It’s time for the first EPIC League Division 1 and Division 2 upper bracket matches
Round 1 of upper bracket matches is bringing us some amazing clashes. Basically a full day of tier 1 EU/CIS Dota will make my day and I will be following and discussing all the matches today. Here are my picks and predictions for the upcoming clashes.
Over 2.5 @ 1.92
What a match for the start of the day. This could be the closest match we could see right now in Division 2. Both teams are very equal in many aspects of their game currently that it’s crazy. Both teams ended up their regular group stage play with a 6 wins and 3 losses. Even if Gambit won their group stage clash with a close 2-1 result, I do believe this could potentially be another 50-50 match. There is no straight favourite there, and Gambit’s win doesn’t mean a lot here. Spider Pigz have had much better results lately, even beating Yellow Submarine, while Gambit were struggling even with Team Empire. I do believe that betting on the money line here is much riskier than going for the Over 2.5 maps bet. There is a high possibility that we will watch all 3 maps again.
Just Error @ 1.64
I might regret that Just Error ML bet here, but I do believe in them, even though the results are not backing that up. Just Error are just pure class of a team, on paper at least. Such quality, superstar names should do the trick right? Well, no. Finishing their Division 1 group stage run with only 2 wins out of 9, they did fail a bit in their first tournament. However, coming from Division 1 to Division 2 now, they really have a chance to play vs some “weaker” teams. Teams that can potentially be a good fit for them, currently at least. Just Error are not delivering wins like I or any other Dota fan expected from them, and they did disappoint quite a bit. However, they are a team that can pull it off anytime, and I do believe Live to Win is beatable.
Live to Win had an amazing Division 2 run, finishing in 2nd place with just 1 loss. Impressive performance from them. They have an amazing lineup, with a lot of potential for the future, that’s sure. This bet may be a big risk, but I’ve decided to go with it. Hopefully Sumail won’t fail hard like he did previous games. We need the king back. By the way, those two teams are the most hyped non-organization teams in Europe, and one of the most excited teams to watch. Should be an interesting match.
Over 2.5 @ 1.93
Here we go boys. This is getting serious now. First upper bracket match in Division 1 and it’s already the hottest match it can be. Virtus.Pro - the team that finished 1st in the group stage vs Team Secret - the best team in Europe in 2020. Secret is definitely out of form, they’ve barely finished top 4 in the groups as they needed to play tiebreakers to be able to play here. However, the young Virtus.Pro is on fire. With 7 wins and 2 losses they were the strongest squad in the group stages. They’ve even beat Team Secret with a clean 2-0 score. Shocking, right? Both teams are on a 3 match winning streak, and I do believe that Secret might be a slight favourite here, 55-45 if you ask me. But the match is wide open, both teams can take it, so my best bet here would be to go with Over 2.5 maps. Maybe Secret can win this time, but it won’t be easy for them, that’s sure. Virtus.Pro are in the top form.
Natus Vincere @ 1.82
Oh yea, a beauty for the end of the day. Let me just say that Vikin.gg never beat NaVi in the last month or so. They played 2 times, NaVi took both wins. And we can call Vikin.gg one of the best young up and coming squads in Europe right now. Division 1 group stage 2nd place winners vs Division 1 group stage 3rd place winners. Both teams had 6 wins and 3 losses and they did really well in the group stage. However, NaVi is on a 3 match winning streak and their last win vs 2-0 vs Team Secret. Vikin.gg won a few tournaments lately, but they are not performing well this time. Don’t get me wrong, they can obviously take away a map or a win to any team here, but I don’t think that they will beat NaVi today. In the last 5 matches, they have 2 wins and 3 losses and they looked vulnerable. Odds on NaVi win are amazing, and there is a big value there.