Day 1 of StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 is over. We are getting ready for Day 2 where we will find out what are four teams that will play in playoffs this weekend.
Business Associates @ 1.65
Group A started in a really interesting fashion. Business Associates surprisingly lost to forZe in a close 1-2 series. From group A, Team Aster is the first team to advance to the playoffs. With a 2-0 vs BOOM and a 2-0 vs forZe they showed why they are one of the favourites in this Dota 2 tournament. This match will be amazing, as I don’t think Business Associates will take this easily. They have a better lineup on paper, but we saw that doesn’t mean anything. Can the Indonesian squad surprise us? I don’t think so. At best they can win a map, but otherwise this is a big opportunity for Business Associates to take this match and join forZe in the decider match of the group A. My pick here is: Business Associates win.
CR4ZY @ 1.94
A lot of people expected Alliance would finish at the top of the group B. It didn’t happen. Gambit crushed their competition with a 2-0 vs CR4ZY and a 2-0 vs Alliance and they have finished as 1st. 2nd place is still open, and I think Gambit is the biggest favourite to take it. NoPing lost to Alliance, CR4ZY lost to Gambit and here we are. Odds on CR4ZY are insanely good. They have an amazing squad on paper, and with TI winner Aui on board as their captain, they must win this match. I think the Brazilians don’t have many chances here, and CR4ZY are big favourites here in my eyes. But bookies think otherwise, they are giving more chances to NoPing. My decision here is easy, as my prediction goes to CR4ZY. They will win this match.
forZe @ ??
The group A decider match. The russians are waiting for the winner of Business Associates / BOOM. I think Business Associates will face forZe in the deciding match. forZe really surprised me, and I think they will give their opponent a hard task. forZe is a slight favourite to advance from their group as 2nd ranked team. Can we again watch a 3 map match?
Alliance @ ??
The situation in group B is easier to predict. Winner of the NoPing and CR4ZY match will have to face Alliance in the best of 3 deciding clash. The winner will advance to the playoffs, and I think it will be Alliance. Realistically, Alliance and Gambit are the strongest teams in this group, and together with Aster they are the biggest favourites to win this tournament.