Best of 3 group stage of StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 starts on Thursday. Let’s analyze the three most interesting opening matches of Day 1.
Business Associates @ 1.58
This fixture marks the first meeting between these two rosters, as Gentlemen (previous forZe roster) have never played against J.Storm and Business Associates have yet to clash with forZe in their short history in the Dota 2 scene. Even so, picklebet seems to agree that Business Associates are the favourites to claim the spoils. That seems fair, considering J.Storm were a solid team with several accolades under their belt, but the ex-Gentlemen are no pushovers. ForZe have picked up the pace in recent times, which is enough for us to believe they can keep business associates on their toes and push the series into three maps which may be a good bet too. Otherwise, Business Associates victory, good odds on that.
Aster @ 1.33
Aster is going to Kyiv after a chain of unfortunate events at Chinese qualifiers. They looked great at ESL One Los Angeles CN qualifier group stage but lost it all in the playoffs. They lost to EHOME but earned 4th place and a spot on StarLadder Minor CN qualifier. There, Aster was better than Avengers, Newbee, and Keen Gaming to go through to StarLadder Minor and face BOOM in the Group A opening match. BOOM Esports took 5-6th place in SEA qualifier for ESL One Los Angeles and entered the StarLadder Minor SEA Qualifiers. There BOOM surprisingly defeated TNC Predator in the opening match and put a great start towards winning the qualifiers. So, BOOM defeated Reality Rift twice 2-0 and 3-1 to advance to StarLadder Minor and play with Team Aster. According to the latest picklebet odds, Team Aster are big favorites to win the BOOM match, the odds on their victory is 1.33. While the odds on BOOM is a bit higher, my match prediction is still in favor of Team Aster in this BO3 match.
Alliance (-1.5) @ 1.41
In 2020 the Alliance Dota 2 team has already earned $80K by finishing 4th in DreamLeague Season 13. However, the EU Alliance roster failed to qualify for ESL One Los Angeles taking only 7th place in the EU qualifier, however that allowed them to participate in the StarLadder Minor EU qualifier. Alliance managed to appear the best team among Nigma, Liquid and Aggressive Mode and take the only Europe spot on StarLadder Minor. This will be the last chance to qualify for the Los Angeles Major.
NoPing is a Brazilian team that replaced two players on February 4. With the renewed roster they took 5-6th place in ESL One Los Angeles Major South America closed qualifier. But surprisingly won SA qualifier for StarLadder Minor in a competition with FURIA Esports, paiN Gaming and Infamous. According to the latest picklebet odds, Alliance is a huge favorite to win vs NoPing, the odds on their victory are low 1.07. However, I agree with the bookies this time, Alliance is the tournament favorite and should win the Brazilians easily. Therefore, for this match, I suggest going with -1.5 handicap bet on Alliance, which means they will win 2-0.