Day 3 of The International 10 Eastern Europe qualifiers. We have 2 big series today, one in lower bracket round 4 and another one in the upper bracket as the final match of the bracket. Here are my picks and predictions.
Natus Vincere @ 1.26
Natus Vincere was the biggest disappointment of day 2. After beating EXTREMUM 2-0 on the day 1 of the event, they fell to HellRaisers with 1-2 with really bad plays. On the other side, Team Empire started in a lower bracket from the start, and they won both of their opponents. 2-0 vs Winstrike and 2-1 vs Team Unique are pretty strong results. They showed amazing performance in those two matches, as they were heavy underdogs in both series. But CIS Dota never dissapoints us. In this series, NaVi must go all or nothing, as they are on the edge of dropping out now. From top 2 favourites to take this qualifier to being in danger of eliminations in LB round 4. NaVi all in here. They must wake up, they have everything on their side.
HellRaisers +1.5 @ 1.78
HellRaisers are the biggest surprise of this tournament so far. While being an underdog in their both series, they’ve managed to beat Gambit and Natus Vincere with 2-1, to be able to get to the upper bracket finals to face Team Spirit, most probably the best team in the tournament. Team Spirit still didn’t lose a single map on their road here, as they’ve beat Winstrike and PuckChamp cleanly with 2-0. They are straight favourites here too, but I must give a small chance to HellRaisers here, just because they showed amazing matches vs their recent opponents. Maybe they can be a real threat to Spirit, that is yet to be seen. It’s a big risk, but handicap +1.5 on HellRaisers is a good bet with good odds here.