Publish Date: 09/03/2022
Fact checked by: James Leeland
Here we go! The next CS:GO pro league is about to get moving. Some of the best teams in world Counter Strike gaming are about to show us how it’s done in the arena. But how’s it going to unfold? There are so many amazing teams going to battle that it could be a tricky one to call.
The way the ESL CS:GO Pro League Season 15 works is four round-robin format groups of six (that’s a total of 24 teams) who play each other once. First place from each group advances straight to the quarter-final of the tournament whereas second and third go through to the round of 12. After this, it’s a straight knockout through to the final.
Part of the Intel Grand Slam Season 4, CS:GO ESL Season 15 is one of the most prestigious events in the eSports calendar. As you might expect, this means it's a big subject for betting. All the best CS:GO bookies will have odds on it, you just have to find the right one and place the right bets! More on that shortly also.
Sometimes, we go into a CS:GO pro league competition with a fairly clear idea of who’s going to win it. But not this time. There are so many high quality teams in great form that it’s kind of impossible to call who’s actually going to win it!
Right now, it could be G2 Esports or Natus Vincere, possibly the two greatest teams in pro CS:GO eSports. But out of those two, it’s anyone’s guess.
Interestingly, the bookies have them down at exactly the same odds to win the competition, 2/1. Based on recent match data, bookies are leaning towards Natus Vincere (often known by their nickname Na’ Vi), purely based on the fact that they have won a few more games than G2 Esports in recent months.
Na’Vi is made up of players s1mple, electroNic, Boombl4, Perfecto, b1t and coach B1ad3 and G2 Esports are JACKZ, huNter-, NiKo, m0NESY, Aleksib and XTQZZZ. Two formidable teams indeed.
Cast your minds back to around a week and a half ago, the final of the IEM Katowice Summer 2022 tournament. Underdogs FaZe Clan went up against one of the best teams in the CS:GO pro league G2 Esports. Against all the odds, FaZe Clan came up on top.
So, who’s to say they can’t do it again? The team played out of their skin and are clearly carrying a lot of confidence right now. The bookies might not fancy them: FaZe Clan is at 6/1 to win ESL Season 15.
The reason for this is that there are a lot more matches in this tournament. So, FaZe Clan will need to keep up that level of quality for a much longer time. But we are not ruling them out at all. Despite only being fifth favorites behind the top two, Gambit and Heroic, we think they are the top shout for the outside chance.
FaZe Clan’s team, made up of rain, broky, Twistzz, karrigan, ropz and coach RobbaN, are an incredibly talented group of players who will lay it all on the line to repeat their upset in Poland in the previous tournament. We can’t wait to see how they get on!
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It seems that these are the teams to win the group stages for this CS:GO pro league. G2 Esports, Gambit Esports, and Natus Vincere are more than likely going to clear their groups fairly easily, but they’re not set in stone.
The closest battle here is likely to be between FaZe Clan, Team Vitality, and Virtus.pro in Group B. Right now, each of them has odds of 1.9/1 to win the group. This one is truly going to be a three-horse race so if you’re going to watch any games in CS:GO ESL this season, this group stage would be the one to keep the closest eye on.
It’s going to be crazy. With so many high-quality teams in the form of their lives, this one is really tough to call. But that means the odds are looking good. So, grab yourself an account with a strong bookie and keep up with the action live at Strafe.