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Plug’s Breakdowns: The Quarterfinals

This article has been prepared by John “TheEsportsPlug” George, an esports daily fantasy player, bettor, and former professional poker player.

With the group stages completed, it’s time for us to take a look at the Quarterfinal matchups! It played out in a wild fashion but ended up with the result I had locked in on Pick ‘Ems, and we’ve found ourselves with arguably 7 of the top 8 teams in the tournament all headed to the knockout stage.

There’s no doubt for me that this is the highest quality of competition we’ve ever had at the World Championships, and we will really get to see how the different styles and strategies play out against one another given these quarterfinal draws. Continue reading Plug’s Breakdowns: The Quarterfinals

Plug’s Breakdowns: The Groups

We’ve now known who is going to Worlds for a few weeks, and all the power rankings have been written. The top 20 lists were compiled. The discussions have begun about who is the favorite to win the World Championship. Is it G2? Are we still in the Chinese Era? Is SKT coming back to reclaim the throne? All those questions fly around the esportsiverse and then it happens: the groups are drawn. Now comes time for the real heroes like me to pontificate.

In all seriousness though, now that we know the groups, what do we make of them? I have some thoughts and I’d like to take you on a magical journey through my expectations of the play-in and group stages now that we know for sure who will be there. I’ll start with the play-ins, and I’ll go ahead and make some assumptions about where the play-in winners end up during the main stage. Given how limited some of them are in what groups they can end up in, it has a very decent chance of being correct.

Play-Ins

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The Futures Market: Betting The World Championship

This article has been prepared by John “TheEsportsPlug” George, an esports daily fantasy player, bettor, and former professional poker player.

As many readers might already know, my specialty in regards to esports is that I am a high stakes esports bettor. So when a tournament like the World Championship comes around and I see power rankings, I am looking for how that translates to finding the right odds on each team.

In this article, I’ll go through the updated betting odds for Worlds 2019, as of September 25, and point out the best potential value you could go after. Continue reading The Futures Market: Betting The World Championship