The top 16 Dota 2 teams in the Europe and CIS region are facing each other in the group stage of ESL One Germany.
The top 16 Dota 2 teams in the Europe and CIS region are facing each other in the group stage of ESL One Germany. The $400,000 prize pool is surely something worth fighting for. We are tuning into the 2nd day of the group stage with analysis of the next three matches.
Vikin.gg -1.5 @ 2.01
A nice match for the opening of the 2nd day. Vikin.gg are recent BTS Pro Series Season 3: Europe/CIS champions, and they are on a nice 4 match winning streak. On the other side, HellRaisers are entering this tournament with just 3 players. They are missing their position 4 and 5 players, and it will be interesting to see which players they will announce as their stand-ins for this tournament. As we are still waiting for this info, let me just say, Vikin.gg are massive favourites. Odds on Vikin.gg ML are so low, that I’ve decided to go with -1.5 handicap. It’s highly possible, since their results are really bad lately. Only 1 win (vs Team Empire) from the last 5 matches. Their inconsistent lineup is another problem for them, and those are the reasons why I don’t see them being a big threat to Vikin.gg today.
Team Liquid @ 1.51
Team Liquid were struggling a lot in their recent tournament. In OGA Dota PIT S3: Europe/CIS they finished in a low 5-6th place. Disappointing performance from them. And now they will have a real mountain to climb. Mudgolems are recent BTS Pro Series Season 3: Europe/CIS 2nd place winners. They had 13 wins in a row before they fell to Vikin.gg in the grand finals. They are currently for sure the biggest underdog team in Europe, in this tournament as well. Mudgolems are the hottest new squad in the region right now, and they will surely take valuable wins and points from some more experienced and bigger teams. However, I do think quality is on Liquid’s side. Hopefully they’ve prepared well for this tournament. Mudgolems can only surprise them. It’s possible, yes, but I think there is a higher possibility that Liquid will win this game. 3 maps are possible here.
OG -1.5 @ 1.40
OG announced yesterday that they will be playing this tournament with a full roster. Let me just say, thank you OG. After their disappointing performance in OGA Dota PIT S3: Europe/CIS where they played with Topson and with slightly changed positions, they are coming back now, in a nice fashion. OG is one of the strongest teams in the Europe and world most probably, when they play seriously. It’s known that teams like OG aim for the biggest tournaments, and they use smaller tier 2 tournaments to practice strats and to practice vs other teams. Money is not a priority for them, so it will be interesting to see if they will take this tournament seriously. I would say yes, ESL One is amongst the biggest Dota 2 tournaments in the world, and even if this is an online version of the tournament now, the $400,000 prize pool is something worth fighting for. Winstrike is good tier 2 CIS squad, but currently nothing more. OG should outclass them on every field in the draft / game. I’m predicting 2-0 for OG here. Everything else would be a big surprise for me.