StarCraft esports betting tips
by Jur Dava in
eSport Betting Predictions

Esportbet.com is back with free esports betting predictions and odds for Saturday, focusing on the continuation of Intel Extreme Masters XV New York Online – CIS and the quarter-finals of 2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 3.

Intel Extreme Masters XV New York Online – CIS

ESPADA vs CYBER LEGACY CS:GO BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

CS:GO Betting Odds: ESPADA -156.25 at BetOnline | Cyber Legacy +120 at BetOnline
When: October 17, 2020 at 15:00 MSK
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo)


ESPADA started their IEM New York campaign with a convincing 2-1 win against forZe but stumbled on Wednesday when they were swept by Virtus.pro. Cyber Legacy shocked many with their three-map series against Natus Vincere (1-2), which remains their only notable result to date.

Despite Cyber Legacy’s relative success against the no.3 team in the world, they need to show a bit more before we start believing they’re a serious threat for the title. We feel the same way with ESPADA, but we don’t have a problem with esports bookmakers pricing them as favourites over Cyber Legacy.

ESPADA hold better win rates on Dust II (100%-60%) and Mirage (62%-33%), which are besides Inferno (30%-60%) the two maps the teams play the most games on. This is enough for us to believe ESPADA can manage a clean sweep, but the odds are not high enough for us to go for the -1.5 handicap over the straight win.

ESPADA to win

-156.25
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BetOnline

FORZE vs K23 CS:GO BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

CS:GO Betting Odds: forZe -185.19 at BetOnline | K23 +141 at BetOnline
When: October 17, 2020 at 15:00 MSK
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo)


ForZe have looked very good of late with their 2-1 wins over HAVU, North and Gambit. While K23 deserve some praise for their showings as well, their results are not nearly as promising as those of their regional rivals. They picked up one map against Virtus.pro on Tuesday, although that was only because VP forfeited it.

After a streak of iffy showings, we have no reason to side with K23 to win – even though they bested forZe in August. While forZe are far from the best CIS team, they are in good form and should defeat the Kazakhstani squad without any real issues.

forZe to win

-185.19
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BetOnline

VIRTUS.PRO vs NATUS VINCERE CS:GO BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

CS:GO Betting Odds: VP +219 at BetOnline | NaVi -303.03 at BetOnline
When: October 17, 2020 at 18:30 MSK
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo)


Both Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro have won their opening two fixtures of the tournament. VP defeated K23 (2-1) and ESPADA (2-0), while NaVi took down Cyber Legacy (2-1) and K23 (2-0).

If we look solely at those results, these two CIS rivals appear equally matched. Despite their renown as one of the best teams in the world, NaVi showed some cracks against both Cyber Legacy and K23. Perhaps they are not as strong as the odds would seem to suggest.

We expect a three-map series, but since there is a chance VP can upset NaVi and win 2-0, we have to go for a +1.5 map bet on the outsiders.

Virtus.pro +1.5 maps

-147.06
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BetOnline

ETHEREAL vs TEAM NEMIGA CS:GO BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

CS:GO Betting Odds: Ethereal +359 at BetOnline | Nemiga -555.56 at BetOnline
When: October 17, 2020 at 18:30 MSK
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo)


Nemiga looked quite impressive in their win over HellRaisers, who they kept to only 12 rounds across the series. Ethereal lost their opening match of the tournament against Winstrike Team (1-2) with disastrous performances on Overpass (4-16) and Dust II (7-16), which makes us question their stability and all-round ability.

Nemiga are 4-1 in their last five games. While we are not too excited about their 17-19 loss to Crazy Killerz, it seems like that was an anomaly rather than a true indication of Nemiga’s quality.

Considering their form, the odds offered on Nemiga to win 2-0 are quite high. There is a chance Ethereal might get on the board, but siding with Nemiga at the map line is a much safer bet.

Team Nemiga -1.5 maps

-140.85
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BetOnline

2020 Global StarCraft II League Season 3

MARU vs TRAP STARCRAFT II BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

SCII Betting Odds: Maru +133 at BetOnline | Trap -178.57 at BetOnline
When: October 17, 2020 at 14:15 KST
Watch Live: AfreecaTV (http://play.afreecatv.com/gslenglish)


Cho “Maru” Seong Ju has been playing very well of late and even managed to defeat one of the best Zerg players in Byun “Byun” Hyun-woo with a clean sweep. Cho “Trap” Sung Ho has not disappointed either, although he did lose to Maru (2-3) less than two weeks ago.

Trap is priced as the favourite, which is fair since Protoss are regarded as the strongest race in the current meta, but the odds offered on Maru still seem a bit high. He has beaten Trap before, and as the favourite has since dropped a map against Park “Armani” Jin Hyuk (2-1) and lost to Kang “Solar” Min Soo (1-3), we have no problem siding with the outsider.

Maru to win

+133
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BetOnline
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