The Beyond Epic tournament has finished up. Now, it’s time to focus on individual matches and smaller teams / leagues until we have some new big international tournament going on. Here are the most interesting Tuesday matches. Let’s analyze them.
CDEC -1.5 @ 1.35
CDEC is one of the strongest Chinese teams right now. And it seems like IG’s academy squad, IG.Vitality can’t cope with the strongest tier 1 Chinese teams at the moment. They are entering Week 2 of this league with 3 straight losses. 0-6 in maps. They are just not the team that can fight with the strong competition in this league. CDEC has 2 wins and 1 loss currently, and are big favourites here. They are on a 2 match win streak, while IG.Vitality is on a 3 match losing streak. CDEC is just 2 levels above Vitality, and they should take this match easily. As I always repeat that -1.5 handicaps are very risky, but that’s the only way to go here.
SAG @ 1.75
Where the hell did SAG come from? They have risen from a tier 3 Chinese team to one of the best Chinese squads currently. They are in amazing form as they’ve recently managed to beat two of the best Chinese teams, Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD. They’ve even managed to take their first tournament win, beating Vici 3-0 in the grand finals of Beyond Epic China. RNG was so good at the start of the year, but their form has recently dropped. They have 2 losses, one vs SAG and another one vs Vici Gaming. Even though RNG have the capability to take SAG down when they have a good day, SAG is just in much better form currently, and I do think they have a higher chance here to take this match. The last match went smoothly for SAG.
Team Empire @ 1.35
Family’s last official Dota 2 match was 2 weeks ago. And that was a loss vs OG.Seed. Team Empire is playing decently. Even though they were thrown into the top EU Dota tournaments and they were fighting top teams in Europe, they showed that they have everything for being a potentially good squad in the future. They are still young, still learning, but in some matches they were equal to teams like FlyToMoon or Liquid. They’ve even managed to take down Alliance in the Beyond Epic EU/CIS tournament. We haven’t seen Family Team play for quite some time now, and they are still messing around with their position 2 players. They still haven’t found a long term solution. Team Empire are a big favourites here because of their recent form and their nice and strong showing vs the best teams in Europe and they should take this match easily.