Beyond the Summit returns with DOTA Summit 12. The championship will be held from March 10 to 13 in Los Angeles. Here are some thoughts about a few opening matches.
Map handicap Fnatic (0.5) @ 1.41
Their last encounter was during The International 9. These two teams haven’t played each other in a while. This best of 2 match will be very interesting, as I think both teams have a chance to take a map. Map handicaps in those situations are very good. 1.41 odds that Fnatic will take at least 1 map are a good pick in this situation.
Map handicap Fnatic (-0.5) @ 1.78
Cloud9 just recently announced a new lineup. 7 days ago they added 3 more players in the mix, EternalEnvy, Sneyking and Ace. We haven’t seen this lineup in action, and I’m not sure how this will work. Every lineup with EternalEnvy recently has fallen apart and it didn’t work. Can this be a different story? We will see. Fnatic is a stable team, with better quality players, they should take this 2-0.
Map handicap Evil Geniuses (-0.5) @ 1.32
Evil Geniuses are one of the best teams in the world and are really dominant recently, even though usually they have a really hard opening phase in the tournaments. OG Seed under N0tail’s leadership and mentorship are looking better and better. But can they take a map from EG, I’m really not sure. This a chance for EG to open their group stage with a 2-0. That will be really important for them since they are facing much stronger opponents later on in this group stage.
Map handicap Team Liquid (-0.5) @ 1.86
Until I see Cloud9 in action and winning some games, I can’t pick them. I think they are one of the weakest teams in this tournament, if we consider their lineup has only been together for 7 days. I don’t see any other result here, then Liquid taking it with 2-0.