The Dota 2 Kiev Major kicked off last week, providing a whole host of shocks and excitement. Evil Geniuses were defeated in the first round against TnC, while Newbee also crashed out to Digital Chaos. Elsewhere, Team Secret overcame VG.J and iG comfortably saw off the threat of mousesports.
However, this week is dominated by the Counter Strike: Global Offensive eSports Championship Season 3, featuring some quality matchups between some of the top rosters.
With a prize pool of $750,000, all competitors will be motivated to go as far as possible, as the likes of G2 Esports, SK and Cloud9 find themselves among the favourites among the bookmakers.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive Esports Championship Series Season 3
Team Liquid vs Immortals
Undoubtedly the most anticipated game of the day on Thursday pits US due Team Liquid and Immortals together, with the former having looked in fine form ever since they brought in Twist in place of Pimp in their CS:GO roster. Looking like a well-oiled machine nowadays, many are backing Liquid to cause havoc during the Esports Championship Series. As for Immortals, they too have a roster full of talent, and despite some indifferent results of late, they have the potential to beat anyone on their day.
Immortals to win against Team Liquid @ 8/13 (SkyBet)
Mousesports vs Virtus.Pro
Mousesports have perhaps surprisingly seen their performances improve since losing one of their star players in the form of Niko. Looking far more cohesive over recent weeks, along with the talents of youngster Ropz, Mousesports will be an outsider to make it to the latter stages of the competition, as well as having a bright future in CS:GO. As for Virtus.Pro, the Russian team are known for being notoriously bad online, with many expecting them to fall at the group stage.
Mousesports to win against Virtus.Pro @ 4/9 (Betway)
GODSENT vs Team Dignitas
Swedish team GODSENT undoubtedly have the talent within their roster to challenge for the Esports Championship Series, however a lack of experience means that their form has been inconsistent. Meanwhile, UK roster Team Dignitas have struggled under new ownership, having to fill their squad with low quality players. As a result, many are predicting a poor showing from Dignitas, with the form they showed when they had North’s current crew seemingly a long way away.
GODSENT to win against Team Dignitas @ 4/11 (William Hill)
With the top four teams from each division making it through to the finals in London from June 23rd-June 25th, there are a whole host of online matches to look forward to over the coming months, dominating the CS:GO circuit for the foreseeable future. Elsewhere this week, the Hearthstone Global Games get underway, with a whole host of countries battling it out for the spoils, as the likes of Russia, Sweden and the USA find themselves among the favourites for the outright tournament win. Finally, in the Kiev Major, Team Empire take on Ninjas in Pyjamas, while Cloud9 face off against Effect in the latter stages of the event.
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