The ESL One Los Angeles Online Europe and CIS regional league features 16 teams in total, making it by far the biggest of the regional leagues, and it is starting very soon. Here are predictions and short analysis of Day 1, group A matches.
Gambit @ 1.27
This match will open group A. Gambit and Vikin.gg never faced each other in the official games. Tha main reason is that Vikin.gg was not such a stable team during 2019. They’ve entered 2020 with a roster change, replacing the position 2 player. From the last 5 matches, they have won 4. They’ve mainly played vs tier 2 and tier 3 teams in the European region cups. I don’t see them as winners in this match vs Gambit. We all know who Gambit is. As contenders and participants of all bigger Dota 2 tournaments lately they are just another dimension compared to their opponents. Gambit - easy win.
Team Nigma @ 1.36
Most probably this is the match of the day. This match is, of course, a rematch from The International 2019’s grand final, as the former Team Liquid squad will face off against OG yet again. You might notice that Neta “33” Shapira is standing in for Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zhengto, and Ceb will play instead Topson. So does this mean that Nigma has a real chance here to beat two time TI champions? Most probably. Nigma is playing with the full lineup, and I do expect them to win this match, even though OG can surprise with a map.
Virtus.Pro @ 1.33
Those two teams faced each 3 times during the last month or so. Hellraisers won two out of three BO3 matches vs VirtusPro. However, the latest match they’ve played went smoothly in favour of VirtusPro (2-0). Even though VirtusPro is still looking shaky, I do believe they are improving fast and they are looking better and better. They could be real contenders in the future for the top tournament positions. Hopefully they will take this tournament seriously. If they do, I don’t give too much of a chance to Hellraisers. I would go with a VirtusPro win here.
B8 @ 1.92
Day 1 will end with a match between Cyber Legacy and B8. I’m not sure how the full lineup for Cyber Legacy will look on the matchday, since for now they are missing 2 players, according to all available informations. Could this be the chance for Dendi’s stack, B8? I do think so. B8 made a lineup change too. Their position 1 player pio65 was replaced with Excalibur. However, that is not such a drastic change that would affect their gameplay so much. Neither team looks good at the moment, as both teams are struggling to make some impact. Odds on B8 are amazing and worth a try. I do believe Dendi can do this and win against an unstable CL team.