Tuesday marks the end of EPIC League Division 2 group stage as the final 3 matches are played.
As the situation is getting pretty tight on the middle of the table, we still have 5 teams fighting for the better position going into the playoffs. Here are my picks and predictions for Tuesday matches.
Gambit @ 1.28
This should be an easy one. Cyberium are one of the weakest teams in the division and they are locked down at the bottom of the rankings, which means they don’t have a chance anymore to advance to the playoffs. With 2 wins and 6 losses, they are locked to the 7th position. On the other side, Gambit with 5 wins and 3 losses are top 4 currently. However, that can change. Let me remind you that only the top 4 positions are leading to the playoffs, the upper bracket. Gambit desperately needs this win. This win can secure them top placement going into the playoffs. It doesn’t matter if they win 2-0 or 2-1, any win is good for them in this situation. Talking about form overall, Gambit are a much stronger team then Cyberium and they shouldn’t have any problems taking down their today’s opponents, even 2-0.
Yellow Submarine @ 1.28
Yellow Submarine are the only undefeated team in this division. With 8 straight wins they are firmly holding 1st place in the rankings. Impressive 16 maps won out of 17 played is placing them at the top of the favourites list. This could be their tournament easily if they continue to show that form and performance. However, they still need to play one match vs the not bad Spider Pigz. This can be a 3 map match, since Submarines can play much more relaxed now. We will see what will happen, but I highly suggest betting on YS ML here, if you can find decent odds. If you want to risk more, go for Yellow Submarine 2-0 handicap. There is a much more chance for the Pigz taking a map off them I believe. Pigz are on 2 winning streak, but vs the weakest teams in the league, Cyberium and Nigma. They will desperately fight for this win, since they need it to stay in the top 4.
Live to Win @ 1.20
Live to Win are a really good team. With 7 wins and only 1 loss vs Yellow Submarine, they are firmly holding 2nd place in the division. They secured 2nd place at the group stage, since 3rd and 4th placed teams are nowhere near them. Even if Yellow Submarine lose their match today, and Live to Win won theirs, YS will still stay at the top as number 1, since they have better map win-loss ratio and a win over Live to Win. This should be an easy match for Live to Win, as they are a much better team than Empire is right now. Team play and individual quality is on their side for sure, there is no doubt about that. With 5 straight wins in a row they are really looking unstoppable in this tier 2 level of Dota 2 matches. On the other side, Empire is fighting for their tournament lives, as they still have a chance to drop out of the playoffs. This last round will determine a lot of things, but I highly doubt that the Empire can beat Live to Win. They can’t.