The first Dota 2 Major of the season is over. Now it’s time to focus again on the local leagues and tournaments.
One of the local league and tournaments we will focus on is i-League 2021 covering the Chinese region. The match of the day will be between EHOME and Royal Never Give Up. Here are my thoughts and predictions for this match.
Royal Never Give Up +1.5 @ 1.73
Royal Never Give Up is such an underrated squad. Yes they’ve made a lot of lineup changes in the past, but I do think they can perform quite well when everything is aligned for them. EHOME is on fire. With 2 wins out of 2 matches they are currently holding 1st place in the league rankings. 4-1 in maps is a pretty good score. The weird thing is that they beat Elephant 2-0, but they dropped a map in their match vs Magma, which they won 2-1 in the end. Magma is a much weaker team than Elephant too.
In Chinese leagues and matches, you always need to be ready for a dose of risk. Nothing is black and white. RNG won vs Magma 2-0, but they’ve lost to Elephant with a close 1-2. They performed well. As they didn’t manage to qualify themselves for the Dota 2 Major, they had extra time to practice and to prepare themselves for the rest of the season and for the upcoming tournaments. Yes, EHOME are big favourites here due to their recent performances and a 4 match winning streak that they are on, but Royal Never Give Up can surprise here. I do believe if they can make a good draft, that they taking a map off EHOME won’t be too much of a hustle. Otherwise, I don’t believe RNG can beat EHOME in this one.