Only 2 more days until the end of the EPIC League Division 1 group stage
The situation is getting pretty hot. Bottom 4 teams are fighting for survival, while on the top there is a fierce battle for the 1st seed. Here are my picks and predictions for Friday matches.
Team Liquid @ 1.57
Team Liquid are straight favourites here with a nice odds on their win. Mudgolems are the last ranked team in the division. With 2 wins out of 8 matches, they are not looking good currently. They are fighting for their survival and this is their deciding match. If they lose this, they will hardly end on that 8th or higher spot that leads to the playoffs. In the last 1 month, those two teams played 3 times. Liquid have 2 wins, while Mudgolems one. But their matches were always back and forth. Liquid entered this tournament with 4 straight losses, but they’ve managed to pull it back and with 3 straight wins they are not in the play for the playoffs. They need this win too. And in this moment they are a better squad.
Natus Vincere @ 2.17
I’m going with an underdog here. It’s the logical choice here for me, as I see a big potential for a surprise here. Vikin.gg lost to Nigma in their last series, and NaVi showed some amazing series wins against Alliance and Nigma. I do believe they have everything to beat Vikin.gg which are currently holding 1st place in the division. One month ago, NaVi did beat Vikin.gg 2-0 in the playoffs of the ESL One Germany. Even though I do believe this match will be much closer and favouring Vikin.gg slightly because of their recent performance, NaVi will surely have their chance. Vikin.gg has only 2 losses in this competition, one vs Alliance and another one vs Nigma. Overall, their performance was impressive last week. However, I’m picking NaVi here or over 2.5 maps, which can potentially be a good bet too.
Virtus.Pro @ 1.36
VirtusPro is on fire. With knocking Team Secret down in their match yesterday, they are surely looking to be one of the biggest contenders here for now. 6 wins, 2 losses, and they are sharing 1st place with Vikin.gg. This young squad has pretty impressive results lately, and their performance is speaking for itself. 2-0 vs Secret, 2-0 vs Nigma, 2-0 vs OG are surely the results that show how strong they are right now. On the other side, Alliance is fighting for survival. With 2 wins and 6 losses, they are struggling not to drop out of the tournament before the playoffs. They are one of the worse performing teams currently in Division 1. I don’t think that they can win against such a strong VirtusPro squad right now. VirtusPro are clear favourites in this series.