FACIET are hosting the Major event with 24 participating teams in London. The tournament is broken into three stages including Challengers, Legends and Champions. The first two stages Challengers (Sept 05-09) and Legends (Sept 12-16) are taking place at Twickenham Stadium that staged the four Minors. They will be streamed online, but not open to public. Whereas the final stage Champions will spread over four days (Sept 20-23) featuring quarterfinal, semifinal and the title decider to be held in front of 10,000 spectators, according to online sportsbook news in the United Kingdom.
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With last eight teams booked their spots at the Major from regional qualifiers, and all teams having set their lineups and submitted their rosters to FACIET, the tournament is just ready to go. If you consider betting on FACIET Major outright winner, the Danish Legends Astralis, World No. 04 FaZe Clan, the top team in North America Team Liquid, and ESL One Cologne 2018 Champions Natus Vincere are all hot favourites, according to best online betting sites in the Unite Kingdom.
Astralis on Course to Lead Again
Among the 16 teams that will compete in Challengers Stage, World No. 01 Astralis and top North American Team Liquid are expected to book their seats for the second stage. Astralis will have an easy start against CompLexity who barely squeezed out of the Minor. Although they are just coming out of a harsh defeat by North in DreamHack Masters Stockholm Grand Final, Astralis still enjoy four major wins in 2018, so it will be hard to bet against them if they reach the finals. According to Bet365 Sportsbook, Astralis sit on top of the list with odds at 2.37.
Team Liquid right on the heels of Astralis at Challengers Stage had a shock exit from ESL One Cologne first round, but they have reached the runners-up spot at ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 losing 0-2 against the champions Astralis. Team Liquid (13.00) will start their Major campaign against OpTic, and they are highly expected to head to the finals.
Will North Upset the Odds?
North will also start the Major at New Challengers Stage against HellRaisers. They are coming to the tournament with strong confidence, as they just lifted the trophy and secured $100,000 prize money at DreamHack Masters Stockholm. North have beaten Mousesports in the semis and overcame Astralis 2-1 in the final. In regards to betting on FACIET Major outright winner North stand at 9.00 to raise another trophy in September, according to Bet365 Sportsbook.
Title Challengers: FaZe & Natus
Eight teams have already qualified to the New Legends Stage, as they earned the status at ELEAGE Major in Boston early of this year. Among them are FaZe Clan, who are ranked fourth in world CS:GO. Their odds are 6.00 to win the trophy. Another red-hot team is Natus Vincere. They are the ESL One Cologne 2018 champions, winning the trophy by knocking out BIG. Their odds stand at 7.00, according to Bet365 Sportsbook. The tournament features many title challengers. Do you think Danish legends Astralis will be able to stay on top? Who do you think will topple them down?