The latest FACEIT London Major Betting Odds are in and Astralis remain the heavy favourites to win the tournament.
Of course, this probably shouldn’t come off as a surprise. Despite not winning the CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, the fact remains that Astralis made it to the Grand Finals of a premiere LAN once again. They also only dropped maps to the eventual winners, North, once during the group stages and the second time during the Grand Finals. Not to mention, the other top teams, like Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan, couldn’t even make it past the opening rounds of the playoffs.
When you take both factors into consideration, Astralis remaining the odds-on favourite to win the upcoming FACEIT London Major is a no-brainer.
According to esports betting site, GGbet, Astralis are at 2 odds to win it all. Admittedly, this is a bit high. They were at 2.25 odds to win the CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, and that was with them coming off a win at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premiere 2018 a month prior. If anything, Astralis should not be as heavily favoured as a result of their loss against North. But, then again, Astralis are as sure of a bet as any team in CS:GO can get, so, it’s also understandable that the oddsmakers clearly favour them over the others.
Next up on the FACEIT Londo Major Betting Odds are the slumping Natus Vincere (4.25), with FaZe Clan (4.7) rounding out the top three.
All odds courtesy of GGbet.
FACEIT London Major Betting Odds: Top 10
- Astralis at 2 odds
- Natus Vincere at 4.25 odds
- FaZe Clan at 4.7 odds
- Mousesports at 8 odds
- Liquid at 10 odds
- Fnatic at 13 odds
- MIBR at 13 odds
- North at 15 odds
- G2 esports at 17 odds
- Cloud9 at 19 odds
Seeing North down so low somehow feels like an aberration. As the winners of the CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, they should be right up there with the best of them. But instead, North will have to settle for a jump from the 10th spot to the 4th spot in the HLTV’s latest CS:GO world rankings.
That’s a pretty sweet consolation all things considered, and given that their most recent success comes without Daniel ‘mertz‘ Mertz on the roster, North may very well be tempted to continue playing with Nikolaj ‘niko‘ Kristensen, who is currently only on loan to the team from Heroic, going forward.
Then again, the so-called “honeymoon phase” is real and it is possible that North are only enjoying the highs of welcoming new faces to the team. Whether or not they can keep up their success is the real question, which is probably why they find themselves so low on the latest FACEIT London Major Betting Odds.
Which Teams Should We Watch Out For?
Save for Astralis and North, the other teams worth paying attention to are FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, BIG, and MIBR. Of course, we shouldn’t really take the North American teams, Cloud9 and Team Liquid either, the latter of which are currently ranked as the third best CS:GO team in the world.
FaZe Clan (4.7 odds) showed flashes of brilliance during their run at the CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018. After welcoming the legendary AWPer-turned-Lurker Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer back into the roster and bombing out in last place at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018, FaZe Clan looked a lot more comfortable in Stockholm, where they finished on top of Group C, over Heroic, OpTic Gaming, and Fnatic.
For a moment, FaZe Clan looked like they had everything together already, especially after going 16-1 against mousesports in Cache during the opening rounds of the playoffs. However, everything crumbled in Maps 2 and 3 as FaZe Clan lost 11-16, forcing them to give up one of their LAN victories and leaving them 2 LAN wins short in the total tally for the Intel Grand Slam award.
As for BIG (23 odds), the roster always had the potential and while it’ll be at least two months since their second-place finish at ESL One Cologne 2018, you can bet on the team coming up huge at the FACEIT London Majors.
Speaking of BIG, their spoilers, Natus Vincere (4.25 odds), could come out of their slump and win it all this time around. Although nothing is really guaranteed, betting on this team to have a relatively bad showing for the third tournament in a row seems like unlikely especially after they seem to have turned everything around in recent months.
From what we’ve learned from the recently-concluded CORSAIR DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, everything and anything can happen. North winning the tournament was probably one of the least-expected tournaments of the tournament, and yet it happened. This means that, despite what the FACEIT London Major Betting Odds may say, there’s literally no guarantee that Astralis will go on to win it all.
With nearly all of the top CS:GO teams in the world in attendance once again, the only thing we can be sure of is that the fight for the $1 million USD prize pool at the FACEIT London Major is going to be an absolute bloodbath.
What do you think of the latest FACEIT London Major Betting Odds? Do you think the odds are justified? Which team/s are you going to place your money on? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.