The DPC season is officially starting today with the upper divisions in Europe and North America.
We have 2 amazing series being played in Europe today and 1 in North America. Here are my picks and predictions for today’s matches.
Team Liquid @ 1.59
Liquid and Vikin.gg are opening European division with their clash. Interestingly enough, they played 3 series 2 months ago in 3 different tournaments. Liquid won only 1 time and Vikin.gg crushed Liquid in the Dota Summit EU/CIS grand finals, 3-1. Their most recent match was in the EPIC League where they played 3 map series which went to Vikin.gg favour again. I must say, Vikin.gg were in amazing form in the late 2020. 2020 was their most successful year with 2 big tournaments won in the 2nd part of the year. Liquid’s biggest achievement of the year was at the end of November when they’ve won ESL One Germany 2020. That was pretty recent, and I do believe they can continue their good form coming into the 2021. They are an organization with top tier bootcamps, coaches and all the stuff that can help them transition to the new season. Overall, they are a more quality team. This should be Liquid’s win, even if it could be a close one.
Team Secret -1.5 @ 1.46
Yes, Team Secret has a history of losing to Mudgolems. It was at ESL One Germany not a long time ago. They’ve even dropped a map to Mudgolems in the EPIC League. However, Team Secret ended 2020 on a bad note. Team Secret did fall in form in the last few months and they’ve didn’t managed to win anything since September. I’m eager to see how they will enter into the new season. Refreshed or on the same note as they’ve ended up last year. They are surely the biggest favourites to take the EU region for sure, no matter bad results lately. Mudgolems did make a few changes to their lineup, and that lineup did bring them to the Upper Division through the deciders tournament. Even though their new lineup is looking strong on paper, and is capable of surprising any team here, I still believe Team Secret is 3 levels above them. This is a new chance for Secret, time to restart and reset and start from scratch in the new season. 2-0 for Secret is the way to go here, but a very risky bet with not so big returns.
Evil Geniuses @ 1.33
This series became one of the strongest North American clashes. 4Zoomers were crushing Evil Geniuses in most of the 2020 in most of the matches. Evil Geniuses had a year for oblivion. However, with Abed and iceiceice on board now it will be interesting how they will perform. This is surely a scary lineup on the paper, the scariest on NA. But they need to turn those names into won matches. 4Zoomers and EG are top 3 NA Dota 2 teams for sure, together with Quincy Crew. Even though 4Zoomers had an amazing 2020, I don’t believe they can harm EG here. Of course, if EG takes this seriously it should be a convincing win for them. They are big favourites here coming into this new season. Evil Geniuses did nothing in the last 6 months of 2020, and I wonder after their lineup changes how their play will look. Obviously, they are one of the favourites on paper, just because of their amazing individuals in the squad.