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ESL One New York 2017: Which Teams to Bet On?

September 13, 2017

ESL One New York 2017 is one of the hottest Counter-Strike tournaments this month and it is set to run from Sept. 16 to 17 in Barclays Center, New York. Top esports teams will be competing for a prize pool of $250,000.

Bitcoin sportsbooks like William Hill favor three of the invited teams for the tournament. These teams are Astralis, FaZe, and SK Gaming. Those interested in esports Bitcoin betting should check how these three teams can emerge as victors.

Astralis

The Danish-based team has odds of 4.00 for the coming tournament. Astralis is currently the no. 4 ranked CS:GO esports team.

Their recent major achievement was winning the ELEAGUE MAJOR grand finals against Virtus.pro. Another recent spotlight in their pro career is their victory against SK Gaming during the PGL Major Kraków 2017 quarterfinals in July. Astralis caught everyone by surprise since SK Gaming was the no. 1 ranking team during that time.

Astralis has the players to be a threat to New York’s ESL One. There is Nicolai ‘DEV1CE’ Reedtz who achieved a major jump in the ranks, coming off from his 2014 place at 20th to that of 2015 when he took the third spot. Guiding everyone is the recently transferred Lukas ‘Gla1ve’ Rossander who is the team’s in-game leader.

FaZe

William Hill is setting FaZe with the same odds of 4.00 as Astralis. Faze is currently the no.8 ranked CS:GO team.

FaZe is one of the few top CS:GO teams that consist of members with different nationalities. With Finn ‘Karrigan’ Andersen in-game leading capabilities, everyone is well coordinated. FaZe also has Robert ‘RobbaN’ Dahlström as their coach. RobbaN was a top CS:GO player when he was with SK Gaming and Ninja in Pyjamas.

FaZe recent major achievement is in the iLeague Star Series Season 3. The team won 2-1 against Astralis in the finals. Their other achievement was in the previous ESL One in Cologne. FaZe reached the semifinals after a 2-0 game against Team Liquid. They ended in 3rd-4th place after losing to SK Gaming.

SK Gaming

CS:GO is SK Gaming’s specialty since the team has found many successes with esports tournaments of the game. Their odds of 4.33 in William Hill put them close to the first two favored ones. The Brazilian esports team is currently ranked No. 2 as G2 Esports takes their no. 1 spot.

SK Gaming won three premieres and one major tournament in this year alone. The team won the CS_Summit tournament winners and grand finals against Gambit Esports. Their most recent victory was also in the last ESL One in Cologne where they beat FaZe in the semifinals and Cloud9 in the finals. In both matches, SK Gaming did not lose a single game.

The team’s captain is Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo who has a reputation in the CS:GO community. SK Gaming also has Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David who is considered as one of the top CS:GO rifler and AWP user.