ESL One: Road to Rio 2020 is by far the most important CS:GO tournament of the year. Because the first Major of the season got cancelled, this event is practically the equivalent of two Majors mixed into one, having a $2 million prize pool and bringing together the best of the best. But in order to make an objective selection of the teams, qualifiers need to be played. And that’s where ESL One Road to Rio: Europe comes in. Scheduled to take place between April 22nd – May 17th, this competition is one of the 6 qualifiers that aim to give each region the chance to pick its best teams and send them to the big event, which will take place in November. Of course, everyone’s hope is that the COVID-19 crisis will be over by then. Otherwise, ESL is in big trouble, financially speaking.
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In the European region, the participants are both numerous and strong (in most cases anyway). Europe is known as the region with the highest number of great CS:GO teams, so the battle will certainly be fierce. Here’s a list of all the participants:
As you can see, there are many great teams on this list but also some lesser-known teams with a lot of potential. I will take a look at them below, so that you may get a better idea of what the esports betting opportunities will be in case you like to bet on CS:GO.
There are at least 4 teams in the race that could realistically win the event.
Fnatic just won an important title at ESL Pro League Season 11: Europe, defeating the likes of Astralis, Natus Vincere, mousesports, and FaZe Clan in the process. Given that the tournament was held online, just like ESL One: Road to Rio Europe, it’s very likely that they will keep their excellent form and get another top placement.
Astralis is currently sitting at number 2 in the global rankings and will definitely try to get a top 3 finish at this tournament. The team ended up in 3rd place at ESL Pro League Season 11: Europe as well, so they’re expected to do something similar here, because their greatest rivals are present again.
Mousesports almost won the title at ESL Pro League Season 11, but was thwarted by Fnatic. The Grand Final ended 3 – 2 in the Swedes’ favour, but mousesports now has a new chance.
FaZe Clan has a formidable roster but seriously needs to step up its game in order to start winning important titles in the current professional environment. There are many strong teams around and so far they haven’t been able to take the lead or prove themselves able to perform when it matters.
When it comes to dark horses, just keep an eye on Dignitas (GeT_RiGhT’s newest team), North and G2 Esports. If there will be any unexpected performers at ESL One: Road to Rio, one of these three teams is more than likely to be the one to do it.
If you want to bet on the tournament, just keep an eye on Vulkanbet and head to our ESL One: Road To Rio EU Odds Section. We’ll keep you updated with betting odds for each of its matches and much more!