Here is a short preview of today’s matches. We are following a few differennt regions today and analyzing the matches
PuckChamp @ 1.35
This is a very important clash. PuckChamp are fighting for 2nd place in the division and they need this win so much. With 5 wins and 1 loss behind them they are fighting against a very solid Imperial Pro Gaming squad that has an equal amount of wins and losses in the DPC lower division, 3-3. PuckChamp were just a better squad all the way throughout the division group stage, and I think they will end the group stage with a win vs IPG as they need it to secure 2nd place.
T1 @ 2.10
I have to go with the T1 team who are a slight underdog in this series. Even if Neon Esports amazed us all with their performance in the qualifiers and in this group stage, I do think T1 in their last matches showed that they can face off the strongest teams out there. Neon are in 2nd place with 5-1 while for T1 is this a crucial match. If they win, they will rank up to top 2. Highly risky match, but I think both teams have equal chances here. In their last 5 matches T1 showed very strong matches with winning 4 out of 5 games. They’ve even beat BOOM and took a map off TNC Predator. Quite good before facing Neon. Seems like they are on a rise.
Gambit 2 @ 1.45
I don’t know why, but this is a series where I don’t have any doubt. Gambit 2 are straight favourites here and odds on their win are quite good, let’s say it that way. This could be a very one way series as Gambit 2 are on a quite good form and with a pretty decent roster of players, they are looking strong facing VP.Prodigy. Prodigy is on a 3 match losing streak with winning just 1 series in the last 5 matches. Pretty bad for those youngsters, but their time will come, I have no doubt about it.
Team Spirit @ 1.21
Spirit shocked the CIS scene by taking down Natus Vincere in the last series with a solid 2-1 score. And that match could turn out to be a saviour for them, as if they win this one they can end top 3 and secure Major wild card qualifiers. Unique is already set to end up on a 4th to 6th place, so they basically don’t have anything to play for. They can however still end up falling from the upper division in some weird scenario where all results turn up against them. This must be a clean victory for Spirit if they want to show that they are one of the best up and coming teams from CIS scene. 2-1 vs NaVi, 1-2 vs VirtusPro and 2-1 vs Live to Win are some amazing results for them. Strong teams, hard matches, strong performances.
Quincy Crew @ 1.30
Quincy Crew are the strongest Dota 2 team in North America right now. They are currently unbeaten in the North American DPC season 1. 6 straight wins, 12-2 in the maps. Really impressive results. Wins over Evil Geniuses, 4 Zoomers and Sad Boys are even more impressive. The only team that can be matched with them are Evil Geniuses. Even though Undying is top 3 right now with only 1 loss out of 6 matches, I think QC are one level above them in terms of quality and ingame play. This can be a hard match, but I believe Quincy Crew will take the series and confirm their 1st place.