For whatever reason it seems that betting operators are yet to reveal the outright odds for Dreamhack Open Fall 2020, but we are not going to let that trouble us. Favorites are still going to be favorites and the same goes for challengers and dark horses. We are not going to let the lack of some odds stop us from preparing for the tournament, so it’s time to start looking at the best options and who to follow over the first games to get our foot between the door in the early stage.
Group A Predictions
Betting on Group A of Dreamhack Open Fall 2020 will be very hard, as the teams are closer to each other than in any other group in terms of their current form. Vitality is the favorite, but then the other three teams are very close.
Vitality - it feels odd to type Vitality as a favorite despite the team being #1 in RMR points and they are #5 in HLTV rankings, as their performance has not really been what it’s supposed to be, but that’s online CS ABC right there for you. Dreamhack Open Fall 2020 will be the last opportunity for ZywOo to perform like a god to have a chance to beat s1mple in the annual best player of the year -award. Now I don’t think that ZywOo himself really cares about that nor is it something that he will even think, but we do, cause everyone knows the kid wants to be the best version of himself. If ZywOo is wearing his carry cape, Vitality can win against anyone, and it’s not so healthy to rely on one player to handle it all, but it is what it is. Vitality usually performs well in groups, so betting on them to win series vs teams such as mousesports, Fnatic and OG makes sense.
OG - Despite losing the IEM NY EU final 0-3 to FaZe, OG has been performing pretty well lately. Their run in EPL was a disappointment, but it seems that they’ve been able to come back from it to challenge everyone. This group is definitely the toughest in the tournament, and it’ll require top notch performance from OG to clinch a playoff spot. As they are a bit of an on/off team, 2-0 and 0-2 results can be expected which means that the U 2.5 maps in BO3 series are good lines to look at when OG is playing.
Fnatic - They win, they lose, they win, they lose. They mix their roster, they get back together, and then they win and then they lose the day after. Inconsistency has been Fnatics poison for a while already, but still their roster has the potential to win over the favorites everyday. Their opening series vs OG will be eye opening, if they are on form betting on them to win BO3 series can be beneficial.
Mousesports - A lot of people forget mousesports quite often, including us. Being the “last team in the group” can be distracting, especially when mousesports is probably better than Fnatic at the moment, and if they are feeling it, they are above OG too. But are they in form and will they be able to get a spot in the upper bracket? That’s something we would want to know, and all we can do is sit back and wait to see how things play out.
Betting tips for Group A:
- Vitality to win the group with odds of 2.40 and up
- Over 2.5 maps when mousesports are playing
Group B Predictions
Half Danish, 25% French and then we have the Endpoint (pun intended). There’s only one king in this group, and their stars seem to align once again. Astralis will ram through groups, while the others are going to fight for their lives to secure a spot in the upper bracket. One could say that the battle is between Heroic and G2, but there’s a factor that might change the game.
To the stars with Astralis. The Danish powerhouse is showing signs of returning to their previous form and Xyp9x & Gla1ve are back. Writing those two names makes my spine itch in a good way, as it’s great from a fan perspective to see those two superstars back in the lineup after they went on a break due to symptoms of burnout. You can be sure that they returned with a fresh mind and Astralis winning EPL S12 is proof of that. The boys are back and there’s only one thing they care about, which is winning. With online CS mixing the pallet up properly and results being all over the place it’s quite easy to trust Astralis. We expect that Astralis will go and win the entire thing. As the outright odds are not available at the time of writing it’s hard to provide tip for that, but once they appear if you can get 3.5+ odds for Astralis’s win, take it.
Heroic - “The other Danish team”. Heroic is still #1 ranked team in the world, at least in the HLTV rankings. Don’t let that fool you, Heroic is not even a top5 team, top10 maybe. Trusting them to make it into the upper bracket is very iffy.
G2 - Another team that has benefited from the online era that we are living in now. 0-4 in IEM NY, lost 5 out of their 7 series in EPL. It has been quite a dire run lately for the EU squad and it’s not like the sky would be clear for them now. Astralis will be too much for them to chew and Heroic will at least match their power. With that being said, G2 will have a hard time in this event.
Endpoint - Endpoint is definitely an x-factor of the group, and maybe in the tournament in general too. They are a team that have absolutely nothing to lose and even though the opponents haven’t been on the same level as they are in DH Open, they’ve won all 7 of their last games with pretty solid numbers. With Heroic and G2 being a bit lost, Endpoint might surprise them. They are a massive underdog, so betting on them with small stakes and high odds is definitely worth testing vs the challengers of the group.
