Kyiv-based esports tournament organizer, WePlay!, has pioneered a lot of creative tournaments, including the currently ongoing DoWeSave! Charity Play online tournament. Already on its final leg, we’ll be taking a close look at arguably the most hotly anticipated matchups between the best teams in its regions.
Vici Gaming @ 1.55
Chinese region showdown was between Vici Gaming and EHOME, where the EHOME got dismantled 2-0 by a Mars-Medusa combo in game one and by an unstoppable Troll Warlord played by Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang in game two. With VG making it into the finals, the China final act is set to bring a long awaited matchup. Wednesday, March 25th, PSG.LGD will finally get the chance to test themselves this season against the best team in the region. However, PSG.LGD is not the same team from 2018 anymore. Their play is so inconsistent and they were forced to make some changes to their lineup. Only a few days ago they still played with ASD, who is now benched. They brought eLeVeN from EHOME and their player Chalice switched to carry position. A lot of roster shuffles in just a few weeks time. We will see how this will affect them in the long run. In the short run, they surely can’t fight vs one of the best teams in the world currently, Vici Gaming.
Team Nigma @ 1.50
These two squads have been together for so long (under different banners however) that it’s useless to question their chemistry and teamwork. Instead, it’s more logical to take a look at match-up history, which doesn’t really favor Team Liquid. Technically, these two teams are 1-1 so far this season. However, if you trace their history back to their earlier days when Team Liquid’s players still played under the Alliance banner and Team Nigma still played under the Team Liquid name, the history grossly favors the squad of Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi as Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi has yet to lead his squad to a single BO3 win against the TI9 runner-ups. It’s also worth taking note that Team Nigma is on a roll right now. They’ve won 5 straight matches heading into this. This includes back-to-back beatdowns (a month apart) against the #1 Dota 2 team in the world right now, Team Secret. In the quarter finals Liquid won vs mixed OG squad with 2-0, while Nigma surprisingly won vs Team Secret with the same result. Nigma is looking pretty good going into this match, and it’s even better for us bettors, since this is the best of 5 match.