack and ESL Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events leading up to the two biggest Masters Championships of the year. All tournaments and leagues in the circuit connect through a ranking system, where teams earn points for their performance in any of the prerequisite CS:GO events. The teams will be seeded based on their point rankings, with the qualifying teams heading to IEM Katowice and ESL One: Cologne. The Cologne event will have a massive $1,000,000 prize purse up for grabs at the end of August 2020. 

DREAMHACK MASTERS – EUROPE

The playoffs kicked off on 8 June, and G2 Esports left no doubts about their intent to secure the top prize of $54,000 and 400 Pro Tour points. G2 knocked Berlin International Gaming down to the Lower Bracket on 10 June, where BIG will face the victor of Friday’s match between Natus Vincere and Faze Clan in their last bid for the Grand Final against G2. Favourites Fnatic were knocked out of the running in Round two, losing to MAD Lions Madrid 1-2. 

The Grand Finals will take place on 14 June, in a best-of-five skirmish where G2 starts with one map advantage for dominating the upper bracket. The prize pool is $160,000. Let’s see if G2’s lineup has what it takes to continue on the road to Cologne!

G2 ESPORTS ROSTER

G2 Esports, formerly known as Gamers2, is the name of a Spanish pro esports organisation currently based in Berlin, Germany. Founded by Carlos “ocelote” Rodriguez, G2 also squad up in League of Legends, Hearthstone, Rocket League, and Rainbow Six Siege. As the 2017 DreamHack Masters champions and victors of ESL One Season five and three, G2 are a formidable opponent for whoever emerges victorious on Friday.

kennyS — Kenny “kennyS” Shrub is a 25-year-old player from France. He started out playing Counter-Strike: Source and competed for Team EnVyUs before joining G2. Kenny is regarded as one of the quickest and most skilled AWPers, taking his high-risk, high-reward Magnum plays to the next level every match. 

JaCkz — 27-year-old Audric “JaCkz” Jug joined G2 in 2018, shortly after dropping 3DMAX.

AmaNEk — François “AmaNEk” is another French player, 26, who left Team LDLC in favour of G2 last year. 

nexa — Nemanja “nexa” Isaković is G2’s 24-year-old in-game leader from Serbia. Played for CR4ZY before joining G2 in 2019.

huNter- Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač switched to G2 with nexa, both playing for CR4ZY before joining FURIA. The 24-year-old Bosnian-Serb plays as a rifler. 

The team is guided by Damien “maLeK” Marcel — 34-year-old professional coach from France. Previously coached 3DMAX, Team Envy, and Owly Six. 

DREAMHACK MASTERS – NORTH AMERICA

With a smaller lineup in NA, the playoffs went live on 11 June and will conclude on 14 June. The Grand Final will follow the same format as in Europe: best-of-five with one map advantage to the team leading from the upper bracket. Six teams are still in the running for the 1st-place prize of $40,000 and 320 Pro Tour Points. In the upper bracket, Brazilians FURIA Esports trampled 100 Thieves 2-1 on 11 June, comfortably progressing to Sunday’s Grand Final. Thieves are moving down to the lower bracket, where they will go head to head with the victors of Round two.

Team Liquid go up against Gen.G Esports on Friday afternoon, while MIBR try their luck against ESL Pro League Season four winners Cloud9. The lower bracket finalists are still up in the air, meanwhile, let’s meet FURIA!

FURIA ROSTER 

Founded in 2017 by Jaime “raizen” Pádua, FURIA Esports took the crown in the Spring 2020 BLAST Premier and have consistently placed in the top four in every major event since April 2019. Teams will not be taking the threat of the Brazilian newcomers lightly! 

 yuurih — Yuri “yuurih” Santos is a professional CS:GO player. Active on the competitive scene since 2016, the 20-year-old previously competed for Virtue Gaming and INTZ eSports. 

arT — Andrei “arT” Piovezan switched from INTZ eSports to FURIA in 2018. The 24-year-old is FURIA’s in-game leader. 

VINI — At 21, Vinicius “VINI” Figueiredo is a rifler on FURIA, active since 2014, who previously played for Pichau, T Show, and Furia Academy. 

KSCERATO — Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato started out playing Counter-Strike 1.6 as a rifler. Before joining FURIA Esports, KSCERATO ran with Dai Dai Gaming and Furia Academy. 

HEN1 — 24-year-old AWPer, Henrique “HEN1” Teles, joined Counter-Strike team sixty9 back in 2011, before switching to CS:GO with KaBuM! e-Sports in 2014. Teles joined FURIA in September 2019, weeks after dropping Luminosity (currently inactive). 

Nicholas “guerri” Nogueira, 30, is currently coaching FURIA Esports after retiring as team lead in 2018. Nogueira started his career in 2006 when he played competitive Counter-Strike 1.6 with GameCrashers.br. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE CS:GO DREAMHACK MASTERS GRAND FINALS

Now that we have two of the grand finalists gearing up for combat, you may be wondering where to watch the upcoming DreamHack Masters Grand Finals. 

Both events will be streamed live via the DreamHackCS Twitch channel. The CS:GO live streams will be available in English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Swedish. You don’t need to register an account to tune-in to live matches; all official CS:GO Twitch streams are available to the public. Alternatively, follow CS:GO streamers on Youtube, Twitch, or Mixer.

