ESL One: Road to Rio is still six months away, but the qualifiers for the event are just around the corner. This will be the most prestigious tournament in CS:GO for the 2020 season, so it’s not a big surprise that six different qualification tournaments will be held, one for each region. In this article, I will tell you what you need to know about the ESL One Road to Rio Asia Qualifier and the esport betting opportunities it presents.
ESL One Road to Rio - Asia is scheduled to take place online between May 6th – 10th. The prize pool for the event is only $10,000, so the real prizes are the Pro Tour points, which can help a team to take part in the upcoming ESL One: Rio Major.
A total of 8 teams will compete in this qualifier.
Apart from ViCi Gaming, TYLOO and perhaps Lucid Dream, you’ve probably never heard of the other competitors. But rest assured, they’re all experienced Asian teams.
ESL One Road to Rio – Asia will take place in two stages.
For this stage, the eight teams will be divided into two groups.
In Group A, the big favourites are Lucid Dream and ViCi Gaming. In Group B, TYLOO is the only team worth mentioning.
The Group Stage will be played in the round-robin format. Every match will be Bo3. The best two teams from each group advance to the Playoffs.
This stage is very basic and consists of two Semifinals and one Grand Final. Every match is Bo3.
The big favourites to win the tournament are the following three competitors:
|To Win Vs Mazaalai||1.4*|
|To Win Vs Camel Riders||1.17*|
TYLOO is currently ranked 33rd globally. It may not be a very high placement, but it’s actually the best in Asia. This team is far from being capable of beating the big teams in Europe, CIS and North America. But for an Asian team, they’re quite good. Given that most of their rivals are much lower-ranked and far less experienced, TYLOO is expected to do well at this tournament and fully employ its superior competitive knowledge. Keep in mind that although they’re bested in almost every match at important events, the Asian squad still accumulates valuable experience by playing against the likes of mousesports, G2 Esports, and FaZe Clan. At an event like this, such an advantage may prove decisive.
|To Win Vs Lucid Dream||1.32*|
|To Win Vs TIGER||1.13*|
ViCi Gaming is ranked 51st right now, but a year ago they were 23rd. This suggests that this team has a much higher ceiling than we can perceive by watching them compete. In its last 15 matches, ViCi Gaming got 13 wins and just 2 losses. Furthermore, they managed to beat TYLOO twice. The last of these victories was in an extremely dominant fashion; a 3–0 at the IEM Katowice 2020 Asia Closed Qualifier.
|To Win Vs ViCi||3.25*|
|To Win Vs Beyond||1.59*|
Finally, the last competitor worth keeping an eye on is Lucid Dream. They are from Thailand, and their current global rank is 68th. Another encouraging thought is the fact that they’re on a huge upward trend. In the past few months, the team climbed more than 80 positions. And in the last eight matches, they got eight victories. This is clearly a sign of strength and of good things to come.
*Odds Are Subject To Change