After almost 2 weeks of pause, Chinese Dota Pro Circuit is moving on
Monday will feature 2 lower division matches from China and one lower division match from CIS region. Here are my picks and predictions for those Monday matches.
Sparking Arrow Gaming -1.5 @ 1.39
Sparking Arrow Gaming are entering this match as one of the division favourites. Together with CDEC and Royal Never Give Up, they are fighting for the first two places. SAG is currently 3-0 with just 1 map lost out of 7 played. On the other hand, Dragon is not a team to be taken lightly. But they have only 1 win out of 3 matches and that one win was vs Dalanjing Gaming, not so strong squad. Stakes are high here, but SAG needs to do everything they can here to take the series, so they can be safe at the top. Quality difference between those two teams is pretty big, so I expect SAG to take this series in a dominant fashion. This will be the first clash between those two teams.
CDEC Gaming -1.5 @ 1.37
This should be another straightforward match with a clear favourite. And that is CDEC. They have 3 wins and only 1 loss vs Sparking Arrow Gaming. However, now they need to play vs the weakest team in the division, Dynasty. They are still without a win with a 0-4 record. They’ve won only 2 maps in 4 matches, which is very bad. Their roster is not good either, really unknown players and all they’ve managed to get is to win some maps by a surprise. The quality for top level Dota is not there. Dynasty is on a 2 match winning streak which includes other competitions, but those were much weaker teams. This should be CDEC win, most possibly 2-0 for them. Don’t go much with those -1.5 handicaps, bet low just to be sure.
Winstrike @ 1.16
If you can find some decent odds on Winstrike ML here, go with it. That’s the safest thing to do here, rather than risk with handicaps. Winstrike has 5 wins, 1 loss, while B8 is the weakest team in the division with only 1 win and 5 losses. Interestingly enough, they’ve managed to win vs XactJlepbI, which is a much better team then B8, on the first sight. They played 10 months ago, but at that time both teams had completely different lineups then today, so we can’t take that statistic into consideration. Winstrike needs this win to secure top 2 in the division, while B8 has a minimal chance of survival and avoiding last 2 places. They need to win this with 2-0, to be able to secure their lower division for the next season. Very hard task. That’s the reason why I would go safe here as both squads are chasing wins and big results. Otherwise, Winstrike is undoubtedly a better team, with a much better composition.