ESEA MDL CS: GO betting
by Jur Dava in
eSport Betting Predictions


CSGO Betting Odds: HellRaisers -153.85 at BetOnline | Nordavind +113 at BetOnline
When: February 11, 2020 at 18:00 CET
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HellRaisers and Nordavind will meet on the battlefield this Tuesday in Week 1 of the European ESEA Season 33: Premier Division, where we will see 20 CS:GO esports teams duke it out for a ticket to the LAN finals and one of the two spots at the Season 33 Global Challenge.

HellRaisers earned their place at the online tournament by finishing 11th-12th at ESL Pro League Season 10 – Europe back in November, marking their first appearance in an ESEA event since the Ukrainian CS:GO team won the Season 21 Europe Finals in May 2016. A lot has changed in the intervening years, but Kirill “ANGE1” Karasiow is still the in-game leader. He is joined by Žygimantas “nukkye” Chmieliauskas, Vadim “Flarich” Karetin, Igor “crush” Shevchenko, and Ivan “AiyvaN” Semenets, who arrived in December as a replacement for Alexander “scoobyxie” Marynych.

HellRaisers made a short appearance at the DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020: European Open Qualifier, where they crashed out in round one after suffering a 14-16 loss to Helsinki REDS. In late January, HellRaisers also took a swing at the LEGENDS.BET L33T CUP, where they swept Axis twice and Copenhagen Flames to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Nordavind enter ESEA S33 following a successful run through Europe Minor Championship – Rio 2020 Open Qualifiers #2, where the Norwegian squad defeated NoPlan (16-2), IQFIGHTERS (16-6), FATE Esports (16-8), (16-8) and PACT (2-1) to book a spot in the next stage of Rio Major qualifiers.




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Earlier this month, Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel and his men also took a swing at the European open qualifiers for the inaugural season of the newly announced FLASHPOINT CS:GO league, but they lost their opening fixture against Team Secret (1-2) and thus crashed out of the event on day one.

The Norwegians saw a fair amount of success in domestic tournaments last year, finishing second at Telialigaen – Spring 2019 and Telialigaen – Fall 2019, third at the UCC Summer Smash and first at both the LOOT.BET Smack My Beach Cup and ESEA Season 32: Advanced Division – Europe.

Unlike HellRaisers, who have made only one change to their roster in 2020, Nordavind have acquired two new members in ex-Gamer Legion rifler Kevin “HS” Tarn and former Heroic AWPer Niels Christian “NaToSaphiX” Sillassen. The latter also played as a stand-in for mousesports at cs_summit 5, where he claimed his first CS:GO LAN title.

HS arrived at Nordavind as a replacement for Haris “H4RR3” Hadžić and NaToSaphiX took over from Håkon “hallzerk” Fjærli, who joined former Ninjas in Pyjamas legends at the newly formed Dignitas CS:GO roster.


While we agree that HellRaisers are the stronger team, the odds make us believe esports bookmakers slightly underestimate Nordavind.

These two last met at the GG.Bet Chicago Invitational in June 2019, where the Ukrainian squad won 16-8. Since then Nordavind have acquired two new members and HellRaisers have added three new players to their roster, meaning the previous results don’t hold any weight for this betting prediction.

HellRaisers will enter the match with better form than Nordavind, who have played only a few matches with their new core, but the Scandinavian side’s new-look roster is performing well.

Both sides have the same favourite map, Overpass, where HellRaisers hold a 54% win rate in 13 games. Nordavind have won 71% of their seven games played on the map and are also on a five-game winning streak there. Nordavind have a better record on Inferno (70%-40%) and Nuke (71%-44%), but they are at a heavy disadvantage on Mirage (0%-60%), Train (0%-50%) and Vertigo (25%-80%).

Because this will be a best-of-one (Bo1) bout, we expect the teams to stick to what they know and pick Overpass. For that reason, we believe Nordavind will keep the match to within three rounds and maybe even pinch the win.

Nordavind +3.5 rounds

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