ESL One Los Angeles closed qualifiers are over. Teams that didn’t qualify for ESL One LA through qualifiers, will play qualifiers for next Dota 2 Minor tournament - StarLadder ImbaTV.
Gambit @ 1.66
Gambit already played Cyber Legacy 2 days ago in the ESL One Los Angeles qualifiers. The score was 2-0 in favour of Cyber Legacy. They looked pretty good in those qualifiers, even managing to go into the playoff stage, but no further. Gambit is not looking so good lately, they still need to catch up to their form from 2019, and I believe they will do so. But first, they need to qualify for the next Dota 2 Minor. Odds on Gambit are good. Let’s remember this is a BO3 match.
Hellraisers @ 1.66
Why are Hellraisers favoured in this match? They lost to Forze 0-2 in the group stage, but they beat them 1-0 in the tiebreaker match of ESL One closed qualifiers. Hellraisers had a pretty good run there, and they lost both deciding matches for the Dota 2 Major, losing to NaVi and VP. In their last 5 matches, forZe managed to win only 1 match, and that was the match vs HR, while on the other side HR won 2 matches out of 5, beating forZe in BO1 series and Virtus.Pro in BO3 series. Here, I think Hellraisers are favourites, and I would pick them.
Nigma @ 1.54
This will be an epic match, and I don’t believe Nigma should be so favoured here. Team Liquid is playing better and better, while Nigma can’t show their true team play that won them TI. I think in this match, Liquid +1.5 handicap would be a good safe bet. If you want little higher odds and riskier bet, Nigma is a way to go. I think this match is 60-40 in favour of Nigma, as Nigma on paper is an amazing squad and individual quality is on their side for sure. Let’s not count Liquid out yet.
Alliance @ 1.23
If you ask me, there is no doubt here who will win this. Alliance are heavy favourites and it surprised me that they didn’t manage to qualify for ESL One LA through closed qualifiers. But with Team Secret, OG, Liquid, and Nigma, the competition was really big. Now they have a big chance to qualify for the Minor, but again they need to face the best European teams like Nigma and Liquid. Aggressive Mode won’t surprise them, I expect Alliance to take it easily, maybe even 2-0.