The first 5 days of the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online: Europe & CIS group stage have been really interesting. A lot of upsets, underdogs winning, teams playing unexpected heroes and combinations, experimenting with lineups and a lot of memes. Let's look at today's games.
Chicken Fighters +1.5 @ 1.46
Both teams are holding the same win-loss ratio. NiP won against Alliance with 2-1, while they lost vs Team Secret with 2-0. On the other hand, Chicken Fighters really gathered a decent squad of Dota 2 players. If they stay together, they could really do something in the European scene. For now, they fought 2 CIS teams. 2-1 vs Spirit, and 1-2 vs NaVi placed them in 3rd place in the group stage currently. Even though odds are higher on NiP’s win, I do believe Chicken Fighters can take a map from NiP who are playing with a stand-in. Chicken Fighters might take this match more seriously then mixed NiP stack.
Team Spirit +1.5 @ 1.69
Here is the same situation as in the previous match. Both teams are sharing 1 win and 1 loss, with 3 map wins and 3 map losses. I really love how NikoBaby is carrying Alliance. He and newcomer S4 are a really nice tandem. But let’s not forget they are playing with a stand-in on the position 5. I don’t think that’s too much of a difference, but it’s worth mentioning. After everything I saw on the previous days, I don’t want to do a winner prediction here. I’m going for the handicap on Team Spirit, as I do think they are not a bad team. They’ve taken a map off Chicken Fighters and they won against Unique.
Team Secret -1.5 @ 1.68
Even though Team Secret have completely crushed all their opponents for now, now they are facing the team that is sharing the first place in the group with them, Natus Vincere. NaVi and Secret both have 2 wins from 2 matches that they’ve played. Secret is 4-0 in regards to the map wins. It’s so hard to say something smart here, as NaVi won both of their matches with narrow 2-1 scores. Secret should win this match, if they take it seriously, they will win it with a 2-0.
Unique +1.5 @ 2.15
Liquid is looking lost currently. They are placed as the last team in the group with 2 losses. Unique is in the same position with 2 losses, but they have a better map win ratio. They have won 2 maps in 2 matches, while Liquid has won only 1. Can you believe that? According to Picklebet, Liquid are big favourites in this match, but I do think Unique will surprise us here. Each day we see underdogs crushing and taking series vs favoured teams, why can’t it happen again? Unique have the potential to take a map here.