To stay on top of the standings, upcoming CS:GO matches, and international Twitch streams, head on to the DreamHack Masters Survival Guide. Check it out, you may stand to win prizes from CORSAIR, Monster Energy, Intel®, and exclusive DreamHack merch! 

CS:GO BETTING

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BUNDESLIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 29

Round 29 of the Bundesliga will soon be hitting our screens, as the very best of German football continues to hit us thick and fast in another weekend of packed action and Bundesliga betting. Now in the third week since the restart of the league, players are finding their fitness and managers are ready for a final push towards achieving their season objectives.

With the league table shaping-up and points becoming ever more valuable, we’ll take a look at the upcoming fixtures for the top three Bundesliga teams, as well as an all-important mid-table battle to secure a place in the Champions League.

The title-chasers versus the relegation dodgers

The league’s top two met midweek in Der Klassiker. Bayern Munich took the victory, defeating Borussia Dortmund 1-0 away. FC Bayern now find themselves very much in control of the league, leading the pack with a seven-point gap. Both clubs will be pushing to secure a win this weekend, with each facing a desperate team in a battle to get away from the relegation positions at the bottom of the league table.  

BAYERN MUNICH VS FORTUNA DUSSELDORF: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

Bayern Munich enter the fixture dripping with confidence, and expecting the full three points, following their outstanding display of heroics at the Westfalenstadion. Being both the home side and league leaders, Bayern Munich go into the match as overwhelming favourites, at 2/33 (1.06) to win, with Fortuna Dusseldorf’s chances measured at a lowly 34/1 (35.00).

SC PADERBORN VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

Borussia Dortmund know they need to make amends for the points dropped during their home defeat to Bayern Munich last Tuesday.  With time running out to make a last-ditch effort to overtake the Bundesliga leaders, Borussia Dortmund must take advantage of being favourites to win away at 4/11 (1.36); SC Paderborn, meanwhile, are fighting to avoid being cut adrift at the bottom of the table and find themselves at 77/10 (8.70).

The rest of the league

With European places up for grabs, plenty of teams are fighting to emerge from the congested mid-table pack.

FC Koln

Yet to win a game following the restart of the season, and suffering a disastrous midweek 3-1 loss to Hoffenheim, FC Koln are in a downward spiral, slipping further down the league table.  With only eight-points separating their current 11th position and a spot into the Europa League, FC Koln have everything to play for, and more than enough talent to transform their fortunes through the upcoming fixtures.

RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig will be feeling like they’ve lost two important points following a disappointing 2-2 midweek draw against Hertha BSC. Although they still find themselves above their main rivals for third-place, Borussia Mönchengladbach, RB Leipzig will treat their away fixture against FC Koln as an opportunity to break away from a very tight position in the table.

FC KOLN VS RB LEIPZIG: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

RB Leipzig head into the fixture as strong favourites, at 5/9 (1.57) to win, with the home team, FC Koln, finding themselves at 22/5 (5.30) to cause an upset.

Freiburg

Coming off an intense 3-3 midweek draw away to Eintracht Frankfurt, Freiburg are yet another team yet who have failed to secure a win following the restart of the Bundesliga. Currently in the middle of a very changeable table – with few points making the difference either way – Freiburg need to claim victory at home to Bayer Leverkusen this Friday if they have any desire to be amongst the best of Europe next season.

Bayer Leverkusen

After being smashed 4-1 at home by a superior Wolfsburg team last Tuesday, Bayer Leverkusen head into their upcoming fixture against Freiburg potentially stripped of confidence but knowing the importance that a victory could have on the final positions of the Bundesliga. Level with Borussia Mönchengladbach in fourth place, Bayern Leverkusen must capitalise on this opportunity against weaker opposition, and take all three points in an effort to secure their goal of Champions League football next season.

FREIBURG VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN: BETTING ODDS

Despite being the travelling team, Bayer Leverkusen, are favourites to come out on top at 5/7 (1.56) to win, with Freiburg’s chances calculated at 27/7 (5.40).

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DREAMHACK MASTERS: SPRING 2020

With ESL ONE: Road to Rio all wrapped up, CS:GO pros are diving into another action-packed tournament: DreamHack Masters. Established by DreamHack in 2016, the event sets the stage for 32 teams across Europe, NA, Asia, and Oceania to stake their claim to the $300,000 prize pool in one of the biggest esports events of the year. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the ins and outs of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, take a peek at our recently-published CS:GO – All You Need To Know post. You’ll find an in-depth overview of CS:GO esports events, how to play Counter-Strike, and an introduction to CS:GO betting.

This year, the roaring Malmo arena is off-limits to our favourite CS:GO professional teams and players. Much like the ESL ONE: Road to Rio, the regional DreamHack tournaments are going to take place entirely online. Before we unpack the lineups of this year’s DreamHack Masters, let’s have a look at the final standings of ESL One: Road to Rio. 

ESL ONE: Road to Rio Recap

The world’s 56 best CS:GO teams fought tooth and nail to secure one of the 24 qualifier places for the upcoming ESL CS:GO Major in Brazil, the 16th Valve-sponsored event featuring a massive $2,000,000 prize pool.

