Astralis have dominated the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive landscape so far in 2018, which is why they’re heavily favoured in the latest ECS Season 6 finals betting odds to defend their title and win the 8-team showdown that’s about to go down at the Esports Stadium in Arlington.
Astralis are currently a 1.7 odds favourite (bet $100 to win $170) on the latest ECS Season 6 finals betting odds according to the lines monitored by GGbet. This really shouldn’t come off as a surprise though. What Astralis are doing right now is history in the making. They have won 7 out of the 13 LAN tournaments they have played in this year. This includes winning arguably the most important tournament of 2018, the FACEIT London Major.
Fresh off a 3-0 sweep of Team Liquid in the Grand Finals of IEM Chicago 2018, Astralis are in top shape heading into the tournament.
Astralis find themselves grouped up alongside mousesports (6 odds to win), MIBR (16 odds to win), and Cloud9 (21 odds to win). At this point, Astralis are essentially a shoo-in to win Group A at 1.4 odds and make it all the way to the Grand Finals at 1.16 odds.
The team closest behind Astralis are Team Liquid, who are on the betting board at 5 odds to win the tournament.
Easily the second-best CS:GO team this 2018, Team Liquid should have no trouble besting their opponents and emerging on top of Group B (1.72 odds). Although we can’t really say the same for the odds of Team Liquid making it all the way to the Grand Finals.
ECS Season 6 Finals Betting Odds: Breakdown
- Astralis at 1.7 odds.
- Team Liquid at 5 odds.
- mouseports at 6 odds.
- Ninjas in Pyjamas at 11 odds.
- NRG at 15 odds.
- MIBR at 16 odds.
- North at 19 odds.
- Cloud9 at 21 odds.
All ECS Season 6 finals betting odds courtesy of GGbet.
Finding MIBR all the way down the bottom half is surprising, to say the least. This is still a team composed of a majority of the once-dominant SK Gaming roster we’re talking about here.
MIBR may have suffered from back-to-back disappointments at BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2018 (6th place) and IEM Chicago 2018 (Top 12), but it’s obvious that the team still believes on the current roster. Because, if not, they’d have already switched out a player or two. They haven’t yet, and considering that all it takes is a single good run to get a team back to playing confidently, you really just can’t sleep on MIBR this tournament.
Speaking of sleeping, both mousesports and Ninjas in Pyjamas have been on the upswing lately. The former recently came from behind to win ESL One New York 2018 against Team Liquid. Meanwhile, the latter have experienced a bit of a resurgence these past few months. Although Patrik ‘forest‘ Lindberg and Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT‘ Alesund both remain the pillars of the team, they’ve had quite a bit of help from the rest of the team lately. In particular, it has come from one of their latest additions, their new in-game leader, Jonas ‘Lekro‘ Olofsson.
Of the teams here in the tournament, however, it’s worth noting that only North have actually beaten their fellow Danes in a Grand Final.
ECS Season 6 Finals Betting Odds: Predictions
ECS Season 6 Finals — Winner
Let’s just put it this way: Astralis have won more than half of the tournaments they’ve played the entire year. Historically, that gives them north of a 50% chance of winning the tournament.
Irrefutable logic aside, Astralis have been so good that they’re already in contention for the title of best CS:GO team ever. Of course, the Danes are not invincible. Fnatic could attest to just how the Danes can and will actually bleed. But, their periods of invulnerability are far and few in between. This, then, makes an upset seem quite dubious.
Although other teams will definitely try their best to upset Astralis, it’d be pretty foolish to not go all in on them to win the tournament.
Betting: Astralis as the Winners of the ECS Season 6 finals at 1.7 odds. (GGbet)
ECS Season 6 Finals — To Reach the Finals
Really, MIBR? Why not Team Liquid? Or, mousesports? Or maybe even North or Ninjas in Pyjamas? Surely, MIBR stand no chance right? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Despite posting one lackluster performance after another these past few months, you simply just cannot deny the fact that this is a team composed of some of the best talents that the scene has to offer. Their chemistry might be off for some reason, but we all know that it doesn’t take much to get players of this caliber going, especially Marcelo ‘coldzera‘ David.
We all know that online results don’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things, but it is worth pointing out that MIBR qualified for the ECS Season 6 Finals by placing a close third at the North American League. In addition to this, they topped the North American qualifiers for the ESL Pro League Season 8 by a huge margin.
The last time MIBR met against Astralis in the Grand Finals was at BLAST Pro Series: Istanbul 2018, where MIBR pushed Astralis to a full three games and came just a few rounds away from beating the best CS:GO team in the world.
While we don’t necessarily believe that MIBR will flip the script this time around, we do think that they’ll surprise everyone with a deep run at the ECS Season 6 finals.
Betting: MIBR to reach the Grand Finals of the ECS Season 6 finals at 7.5 odds. (GGbet)
Astralis have made their success so boring that it’s more interesting to talk about which team has the most potential to beat them. While our bets are on MIBR being that team, we don’t exactly know whether or not we’ll finally see MIBR live up to their potential. We’re hoping that this tournament will light the fire under them, but who knows? They might just keep spiraling down to god knows where.
Regardless, there’s a lot of stake in Arlington this weekend. For Astralis, a win takes them even one step closer to fully solidifying their place on top of other CS:GO greats. For the others, a win here is a great way to redefine themselves and end the year on a good note.
Either way, it doesn’t matter what the ECS Season 6 finals betting odds say — no one wants to exit the tournament early.
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