WePlay! Pushka League Season 1: Division 1 is entering its final phase. 5 matches remaining until we will crown first Pushka league champion. After a lot of surprises and underdogs performing well, is it time for the favourites to take over? Let’s see.
Alliance @ 2.00
Both teams have surprised us in this tournament, especially Team Liquid. They looked awful at ESL One LA Online, but they came back in this tournament and have some showed amazing plays and matches. After their 3rd place in the EU group and amazing win vs Virtus.Pro in round 1 of the playoffs, now is the time to face Alliance. Alliance and Liquid faced each other in the group stage already where Alliance celebrated a 2-1 win.
Alliance dominated the EU group by beating all teams except Team Secret. In round 1 of the playoffs they got surprised by VP.Prodigy. In the lower bracket they’ve crushed Natus Vincere to advance on. In their last 2 matches, Alliance hasn’t lost vs Team Liquid, counting the last 2 months. They have already beat Liquid in the group stage, and I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t do it again. Liquid are the sportsbooks favourites, but that’s good for Alliance bettors. Nice odds on Alliance win. It will be a close match, but Alliance has a strong chance.
Team Secret -1.5 @ 1.86
What makes Team Secret so special and one of the best teams in the world? It has to be Puppey, their captain and drafter. Their drafts are impeccable, and if they fall short draft wise, they will make up for it in game. Their rotations, team fights and understanding of the game makes them the biggest favourites to take this tournament. They have had almost a perfect tournament run. Their loss vs Team Liquid in the group stage didn’t affect them. They topped their group with 5 wins and 1 loss, but in the playoffs they are looking even better. 2-0 vs VirtusPro and 2-0 vs Team Liquid in the playoffs brought them to the upper bracket finals.
On the other hand VP.Prodigy is most probably the biggest surprise of the tournament and the biggest discovery in the EU dota scene lately. They are doing it all, making the plays and surprising and knocking out big teams. They have beaten Alliance and NiP to make it here. Now, they will be put on the biggest test until now, as Team Secret is the strongest team that they’ve faced since the Virtus.Pro academy team was created. However, I don’t think they can do it, Team Secret is too strong, and they will just get overrun. Maybe they can surprise us by taking a map off Secret, that’s possible, however I do think there is a higher chance that this match ends up with 2-0 for Secret.