We break down today's matches, including a tightly contested match between Ninjas in Pyjamas and Vitality.
NiP +1.5 (1.37)
Vitality swept this series the last time these two sides met, but NiP have looked pretty promising since threat started coaching the team. Their map pool is still somewhat shallow, which is what hurts them overall, but they should be in a decent spot to steal a map against Vitality. A lot is gonna come down to the map veto. If Vitality sticks to their perma-ban, Nuke, NiP will likely pick Overpass which has been an excellent map for them since this roster was formed. The fact that NiP have had no qualms about playing Vertigo also gives them decent maneuverability in the map veto.
ENCE +1.5 (1.89)
ENCE will be a significant underdog here against a fnatic team that is fresh off winning ESL Pro League. ENCE have been terrible for a long time now, but interestingly, their last four games have all gone to a decider. These have not been easy matches either, by the way, as they have gone up against Astralis, NiP, Vitality and GODSENT. For that reason, I would be tempted to either bet ENCE on the handicap here or bet the over at the longer odds.
Illuminar +1.5 (1.49)
The last series between these two sides ended 2–1 in favor of Endpoint. Illuminar is a very new lineup, and they have struggled a bit initially. However, I think they have a decent shot at taking a map against Endpoint yet again here. It is very likely that Dust2 and Nuke get banned, which forces both teams to play some maps that they are not as comfortable on. I think Illuminar have enough quality to potentially cause an upset here, and the odds are long enough that the handicap can be considered.