Today, we are hopping over to the China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1 playoffs
Two matches in the lower bracket are scheduled for today. Two big names vs two underdogs. Let’s try to analyse these two matches and predict the winners.
Royal Never Give Up @ 1.50
This is the first lower bracket match. Let’s keep in mind that the loser of this match is out of the tournament. There is no room for errors in this best of 3. Royal Never Give Up has topped their group by winning 3 out of their 4 series and has looked the most synchronised team amongst the ones with massive roster changes. Another team coming out of the open qualifiers, Phoenix Gaming, has outperformed other major teams in the group. They have secured a number 3 spot in the same group. RNG beat Phoenix 2-1 in their group stage match. However, that was 8 days ago, and as the scene and Chinese rosters are still unstable, it will be interesting to see what will happen here. 3 maps are very likely here, but I think RNG are favourites to take this match. Even though none of those teams are playing on their top level, match history, roster and experience is on RNG’s side.
LBZS +1.5 @ 1.50
The second losers bracket match of the day is vs LBZS and EHOME. LBZS are the biggest underdogs here. The biggest surprise of the second group has undoubtedly been the sheer dominance shown by Team LBZS. LBZS came in from the open qualifiers and was considered to be the relatively weaker team. But they have startled every Chinese Dota 2 fan as they sit on top of the group stage having won all their series. With this, they moved to the Upper Bracket R2, where they lost to Vici Gaming 0-2. They have a very mixed roster of players. 2 unknown guys and 3 experienced players like xiaofu. Sounds like they’ve found a trick to be able to compete with most of the Chinese teams nowadays. However, infront of them is a really strong opponent.
EHOME is not an opponent that they should take lightly. Led by veteran Sccc, EHOME are big favourites in this match. Even though EHOME barely managed to qualify for the playoff stage with their 2 wins and 2 losses, EHOME is surely a different team in the playoffs. Since LBZS showed amazing performance in the group stage with only 3 maps lost vs some of the strongest teams in the Chinese scene, I would give them a chance here too. They could surprise here, so +1.5 handicap bet on them is a really good way to go here. They surely can take a map.