Last day of round 3 of ESL One Germany 2020 will bring us some of the strongest matchups and hype matches so far in this competition.
We will see three exciting clashes with some of the best European teams. Let’s see what those matches can bring us.
Vikin.gg @ 1.53
This matchup is bringing us two teams from the middle of the table. Vikin.gg are recent BTS Pro Series champions, and one of the most underrated teams in Europe. 5men are a new stack of players led by Misery, 2nd place The International winner. Even if 5men have stronger names on paper and more compact squad, Vikin.gg are a really strong up and coming team. Both teams hold the same win-loss ratio. They are sharing 8th place with 1 win and 1 loss. Vikin.gg beat HellRaisers 2-1, but lost to OG with 0-2. 5men beat Extremum, but lost to NiP. In the last month or so they played 3 times. From those 3 times, Vikin.gg took 2 wins, both with 2-0 scores. This could go to all 3 maps potentially I think, but for me Vikin.gg are slight favourites here, due to their recent form and match history.
Natus Vincere -1.5 @ 1.63
This is a real CIS clash. Two teams from the CIS region will fight for the top 8 placement before round 4 begins. Both teams have 1 win and 1 loss. NaVi took a clean win over Cyber Legacy, but they’ve played a close match vs Team Liquid, the match they’ve lost 1-2. On the other side, Winstrike was really unlucky. They faced OG in round 1 and of course they were crushed in that match. However, they’ve managed to surprise HellRaisers with a 2-1 victory. NaVi and Winstrike don’t have any recent clashes, as this will be their first match since they have those lineups. NaVi are heavy favourites here, and betting on NaVi money line is probably not worth it. I think there is a decent chance that NaVi will win this match 2-0. Iceberg and V-Tune are just too good for Winstrike’s lineup and I’m not sure how Winstrike can deal with them.
Team Secret -1.5 @ 1.57
There is only one Team Secret. There is hardly a team that can surprise them and take a map off them. They really must be outplayed to drop a map. And that rarely happened in the last months. They are just too strong for other European and CIS teams, and they have no real opponent currently. All tournaments that they play, they win. Of course, Secret started this tournament with 2 clean victories, however Team Liquid is doing pretty good too. Two strong wins for them too, 2-1 vs NaVi and 2-0 vs solid mudgolems. If I look for previous months statistics vs Team Secret, I can conclude that surprises can happen. But I don’t see a high chance for that. In their last match in OMEGA League, Liquid managed to take a map off Secret. Even though they are playing really well now, I think there is a higher chance for Secret to take this match with 2-0.