Dota 2 action moves on across the continents. A lot of top tier tournaments are going on. Here are some of the most interesting matches of the day for me, with picks and predictions.
Live to Win @ 1.74
Live to Win don’t have luck really. They played 3 matches with the new lineup, and out of those 3 matches, they played 2 times vs Mudgolems. Mudgolems that are the hottest young Dota 2 squad in the Europe. However, I must say that both matches were really close, LTW lost with a close 1-2. In the Dota Summit, they have a clean 2-0 win vs HellRaisers, and a loss vs previously mentioned Mudgolems. Both teams, LTW and Yellow Submarine secured the playoffs already. We have an interesting situation here where the top 3 are advancing on, instead of top 2. However, seeds are pretty important for the playoffs, so I don’t think that either of the teams will calculate here. The 2nd place team in group A will face off Khan, while the 3rd place seed team will face off Vikin.gg in the playoffs. If I’m in their place, I’ll rather pick Khan. Yellow Submarine is a relly strong CIS squad, they are proving themselves on all fields, however I really like LTW here. Small bet on them, as they are small favourites here. 3 maps are highly possible.
Ninjas in Pyjamas @ 1.50
We have a really strange situation in the group B of this competition. Group B is won by CIS squad Khan, while Ninjas in Pyjamas are on 3rd position currently and 5men are eliminated with 2 losses. It’s hard to tell here what is going on, other than all the teams are out of form. Ninjas and 5men are statistically the best teams in the group here, however I wonder what is going on with them. NiP still has a chance, they have 1 wins and 1 loss, and now they are fighting for the seed with their next opponents Brame. They already faced each other in the first match of the group. NiP won that series with a close 2-1 result. I do believe that they have more quality, they are a stronger team on the paper and in the game. Hopefully they will wake up and start playing like they know. NiP are the favourites here, but with their unstable play everything can happen. Still, I do believe NiP ML is a good bet here.
Quincy Crew -1.5 @ 1.54
In America, the situation is getting more and more clear. The Quincy Crew have been the most dominant team in North and South America for a few months now, something like Team Secret in Europe. They are favourites to take this tournament too and they proved themselves as the favourites in the group stage. 8 wins and 1 draw, that’s their statistics. No lost games, and only 1 lost map. Really impressive performance for now. However, now it’s time for the upper bracket round 1 match. Now the real game begins and all the pressure is popping out. Their clash vs Thunder Predator in the group stage went to QC favour, easy 2-0 win for them. Yes, Thunder Predator finished in 4th place in the rankings, but they had only 3 wins out of 9 matches. Really bad results and statistics. I do think there is a high chance for the repeat of the group stage match, which means easy 2-0 for Quincy Crew. As i always say, -1.5 handicaps are very risky, so go low.