Only a few more rounds until the end of the EPIC League Division 2 group stage.
Yellow Submarine are the best team so far in the league, while Cyberium and Nemiga are holding bottom positions. Here are my Tuesday picks and predictions.
Yellow Submarine @ 1.15
Yellow Submarine is definitely the best team in this league. With a clean 5-0 score, they are holding 1st place in division 2. They’ve managed to take down 2 teams from the upper part of the division. 2-0 vs Live to Win and 2-1 vs Ninjas in Pyjamas made them the top contenders for the Division 2 title overall. In the last month or so, those two teams have played 2 times. Their recent encounter went in Yellow Submarine’s favour, as the match ended up 2-0. The match before that, Winstrike took the 2-0 victory. However, Yellow Submarine are killing it lately and their last loss was vs Just Error almost 2 weeks ago. While Winstrike managed to take down only Cyberium lately, Yellow Submarine are big big favourites to take this series. Winstrike is currently ranked as a 3rd team in the division, but with the most matches played. They are currently holding 4 wins and 4 losses. Their losses vs Empire or Gambit surely doesn’t go in their favour.
Ninjas in Pyjamas @ 1.80
This can potentially be a very close series. NiP just lost to Gambit 1-2 in the last round, and Spider Pigz lost to Live to Win with the same score. Both teams are fighting for the top of the table, but Spider Pigz need this win more, as they played 1 match less than their opponents. This is the series that can go either way, I feel like. In their last 4 matches, NiP have only 1 win. However, they’ve managed to take a map vs Yellow Submarine, which is pretty decent. Spider Pigz have 2 wins out of 4 matches, and they have a win vs Winstrike, the same team that won against Ninjas. I’ve decided to go with NiP here, just because of their experience in such matches. That can be a deciding factor. Otherwise, they are playing terribly, and their form is dropping lately. However, all taken in account, it should be a close match, 55-45 for NiP in my opinion. Over 2.5 maps is a good bet here too, as there is a high potential for us to see all 3 maps.
Live to Win @ 1.57
Gambit is on a 2 match winning streak. 2-1 vs Winstrike and 2-1 vs Ninjas in Pyjamas. Overall, they are still undefeated in EPIC League and they are looking pretty good. However, Live to Win is not a team that they should take lightly. With 3 wins and 1 loss, Live to Win is surely a team that needs to finish in top 4 at the end. If not, that will be a big failure for them. They are looking pretty strong on the paper, and in their matches they are showing some good plays and performances. They could be a one team from the CIS region with a potential great future. But, let’s wait and see, as the CIS scene is usually very unstable regarding Dota 2 squads. Live to Win are favourites here and with decent 1.5 or higher odds, they are a good bet to go. If they continue to raise their level of play, I think they can be the 2nd best team right after Yellow Submarine. This will be the first clash between those two teams.