It’s time for the OGA Dota PIT Season 5: China upper bracket round 2. Here are my picks and predictions for 2 matches today.
Vici Gaming +1.5 @ 1.45
This will be a blast of a match. Elephant and Vici faced each other a lot this year. Since May, they have played 4 times. Vici took 3 wins, while Elephant won their last match which happened a few days ago. I would say that Elephant is in pretty good form, but Vici is a team that can beat anybody, especially one of their top contenders and competitors. Vici took down Aster with 2-0 in the round 1 of the playoffs, and Aster was in excellent form before that. On the other side, Elephant qualified for the round 2 of playoffs by finishing 1st in their group B, with 3-0, without a map lost. This will be a very interesting series, but I don’t believe Elephant will have such an advantage. I do believe Vici can take a map here for sure, and this can go to all 3 maps. I would give 40% of the chance to Vici to take this series.
Invictus Gaming @ 1.66
Invictus Gaming is a bigger name here. They are 1st place group A winners with 2 wins and 1 loss. RNG ended up in 3rd place with the same score, but it’s worth to say that RNG did beat Invictus in their group stage match with a narrow 2-1 result. In their face to face clashes, 5 of them since May, Invictus Gaming won 3 of them, while RNG won 2 of them. They even faced in the tiebreakers yesterday, where Invictus Gaming took an advantage in a best of 1 series. 2-2 in maps vs those two teams in this competition shows that this series could be very close too. I do believe Invictus Gaming is a slightly better squad, but with Chinese teams anything is possible. RNG took down PSG.LGD 2-0 yesterday and that’s a big boost of confidence for them. It will be interesting to see if they can use it.