Today we have two amazing series from the ESL One CIS Online Season 1: Upper Division
Two best teams will face off against underdogs for the fight for the better position in the rankings. It will be interesting to watch Virtus.Pro and NaVi play today. Here are my picks and predictions for Friday matches.
AS Monaco Gambit @ 1.34
This should be a really interesting series for the start of the CIS play today. Gambit with FC Monaco’s partnership is attacking the CIS Dota 2 scene. EXTREMUM will be today’s opponent, and this one is a no brainer. Gambit should take this series dominantly. With NoOne, AfterLife and SoNneiko on the helm they are looking really good on paper. Their results were not ideal however. With 3 wins and 3 losses from 6 matches in the division, they are looking for 3rd place positioning now. This match can be their saving line. For the last round in the competition they didn’t get strong competition. EXTREMUM is decent, but nowhere near the level of Gambit. EXTREMUM are currently ranked right below Gambit in 5th place with the same score, 3-3. Yes, EXTREMUM have 4 wins out of their last 5 matches in all competitions, but their focus was on the Snow Sweet Snow tournament. Now it’s time to face reality and to play a tier 1 CIS squad once again. I doubt they can cope with that. Decent odds on Gambit ML bet here.
Natus Vincere +1.5 @ 1.62
This is the match of the day for sure. CIS Dota never failed to surprise us and I believe this series will deliver too. Virtus.Pro and NaVi will have a direct clash today for 1st place in the rankings. Virtus.Pro is currently at the front with a straight 6-0 score. Yes, they are currently unbeaten but they tend to show weakness sometimes, even though their map score is almost perfect, 12 maps won and only 1 lost. NaVi will have a hard time today, but they are the 2nd best team in this rankings. With 5 wins and 1 loss they are currently ranked in 2nd place, right below Virtus.Pro. Team Spirit shocked them in their last clash. They took the 2-1 win surprisingly. Now this is all or nothing, for both of the teams, as the risk and stakes are very high. The 1st placed team is going directly to the Major Playoffs, while the 2nd place team will go to Major Group Stage. Yes, Virtus.Pro might be a favourite here to make it 7-0, but NaVi has all it takes to take a map off or to win against them. Those two teams are not so far away in terms of quality and rosters, that’s why I believe NaVi can surely surprise VP with a map at least. Odds on NaVi +1.5 handicap are worth trying for.