EPIC League Closed Qualifier is starting today. With 16 teams divided into 4 groups, 2 teams from each group are looking for valuable points to advance on to the playoffs.
EPIC League Closed Qualifier is starting today. With 16 teams divided into 4 groups, 2 teams from each group are looking for valuable points to advance on to the playoffs. On day 1 we will watch 4 matches. Let’s try to make a short analysis and let’s pick the potential winners of those matches.
5men @ 1.27
EXTREMUM sound very scary on paper. With experienced G and youngsters on carry positions, they are surely a decent CIS squad. I somehow feel like that odds on 5men should be higher, because of their defeat vs Khan today. 5men were crushed yesterday in their first match in Dota Summit vs a similar CIS squad like EXTREMUM. I’m not sure how that will affect them, but they are still the favourites. Even if I’m disappointed in the 5men ML odds, I would still go with that bet. 5men beat EXTREMUM 24 days ago 2-0 in the ESL One Germany group stage.
Ninjas in Pyjamas @ 1.33
This should be an easy bet on NiP. Tempo is one of the weakest teams in these qualifiers, if not the weakest. I would advise here to go with NiP ML if you can hit the decent odds. For ones with bigger nerves, NiP -1.5 is a good bet too with insanely good odds, however it’s way too risky for me. After watching some of yesterday’s Dota 2 matches, I do think that -1.5 is the last bet you should do. NiP’s last match was a 1-2 loss vs Vikin.gg. However, before that they’ve won 2-0 against HellRaisers in a different tournament. On the other side, Tempo hasn’t managed to beat HellRaisers recently. NiP it is.
Team Unique @ 1.67
Gambit recently changed almost the whole Dota 2 squad. This will be their first serious tournament and first official match. It will be interesting to see how this lineup will perform. But i’m a little bit sceptical for now, so I would rather go with Team Unique here which is a proven CIS squad already. VANSKOR on captain position is simply a big plus when betting vs a team with a completely new lineup. However, Unique is not looking good either. In the last 5 matches they have 4 losses. I think this could potentially be a very close match, but I would give a small advantage to Team Unique.
Nemiga @ 1.38
Another easy bet here for me. Nemiga is currently a much better team then Empire. Empire is missing 2 players from the lineup and we still don’t know who they will include in their first match here. In the last 5 matches, Empire has 4 losses and 1 draw. They are just struggling a lot lately and they started rotating the players again and trying new ones which obviously doesn’t work. I’m afraid that they will change the lineup completely soon if those results continue. Nemiga is actually playing really well lately. 5 last matches, 4 wins. Nemiga is the only logical choice here.