What is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, also knows as CS:GO, is a first-person shooter (FPS) developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. It is the fourth installment in the Counter-Strike series.
In this game two teams, one Counter-Terrorists and one Terrorists, both have their own objectives. The Counter-Terrorists need to defuse the bomb and eliminate the enemy team, while the Terrorists need to plant the bomb and eliminate the enemy team. The game has a side change mechanic, where after playing the first 16 rounds, team who was Counter-Terrorist becomes Terrorist, and Terrorist – Counter-Terrorist.
CS:GO in Esports
The CS:GO received positive response upon its release, and gained popularity. Nowadays, hundreds of tournaments are hosted worldwide, with its most premier events being hosted by Valve or third-parties, featuring $1,000,000 prize pools, known as CS:GO Major Championships or Majors.
The Major Championships are divided into 3 stages:
First stage is the New Challengers Stage, where 16 teams compete for the 8 spaces at the New Legends Stage.
Second stage is the New Legends Stage, where 16 teams compete for the 8 spots at the New Champions Stage.
Third and final stage is the New Champions Stage, where 8 teams battle against each other for the title of Major Champions.
Based on their performance during the major, teams acquire different titles:
The Legends: top eight teams of every Major acquire this status, and automatically qualify to the next New Legends Stage as the Current Legends
The New Challengers: top eight teams of the New Challengers stage gain this title.
The Previous Major's Fallen: top six teams from the last Major's New Legends Stage acquire this title and are qualified for the next Major Championship's New Challengers Stage.
The Minors' Champions: top two teams from each regional Minor Championship gain this title.
Before you start betting on CS:GO
To place a successful bet on CS:GO match, you first need to research the game mechanics, professional teams' strengths and weaknesses, pros and cons of certain map choices for teams, as in CS:GO before the match is played, teams do a “map veto”, where each team picks a map they want to play, and ban a map they don't want to play, quite similar to the champion pick and ban phase in other esports.
Another important thing to mention is the in game economy mechanic, that keeps the team that has lost several rounds in a row afloat, by balancing out the gap between the teams, giving the losing team a chance to buy equipment and another try at winning the round.
As CS:GO is popular across all bookmakers, this is the game, where focusing on smaller tournaments can be more profitable, than only focusing on major events, due to events being hosted online, and with its quite common last second roster changes, giving more chances at a winning bet.
Main betting markets
One of the most common markets, that came over from the traditional sports.
This is the market, where you simply bet on which team will win the match.
Due to not all the matchups played being a strict 50-50 in terms of team's strength, this market, which was created long before esports became popular, tries to even out the chances of both sides, by giving the weaker team a positive handicap (advantage), and the stronger team a negative handicap (disadvantage).
With this bet, in order to the win the positive handicap, the team must win the match or lose by less than the handicap's value. In turn, a bet on a side with the negative handicap can only be won if that side wins by more than the handicap's value.
These are the markets, where you bet on a certain event condition being over or under a certain amount, that is set by the bookmaker.
For CS:GO, the most common markets offered are: total rounds in a map, over or under the amount set by the bookmaker, and total maps played (depending on the tournament format).
Betting on outrights, is similar to traditional sports betting, where you don't bet on a particular match, but on the outcome of the whole event.
This type of market is much more prone to team errors, as this market goes for a longer period of time, during which a team you've placed a bet on, could have a hiccup during a tournament but eventually come back and win the c