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The second day of EPICENTER XL, the match between Team Secret and NewBee, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.5 for Team Secret and 2.42 for NewBee. Who will win the confrontation?
Let’s begin with discussing Team Secret, the team has been playing stable enough in the recent time but sometimes it can lose, being an obvious favorite. The team’s last five matches: Team Secret vs Vici Gaming 0-2 Dota Asia Championships 2018, the team decided to experiment with picks, being a favorite, and was punished for it, Team Secret vs Virtus Pro 0-1 Dota Asia Championships 2018, there is even nothing to say, Virtus Pro now is the best team in the world and there were not so many chances in a bo1 match, Dota Asia Championships 2018, Team Secret vs paiN Gaming 1-0, PaiN Gaming managed to show nothing as Team Secret was a way better in picks and performance, Dota Asia Championships 2018, Team Secret vs Mineski 0-1, Mineski is considered to be a surprize of the season, so the result of the match didn’t surprize a lot, Dota Asia Championships, Team Secret vs Evil Geniuses 0-1, Evil Geniuses depend a lot on Fear’s and Arteezy’s result and they were not able to do something in this match, for which the team was punished. As we can see, the team’s result was not so good in the last tournament but the opponents they lost to are very strong at the moment.
The author’s general opinion about Team Secret: The team is one of the best in Europe at the moment but it may lose a game due to its experiments in the picks of heroes, the performance of every player is on a very high level.
Let’s talk about NewBee, the team has been playing well enough but sometimes faces problems in playing against European teams, the latest team’s results: Dota 2 Professional League Season 5, Newbee vs Vici Gaming 0-3, Vici Gaming is the best team in CHina, so the result of the final didn’t surprise a lot, Dota 2 Professional League Season 5, NewBee vs PSG.LGD 2-1, NewBee obviously was on the same level with their opponents but picks on the last map finished the map in the favor of NewBee, Dota 2 Professional League Season 5, NewBee vs Invictus Gaming 2-0, Invictus Gaming is very weak in your region, so the result was predictable enough, Dota Asia Championships 2018, NewBee vs Evil Geniuses 0-2, Chinese teams always faced problems against European and American ones, this match was not an exception, Dota Asia Championships 2019, NewBee vs Team Liquid 0-1, the situation is the same as it was in the match against Evil Geniuses. Considering these results, they are not so good in the recent time as Team Secret’s ones.
The last four matches of teams: NewBee won two matches and Team Secret also prevailed in two matches over the last four matches.
Considering this statistics, a conclusion can be made that the teams are equal and bookmakers’ odds are obviously too high. The match is equal, both teams are likely to win 1 map, it’s very difficult to determine a favorite of the match, everything will depend on a pick of heroes because a personal skill is fully identical, personally I will make a choice in the favor of NewBee as I like them more. 2-1 in the favor of NewBee.
Second match between Mineski and PSG.LGD, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.7 for Mineski and 1.8 for PSG.LGD.
Mineski has been gaining momentum, they show a better result in every match and tournament, the last 5 matches of the team: Dota Asia Championships 2018 Mineski vs PSG.LGD 3-2, the final of the Major, everyone thought that PSG.LGD would beat their opponents without a chance but Mineski managed to find a weak spot in picks and a performance of their opponents, Dota Asia Championships 2018, Mineski vs PSG.LGD 2-0, the final of the upper bracket, Mineski left no chances to their opponents, Dota Asia Championships 2018, Mineski vs Vici Gaming 2-1, a very strong struggle was in the semi-final of the upper bracket but Mineski prevailed on the last map, Dota Asia Championships 2018, Mineski vs OpTic Gaming 2-0, they didn’t give a chance to the American team in the quarterfinal, Dota Asia Championships 2018, Mineski vs Evil Geniuses 1-0, everything depends on a performance of the American team in matches against Evil Geniuses but something obviously went wrong there. The team has great results, it hasn’t been losing for 7 matches in a row, which makes them an obvious favorite.
The author’s general opinion about Mineski: I consider Mineski to be a team-discovery they have great picks, an understanding of opponents, a good team and personal performance of players.
The team PSG.LGD has been recently signed by the football club PSG, which may have a good impact on their game, the last 5 matches of the team: Their matches were played in the qualifiers in their region, to which you may not pay attention.
