Recently-crownd FACEIT London Major champions, Astralis, are the runaway favourites to take home a huge chunk of the $250,000 USD prize pool, according to the latest Blast Pro Series Istanbul 2018 title odds.
As per the latest lines on GGbet, the two-time Major champions are favored to win the unique single-day tilt in Istanbul. At 1.4 odds to win the entire tournament, Astralis are, by any definition, a shoo-in to win the entire thing. The former SK Gaming squad, MIBR, (4.5 odds) and Ninjas in Pyjamas (6 odds), round out the top three of the latest Blast Pro Series Istanbul 2018 title odds.
The only other team who comes close to those three teams are Cloud9 (8 odds).
Cloud9 have struggled to remain relevant competitively these past few months. In fact, save for their brief period of excellence earlier this year when they won the ELEAGUE Boston Major and placed second at the WESG North American Finals and cs_summit 2 within just weeks of each other, Cloud9 have not posted anything worth noting at all. Perhaps, as a result, the North American CS:GO team decided to switch things up a bit once again. Gone now Martin ‘STYKO‘ Styk, who was on loan to the team from mousesports for roughly a month. In his stead is the three-time Major winner, Robin ‘flusha‘ Rönnquist, from Fnatic.
One of the most prolific Riflers in CS:GO history, flusha, who has also suffered a bit of a dry spell himself, will look to try and recapture his previous form with Cloud9.
Who’s Going to Stop Astralis?
Composed some of the best players on the scene and a team that’s mosty stayed together for the past two years — Emil ‘Magisk‘ Reif, who joined earlier this year, is the only newcomer — Astralis’ current run of dominance doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon.
Not a single team joining Astralis Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul even comes close to sniffing their level. And, while the unique format might lend itself to an upset or two, don’t expect Astralis to fall victim to an unlikely underdog.
But, then again, who knows? Stranger things have happened. After all, no one would have pegged North to beat Astralis, let alone make it to the Grand Finals of the DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018, but they did.
If the lines just aren’t good enough for you, you can take a risk; it’s not exactly outside of the realm of possibility that either one of MIBR, Cloud9 or Ninjas in Pyjamas, will click at the right time and beat Astralis if only for one tournament.
Having said that, we’re all banking on luck here. The fact is, Astralis, who probably haven’t even peaked yet, are the team to beat unless otherwise proven and the rest of the CS:GO competitive scene are still chasing them.
All odds courtesy of GGbet.
What do you think of the latest Blast Pro Series Istanbul 2018 title odds? Do they favour Astralis a little too heavily? Or is this tournament really just theirs to lose? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.