Betting Tips for Group B:
- Astralis to win Group A with odds of 1.65 and up.
Group C Predictions
When it comes to Group C we can pretty much state this fact already: sAw is going out with 0-3 result. It’s expected that FaZe wins the group and then BIG and Godsent will decide who goes to the upper and who to the lower bracket. But as we all have seen quite a few times before, anything can happen (between the three top teams in this group, sAw is seriously out).
FaZe Clan - We previewed IEM New York EU before the event, in which we raised FaZe as one of the challenger teams to win with odds of 13. The Eagle landed quite beautifully and if you were able to cash that then congratulations, it’s a big W. With that being said the tournament win will of course raise the expectations for FaZe coming into this one. The Reasoning doesn’t really change as the performance of Niko, rain and Coldzera will pretty much determine if the team will do well or not. They were dominant in the IEM NY playoffs, as they won all 5 maps they played (2-0 win over Fnatic in semifinals & 3-0 vs OG in finals). Can FaZe keep up their form is a question we ask, and the answer will be seen after their 1st couple of games in DH Open. But again, because bookies seem to value HLTV rankings quite highly, you can find great odds for FaZe to win games vs teams ranked above them. They share their group with Godsent, BIG and sAw, which should mean it’s a free ticket to playoffs for them.
BIG - The German squad has been performing on a level that they should. They aren’t the best team in the world, but still a pretty solid tier 1 group who has the ability to go far in tournaments. They aren’t a team that’ll win something like DH Open Fall, but something like Upper bracket semi finals are a possibility if they are feeling it.
Godsent - Godsent is another interesting team who were bouncing between tier 1 and 2 for quite some time. Their results in EPL were obviously a disappointment and Godsent is definitely looking to bounce back from that in DH Open Fall. Initially the battle for the second upper bracket spot will be between Godsent and BIG, so that’s the group stage series which will determine the future in the tournament between these two.
Betting tips for Group C:
- Godsent & BIG Over 2.5 maps are good bets as both of the teams tend to play all maps in bo3 series often.
- FaZe Clan to win Group C with odds of 1.9 and up
Group D Predictions
Group D is definitely the hardest one to judge beforehand as all the teams are more or less mid tier. Ence is the RMR points leader, but they are playing with xseven who was sold to HAVU a few months ago, but Ence would’ve lost a % of their points if they played with someone else, so xseveN joins the team on “loan” basis for this event. This means that Ence is playing with a stand-in, which definitely shakes the package. NiP lost 6 of their 7 series in ESL Pro League with all their last three series ending 0-2, but they played with Threat instead of Nawwk. On the other hand you have North and Sprout, who aren’t really great either. So previewing this group is a bit of a shot in the dark, but we’ll do our best.
Ninjas in Pyjamas - Nawwk is back, which means that Threat is back to coaching. For the Ninjas in their Pyjamas this means happy days! If you look at NiP’s previous results they don’t look too good, but that’s because they had to play with Threat while Nawwk was on a break. But before the break NiP was playing really well and Nawwk was their best performing player. You can expect them to get back in form which will definitely make them the team to beat in this group.
Ence - As said above, Ence is playing with xseveN again due to the way RMR point system works. Unfortunately it’s not an edge for them, more like a challenge that might not be that easy to solve. They are now used to playing with Jamppi and they play different type of CS than what they played with xseveN. So, the question is can Ence overcome the struggle of a (temporary) roster change and perform well in a big event such as this? It’s going to be interesting to see, but it ain’t going to be easy.
Sprout - Sprout has been absolutely smashing lately. They have won 14 out of their last 16 series. But the games have mainly been against tier 2 teams. DH Open Fall will be a very good chance for them to climb up the ladder and get some wins against bigger dogs under their belt, but it ain’t going to be easy. They should lose to NiP, but winning over North and Ence seems very possible, if not likely even.
North - At the moment it’s hard to evaluate North properly, as they haven’t really been playing too many official games lately, and the ones they did are tier 2 events and qualifiers for Dreamhack Open Fall. They are definitely the biggest underdog and we think their best chance to win is over Ence, if Ence is not even close to their “real” form.
Betting tips for Group D:
- Ence to win the group with odds of 5.0 and up (the odds are way too high, even with xseveN Ence should sit between 3 to 3.5)