Wednesday was a really interesting day at WePlay! Pushka League Season 1. Two out of 3 favourites losing their matches, and 3rd favourite barely taking their match victory. Both VirtusPro squads lost their matches, and Team Secret barely won against a mixed OG squad. Let’s see what are the next scheduled matches.
Alliance @ 1.33
When Alliance last faced OG.Seed two months ago, they won that match easily. However, Alliance had a slightly different lineup 2 months ago compared to today. Let’s keep in mind, they still don’t have a position 5 player, as they are using Gambit’s fng as their temporary stand-in for this tournament. OG.Seed are currently holding last place in their European group with 3 losses out of 3 matches played. They had a pretty hard schedule though as they faced Secret, Nigma and NiP.
On the other side, Alliance won vs OG and Liquid, both with 2-1 results. Team Secret was a little bit too much for them currently, as this is their only loss for now. However, in this match I don’t expect anything else than Alliance winning it. Each day I’m more and more impressed with their carry NikoBaby, as I think he is one of the best EU carries nowadays. Big bet on Alliance for me.
Team Secret -1.5 @ 1.62
Team Secret are together with NiP the most dominant team in this group. They are holding 2nd place currently with 3 wins and a 100% win ratio. They have dropped a map only to OG.
On the other hand, Liquid was demolished in the recently played ESL One LA Online tournament, they were falling apart in all matches with their disappointing play and communication. Can they fix it for their upcoming matches in WePlay! Pushka League Season 1? To a certain level, yes. But more of that, no. I don’t think this is their patch or they have some bigger and more serious problems within the team. Liquid only has 1 win in this league as they have managed to beat Nigma with a close 2-1, but they have lost to Alliance and NiP. Team Secret are big favourites here. 2-0 is highly possible.
Virtus.Pro -1.5 @ 1.68
Is NaVi coming back after their disastrous performance at ESL One LA? They have managed to connect 3 wins in a row vs Spirit, FlyToMoon and B8. NaVi is the team with the most matches played in this league for now. They have 4 matches behind them and with 3 wins and only 1 loss they are holding 2nd place currently in their CIS group.
On the other side, Virtus.Pro was knocked down by HellRaisers on Wednesday, losing the match 1-2. They were big favourites beforehand, but a lot of missplays and fail picks did bring them their first loss in this league. They have one win vs FlyToMoon however, as they are sitting on 4th place in the rankings with 1 win and 1 loss. It’s interesting that Virtus.Pro managed to drop 3 maps in only 2 matches, and now I wonder how they can perform in the next games. Will they be back to their dominant ESL One LA performance, or did they hit the wall? As a conclusion to this, I do believe they are big favourites vs NaVi, and hopefully they can prove that they are the strongest CIS team at the moment.