At the start of the new week, we are following Chinese i-League and ESL One CIS lower division with a interesting series. Here are my picks and predictions for Monday.
PSG.LGD @ 1.42
This year, those two teams played 4 series. 3 matches went to PSG.LGD, while 1 match went to EHOME. That’s kinda significant since their last series was a 3-1 crushdown for EHOME. In this league, EHOME are very strong for now. With 4 wins and 2 losses they are holding 1st place right now. PSG.LGD played just 1 series as they won against Elephant. This could go to all 3 maps, but I prefer going with a ML here on PSG.LGD. I think they are straight favourites to win this one, but EHOME can take a map because of their rising form lately.
Royal Never Give Up +1.5 @ 1.52
Aster did win their yesterday’s series vs EHOME with a clean 2-0, but in the recent Singapore Major they were not so good and dominant. I can say Royal Never Give Up is rising in form and they are not doing bad at all. They play very nice, even if that’s maybe not enough to beat top teams. However, I do think they can pull off a map off every top 5 Chinese teams and beat them in some cases. They’ve crushed Elephant with a 2-0 in the Chinese DPC Upper Division which came as a big surprise too. Aster are real favourites here, but I think RNG can repeat the performance vs Elephant and take a map off and be a real danger for Aster. Everything is open here regarding maps, but I wouldn’t say it’s very easy for RNG, because it’s not. Odds are better on handicap then on Aster ML, which is good for us too.
HellRaisers -1.5 @ 1.43
HellRaisers are absolute favourites here. Their new lineup is looking very solid and strong in most cases, especially when they are playing lower tier teams like NoTechies. HellRaisers had a perfect start in this league. With 2 straight wins and 4-0 in maps, they have 100% efficiency. On the other side, NoTechies are on the bottom of the table with the exact same result, but matches and maps lost. 0-2 and 0-4. I’m sure NoTechies can’t beat HellRaisers, but hopefully HR will show themselves in their best form to take down this series easily with 2-0. Everything else will be a big disappointment.