THe EPIC League Play-in is starting, where the winners will advance on to the EPIC League Division 1 playoffs.
5th to 8th place teams from the group stage of Division 1 and the top four teams from the group stage of Division 2 play in the EPIC League Play-in where winners will advance on to the EPIC League Division 1 playoffs. Here are my Monday picks and predictions for all 4 matches.
Team Nigma @ 1.15
Nigma ended in 5th place in a regular EPIC League Division 1 group stage. 5th place was just enough for the tournament’s play-in. They will need to fight Gambit now, a 4th place team from Division 2. With that placement and Kuroky being back to the starting lineup of Nigma, I do believe they are heavy favourites here. Gambit has nothing to do here, as I do think they will be overrun heavily. Nigma is just another level for them, and Nigma ML or Nigma -1.5 are good bets here. With small or with bigger risks of course for a handicap bet.
Team Liquid @ 1.20
Liquid are coming as the Division 1 Group Stage 6th placed team, while Spider Pigz are coming from Division 2 as the 3rd ranked team. Even though Spider Pigz had a good run in Division 2 and they even beat the strongest team there, Yellow Submarine, I do think this will be a completely different level for them. Liquid are one of the strongest European teams and they did solid in Division 1 vs the top teams in Europe and CIS region. They never played Spider Pigz however. Liquid are on a 2 match losing streak, both BO1’s vs Secret and Nigma. On the other side Spider Pigz have 5 wins out of the last 5 matches. But all those series were lower level of Dota compared to Liquid’s play. Liquid should take this series and there is a possibility of a 2-0 for Liquid. ML on Liquid is a safe bet, if you want higher risk but better reward go for a -1.5 handicap.
OG @ 1.23
Those two teams never faced each other. Live to Win are a new CIS squad and they are performing amazingly. Finishing in 2nd place in the division 2 right behind Yellow Submarine, brought them to battling OG for the Division 1 playoff spot. OG are not in the greatest form of their life. Actually, they are struggling a lot, and their performance can vary a lot. Live to Win have a decent lineup and they can surely shine in some matches and games. However, individual play is on OG’s side. It could happen that Live to Win could be afraid of OG’s authority and greatness as 2x TI champions and that can result in an easy win for OG. But I do think that Live to Win has everything to beat OG or to take a map. OG that can lose to teams like Live to Win. OG ML is the safest bet here, but if you want more risk Live to Win +1.5 handicap can be a good way to go. Risky, but rewarding.
Yellow Submarine +1.5 @ 1.60
Just Error is a squad full of superstars, but their lineup still didn’t deliver. With 2 wins and 7 losses in the Division 1, they were on the edge of being eliminated. Now they need to face the number 1 team from Division 2, Yellow Submarine. A team that should not be taken lightly. Those two teams faced each other 25 days ago in the same competition. Just Error took a 3-1 victory in that best of 5 series. However, Just Error is beatable for sure. Those 7 losses from the group stage showed that. While Yellow Submarine may be a big unknown to most of the teams, and that may be their real advantage going into matches vs stronger teams and opponents. Yellow Submarine won 8 matches, lost only 1 in their walkthrough over Division 2, and that is a really impressive result. I do believe this time they can match vs Just Error and take a map off, at least.