The author’s general opinion about PSG.LGD: I personally don’t like the team’s performance in the recent time, if they lose in their own region, it isn’t even worth to speak about other regions.
The last four matches between the teams: All four matches were won by Mineski, I guess the fifth one is coming.
Mineski is an obvious favorite by their personal and last matches, bookmakers’ odds are not so true there, you can bet on Mineski for sure because odds are good enough. It will be easy 2-0 for Mineski.
Match between OG Dota 2 and Natus Vincere, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.47 for OG Dota 2 and 2.31 for Natus Vincere.
The team OG Dota 2 has started playing a bit better after a kick of Resolution but is obviously not a favorite of the tournament, the last 5 matches of the team: The team has played the latest qualifiers to tournaments well enough but they obviously have a lack of a good competitor in their region, if you have a look at matches against strong teams, all of them have been lost.
The author’s general opinion about OG Dota 2: I personally don’t believe in good results of the team with this roster, the replacement of mid player on a coach made a good impact on them but not that good, they definitely need a good mid player to achieve some results.
Natus Vincere is maybe the most unstable and unpredictable team of the world, the last 5 results: The team has gained a great momentum in the last matches, however, not so many people had expected such results, they easily passed qualifiers in their region but if you have a look at matches against strong teams, things are very bad there.
The last four matches between each other: All matches were won by OG Dota 2 but the roster was a way different at the moment, so this may not be considered.
This is a very difficult match for a prediction, the teams are almost on the same level, both are below average, I personally prefer Natus Vincere but everyone knows a rule - never bet on Natus Vincere or against team but if you have to make a bet, the decision will have to be made in the favor of Natus Vincere. 2-1 Natus Vincere.
The match between CompLexity Gaming and FlyToMoon, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.87 for CompLexity Gaming and 1.87 for FlyToMoon.
CompLexity Gaming has been performing well in its region, let’s have a look at their latest five matches: All their matches were hosted in the qualifiers China Dota2 Supermajor 2018, the team showed itself well but lost to VGJ.Storm, which brought Resolution to the team, in the final.
The author’s general opinion about Complexity Gaming: an average stable team, I don’t know what to add about it.
FlyToMoon is an average team in the CIS region, let’s have a look at their latest results: the team’s latest matches were also played in the qualifiers, in which they showed an average result but the team still has a future because there are very good young players.
The author’s general opinion about FlyToMoon: I personally don’t like the team’s performance a lot, if they play bad in their region, they will not have a lot of chances against others.
The teams’ last four matches: FlyToMoon is a new team, so they haven’t had a chance to face Complexity Gaming.
Complexity Gaming is an obvious favorite for me, I have seen their matches and can confidently say that odds are too high, it will be easier for FlyToMoon because the tournament is hosted in CIS. My choice is Complexity Gaming, it will probably be 2-0 by Complexity Gaming.
The match between Team Liquid and Team Empire, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.051 for Team Liquid and 5.35 for Team Empire.
Team Liquid is considered to be one of the favorites of the tournament after Virtus Pro, the latest results of the team don’t impress a lot, the team lost to PSG.LGD at Dota Asia Championships 2018 with a score 2-1 and due to this, it was eliminated from the tournament. But they just made a mistake in their pick.
The author’s general impression about Team Liquid: It’s a great team, a very good personal skill but sometimes they have weak picks. Everything depends on a pick of hero for Miracle in this team if a hero that can solo win a game is picked for him, they easily win matches but in other cases, they may have problems.
Team Empire is an average team of the CIS region, the last results of the team were in the qualifiers to big tournaments, which finished not so successful for them. A weak game in their region in the recent time gives no hope against strong teams.
The author’s general impression about Team Empire: It is a very weak team, they may show something good only due to the fact that the tournament is hosted in Moscow but it’s unlikely to happen in this match.
The last four matches among themselves: Matches of the teams were played a long time ago and their results should not be taken into consideration, Team Liquid won the last match in 2017 with a score 2-0.
I can fully agree with bookmakers’ odds, there is nothing to say. Team Empire will maybe prove themselves in this tournament but not in this match. It will be an easy score 2-0 for Team Liquid if they prepare seriously for the match.