Today’s focus is fully on CIS region. We will watch 2 amazing series in the ESL One CIS Online Season 2: Upper Division.
Spirit is playing NaVi, and EXTREMUM is facing Winstrike. Here are my predictions and analysis.
NaVi @ 1.72
What an opening match we have today. Up and coming squad from CIS vs a legendary organization, 2nd best team from CIS region. This will be a real showmatch. In their last series in Season 1, Spirit was the better team with a 2-1 result. However, in the meantime NaVi upgraded their lineup even more by adding Ramzes on position 3. It will be interesting to watch him there, as he is used on position 1 mostly. Spirit is very strong, but I believe odds are on NaVi’s side here. 60-40 for NaVi if you ask me, it will be close and 3 maps are highly possible. This will be a bloodbath for sure, like all matches between top CIS squads.
Winstrike @ 1.44
Their last matches were about 1 month ago. They skipped the Major, so they have 1 month only for practice and training. We will see how these two teams will enter the new DPC season. Winstrike was a much stronger team before, even if on the paper EXTREMUM has more hyped names for example like veteran G. Results spoke for themselves for these two teams, as Winstrike was a much better squad at the end of the last season. I do think they will continue in the same fashion, but for me looks like quality is on their side, or at least team play. With young dyrachyo on the helm they can pull out the win here. 3 maps are possible and EXTREMUM +1.5 handicap is possible, but I wouldn’t risk it here. Just because an opening match and their first match in a while. We need to see how they will perform and react to the new plays and season.