Match Prediction: Level UP - NaVi Junior | Dota 2Pinnacle - 25 Year Anniversary Show
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The new professional season of Dota 2 is slowly but surely approaching. While the big stage is quiet and the top teams are preparing for the Long Season of big competitions, the local scene is not slumbering. For example, on the expanse of Europe there is a rather large tournament Pinnacle Cup Pinnacle: 25 Year Anniversary Show with a prize pool of $100,000.
For the main prize of $50,000 20 teams are fighting. Among them are NaVi Junior and Level Up, whose match we will talk about.
Let's try to figure out who will be stronger in this confrontation and earn an important win in Basket A. Let's go.
Form Level Up
Let's open this match with an analysis of Level Up's form. In this match they will have to play the first number one with odds to win at around 1.5.
Serbian club Level Up has been on the professional scene for a long time. However, they cannot be called a serious player on the international scene: they are mostly content with playing in local tournaments, and Pinnacle Cup Pinnacle: 25 Year Anniversary Show is the key event in almost a year's time. See for yourself.
Level Up started the season with a top-3 finish at EPL Winter Holidays 2022-2023. Later on, the team started making their way to the DPC, and they succeeded. First, they won the DPC WEU 2023 Tour 3: Open Qualifier #1 and then triumphed at the DPC WEU 2023 Tour 3: Closed Qualifier, thus earning their place in the second division of the prestigious European league.
Prior to the Long Convergence, DPC played Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #2. Exactly, that they played, because TOP-24 cannot be called anything remotely resembling a result. However, very soon they managed to more than compensate for the failure at Malta Vibes.
Their main achievement this year was winning the DPC WEU 2023 Tour 3: Division II. They looked good against the TIR-2 teams in Europe and finished on top of the league with a score of 5-2.
- Level Up lineup: Focus, Stojkov, Ekki, dEsire, Kidaro.
However, Valve cancelled the DPC system, which ruined Level Up's efforts. But there are and will be a lot of third-party events where Level Up is invited. Such was the case at Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #3 and Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #4. However, neither of them failed to reach the heights: the same usual TOP-8/TOP-12.
Before the Pinnacle Cup Pinnacle Cup: 25 Year Anniversary Show Level Up made their mark at the European Pro League Season 13, where they reached the Top 3.
Level Up have yet to Long Sogpeg at the Pinnacle Cup Pinnacle: 25 Year Anniversary Show. The match against NaVi Junior was their debut.
The most popular heroes of Level Up
The most frequent guest of peaks is Techies (5 matches, 60% wins). Next are Void Spirit and Magnus with 4 matches and 75% wins.
Opponents should beware of Phantom Lancer (3 matches, 100% wins). Skywrath Mage (3 matches, 66% wins), Ember Spirit (3 matches, 66% wins).
NaVi Junior uniforms
We continue the match analysis with the analysis of NaVi Junior's form. In this match NaVi Junior plays as the number two with odds to win at around 2.3.
NaVi Junior youth squad is experiencing permanent difficulties. There are no special A-Crosses in their game and they are unlikely to appear.
Having started their existence at the end of 2022, NaVi Junior have been on the radar of the esports scene all year long. The first tournament for juniors was Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #1, where NaVi Junior lost without even starting the game: they finished in the top 40.
Later there was DPC EEU 2023 Tour 2: Division II. Then the team looked good, but at some point the situation deteriorated significantly. At the end of DPC EEU 2023 Tour 2: Division II NaVi Junior finished in the top 4, having played the regular season with the score 3-4.
Next up was another Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #2. As a result - TOP-24, which is already better than last time, but not by much.
In the middle of the year NaVi Junior played DPC EEU 2023 Tour 3: Division II. This time it turned out to be worse than the season before - only Top 6, among 8 possible.
Before the game at the Pinnacle Cup Pinnacle: 25 Year Anniversary Show, NaVi Junior played at Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #3 and Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #4, but there were no global shifts in the results: TOP-12 at the first and the second.
- NaVi Junior line-up: gotthejuice, Niku, pma, daze, Riddys .
With a revamped roster, NaVi Junior played the qualifiers for Kuala Lumpur 2023 - ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 Eastern Europe Open Qualifier #2. They failed them, finishing in the top 16.
NaVi Junior have already made their debut at the Pinnacle Cup Pinnacle: 25 Year Anniversary Show. They debuted with a defeat against KZ Team, losing with a score of 1-2.
NaVi Junior's most popular characters
NaVi Junior's top most-chosen characters is headed by Crystal Maiden. The character has appeared in the peak 6 times and has an 83% win rate.
Apart from Crystal Maiden, Disruptor and Underlord are also appreciated, having been peaked 5 times each with 80% winrate. There was also Skywrath Mage (4 matches, 100% wins), Doom (4 matches, 75% wins), PL, Viper, Slark, Riki appeared 3 times each and has 100% wins.
History of head-to-head meetings NaVi Junior - Level Up
The teams have played each other at Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #3 and Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes #4.
Predicted result of NaVi Junior - Level Up at Pinnacle Cup Pinnacle Cup: 25 Year Anniversary Show
Considering the overall level of play of the teams, I have a feeling that NaVi Junior is not going to do well in this match. As far as I'm concerned, the maximum that the youth squad of "Born to Win" will be able to claim here is a single map. We can see from their game with KZ Team that they can realise their ideas.
Bottom line: +1.5 on NaVi Junior.
NaVi Junior is the 239th ranked team in the world rankings. NaVi Junior squad also announced with substitutions. Niku replaced toshiyb on the 2nd position. Daze received an invitation to the main roster and was replaced by Kidaro(4). Open qualifications for ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 are not going well at all and the maximum that the guys were able to show was 9th-16th place.
Level Up is the 47th team of the world ranking. I don't quite understand the team's roster, but Focus, Stojkov, Ekki, Desire, Kidaro are announced for the tournament. I haven't seen this squad in the game yet and I don't think there is anything to judge, but on paper it looks good.
After watching the Navi game, I think I can believe that Level Up can beat them with this lineup. It's basically a blind prediction, but I still think they can do it.
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Prediction: Level Up wins!
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Bookmakers & Statistics
All bookmakers have agreed that NaVi Junior is the favorite. This can be noticed because odds on them are 1.977. This number in the favor of Level UP amounts 2.931. Respectively, the last ones are the underdogs of the upcoming match.
Team statistics in recent matches
|Last Matches||Level UP||NaVi Junior|
|5 matches (wins)||2||1|
|10 matches (wins)||4||4|
It will also be necessary to mention the history of face-to-face meetings between the opponents. The participants in the battle before the meeting played 2 matches with each other. And Level UP won 2 times while NaVi Junior correspondingly became the winner 0 times.