EPIC League Division 1 is just starting. With $500,000 for the grabs, it is featuring 10 best teams in EU and CIS regions. On the day 1 of the group stage we will watch 3 amazing clashes in a best of 3 series. Here are my picks and predictions for day 1.
Over 2.5 @ 1.92
What an opening match this will be. Let’s put aside all previous Virtus.Pro matches. This is now the new VP squad. VirtusPro.Prodigy turned into the main Virtus.Pro squad with a few twists. Without eine and fn and with gpk and illias they will try to leave a mark. For sure, a pretty strong squad with a lot of potential, but I’m not sure they will be able to do better than their previous squad. Time will tell I guess. They will have a chance to prove themselves in the 1st match of the group stage, vs the two time The International champions OG.
OG are looking really strong on paper, but they are not performing like we would expect them to. Yes, they have 2nd place from the OMEGA League: Europe Immortal Division which was held in early September, but after that they don’t have any significant results. They played 2 tournaments, but they didn’t rank themselves higher than 5th place. Pretty disappointing for the OG fans. I would say OG are slight favourites here, at least that’s what sportsbooks are saying, but just because we don’t know how this new VP squad will perform and just because we don’t know if this new VP squad will be as good as their last VP.Prodigy squad with other 2 players (eine and fn). So the safest bet here would be Over 2.5 maps. This will surely be a very close match and it could go either way. It’s so risky to bet on the winner overall here. 50-50 match if you ask me.
Over 2.5 @ 1.93
Another amazing match we got here. Team Liquid are coming into this tournament as ESL One Germany 2020 champions and as DOTA Summit EU/CIS 2nd place winners. They’ve lost the DOTA Summit grand finals to Vikin.gg with a 1-3 result. However, NaVi was the team that Liquid faced in the ESL One Germany grand finals and that was their last clash. It went to Liquid’s favour, 3-1. I’m a little sceptical about Liquid here, they didn’t show their top performance in the DOTA Summit. They didn’t show their strong play from the ESL One Germany. They struggled to beat much weaker teams. Their playoff DOTA Summit matches and results were a 2-1 vs Brame and a 2-1 vs Yellow Submarine, and went on to lose the grand final 1-3 to Vikin.gg. Why I’m pulling out those results here? Well because that tournament ended less than 4 days ago, and we can pull some conclusions from those performances.
According to sportsbooks, Team Liquid are slight favourites here, but I would give a chance to Natus Vincere too. They are definitely capable of surprising Liquid here, and since this is the first match for both teams in this competition, It’s very important to see how they will enter this tourney. Maybe this is a 60-40 match for Liquid, but if NaVi got the right picks for V-Tune and Iceberg, they can surely be a big threat to Liquid. 3 maps are highly possible here and I see a lot of value in that bet.
This should be a great match. Mudgolems are one of the hottest fresh Dota 2 squads in Europe. They were the winners of EPIC League closed qualifiers. They beat Yellow Submarine in the deciding grand final match with 3-1 score. They qualified for the main event without losing a single series. Really impressive performance from them recently. As addition to that, they are BTS Pro Series Season 3: Europe/CIS 2nd place winners and ESL One Germany 2020 3rd place winners. But that doesn’t mean anything in this match.
In their first match, they need to play vs Just Error, the newest Dota 2 team in the EU/CIS region. They qualified for this event by beating Yellow Submarine 3-1. They are a Dota 2 team made 1 day ago with an impressive lineup: Ramzes, Sumail, NoOne, Solo, Zayac. When you are reading those names out loud, you must have some respect for them. They look amazing on the paper as this is the team full of superstars. How far they can go with this lineup is yet to be seen. They looked really good in the match vs Yellow Submarine and I do think they are favourites in the series vs Mudgolems too. A team with Ramzes, Sumail and NoOne just can’t be an underdog in almost any match.