Europe: First place went to Astralis, followed by G2 Esports, Faze Clan, and last year’s DreamHack Masters runners-up Team Vitality. 

North America: Furia Esports ceded the crown to newcomers Gen.G Esports. The third and fourth places went to Cloud9 and Team Liquid. 

CIS: Team Spirit were victorious, trailed by Winstrike Team, Hard Legion Esports, and Russia’s Virtus.pro.

South America: BOOM Esports blasted through the competition, leaving 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places to Isurus, Imperial e-Sports, and Red Canids. 

Asia: TIGER triumphed over TYLOO in the grand finals, while D13 and ViCi Gaming tied for the last two qualifiers of the season. 

Oceania: Fan-favourite Renegades topped the charts, followed by ORDER, Chiefs Esports Club, and the WESG 2019 Oceania winners Ground Zero Gaming.

Dreamhack Masters Format

The 32 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams competing in this spring’s DreamHack Masters are spread across four major regions: Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. The regional tournaments will feature unique prize pools, with the larger purses attributed to EU and NA due to the greater number of competing teams. 

Europe

Europe’s DreamHack Masters Group Stage is running through 30 May, with playoffs set to begin on 8 June. The 16 qualifying teams include ESL’s top four: Astralis, G2, Faze Clan, and Team Vitality. Four groups of four teams are playing round-robin best-of-three, with the first-place winners in each group heading to the playoffs in the upper bracket. Second and third-place teams will compete in the lower bracket, while fourth-placed teams will be eliminated. All playoffs are best-of-three, except the finals — a best-of-five round with a 1-0 advantage to the team from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Astralis, Complexity Gaming, ENCE, Faze Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, Heroic, MAD Lions, mousesports, Natus Vincere, North, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Vitality, GODSENT, Team Spirit, and BIG. 

Prize Pool: $160,000

North America

North American DreamHack Masters follows a similar structure to EU’s format. The eight teams will wrap up Group Stage matches on 30 May, with the top CS:GO teams advancing to playoffs in early June. Teams compete in two groups of four, playing round-robin best-of-three matches. First place advances to the playoffs in the upper bracket, second and third take lower, and fourth will be eliminated. FURIA are leading Group A, closely followed by Team Liquid. Group B’s standings will shift through Sunday when Gen.G meet Cloud9. 

Teams: 100 Thieves, Evil Geniuses, FURIA Esports, Team Liquid, MIBR, Cloud9, Chaos Esports Club, and Gen.G Esports. 

Prize Pool: $100,000

Asia

With only four CS:GO teams competing in Asia, the teams are seeded directly into a double-elimination bracket. The playoffs open on 2 June, and all matches will be played best-of-three. The final face-off is a best-of-five match with a 1-0 advantage to the team coming from the upper bracket. 

Teams: Beyond Esports, Lucid Dream, TYLOO, and ViCi Gaming. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

Oceania

ESL ONE: Road to Rio’s top three are ready for another gruelling conflict! Renegades, Chiefs Esports Club, and ORDER are heading into a double-elimination bracket, with Avant Gaming as the fourth and final team. The format is identical to Asia’s: best-of-threes beginning on 2 June, with a 1-0 map advantage to the upper bracket contenders in the final best-of-five. 

Teams: Avant Gaming, Chiefs ESC, ORDER, and Renegades. 

Prize Pool: $20,000

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ESL ONE: ROAD TO RIO

Between 22nd April and 17th May, the world’s best 56 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams will compete in fierce competition. The purpose? To score valuable points and qualify for the ESL CS:GO Major due to take place later on this year.

With a $255,000 prize pool and 24 places up for grabs, the competition is primed for the best CS:GO players to take to the stage. Can they prove they’ve got what it takes to perform when the eyes of the world are on them?

If you don’t know what CS:GO is, check out our guide here before reading further.

SECURING QUALIFICATION TO THE MAJOR

In the context of the current world pandemic, the need for an entire rescheduling and restructuring of the CS:GO Major calendar was deemed necessary, leaving it up to game developers, Valve, to redesign their traditional qualification structure.

As a result, CS:GO teams will now need to qualify into the Major through an expanding online format, across various competitions. Teams will now look to secure points for their Regional Major Ranking – also known as their RMR – in an effort to qualify into the Major as either Legends, Challengers or Contenders, dependant on their positional ranking.

The first tournament to provide teams with points will be the ESL One: Road to Rio, with further competitions lined up before the Major due to take place in November.

ESL: ONE ROAD TO RIO FORMAT

The 56 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams taking place in the ESL One: Road to Rio, have been split into smaller groups of six regions: Europe, North America, Oceania, South America, Asia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Each region of teams will share a unique prize pool, as well as available slots for the Major.

EUROPE

Europe hosts some of the best-known teams taking part in the tournament. With 10 slots available to the Major, three Legends, five Challengers and two Contenders, as well as the biggest prize pool of $105,000, there’s plenty at stake for the 16 teams battling it out. Popular teams inside the division include Astralis and Team Vitality, who have both been tipped to do very well in not only the qualification tournaments but also the upcoming Major.

Teams: Astralis, ENCE, Vitality, mousesports, G2, c0ntact Gaming, FaZe Clan, North, fnatic, Complexity, Team Heretics, NiP, Movistar Riders, Copenhagen Flames, GODSENT and Dignitas.

