Pinnacle Cup is one of the hottest competitions right now in Europe. Together with that we will keep following European DPC matches. Here are my picks and predictions for Thursday.
Fantastic Five @ 1.55
Together with NoTechies those are the two weakest teams in this division. Trident is holding the bottom with 3 straight losses, while Fantastic Five manage to lose against Empire and Hellraisers, but win against Prosli Esli which was a real surprise. Trident only managed to take a map off NoTechies, all other matches they’ve lost with a clean 0-2. They are in a bad position here too, as I do think this will be their 4th loss. Both teams are nothing special, but seems like Fantastic Five has its moments of brilliance.
Brame @ 1.40
I have no doubt here, as Brame is looking really solid. This will be their first match in the Pinnacle Cup, but let’s just say less than a month ago they played vs Level Up in the D2CL. Brame took that series with a 2-0. From there they already have their advantage. Together with that Brame is in excellent shape as their last 3 matches were a blast. 2-1 win vs Alliance and they barely lost to Nigma and Liquid with a close 1-2. Level Up had some great matches too, but vs much lower tier teams, and their last match and a 1-2 loss vs No Techies was really disappointing.
Team Empire @ 1.34
As I already said, NoTechies are one of the weakest teams in the division. Empire is not far away, but at least they are holding the lower middle of the table. This will be their first clash in a while, as the last series those two teams played was in February. Of course, Empire took that win with a 2-0. This time I expect a similar scenario as NoTechies is a team that is struggling vs teams like Trident and Empire is regularly facing stronger teams like B8, Nemiga, Prosti Esli and others. Don’t get me wrong, Empire is far away from their peak, but their form and quality should be much higher compared to NoTechies.
Team Spirit @ 1.30
Hellbear Smashers really had a hard schedule. They needed to face teams like Tundra, Secret, OG Liquid and Nigma. All those top teams lineup up for them, and of course they couldn’t show themselves vs top level teams. However, they surprised some teams by taking maps off them which is quite good. For example, Secret and OG fell to Hellbear Smashers, at least on 1 map. On the other side Team Spirit is almost impeccable with 5 matches and 5 straight wins and only 1 map lost. They keep playing dominantly even tho most of their recent series was vs CIS squads, and they have completely different style compared to EU squads like Hellbear smashers. Safest bet here would be a Team Spirit ML, if you can find 1.30 or higher odds for a higher value bet.
EXTREMUM +1.5 @ 1.55
EXTREMUM faced Team Unique yesterday in their Pinnacle Cup opening series. Even though Team Unique were heavy favourites, EXTREMUM managed to take them down with a 2-0. Those two squads played a lot this year and this was EXTREMUM’s first win in a while, since January. Even tho CIS Dota is very much unpredictable sometimes and teams that won 2-0 day before can lose with the same score the day after, I doubt EXTREMUM will let that happen. Confidence is there now, and I do believe at least they can take a map off Unique. Unique is a team to be taken lightly, especially in their CIS clash.