With ESL Pro League on a one day hiatus, we have to settle for Nine to Five 4 and LOOT Season 7. We break down three of today's matches, featuring the likes of forZe and Nordavind.
forZe have been on an absolute tear recently, winning eight straight BO3s against formidable competition, inlcuding the likes of North, Sprout, MAD Lions, Dignitas and MIBR. HellRaisers haven’t looked bad either, but they are not at the level of forZe. We are getting really short odds on the money line, but with how good they have been in BO3s, it is hard to warrant paying the higher margins on the exotics. With that in mind, I would stick to the money line here if you like forZe in this match.
Nordavind bounced back with a win against SKADE after a stretch of poor performances. However, it needs to be said that they played several of these games with a stand-in. Assuming that they will have their full roster for this match, I quite like them to take out the Danes in this matchup. I wouldn’t lock in my bet until closer to start time though, as we have seen plenty of stand-in situations happening in these lower leagues recently.
ALTERNATE aTTaX (1.62)
ALTERNATE aTTaX tend to ban Nuke, which is Apeks most common map pick. This will likely give them a set of maps where they will be reasonably comfortable in this series. Apeks are in a rough patch at the moment, losing four straight games and bombing out of Vie Legend Series. The last time these two sides met, Apeks managed to come in clutch with a 2-0 sweep with wins on Mirage and Vertigo, but they had to really work for it since both maps went over 29 rounds. Apeks have looked incredibly shoddy on Mirage, losing 11 out of their last 12 games on this map, so they will face an uphill battle if they want to pull of this feat again.