NORTH AMERICA

North American CS:GO fans will witness a division that holds intense competition with the current sixth place ranked Team Liquid and seventh place world-ranked Evil Geniuses. In what’s sure to make for thrilling matchups, North American teams will compete for six slots and a prize pool of $70,000.

Teams: Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, Liquid, MIBR, FURIA, Gen.G, Bad News Bears, Cloud9, Triumph, Team Envy, Orgless, Yeah Gaming.

ASIA

TYLOO and Vici Gaming lead the competition in Asia, in a group also filled with six other teams fighting for a single Contenders slot into the Major and a prize pool of $10,000, between the 6th and 10th May.

Teams: TYLOO, ViCi, Mazaalai, TIGER, Lucid Dream, Camel Riders and two TBD (Asia Qualifier Tiebreakers).

OCEANIA AND SOUTH AMERICA

Oceanic and South American CS:GO contenders have both been placed into groups of four teams, and will each be sharing a prize pool of $10,000, as well as one regional Contender slot for ESL One: Rio 2020.

Oceanic Teams: Renegades, ORDER, Chiefs Esports Club and Ground Zero Gaming.

South American Teams: RED Canids, BOOM, Isurus and Team One.

COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES

The second biggest division in the competition, with 12 teams, the Commonwealth of Independent States contains some of the most popular teams in CS:GO esports. With five slots and a prize pool of $50,000 up for grabs, teams like Natus Vincere, who find themselves currently ranked as the number one CS:GO team globally, will be looking to put their stamp on the division.

Teams: Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, Winstrike, Gambit Youngsters, Spirit, Syman, Espada, Hard Legion, Unique, forZe and two TBD (CIS Qualifier Tiebreakers).

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PREVIEW: F1 ESPORTS CHINESE VIRTUAL GP

The 3rd official F1 esports Virtual Grand Prix will take place this Sunday, with six Formula 1 drivers confirmed.

The third instalment of the official F1 esports Virtual Grand Prix series gets underway this Sunday, as six current Formula 1 drivers line up alongside celebrities and other big names in the sport.

Via the official Formula 1 2019 video game, drivers will join the race taking place at the Shanghai International Circuit remotely from the comfort of their own game station. The event itself has been set up to give drivers time for qualification runs on the circuit, in which the formation of the grid will be decided by each driver’s individual qualification timing, followed by the race itself.

THE F1 DRIVERS

Charles Leclerc – With Ferrari F1 boss, Mattia Binotto, praising his driver’s victory in the last event, Charles Leclerc returns to the Virtual Grand Prix series full of confidence. Looking to cement his place as the leader of F1 drivers taking part in the virtual race, Leclerc will be eager to produce another fine display of driving.

Alex Albon – After landing an impressive fifth place qualification lap in the Australian Virtual Grand Prix, Albon found himself dropping down to 15th after a terrible spin on the first lap. The Thai-British racing driver kept his head down throughout the race, making up time and crossing the finishing line in eighth place. Having impressed his viewers with a mid-week win in a charity stream with other F1 drivers, Albon will be looking to secure a podium and improve his Virtual Grand Prix record this Sunday.

George Russell – Russell impressed fans by qualifying second in his first Virtual Grand Prix two weeks ago. The British driver, unfortunately, made a mistake on lap five at Turn One, and fell back to fourth. Fighting tooth and nail against Charles Leclerc’s younger brother Arthur, Russell managed to secure a third-place podium finish in his first-ever Virtual Grand Prix.

Lando Norris – Last time out, the McLaren driver encountered a few technical problems and was forced to retire early from the Australian Virtual Grand Prix. With an army of fans and followers knowing exactly how fast Norris is in the online world, the British driver will be raring to go, and hopefully ensuring that his gaming cables are firmly connected this time around.

Antonio Giovinazzi – A surprising late addition to the Australian Virtual Grand Prix, the Italian driver immediately demonstrated a feel for the esport, sealing an eight-place qualification for the race. With Giovinazzi’s confidence growing with every lap, the Alfa Romeo F1 driver impressed fans with a series of beautiful overtakes, securing a fifth-place race finish. After spending more and more time on the virtual grids of the Formula 1 2019 video game throughout the week, Giovinazzi will be eager to transition his training into results.

Nicholas Latifi – Finishing qualification for the Australian Virtual Grand Prix in seventh-place, just behind F1 rival Alex Albon, Nicholas Latifi found himself losing places and time throughout the event due to a few unlucky slips, and crashes in front of him. The Canadian driver is still waiting for his first race in an actual F1 car and will be keen to keep racing with his competitors in the esport setting, and possible nicking a few places off each of them. 

WHO ELSE IS RACING?

The six F1 drivers will be joined by a number of celebrities and big names to fill out the grid, including Real Madrid and Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The footballer has quickly made a name for himself in the esport, frequently joining F1 drivers on their racing streams and impressing. Courtois will be taking a seat in one of the Red Bulls.

HOW TO WATCH THE CHINESE VIRTUAL GRAND PRIX

The Chinese Virtual Grand Prix will be available this Sunday 19th, broadcasted live from the Gfinity Esports Arena from 19:00 CEST. Streams to tune into the action will be available on all Formula 1 channels including, F1.com, Formula 1 YouTube, F1 Twitch and Formula 1 Facebook.

