Today we are following one DPC region - ESL One CIS Lower and Upper divisions.
We have 3 really interesting series coming up and one of them is featuring strong Natus Vincere. Here are my picks and predictions.
HellRaisers -1.5 @ 1.35
Well known HellRaisers are facing a pretty unknown Fantastic Five squad. This could go only one way, with HellRaisers taking the win. Those two squads are far away from each other in terms of skill. Fantastic Five had a pretty busy April as they played a couple of matches already and the month is still not over. With mostly scoring 0-2 losses they need to face a much bigger squad now. They already have one loss vs Empire in the lower division and I do think this will be their 2nd loss. HR has a pretty scary lineup on paper, and in terms of experience and skill they are far beyond F5. -1.5 handicap should work here.
Prosti Esli @ 1.50
This could be a really interesting series. Even tho Prosli Esli are solid favourites here, Empire is a team that can always make a mess on the tier 2 CIS scene. None of those teams played any official matches in a week or so, and Esli’s last series was a 2-1 win vs B8 in the lower division of this competition. Empire opened their participation with a straight 2-0 win vs Fantastic Five, but that was expected. In this one, they should be on the back foot, even though they could have their moments. Odds are decent on Prosti ML win, and that’s the way you should look at. I’m not so sure regarding handicaps in this one.
Natus Vincere -1.5 @ 1.48
NaVi’s first official match since February was their series against Team Spirit last week, which they lost with 0-2. After adding Ramzes to their roster / position 3 they will surely need some time to adjust. Pity for Ramzes, he wasn’t lucky in any of the teams he has been in, but surely he is a quality player. Even though EXTREMUM is an okay-ish squad, I do believe NaVi is capable of overrunning them. EXTREMUM’s last match was a 1-2 loss vs Winstrike and that says everything. Their lineup is solid, but they just can’t perform, especially vs big teams like NaVi.