Day 1 of the BEYOND EPIC: Europe/CIS playoffs brought us some surprises. Two teams are already out, and it’s finally time for the first matches of the upper bracket. Here are two Friday matches.
Team Secret -1.5 @ 1.50
In the last month, Secret has played vs Liquid 3 times. Liquid didn’t win a single map, and Secret took all 3 series cleanly. Secret’s final loss was vs Team Nigma in the group stage of the Beyond Epic tournament and that’s the only series and two maps they’ve lost in this tournament.
Liquid had a similar group stage performance, but they’ve lost 4 maps in total, ending group B with 4 wins and 1 loss vs Virtus.Pro. Yes, Team Secret is a big favourite here and will most probably take the match. However, I do wonder if Team Liquid has the strength and enough quality to take a map off Team Secret. Team Secret are looking so good in their matches, and the drafts are impeccable as well their ingame experience. I’m leaning more to Secret 2-0’ing Liquid here, than Liquid taking 1 map. Very risky match and bet. Sadly, betting on Team Secret ML is not worth it, odds on Secret match win are just too low, no matter who their opponent is.
FlyToMoon +1.5 @ 1.59
Nigma is playing really well and they are the only team who managed to beat Team Secret this month. That must mean something right? Both teams ended up their group stages with 4 wins and 1 loss. FlyToMoon lost to Liquid, while Nigma lost to OG.
FlyToMoon is one of the top 3 CIS teams currently. Their plays and rotations are amazing, as well as their carry player V-Tune. I can compare him to Alliance’s Nikobaby. They have the same style and are both carrying their squads pretty hard. However, this will be a really hard match for FlyToMoon, as most probably they’ve got the hardest opponent (not including Team Secret). However, I do believe they have the skill to surprise them with a map. Otherwise, Nigma are really big favourites here.