Today is the last day of WePlay! Pushka League Season 1: Division 1 group stage. There are still 3 matches to be played. European group is already settled as 4 teams that are advancing on are already known, while in the CIS group, we still need to determined 4th team that will advance on.
Secret -1.5 @ 1.84
This match will be more like a show match rather than a really competitive match that will determine something. Team Secret has already secured their top 4 placement. On the other side Nigma fell short, as they are holding the bottom of the table with only 1 win out of 5 matches. They are looking terrible as they can’t find their gameplay and pace in this patch. Even if they win vs Team Secret, they won’t advance on. They don’t have a chance anymore to be in the playoffs, and it’s very questionable how both teams will approach this match.
Team Secret again showed their dominance and with 4 wins and 1 loss they are holding 2nd place in the group. Team Liquid was the only team who managed to beat Secret in this tournament. However, if Team Secret wins this match they will jump to the 1st place in the group and they will have better seeding for the playoffs. Is this worth an effort from Team Secret? We will see. Surely, when we look at both teams and their performances during this group stage, we must admit, Nigma has no chance here.
Ninjas In Pyjamas @ 1.83
These teams are in the same position like Nigma and Secret. OG disappointed us all in this tournament, as the 2x TI champions looked terrible and they are holding 5th place in their group with only 1 win. They have lost matches vs Secret, Liquid, Alliance and even their academy team OG.Seed. On the positive note they have managed to beat Nigma with 2-0, even though Nigma is looking like the worst team in this group right now.
NiP (ex Chicken Fighters) have already secured their top 4 placement in the group, and with 3 wins and 2 losses they are firmly holding 4th place. NiP has secured playoffs, OG can’t advance anymore. So what will we watch? Hopefully some nice and fun Dota, without any pressure. NiP are looking really good, and I do think they surely have more motivation than OG. NiP has something to play for, as they want to show their new organization that they’ve deserved to defend NiP colors and banners. Odds on NiP are amazing and as OG is playing with 2 stand-ins in this whole tournament, I do believe NiP has a chance to take on OG and defeat them.