The third season of Beyond The Summit Pro Series is underway for all competing regions, with the Europe/CIS roster fielding some old names and new stacks.
Today, we will follow 2 matches from the EU/CIS playoffs - upper bracket finals and lower bracket round 3. Let’s try to see who has more chances to advance on.
Ninjas In Pyjamas @ 2.10
What a match we have here. Who would have thought that mudgolems would play in the upper bracket finals of this event. What is even more impressive, mudgolems reached this stage without a loss. On the way here, they have only lost 2 maps. They topped the group with an amazing 6 wins and 2 draws. 14 maps won, only 2 maps lost. Interestingly enough, they’ve managed to drop maps to two CIS squads, HellRaisers and Khan. They have 3 clean wins vs I would say some of the strongest teams in this competition, Vikin.gg, NiP and 5men. We have seen a really impressive performance by this young stack of players led by German veteran Fata.
What is important here for us is that NiP lost to mudgolems with 2-0 in the group stage. They finished the group stage in 3rd place with 4 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. Decent performance, but they can and they must do better. They’ve had an impressive match vs Vikin.gg in round 1 of playoffs, where they’ve beaten a very strong Vikin.gg with 2-0. On the other side, mudgolems achieved their hard 2-1 victory over Khan. Yes, mudgolems are favourites here due to their recent performances in this tournament and due to the fact that they’ve already beat NiP once.
However, we are in the playoffs now, stakes are higher, and for me NiP seems like a much serious and experienced team. When they are on their highest performance peak, they can be a real danger to any team in Europe (well, except Team Secret who are on another level). I think this match will be much closer then the odds are showing us. 3 maps are highly possible here, but I do think NiP has a decent chance here to take revenge on mudgolems and advance to the grand finals.
Vikin.gg -1.5 @ 1.71
Khan showed us that they are a really decent CIS Dota 2 squad. Their performance in the group stage didn’t go unnoticed. 2 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses brought them to 4th place in the group and brought them a place in the upper bracket of this event. Seems like Khan has consistently good performances vs CIS squads more than vs European squads. They have very weak play and gamesense vs EU squads like NiP, Vikin.gg, and 5men. They’ve managed to lose against Vikin.gg and 5men with straight 0-2, while they did show good map 1 vs NiP.
Even though Vikin.gg are on a slight performance downfall, they’ve managed to finish 2nd in the group stage right after mudgolems. 5 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss brought them a winners bracket and a match vs 5men. They’ve managed to overcome 5men with ease. After their 4 straight losses in all Dota competitions, they’ve managed to bounce back with yesterday’s impressive win over 5men. Yes, Khan is very good squad against CIS teams, but they play worse vs European squads, statistically. Vikin.gg already beat them easily in the group stage, and I think they are way too experienced to lose that match. I’m expecting another 2-0 for Vikin.gg here.