Another DPC week is coming to an end. Let us analyse Thursday’s matches in different DPC regions.
The CIS region will be the most active today. Here are my picks and predictions for today’s matches.
B8 +1.5 @ 1.42
Both teams opened their lower division participation with a win. B8 beat a very decent XactJlepbI squad, while PuckChamp beat Gambit, with a 2-0. Surprising win for PuckChamp. The CIS scene is still so unstable that in lower divisions and tier 2 of Dota anybody is capable of winning at any point in time. Today’s match between those two teams is no different. PuckChamp are favourites on most sportsbooks, but I believe Dendi’s B8 can pull off a map, and that would be my safest bet and suggestion here.
XactJlepbI @ 1.53
XactJlepbI are a clean favourites for me too, and odds are extremely good in that case. Anything above 1.50 is very good. With their roster, XactJlepbI is just not comparable to Prodigy. Even though Prodigy managed to take a map off HellRaisers in their 1st match, XactJlepbI showed much better performance vs B8, losing with a close 1-2. Decent performance brought them an okayish position in this match. Both squads are pretty new, made just for this DPC season. VP.Prodigy is without any experience and familiar faces on the scene. I highly doubt those youngsters can carry this series vs much bigger guns like Magical, Funn1k, NoFear and others from XactJlepbI.
EXTREMUM @ 1.82
I was so disappointed in EXTREMUM yesterday. They were hyped as big favourites in their series vs PuckChamp in the Snow Sweet Snow tournament. However, they were destroyed 0-2, without any chance of knocking their opponents. I believe they have so much more strength to beat such teams, but they just didn’t show up. In their last 5 matches, Unique managed to win only 1 map, and lose 10. Their form is very bad, and if EXTREMUM raise their play a little bit compared to yesterday, they should be able to take this series pretty comfortably. Odds are amazing on ML bet.
Evil Geniuses -1.5 @ 1.40
Yes, EG should technically be the strongest team in the North American region, but they failed to be that in the last 6 months. Now, they are on their way to redemption. 2 matches in the upper division, 2 wins. But 2 maps were lost. I wonder if they can continue in that fashion, or will they finally show their real strength and dominance that they could deliver. Even though Black N Yellow has 3 straight wins in a row, those wins were insignificant to this match vs EG. Those series were vs very weak NA squads, and now they have a real deal in front themselves. EG beat 4Zoomers and SadBoys, 2 extremely strong teams in NA, and I don’t think beating Black N Yellow will be a hard task for them. It shouldn’t be. Well, it shouldn’t, right.