The event itself is expected to run for around one hour and a half, with spectators able to enjoy live commentary throughout qualifying, as well as the 28-lap race around the virtual Shanghai International Circuit.

Drivers will be joining the action from their remote setups all around the world and will be racing with game settings configured to ensure that participants will have equal performance on their virtual cars.

The race will also be available to be viewed through live broadcast with international broadcast partners including Sky Sports F1.

F1 ESPORTS CHINESE VIRTUAL GP BETTING

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PREVIEW: FINALS OF LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC AND LCS

The League of Legends Championship Series in Europe (LEC) and North America (LSC) draw to an explosive close this weekend, as Saturday’s matches set the stage for the Spring Season Finals on Sunday. The stakes are high: the winning teams in both leagues qualify for the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). In Europe, Fnatic swept through the competition and are the first team to move on to the final Best of Five. NA’s first contender is Cloud9, who dominated the Rift with equally impressive plays. 

Their opponents will be determined following the last semi-final matches on Saturday. EU’s MAD Lions Madrid are bracing for a challenge as they set up to meet G2 Esports at 17:00 CEST. Their last playoff match was against Fnatic, who dominated MAD Lions in a crushing 3-0 victory. This time they’re in a tough match-up against G2, the runners-up of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. G2 Esports are switching things up this season and it seems to be paying off well. Following last year’s incredibly successful run, G2 swapped two of their players in this season’s roster: Perkz in the Mid Lane and Caps now in Bot. The fans love to see Perkz shine in the Mid Lane and we’re eager to see what he has in store for Saturday’s match. 

In NA, Evil Geniuses return to LCS for the first time since 2014 with a fully revamped roster and face Flyquest at 22:00 CEST on Saturday. Evil Geniuses are one of the oldest esports organizations around: they’ve been on the scene since 1999, with teams in popular competitive games like CS:GO, Quake, DotA 2, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends. Their return to League has been fruitful, but Saturday’s opponent isn’t to be taken lightly. Flyquest, co-owned by Wesley Edens of the Milwaukee Bucks, is Cloud9’s Challenger brand with a formidable roster. Although their 2019 season didn’t run so smoothly, we’re expecting edge-of-your-seat plays from V1per and WildTurtle this weekend.

LEC: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Fnatic (FNC) are moving on to the finals after an impressive run in the playoffs. The team is a part of the Fnatic professional esports organization, with players from all around the world competing in the top esports events. FNC entered the League scene back in 2011 and shook the fans by claiming the Riot Season 1 Championship title. To this day they remain a formidable opponent for anyone on and off the Rift. Having won three Global Offensive Majors, Fnatic’s Counter-Strike team is one of the best in the game’s history.

Let’s meet the talent behind this season’s incredible League of Legends lineup. 

ROSTER

Bwipo – Gabriël Rau. FNC’s current TOP laner who briefly switched to BOT in the EU LCS 2018  Summer Split. Bwipo is a solid TOP player, he started back in 2015 with mCon esports and played for Rox before switching to Fnatic. Awarded “Esports PC Rookie of the Year” in 2018. 

Selfmade – Oskar Boderek. Selfmade joined Fnatic in 2019 and roams the Jungle. Received seven Player of the Game awards in the 2019 LEC Spring, more than any other player! Previously jungled for MAD Lions and SK Gaming.

Nemesis – Tim Lipovšek. On the competitive scene since 2016, Nemesis is a stone-cold MID laner. The 20-year-old from Slovenia played for VAPE NAYS and MAD Lions in the past, he’s known for keeping his cool in the roughest match-ups and his rip-roaring Pentakill in the 2019 LEC Spring Playoffs on Kayle. 

Rekkles – Martin Larsson. Rekkles is Fnatic’s ADC down in BOT lane. Prior to joining competitive League of Legends in 2012, Martin Larsson was a very talented football player who had to give up the sport due to injury. His favourite League of Legends champions are Vayne and Kennen, and in 2019 he became the first player to reach 1500 Kills in the LEC.

Hylissang – Zdravets Iliev Galabov. Hilly is the team’s Support player from Bulgaria, who competed for Unicorns of Love before joining Fnatic in 2017. On 09.08.2019, Hylissang reached 2500 Assists in the LEC.  

LSC: NORTH AMERICA’S LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

North America’s first LCS finalist are Cloud9 (C9), a professional esports organization based in Los Angeles. Cloud9 was formed with the acquisition of the Quantic Gaming League of Legends roster in 2013. Their success in the NA LCS led the organization to form divisions in other esports: Hearthstone, DotA 2, Call of Duty, CS:GO, Overwatch, and others. Cloud9’s Counter-Strike roster became the first and only NA team to win a Global Offensive Major. 

C9’s track record in League is equally impressive: they won the 2018 NA Regional Finals and consistently place in the top three in all major tournaments. 

Here’s the Cloud9 roster for the 2020 LCS Spring Finals.

ROSTER

Licorice – Eric Ritchie. Licorice joined C9 in 2017 and plays up TOP with his favourite champion picks like Fiora and Poppy. The young Canadian previously played for eUnited, who dominated the NA Challenger Series in 2016.

