The teams met for the last time during ESL One Genting 2017, where Misery and co got a champion title. We also remember this tournament for the match where Digital Chaos defeated Virtus.Pro in the semifinal with 2:0 score. After that, the teams have not met yet. This event is important for both teams, as this is one of the last chances to get a direct invite to The International 7. Although the bookmakers give a significant preference to Virtus.Pro (1.36) while Planet Odd have only 2.89, I would not be so confident in easy win of CIS players. Still, VP should win a match however it may not be so easy to get.
OG have already lost their opening match, and today they will be the first opponents for Natus Vincere. However, their loss should not influence the result of this match. It should be mentioned that this will be the first LAN-tournament since the International 6 for the Ukrainian Dota 2 roster. This tournament means a lot for Dendi&Co, but I think you should not doubt in the winning of OG. My forecast is OG win with 2:1 score.
One of the first confrontations of EPICENTER: Moscow Season 2 second day is Team Liquid vs LGD.fy. Chinese players have already won match against Kiev Major champions OG although their result was quite surprising. However, this is going to be the first match for Liquid on this championship. Super and the company got through the regional qualifiers, while KuroKy and the company received a direct invite. Despite the unexpected win over OG, it is hard to tell whether LGD.fy are the favorites in this match as Liquid have won SL i-League Invitational recently. That tournament took place in China where three representatives from Tianxia participated. My forecast for this match is Liquid win.
Two incredibly powerful and equal opponents will face in this match, however, Newbee are not in the best form, which is proved by their recent results: the 3th-4th place at StarLadder i-League Invitational #2, the 9th-16th place at The Kiev Major 2017 and, also, the 5th-6th place at qualifications to EPICENTER: Moscow 2017 and DOTA Summit 2017. In its turn, Team Secret looks incredibly powerful and even the replacement of pieliedie has not made an impact on the European mix. Despite last places at The Kiev Major 2017, the roster continues to prove that the loss against Brazilians was only an accident but not a trend. I prefer Team Secret in this couple, however, Newbee will have to win one map.
Evil Geniuses are famous for their awful performances in first matches of a tournament, despite the fact that sometimes they play against outsiders. Team Faceless can’t be called outsiders in view of the 5th-8th place at The Kiev Major 2017, so guys from Southeast Asia have a little more chances to win. It is, also, worth to notice that none of the teams have played official matches in a new patch yet. Having summed up all factors, I bet on the victory of Team Faceless with a score 2:1.
Everything’s easy in this match. The strongest team of the group stage will play against the weakest one and unknown participant. Team Secret who took the first place of the group stage with 3-0 score will definitely win. A new Brazilian team that took 16th place in the group stage will play against them. I think, that Brazilians will take 16th place in the tournament table as well.
In the upcoming match, OG team looks more spectacular and stronger than Team Random, a current world Dota 2 champion. Despite the championship Team Random lost their shape and their latest achievement is 3-4 place ESL One Genting 2017 and the reward of $22,500. The tournament took place at the beginning of the year. As for OG, the European mix managed to become a vice-champion of Dota 2 Asia Championship 2017 at the beginning of April, losing the final manage against Invictus Gaming. Analyzing the results of group stage, we will see that there is a sense to bet on OG than on Team Random. The second team has ended their participation in the group stage on 12th place with 1-3 result while OG took 5th place with 3-1 score. Although the team played relaxed in the group stage and did not demonstrate what they have prepared for the tournament, I think that OG has a huge advantage over Team Random.
Virtus.Pro were the favorites of the event and now they meet all expectations. This is the only CIS team on the Major that qualified from the second place having 3 wins and zero defeats. IG.Vitality disappointed fans ending their participation at the group stage without win, however, it does not means that they will lose this match. Virtus.Pro want to join top 3 teams, and it means that Chinese players will not become an obstacle for the ‘bears’.
Team VG.J received a direct invite to The Kiev Major 2017 although many were dissatisfied with the decision as this year they won only a couple of qualifiers and took the second place on StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3. In the group stage, the team took 10th place with 2 – 2 statistics. Digital Chaos play their first tournament under this tag and have overcome all the expectations winning the North American qualifiers. The group stage ended for them on the 7 place with 2 wins and 2 defeats. I think that Digital Chaos now look stronger but the game will be quite equal.
Both teams have been showing rather mediocre results lately, however, Newbee look a litlle bit better in this pare taking into consideration the results of the group stage. Both teams took 2 wins and lost 2 matches in the group stage, but the group here is not an indicator, and its format was not the best one. I would bet on Newbee win, as they’ve managed to take the third place on DAC 2017 and win Dota2 Professional League Season 3 - Top.