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ESB returns with free Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tips for the second day of play at Elisa Masters Espoo 2022 on Thursday, November 17. Here are our selections for Bad News Eagles vs SAW, Complexity Gaming vs 500, and Astralis vs SAW, with betting odds courtesy of BetOnline.


Best Odds: BNE -175.44 at BetOnline | SAW +125 at BetOnline
When: November 17, 2022 | 10:00 CET
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/elisaesports)

On Monday, Bad News Eagles officially broke inside the world’s top 20 teams for the second time in the team’s history, now reaching their peak ranking of 16th. It’s a huge achievement for the squad, and even though we wouldn’t say Bad News Eagles are a top-tier team, they have achieved a lot in 2022.

Bad News Eagles have performed well in some of the top tournaments of the year and even qualified for both CS:GO Majors, including the Intel Extreme Masters Rio Major. In Brazil, BNE enjoyed a strong start to their campaign, completing the Challengers Stage with a perfect 3-0 record, with wins against Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, and the eventual Major champions, Outsiders.

In the Legends Stage, Bad Flatron “juanflatroo” Halimi and co. weren’t as successful, yet they still played a role in eliminating the reigning Major champions, FaZe (2-1).

Ranked no.37 in the world, SAW haven’t qualified for a single big event this season, but they have been playing well lately. They won Elisa Invitational Fall 2022 in October and added another gold medal from Circuito Retake Season 5: Take #3. Still, the level of opponents SAW have been playing against over the last weeks is significantly lower than that of BNE.

On paper, Bad News Eagles are a class above SAW, but the Kosovar CS:GO squad should be fatigued from their rough schedule. Moreover, Bad News Eagles might be known as giants killers, but they are known to slip against weaker squads.

At the offered CS:GO betting odds, over 27.5 rounds at even odds or better makes the most sense. Bad News Eagles should come out ahead, but we don’t expect them to stomp SAW.

Over 27.5 total rounds



Best Odds: Complexity -188.68 at BetOnline | 500 +137 at BetOnline
When: November 17, 2022 | 10:00 CET
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/elisaesports)

Complexity Gaming return to action on Thursday, when they’ll play their first official match since October 19, when they lost against Sharks Esports (0-2) at BLAST Premier Fall American Showdown 2022. It was only their seventh match since the start of October, and their upcoming clash with 500 will mark only their 11th official fixture since September 17.

This lack of matches is a huge problem, especially for a team like Complexity, who have been highly disappointing this season. They’ve attended 16 CS:GO esports tournaments in 2022 and have not won (or come close to winning) a single one.

500 (formerly SKADE) have not achieved much this season either, but they won Global Offensive Champions League Season 1 at the end of October. Not a huge accomplishment, but it’s still way more than Complexity have shown over the last months.

Complexity field a far stronger roster, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that based on their results. Moreover, Complexity have been out of action for a very long time, which can’t do them any good. At the offered CS:GO betting odds, a moneyline bet on 500 is a no-brainer pick.

500 to win



Best Odds: Astralis -188.68 at BetOnline | SAW +137 at BetOnline
When: November 17, 2022 | 11:30 CET
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/elisaesports)

Astralis re-signed Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz at the end of October, but unfortunately, the four-time Major champion will not play for the Danish squad this tournament. Instead, Astralis reached out to Astralis Talent AWPer Kristoffer “kristou” Aamand to serve as a replacement.

Dev1ce’s absence is unfortunate, but mainly from the spectator’s point of view, as his return to pro play after nearly one year would raise way too many questions. But while we can try to figure out how much stronger Astralis might be with or without dev1ce, it shouldn’t matter for this match.

Astralis are going through the organisation’s worst season since it first entered the CS:GO esports scene in 2016, but this is still a top-tier squad – something we can’t say about SAW. Even though it’s tough to have much faith in Astralis after their humiliating performance at the European RMR A, we wouldn’t doubt their chances to defeat a world no.37 team.

Astralis can’t afford to lose this match, and if they do, something will have to go horribly wrong. Understandably, the market isn’t high on Astralis, but -125 on the round handicap (-2.5) is too good to pass on.

Astralis -2.5 rounds


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