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The second day finished predictably enough, two tense matches Team Secret vs Newbee 2-1 and Mineski vs PSG.LGD 1-2, a bad play by Natus Vincere and the same horrible game by Complexity Gaming and an expected victory of Team Liquid, that’s how the second day of EPICENTER XL was.
The match between Virtus Pro and NewBee, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.4 and 2.7 for NewBee
Virtus Pro has already started their home tournament well, 2-1 against PaiN Gaming, PaiN Gaming managed to win one map only because Virtus Pro gave them a chance.
The author’s general impression about Virtus Pro: It’s the favorite of the tournament, it is unlikely that someone will be able to stop them at the home tournament, great picks, a performance of every player is on the highest level.
NewBee have already played one match in the tournament, they beat Team Secret in a very interesting and difficult struggle due to the fact that the team had a lack of performance on the last map.
The author’s general impression about NewBee: They had an enough well start of the tournament but it’s obvious that the team has more to learn, if kaka improves his performance and they work on their picks, the team will start beating the majority of opponents.
Virtus Pro always easily prevails over almost all Chinese teams and they are obviously favorites in this match, maybe if NewBee manages to improve its game in one day, they will be able to win one map but if not it will be 2-0 in the favor of Virtus Pro.
The match between Team Secret and Natus Vincere, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.2 for Team Secret and 3.7 for Natus Vincere.
Team Secret beat NewBee with a score 2-1 in a very difficult struggle due to their great picks and a personal performance of every player, they had to lost the match in another case.
The author’s general impression about Team Secret: Great picks by Puppey, a good personal performance. But the disadvantage of the team is that they have experience with picks of heroes in important matches, which don’t always finish in their favor.
Natus Vincere lost to OG Dota 2 with a score 2-0, their picks were weak in that game, a performance of each player (except Crystallize) left more to be desired.
The author’s general impression about Natus Vincere: The team’s awful game, they will be eliminated from the tournament very fast with such game. The team definitely need to change something with lines for players, otherwise the team’s future is not very perspective.
I don’t know what Natus Vincere needs, Team Secret looks very strong, if Team Secret doesn’t start experimenting with picks, it will be easy 2-0 for them.
The match between OG Dota 2 and paiN Gaming, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.2 for OG Dota 2 and 2.6 for paiN Gaming.
OG Dota 2 has easily beaten Natus Vincere with a score 2-0 but we will not even take into consideration this match.
The author’s general impression about OG Dota 2: It’s difficult to understand in which shape the team is, it was clear that the team found its game in the match against Natus Vincere but it needs a stronger opponent to understand what OG Dota 2 can show us.
paiN Gaming are likely to show something good but in the match against Virtus Pro, which they lost with a score 2-1, Virtus Pro just allowed them to win one map.
The author’s general impression about paiN Gaming: It’s not clear in which shape the team is, we need to see a couple of matches at the tournament to make a conclusion about their game.
It’s a very unpredictable match, any of teams may surprize and win the match. Each of them have to win one map but it’s not clear who will win the final one. The score is likely to be 2-1 in the favor of OG Dota 2.
The match between Mineski and FlyToMoon, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.1 for Mineski and 5 for FlyToMoon.
Mineski was not able to cope with the team PSG.LGD in a very equal confrontation and lost with a score 1-2 but there was an intrigue till the end of the match.
The author’s general impression about Mineski: It’s clear that the team has started playing worse after the last tournament but I think that they will gain momentum and show a great performance.
FlyToMoon beat Complexity with a score 2-0 but Complexity seemed to have no ideas in that match. Considering that match, it’s unclear in which shape the team is.
The author’s general impression about FlyToMoon: The CIS team gains momentum with every played match but it’s early to speak about their game.
Mineski is an obvious favorite there, they have to leave no chances to their opponents. But they may present one map. The score will be 2-0 in the favor of Mineski.
The match between Complexity and Team Empire, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 2 for Complexity and 1.5 for Team Empire.
The author’s general impression about Complexity: Considering the first match, the team looks weak enough but I don’t believe in their good result in the tournament.
Team Empire played well in the match against Team Liquid but the team has a lack of ideas and right decisions against such strong teams.
The author’s general impression about Team Empire: As FlyToMoon, Team Empire has been showing well performance but it’s too early to say something about them.
With such game that Complexity has shown us, they have no chances but if they think about their decisions, they will be able to win one map. But I think the score will be 2-0 in the favor of Team Empire.
The match between Team Liquid and PSG.LGD, bookmakers’ odds for the match start from 1.5 for Team Liquid and 2 for PSG.LGD.
It seems that Team Liquid has prepared well for the tournament, they easily beat Team Empire.
The author’s general impression about Team Liquid: If they pick good heroes for Miracle, the team will easily prevail in the tournament.
PSG.LGD managed to beat Mineski in a very difficult struggle with a score 2-1 due to their good personal skill.
The author’s general impression about PSG.LGD: After the signing of the club by the football club, the team’s things started going well, we’ll see if they are able to show something in the tournament.
If Team Liquid don’t experiment with picks, they will have to win the match. I think the score will be 2-1 in the favor of Team Liquid.