Due to the Captains Mode bug from the new patch, all day 1 matches were postponed. Let’s focus on day 2 of the league. Here are my picks and predictions.
Team MagMa +1.5 @ 1.75
Magma doesn’t look like a very dangerous team, but they can do a lot in certain situations. A month ago they already beat RNG, and they took wins from SAG, CDEC or LBZS. Of course, now, 1 month after, the situation is slightly different, but I believe they are capable of surprising RNG and taking a map. RNG are heavy favourites here, but as they are struggling to beat tier 1 Chinese teams, Magma might be an easier task for them. They have only 2 wins out of their last 5 official matches, which might suggest they are not doing so well. They are heavy favourites here, but I believe Magma can surprise them with a draft and pull out a win, at least on one map. If you can find good ML odds on RNG, it can be a good high stakes bet too.
Team Aster @ 1.93
This can be such a close series, potentially. Invictus Gaming are slight favourites, but I do think this is a pure 50-50 series. 3 maps are highly possible, but this time i’m siding up with Aster. August was really tough for Aster, as they lost both series to Invictus Gaming. First they played a close best of 3, which ended with 1-2, and then they played a very tight best of 1 match again, which ended in their loss. So in the end, 1-3 in terms of maps for Invictus Gaming, just this month. I think Aster is really gearing up for The International. They have shown some amazing performances in tournaments before, performances with which they can beat Invictus Gaming. I’m siding with Aster today.