Dignitas are set to take on NiP in a spicey Swedish derby. We break it down alongside two other matches in the ESL: Road to Rio tournament series.
BOOM are on a heater right now and they will be looking to secure the group win here against the Argentinians from Isurus. The last time these two sides met, BOOM came out on top with a 2–0 scoreline. Mirage ended up being a close call, with BOOM closing out the series in overtime. However, BOOM are on a five-map win streak on Mirage against some formidable competition, so they will be going into this match with confidence. Interestingly, BOOM have not shied away from letting teams pick Nuke against them, and this has proven to be a successful strategy, with wins against W7M, Imperial and Red Canids. This will give them a further edge in the map pool, since they can ban Overpass if they want to.
Orgless +1.5 (1.52)
Cloud9 are coming off a shocking loss to Triumph, and they are favorites to bounce back here against Orgless. Interestingly, both prior meetings between these two sides have gone to a decider. We should see maps that both teams are fairly comfortable here, with Train and Inferno being likely candidates, so Orgles should have a chance at making this closer than the odds might suggest.
Over 2.5 maps (2.20)
This should be a spicey match, as the old dogs from Dignitas are set to take on NiP in a Swedish derby. NiP are certainly favored here, coming in with winds in their sails after beating Vitality, but these Swedish matchups tend to be very wild. It would not be surprising to see this going to a three mapper despite NiP having a clear advantage.