Just a few days after the tournament schedule was finalized, the CS Summit 3 title odds are finally out, and BIG, as well as NRG Esports, are the heavy favourites to win it all.
The oddsmakers over at ArcaneBet has NRG Esports and BIG tied at 4.33 odds (bet $100 to win $433) to win CS Summit 3 and take home the $63,750 prize money. The former are fresh off of a semifinals finish at the StarSeries & i-League Season 6 in Kiev, where they lost to the eventual runner-ups, Vega Squadron. Meanwhile, BIG was at the same tournament, but were only able to muster up a quarterfinals finish after losing to the eventual champions, ENCE eSports.
Both of these teams have been fringe contenders for quite a while now. In particular, NRG Esports bested their competition at the Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Shanghai, albeit the win comes with a caveat that most of the top teams skipped the first IEM event in Shanghai due to it happening during their break.
Of the two, BIG have had a more notable international finishes, specifically a second-place finish at ESL One Cologne 2018. However, BIG have been on the up-and-up for so long that it’s probably fair to wonder by now if they’re ever going to breakthrough and establish themselves as a powerhouse.
All CS Summit 3 title odds courtesy of ArcaneBet.
CS Summit 3 Title Odds Analysis
- NRG Esports at 4.33 odds
- BIG at 4.33 odds
- OpTic Gaming at 5.50 odds
- Heroic at 6.00 odds
- compLexity Gaming at 7.00 odds
- G2 Esports at 8.00 odds
- Team Kinguin at 17.00 odds
- Ghost Gaming at 17.00 odds
In CS:GO, the Summit considered one of the smaller events all year round. However, it has helped give birth to some of the best teams in CS:GO history. Case in point, the first Summit was won by SK Gaming, who after winning the tournament went on to hoist numerous trophies in the next six months. The winners of the second Summit, Team Liquid, have also since gone on an upward, slightly less dominant trend.
Either way, both of these teams have showed significant progress following their Summit wins.
BIG and NRG Esports will look to be the next team to use the Summit to help propel themselves into the upper echelon of CS:GO.
They are not alone, however. OpTic Gaming (5.50 odds),who boast significant talent on their roster, will look to finally put all of that individual prowess to good use, now that they’re among teams of the same caliber as they are. Heroic (6.00 odds) will look to do the same, but given the amount of roster turnover they’ve had in recent months and the lack of results, that seems highly unlikely.
A wildcard worth looking out for at this tournament are Team Kinguin (17.00 odds), who are led by former Virtus.Pro stalwart Witor ‘TaZ‘ Wojtas. They’ve put up decent results in the last few months, and just like ENCE eSports at Kiev, they could win big at Los Angeles.
Getting their start in Dota 2, Beyond the Summit have since expanded their laid-back brand of tournament in CS:GO. Although they encountered some delays with CS Summit 3 and had no choice but to push back the date a couple of weeks, BTS deserved some benefit of the doubt given their track record and history.
CS Summit 3 will run from November 1 to November 4, featuring 8 teams fighting over a $150,000 prize pool in a double-elimination bracket with BO3 matches and a BO5 Grand Finals.
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