We're going into day 3 of BEYOND EPIC EU/CIS tournament. Yesterday we hit all 3 picks, let’s see what Wednesday can bring us. We have 3 new clashes.
Ninjas In Pyjamas @ 2.01
This should be a really interesting match. This is the first match for CIS squad FlyToMoon in this league. They didn’t participate in BLAST Bounty Hunt last week so they had some other matches to play. Their last 2 matches were in Parimatch League, and they have a win over Unique and a 0-2 loss vs Winstrike. Since then, on June 6th, they haven’t played any official matches, while NiP were active on the battlefield in all leagues.
NiP beat Team Empire with an easy 2-0 yesterday, and that was their opening match. Before that they had a 4 match losing streak. I feel like they’ve played really good vs Empire, and I do believe they can have a good match vs another CIS squad, FlyToMoon on day 3 of this event. This will be a very close match I feel like, and maybe FlyToMoon is a slight favourite here. However, I do feel NiP has the quality to beat FlyToMoon for sure. Odds on NiP win are amazing. It’s just that FlyToMoon hasn’t played for quite some time now, and they are a big question mark for me currently.
Team Nigma -1.5 @ 1.49
Team Nigma lost their match yesterday vs OG 1-2. However, the match was extremely good and fun to watch, and their map 1 was a really good stomp. Nothing to feel sorry for, as OG is really rising up in form, and they are getting harder and harder to beat.
Team Unique played their first match in this league on day 1 of this event. They’ve lost to Vikin.gg 0-2, and they showed very poor performance. Even though I do think Unique can be a pretty solid team, they can’t win this match vs Nigma who is currently one of the best squads in Europe. Their last match was 20 days ago in ESL One Birmingham and Nigma took a win easily with 2-0.
I do believe we will see this kind of game today too. Team Nigma has a high chance of a 2-0 score vs Unique. Unique is on a 3 match losing streak, and they took only 1 map from their opponents in their last 3 games. This is a very risky handicap, as Nigma can’t lose a map, but I do believe everything is on their side today.
Team Liquid -1.5 @ 1.69
One interesting history fact about this match. Team Empire has never managed to take a map off Team Liquid in an official Dota 2 match in the last 2 years. Team Liquid are big favourites in this match. They had a perfect opening in this league with 2 wins out of the 2 matches. While Team Empire did surprise Alliance on day 1 with a victory, they did fall to NiP on the day 2 of the event.
They just looked lost vs NiP who played almost flawlessly. It will be even harder for them vs a team like Liquid. A team who is much stronger and much consistent then NiP are currently. Odds on Liquid win are so low, that a -1.5 handicap is a good pick here. Yes, it could be risky if we can witness Team Empire from day 1 again, but I do believe Liquid won’t let that happen. Liquid beat Alliance today and they looked very good, with amazing drafts and rotations. I doubt the CIS squad can do much here.