Blaber – Robert Huang. Blaber is C9’s versatile Jungler who joined the team in 2018. He prefers aggressive champions like Kindred, Lee Sin, Nidalee, and Elise. 

Nisqy – Yasin Dinçer. Nisqy is a Belgian MID laner who competed in the EU since 2015, prior to joining Cloud9 in NA. He prefers to mages to AD champions, some of his favourites are Orianna, Syndra, Ryze, Cassiopeia, and Zoe. 

Zven – Jesper Svenningsen. Previously known as “Niels”, Zven is a 22-year-old BOT laner from Belgium. He previously played for outstanding teams like G2 Esports in EU and TSM when he switched regions to NA. He’s been competing in League since 2013, and is one of two players to record a Pentakill in both the EU and NA LCS.

Vulcan – Philippe Laflamme. Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme is a Canadian Support player for Cloud9. He briefly played for Dignitas in 2019, shortly before joining C9 in November of the same year. This season he’s running champs like Tahm Kench, Blitzcrank, Nautilus, and occasionally pulls out his favourite: Thresh. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC AND LCS FINALS

Now that you’ve met the top two teams of the EU and NA pro leagues, here’s where you can watch the League of Legends LEC and LSC Finals.

The semis and finals will be streamed live directly on the League of Legends Esports platform. You don’t need to register an account or sign-up for anything, the tournament schedule, standings, and vods are available to everyone. To tune-in to Live matches, head on to WATCH. Previous tournaments with highlights and commentary are available on the VODS tab. You can also enjoy the LEC and LSC Finals on Youtube and Twitch, where many League of Legends streamers follow the biggest LoL events.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS BETTING

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DOTA 2: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena esports scene is dominated by the two MOBA goliaths: League of Legends from Riot Games and Valve’s Defense of the Ancients 2. These real-time strategy games are entirely free-to-play sequels to the astonishingly popular Defense of the Ancients mod for Blizzard’s Warcraft III. We’ve already covered LoL here, so in this guide, we’ll focus on DotA 2; taking a behind-the-scenes look at this MOBA and what led to its prominence.

WHAT IS DOTA 2?

The success of the fan-made DotA game mod caught the eye of Valve Corporation, an American video game developer and publisher known for titles like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, and Team Fortress (Valve is also the developer of the video game digital distribution service Steam). In 2009, Valve made a move to hire the lead designer of Defense of the Ancients, IceFrog, to remake the mod with a more modern look and feel. The game was released on a free-to-play model, maintained by a Battle Pass subscription and non-game altering enhancements like cosmetics and audio packs. Since its release, DotA 2 has been continuously updated and even made the impressive leap to virtual reality.

LOL VS DOTA 2

Much like League of Legends, DotA2 is a 5v5 clash of two teams who coordinate map and objective control to siege the enemy base and claim victory. Before we dive into the DotA 2 gameplay, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the key differences between the two MOBA giants: League of Legends vs DotA 2. 

Both games are highly competitive, but LoL favours accessibility and entertainment above all else. Every League of Legends champion is available for purchase using in-game currency which can be obtained simply by playing. The easiest LoL champions are also the easiest to acquire: limiting the pool when you are just getting started creates a smooth transition that doesn’t overwhelm new players. Cosmetic upgrades, like champion skins and summoner icons, can be purchased for real currency or unlocked through RNG and special events. As a result, League of Legends is a very user-friendly game that makes it easy to explore and enjoy the universe of Runeterra. 

DotA 2, on the other hand, stakes its wager on depth to create a far more complex gaming experience. It offers unrestricted access to every hero in the game from the very beginning, multi-step customisation options, and many useable items. The depth of detail shines through each of the over 100 playable DotA 2 characters, known as heroes. League of Legends champions tend to have a standard set of five abilities, with a few exceptions, while DotA 2 heroes crank it up and tune in to their wild side. Many of the heroes have multiple sets of abilities and spells: with so many combat mechanics, no DotA 2 tournament goes without mindblowing plays. Although the game offers tutorial and player vs bots modes, the sheer abundance of choice doesn’t make it easy for novice players, with the game more appealing to dedicated MOBA veterans who thirst for a little more “OOMPH” in their gameplay. 

DOTA 2 GAMEPLAY

The main objective of DotA 2 is to breach the enemy defences and lay siege to their stronghold. Destroying the most important building of the opponent’s base, the Ancient, is the only way to achieve victory. The DotA 2 map is split into two sections, Radiant and Dire, and has three lanes divided by the river and jungle. Players slay minions (in-game AI units) and enemy heroes to gain experience, gold, and strategic advantage. The mechanics of how to play DotA 2 have many similarities with League but retain that flair of complexity and depth that the original DotA mod once had. 

HEROES

Players can choose one of 119 heroes and work together to coordinate team fights, objective control, and lane dominance. The primary roles of DotA 2 heroes are Core and Support. Cores, or carries, are fairly vulnerable in the early game but their survivability can be enhanced through in-game items. Carries grow stronger as the game progresses and deal absolutely devastating amounts of damage as they carry their team to victory. Supports focus on utility and control. They don’t shine when it comes to dealing damage, but their healing, shielding, crowd control, and team buff abilities excel when it comes to setting up plays or protecting the carries. 

