StarLadder Opening Matches – Day of the Underdogs?

There are only a couple of days left before the second CSGO major in 2019 is live. In this piece, we will present you with all the matches played on the opening day here in Germany. On top of that, you can also read our insight into some of those matches, so stay tuned.

You can also have a look at our StarLadder CSGO Major 2019 betting guide.

StarLadder CSGO Major 2019 Opening Matches & Schedule

Before we start, it is important to mention that all the matches I will list here will be played in a best of 1 format. Keep in mind that this can  make betting on StarLadder CSGO Major 2019 hard and tricky.

Round 1 Matches – 23rd of August

  • Vitality – Syman – 12:00 CEST
  • NRG vs DreamEaters – 12:00 CEST
  • G2 vs TYLOO – 13:15 CEST
  • North – INTZ – 13:15 CEST
  • FURIA – HellRaisers – 14:30 CEST
  • mousesports – forZe – 14:30 CEST
  • AVANGAR – Complexity – 15:45 CEST
  • CR4ZY – Grayhound – 15:45 CEST

As you can see from the matches above, there are a couple of huge favorites such as Vitality, NRG and mousesports. However, certain matches are unpredictable and I would not be surprised if underdogs grab victories in the opening matches, especially because we are talking about best of 1 series and we all know that upset potential is here, even more so because of only one map being played.

Tyloo at StarLadder Berlin Minor 2019


Is opening day built for underdogs?

When it comes to StarLadder betting, things are pretty simple. Let’s take G2 as an example. French roster did not participate in a professional CSGO match for over a month now. On the other hand, TYLOO stayed active and they are coming to Germany with 5 straight victories. As for the odds, G2 is a huge favorite and they are capped at 1.30 to win their opening match.

On the other hand, most betting sites provide 2.8 odds on TYLOO to win this match. In my opinion, there is a huge upset potential in this one as TYLOO added Freeman to their roster and they are looking very good. All in all, I will take TYLOO at those odds, as there is definitely value in this bet.

  • Prediction: TYLOO to Win
  • Site: Betway

My second prediction for the opening matches is another underdog bet. AVANGAR looked very good on IEM Katowice 2019, but after the first major, Jame and co. faded away and they are struggling hard now. On the other hand, Complexity went into a complete revamp and now they are a team filled with experience and talent.

They added one of the best NA FPL players to their roster, oBo, and this youngster is looking decent. Complexity also has some hard hitters in the form of SicK and ShahZaM. Both teams were inactive in the last couple of weeks and I believe that there is an upset potential here. All in all, odds on Complexity to win their opening match are really solid and they are worth a small bet.

  • Prediction: Complexity to Win
  • Site: Betway