DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 Tournament Preview

DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 is a massive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive held in Marseille, France between April 18th – 22nd. Organized by DreamHack, the competition brings together 16 teams and has a prize pool of a quarter million dollars.

Being a stacked tournament attended by most of the world’s best teams and facilitating so many great matches, DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 is a CS:GO bettor’s dream come true. Every single day of this event is full of excellent betting opportunities.

Teams, groups and event format

DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 features 16 teams that will be split into 4 groups of 4.

Group A:

  • FaZe Clan
  • Cloud9
  • G2 Esports
  • Team EnVyUs

Group B:

  • mousesports
  • SK Gaming
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Valiance

Group C:

  • Fnatic
  • Natus Vincere
  • Renegades
  • TyLoo

Group D:

  • Team Liquid
  • Astralis
  • Space Soldiers
  • Gambit Esports

Each of these groups is played in a GSL format (double-elimination bracket). The best two teams from every group advance to the Playoffs Stage, which will be played in a single-elimination bracket format.

The opening and elimination group matches are Bo1. The rest of the matches are Bo3, including the ones from the Playoffs and even the Grand Final.

Prize distribution

The quarter million dollars prize pool will be shared among the 16 teams in the following way:

  • 1st place: $100.000
  • 2nd place: $50.000
  • 3rd – 4th place: $22.000
  • 5th – 8th place: $10.000
  • 9th – 16th place: $2.000

Betting predictions

Astralis vs. Space Soldiers

Based on recent results, Astralis is without a doubt one of the strongest teams at this event. It won 28 out of its last 34 maps and is going into DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 at the top of its game. It turns out that Kjaerbye’s replacement with Magisk was an excellent idea and the whole team has been reborn as a result.

Space Soldiers is one of the most underrated teams in the world and a competitor that could cause some serious upsets at this tournament. However, I don’t think they will beat this Astralis team. Space Soldiers has had 3 2nd place finishes this year: at ESEA Season 26: Global Challenge, Play2Live Cryptomasters and World Electronic Sports Games. Its recent performances have also been excellent and the team won 20 out of its last 25 maps.

Final betting prediction: Astralis to win.

mousesports vs. Valiance

At the moment, mousesports has one of the strongest rosters in CS:GO and will likely qualify for the Playoffs of this tournament. This year, mousesports has won two championship titles (V4 Future Sports Festival Budapest 2018 and StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4) and is attempting to win a third at DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018.

On the other side, Valiance is an outsider to the world of big CS and will likely get destroyed by all of its opponents.

Final betting prediction: mousesports to win.

Fnatic vs. TyLoo

Fnatic is definitely a top 3 team right now so this match will likely be a one-sided affair. This year, Fnatic got two 1st place results at World Electronic Sports Games and Intel Extreme Masters Season XII World Championship. After these successes, there rumors emerged that Golden was going to be released from the team for some mysterious reason, but ultimately nothing happened and the roster stayed intact. Subsequently, Fnatic had nothing else to do over the last month except to train hard and perfect its strategies.

On the other side, TyLoo is good team from a weak region: Asia. TyLoo has just a few notable results in high-level tournaments. Its greatest achievement came at StarLadder & ImbaTV Invitational Chongquing 2018, where it won the title.

Overall, the strength and experience difference between these two teams is astronomic, so I don’t really see how TyLoo could upset Fnatic in this encounter.

Final betting prediction: Fnatic to win.

FaZe Clan vs. Team EnVyUs

Over the past few months, FaZe Clan achieved good results at Intel Extreme Masters Season XII World Championship (2nd place), the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 (2nd place), StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 (4th place), and V4 Future Sports Festival Budapest 2018 (3rd – 4th place). At this point, FaZe Clan is certainly one of the best teams in CS:GO and should be regarded as a main contender at any event.

Team EnVyUs is not even close to top 8 at this point and has not had a single notable achievement this year.

Both of these teams have recently gone through roster changes and are in the process of reinventing their playstyle. FaZe Clan has temporarily replaced olofmeister with Xizt from NiP while Team EnVyUs has replaced xms and SIXER with kioShiMa and hAdji.

Final betting prediction: FaZe Clan to win.

Team Liquid vs. Gambit Esports

After signing TACO from SK Gaming, Team Liquid is looking like a top contender capable of beating any opponent. The team’s recent performances have been great and the entire roster seems ready for the battles ahead.

This year, Team Liquid won a tournament title at cs_summit 2 and achieved 3 other top 4 results at important CS:GO events. On the other side, Gambit Esports has been having problems for the past few months and does not look capable of defeating an adversary of Team Liquid’s caliber.

Final betting prediction: Team Liquid to win.

Natus Vincere vs. Renegades

After TACO’s departure from SK Gaming, Natus Vincere was in danger of losing its star player s1mple and possibly even flamie. Ultimately, the rumors did not materialize and Na’Vi is still unchanged, still a good CIS team but one that’s heavily dependent on s1mple’s ability to pretty much win matches on his own.

On the other side, Renegades is a decent team with an Australian core (3/5 players). But, unfortunately for them, they haven’t had a notable result in a quite a long tiem. And since they’re facing one of the strongest teams in the world, I don’t see how they could possibly win here.

Final betting prediction: Natus Vincere to win.

Magister Ludi
Magister Ludi