AGILITY

Agility heroes gain attack damage and attack speed as their primary attribute increases over the course of the game. They scale well with offensive items and have the highest damage output in the game. These damage dealers are a threat in any lane!

STRENGTH

Strength heroes gain attack damage, health, health regeneration, and magic resistance, with every increase of the strength attribute. Most are melee and some often fill the support role as tanks, but their ability to deal damage shouldn’t be overlooked! These resilient heroes strike a balance between aggressive and defensive play, staying relevant throughout all stages of the game. 

INTELLIGENCE

Intelligence heroes focus on improved spell-casting. The intelligence attribute grants them mana, mana regeneration, attack damage, and spell amplification. They have an immense pool of crowd control abilities and spells that wreak havoc in the mid and early game.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

THE ANCIENT

All of the lanes in DotA 2 are direct paths connecting the Ancients of Radiant and Dire. These massive structures are found inside the centre of each team’s base, near the respawn Fountain. Each Ancient is protected by a series of towers running down the lanes and will be invulnerable to damage until the last two towers fall. Teams must protect their base and seek out opportunities to destroy the opposing team’s Ancient in order to win the match. 

ROSHAN

Aside from striving to gain the most experience and gold to tip the scales in late-game, both teams should keep an eye out for the most formidable monster in DotA 2: Roshan the Immortal. Roshan spawns at the beginning of the match, but very few heroes can take him on alone before late-game. Engaging Roshan is a team decision and can be a decisive turn point of the match. Roshan grows stronger as the game progresses but slaying this beast will award plenty of gold and powerful items!

DOTA 2 BETTING

DotA 2 does not back down when facing the uncertainty around sporting events. While live DotA 2 tournaments have been postponed, this spring’s biggest competitive events – the Electronic Sports League (ESL)  – have been split into online leagues. 

Check out EnergyBet for top-tier odds on upcoming DotA 2 ESL One Los Angeles 2020 group stage matches in Europe and CIS. As DotA 2 teams around the world brace for their climb to Valve’s The International tournament, we’ll keep you covered and informed every step of the way! 

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CS:GO: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, aka CS:GO, is a highly-skilled, competitive online multiplayer first-person shooter, developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the fourth iteration of the highly successful Counter-Strike series and remains one of the most popular first-person shooters around. 

CS:GO Game Modes

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a competitive first-person shooter that splits players into two teams; Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists. There are two main game modes which determine the main objective of each match: Defuse and Hostage Rescue. 

Defuse 

Considered the main playstyle, the Defuse game type is used in most competitive CS:GO live esports events. Players are divided into teams of Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists, each with particular objectives to secure the round win. The Terrorist team starts with a bomb that can be planted in two different defined locations around the map area. The Counter-Terrorists, who begin the round closer to the bomb sites, must defend the positions and ensure the bomb is not detonated. Each team may win the round by eliminating each member of the opposing team, or detonating or defusing the bomb accordingly. Should the round run out of time, the Counter-Terrorists are deemed the winners.   

Hostage Rescue 

Like the Defuse game mode, players are divided into teams of Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists, each with objectives to secure the round win. Terrorists start the round with two hostages, which the Counter-Terrorists must reach, rescue and return to the start zone. Counter-Terrorists need only save one hostage to win the round; each team can also be deemed the victor by eliminating each member of the opposing team. Unlike Defuse, however, should the time run out, Terrorists will be awarded the round win. 

Each of these game modes can be played casually or competitively, with a variety of settings, such as the number of players in the lobby, the number of rounds required to win, the overall matched skill rating, and the addition of friendly fire.

CS:GO Gameplay

Competitively, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is played five versus five, with the team who manages to win 16 rounds first, deemed the victor of the match. CS:GO teams enter the game as Terrorist and Counter-Terrorists for 15 rounds, before switching to the other side, giving both teams the opportunity to perform both roles. Players are rewarded with money to buy better weapons and items after every round, with the amount dependent on both the individual score of the player and team score. The individual score rating is based on how well the player performs in regard to kills, objectives secured, and whether their team wins or loses.

Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists are relatively similar, with the main differences being the objectives they need to perform and some differentiation in the weapons selection page. While they mostly share the same guns, Terrorists have access to more powerful and slightly cheaper weapons, whilst Counter-Terrorists weapons are a bit more accurate. 

The main goal of CS:GO is to complete your team objective round after round, in order to win the match. The most successful teams tend to implement strategic tactics and elaborate strategies to gain advantages over their competition. The best players have spent a long time mastering every aspect of the game, from knowing the maps inside out to having deadly aim with their curser. 

CS:GO Betting

Since its release back in 2012, CS:GO has successfully been the most played first-person shooter in the world, boasting sales of over 25 million copies. Given this immense global popularity, it is not surprising that the game has built a huge fan base of established and new players. 

With frequent tournaments throughout the year and reward pools in the millions, coverage of this esport is immense, with incredible amounts of viewers tuning in to watch their favourite teams compete. 

As the world deals with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, many live sporting events have been cancelled or postponed, leading many sports fans to turn their attention to massive, and fiercely competitive, esports such as CS:GO. Unlike traditional sports, esports have the advantage of being able to be played from the comfort of a home setting. This has allowed competitive play and events to continue, all of which can be found at EnergyBet

You can bet on a variety of esports and virtual sports at Energybet, with a wide selection of bets available for each event. For CS:GO betting, there are options to wager on Match Winner, Map Winner, Map Handicaps and more!

