Second Dota 2 Major of the season just ended, but the action doesn’t stop.
ESL One Summer 2021 is just around the corner, as it starts today. 12 teams will fight for the trophy in the double elimination bracket. Here are my picks and predictions for day 1.
OG @ 1.37
OG is returning to the big stage. After disappointing DPC Season 2 with ana, they are now back. ESL One Summer is their next step and after that they will try to qualify for the The International in the closed qualifiers. Ana just announced his Dota 2 retirement, and OG announced Sumail is coming back to play in blue jeryes once again, this time on position 1. OG and Gambit didn’t face each other more then a year, and now it’s time to see if OG can manage CIS squads. OG ML is my straight pick here, I don’t believe Gambit can do anything significant here after their recent roster changes. OG 2-0 is highly possible, but I wouldn’t gamble as this is the first match of the tournament.
Alliance -1.5 @ 1.72
Alliance are straight favourites here. After their bad AniMajor run, they are here looking for redemption. The International is secured for them, so they can play this tournament without any stress. Team Unique came from the closed qualifiers, and I do think they are real outsiders here. Their last official series was almost a month ago, and it will be interesting to see in what form they are. Alliance is a better team on all fields, but if Alliance plays the same as on a Major, Unique will have its own chances. Otherwise, Alliance should take this 2-0, to prove to everyone that they have what it takes to beat weaker teams.
Nigma -1.5 @ 1.78
Nigma is looking solid. With iLTW they are playing well, but they are still lacking that final touch. They did well in AniMajor, finishing in top 6, but they had a lot of flukes too. Vikin.gg are coming from the close qualifiers to this tournament. Somehow, I don’t believe too much in them, especially not with Khezu in their lineup. Their last 4 matches of Vikin.gg in May were all losses, vs teams that are weaker compared to Nigma. So that’s why Nigma are heavy favourites here and if Vikin.gg would be able to take them down that would be a real miracle. Nigma ML odds are just too low to exploit them, so let’s try handicap on Nigma. Nigma taking the series 2-0 is highly possible and odds are amazing.
Tundra +1.5 @ 1.46
Liquid was a disaster at the AniMajor. Their standin Sumail left to OG now, and Liquid’s coach Blitz confirms Boxi’s return to the active roster. Actually Tundra is a very decent team and in their last 5 official matches, they have 5 straight wins. Wins vs OG and Vikin.gg are surely some important wins for them, that they can repeat vs Team Liquid which is shaken down and switched the lineup again, even if it’s their old player. Liquid are favourites here, Tundra underdog, but I believe in this case Tundra can take at least a map off Liquid for sure. Odds are decent and I do think that’s a much better bet then going with Liquid ML.