After 16 teams finished their group stage matches, EPIC League is now entering the division mode
Top 8 and bottom 8 teams from the group stage are now split into 2 divisions. Today, we are following some matches from both divisions. Here are my picks and predictions for Tuesday matches.
Team Empire @ 1.51
Those two Russian teams will face each other in the upper bracket round 1. This will be the first clash between these two teams. Strangely enough, odds on Empire ML win are huge, if we take into account how big they are favourites here. This is the case where you need to use the odds into your favour. VP.Prodigy is a young unproven team and they are falling into the abyss. They have 5 losses in their last 5 matches, while Empire is doing slightly better with at least 2 wins out of 5 matches. Empire recently won vs PuckChamp and EXTREMUM, two respectable tier 2 teams from CIS region. And while those were their only wins, they’ve managed to take a map off Dota Team and Hellbear Smashers. I don’t believe that Empire will have an easy task, but they can surely win. -1.5 handicap is too risky, as I do think that VP.Prodigy will have their chances too, like in their series vs Gambit and Dota Team where they’ve managed to slightly complicate things. Decent odds on Team Empire win, and only logical bet here.
Prosti Esli @ 1.31
Those are the newest teams in the CIS region. Both teams have only 4 official matches so far, but looks like Prosti Esli was more successful in their matches. Both squads have only 1 victory from 4 matches and both squads won vs the same team, EXTREMUM, with the same 2-1 score. Prosti Esli managed to make a mess in all their matches, showing some nice effective plays. Basically, they didn’t fall easy in any of their matches, as they’ve managed to bring all their 4 matches to 3 maps. On paper, Prosti Esli looked way better. With their mix of players from Gambit, Unique and Natus Vincere they should be able to take this series and win. They are strong favourites and odds are not that bad at all.
Dota Team @ 1.83
After their initial loss vs Team Spirit, Dota Team managed to get 3 straight wins vs some CIS decent squads. 2-1 vs VP.Prodigy, 2-1 vs Unique and 2-1 vs Empire brought them in the division 1 of the EPIC League. However, yesterday’s 1-2 loss vs brame was a surprise for me. They opened that match nicely with a 1-0 lead, but lost it in the end. Pity enough, because they finally showed some future potential. With such a strong , talented and experienced lineup they could be a team that could be a challenge to everyone. Compared to HellRaisers, who just made 3 changes within their lineup. 2 new players and 1 position chance surely won’t help them in this series. They have strong names in the lineup, but with this being a completely new stack, I’m not sure how they can play this out. My trust is on the Dota Team in this one. Odds are even, and I do believe Dota Team has a 60% chance to take this series.