StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 is an upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament that brings together 16 of the world’s best teams. The event is organized by StarLadder and ImbaTV, has a prize pool of $300,000 and is scheduled to take place in Kiev, at the Kiev Cybersport Arena, between February 17 and February 25.
StarSeries Season 4 Tournament structure and prize distribution
The StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 features 16 teams from 4 different regions:
North America: Team Liquid, Cloud9, Renegades.
South America: SK Gaming.
Asia: TyLoo, MVP PK.
Europe: Heroic, Astralis, FaZe Clan, Fnatic, G2 Esports, mousesports, Natus Vincere, Gambit Esports, Virtus.pro, HellRaisers.
The tournament will be played in a Swiss system format followed by single elimination bracket Playoffs. All matches will be Bo3.
The prize distribution for StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 is the following:
1st place: $125,000.
2nd place: $50,000.
3rd – 4th place: $25,000.
5th – 8th place: $10,000.
9th – 11th place: $6,000.
12th – 14th place: $4,000.
15th – 16th place: $2,500.
Betting predictions for the StarSeries Season 4 Round 1 Matches
FaZe Clan vs. TyLoo
FaZe Clan should easily win this match without dropping a single map. They’re regarded as the best team in the world right now and TyLoo is not even in top 10. ArcaneBet puts the odds at 1.02 – 10.55 in favor of the Europeans and that’s because success in this match is almost guaranteed.
G2 Esports vs. Renegades
G2 Esports is in great shape right now. Their ELEAGUE Major performance was very impressive and it was rather unfortunate for them to encounter Cloud9 in their first match of the Playoffs. Renegades is not a bad team either, but they recently lost an important player (NAF) and have played significantly worse than G2 over the last few months. Which is why ArcaneBet puts the odds at 1.28 – 3.48 in the French team’s favor.
Cloud9 vs. Heroic
Cloud9 won the ELEAGUE Major and finished 2nd at the recent cs_summit 2 tournament, losing to Team Liquid (score 2-3) in the Grand Final. Along the way, they also defeated Heroic in that tournament (score 2-0) and they’re overall much stronger than them. So I can’t imagine any other result than a 2-0 victory for Cloud9 here. The betting opportunity is particularly good for this match because a victory for the North American team still has decent returns (20%) even though their chances of winning are close to 100%. ArcaneBet puts the odds at 1.20 – 4.27 in Cloud9’s favor.
SK Gaming vs. MVP PK
This will be a completely one-sided affair. Not much to say here except that SK Gaming will likely demolish MVP PK without dropping a single map.
mousesports vs. Virtus.pro
This match will be interesting and should give us the answer to an important question: is Virtus.pro out of the dumpster after benching Taz and bringing in MICHU, or are they still a shadow of their former selves? Given how well mousesports played at the ELEAGUE Major and how poorly VP played at the same event, I think Virtus.pro will get destroyed in this dispute.
Astralis vs. Team Liquid
Astralis has been out of shape for the past few months while Team Liquid recently won the cs_summit 2 tournament, defeating SK Gaming and Cloud9 along the way. Overall, these two teams look quite evenly matched unfortunately, so it’s very hard to tell who’s favorite to win.
Natus Vincere vs. HellRaisers
Na’Vi, the semifinalist from the ELEAGUE Major, is lightyears ahead of HellRaisers right now, so this match should end with a victory in their favor.
Fnatic vs. Gambit
Last time these two teams faced each other it was at the ELEAGUE Major. Fnatic won that dispute, with the score of 16 – 2. This time it shouldn’t be any different, although the match will probably be less one-sided. ArcaneBet puts the odds at 1.50 – 2.44 in Fnatic’s favor, making this encounter a great opportunity for esports bettors.