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Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII Sydney is an upcoming CS:GO tournament scheduled to take place in Sydney between May 1st and May 6th. The event brings together a total of 16 participants including many of the world’s best teams and has a prize pool of $250.000.
Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII Sydney features 16 teams from all over the world:
Chiefs eSports Club
to be announced (Oceanic Qualifier)
Initially, the teams will be divided into 2 groups of 8. Both of these groups will be played in a GSL format (double-elimination bracket). The winner of each group qualifies for the Semifinals. The 2nd and 3rd placed teams qualify for the first round of the Playoffs, where 2nd placed team from Group A plays against 3rd placed team from Group B and vice versa.
The initial matches are Bo1. All the other matches are Bo3, with the exception of the Grand Final, which is a Bo5 series. The Playoffs will be played in a single-elimination bracket format.
The $250.000 prize pool will be divided among participating teams in the following way:
1st place: $100.000
2nd place: $42.000
3rd – 4th place: $20.000
5th – 6th place: $10.000
7th – 8th place: $6.000
9th – 12th place: $5.000
13th – 16th place: $4.000
Here are some betting tips and considerations for this event:
After dominating the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene in 2016 and 2017, SK Gaming is now a shadow of its former self and needs to train hard in order to start winning again. The team has been struggling for several months and lost TACO, who joined Team Liquid. He was replaced by a strong player (Stewie2K from Cloud9) but SK’s future is still uncertain at this point. The team’s playstyle and overall coordination has taken a hit with the addition of this player, who will have to be integrated in the core roster’s system of play.
For the time being, you should not bet on SK Gaming when their adversary is a world class team with a solid strategy. In fact, quite the opposite.
These are teams that people tend to regard as outsiders with no chance of winning at this level, but who are actually very good. Space Soldiers is an example of such a team and its recent 2nd place finish at World Electronic Sports Games clearly proves that. Keep an eye on this underdog and don’t miss the chance to bet on it when the probability of an upset is high.
Going into IEM Sydney, there are several teams which will almost surely get a top 4 finish. These teams are Fnatic, FaZe Clan, mousesports and Astralis. Until they start facing each other, these participants are likely to crush all opposition. It’s hard to say which of them is the favorite for winning the whole event, but I suspect that either Fnatic or mousesports will be the champion.
These are teams that you should definitely bet against, especially when their opponent is one of the top contenders. Examples of such teams are the following: MVP PK, Grayhound Gaming, Chiefs eSports Club, and B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape.
As we approach Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII Sydney, make sure to keep an eye on the best bookmakers’ offers and stay in touch with the latest news regarding team results and player transfers!