Stay tuned to EnergyBetWorld to find out more information about CS:GO tournaments and the exciting online world of esports, and to stay up to date with the biggest esports events around the world.  

PREVIEW: F1 ESPORTS AUSTRALIAN VIRTUAL GP

The 2nd official F1 esports Virtual Grand Prix will take place this Sunday, as new Formula 1 drivers get set to join the online grid.

Formula 1 continues to replace cancelled Grand Prix events with virtual races. The move is sure to please fans of the sport who were introduced to the serious online world of racing on March 22nd, as they watched Guanyu Zhou overcome fierce competition, and take a well-deserved victory in a thrilling Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix.

With the sport approaching its third cancelled race, the Formula 1 team are making their final preparations for a virtual Sunday behind the wheel, at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit – as the Vietnam circuit where the live event was going to originally held, is currently unavailable on the official F1 2019 video game.

Line-up

The Melbourne Virtual Grand Prix welcomes back Formula 1 drivers Lando Norris and Nicholas Latifi for their second virtual race, with the former being kept busy through last Sunday’s official #ChallangeLando virtual competition.

Alongside the duo, Ferrari’s boy wonder Charles Leclerc, newly promoted Red Bull driver Alex Albon, and Williams’ golden boy George Russell, take to their home setups to join in the action this Sunday.

The five Formula 1 drivers will be racing for their respective teams and be joined by former driver and fan favourite Johnny Herbert, England cricket hero Ben Stokes, Haas F1 Team Reserve Driver Pietro Fittipaldi and other notable personalities linked to F1 and the racing esports scene.

Meet the F1 Drivers

Lando Norris – Lando Norris enjoyed 2019 as his first Formula 1 season as a racing driver competing for McLaren. A winner of numerous racing series’, Lando exceeded expectations as he drove alongside tested teammate Carlos Sainz, to secure 4th place Constructors Championship finish for McLaren. While suffering more than his fair share of bad luck throughout the season, Lando has still managed to not only impress everyone on the grid with his incredible driving but also gain a massive esports following. His many loyal fans tune in to his frequent online racing live stream sessions where he is often joined by other Formula 1 drivers.

Nicholas Latifi – Contracted to replace Robert Kubica at Williams for the 2020 season, Nicholas Latifi is new to Formula 1. Although his skills haven’t yet been put to the test behind the wheel of a real F1 car, fans of the sport will know that the Canadian driver’s Formula 2 credentials speak for themselves. Now racing his second F1 esports Virtual Grand Prix, Latifi will be looking to get himself further up the field, following his 6th place Bahrain finish.

Charles Leclerc – Ferrari’s new boy for 2019, Charles Leclerc spent his debut season with the Italian outfit wowing the entire grid. Seemingly finding himself in his element from the start of the season, Leclerc immediately turned his harshest critics into die-hard fans, with excellent displays of defiant drives. Dedicating his first-ever Grand Prix win in Belgium to his lifelong friend Anthoine Hubert, who had sadly passed away over that weekend, Leclerc immediately became a Ferrari legend n the following race by winning the Italian Grand Prix in front of a home crowd. Outscoring his 4-time championship teammate on his second season in F1, Leclerc promises to not only be the future of Ferrari, but the future of Formula 1.

Alex Albon – Starting off his rollercoaster debut season in F1 behind the wheel of a Toro Rosso, Albon got the call for promotion into the Red Bull car midway through the season, and hasn’t looked back since. While the previous driver, Pierre Gasly, struggled with the pressure that comes with a Red Bull drive, Albon thrived. During his first race with Red Bull at the Belgium Grand Prix, Albon gave the grid a taste of what to expect. Starting last, the British racing driver charged through the traffic to secure an extraordinary 5th place finish. With Albon coming heartbreakingly close to achieving his first podium in 2019, it’s only a matter of time before the Red Bull driver takes the grid by the horns, and earns himself a pole position finish.

George Russell – British racing driver George Russell is considered one of the hottest prospects in Formula 1. Although having what many would call a difficult first season racing with the underperforming Williams car, George Russell’s achievements through the different divisions of Formula 1 are some of the most coveted within the sport. Winning at every level of the sport, Russell has claimed both the 2018 Drivers championship in FIA Formula 2 and the 2017 GP3 Series Drivers’ championship.

How to watch the Melbourne Virtual Grand Prix

The Melbourne Virtual Grand Prix will be available this Sunday 5th, broadcasted live from the Gfinity Esports Arena from 8:00 pm CEST. Streams to tune into the action will be available on all Formula 1 channels including, F1.com, Formula 1 YouTube, F1 Twitch and Formula 1 Facebook.

The event itself is expected to run for around one and a half hours, with spectators able to enjoy live commentary throughout qualifying, as well as a 28-lap race around the virtual Albert Park Circuit, in Melbourne, Australia.

Drivers will be joining in the action from their remote setups all around the world and will be racing with game settings configured to ensure that participants will have equal performance settings on their virtual cars.

The Virtual Grand Prix will also be available to be viewed through live broadcast with international broadcast partners including Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix.



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