Today, an interesting match between BIG, a new member of professional Major-arena, and Immortals, a pro team, is going to be played. BIG demonstrated great results in the group stage of PGL Major Krakow and became the best team taking the first place in tournament table with 3-0 statistics. Immortals in their turn took 7th position in the table with 3-2 score.
There are no doubts in a great condition of BIG. In all winning matches they defeated such teams as FaZe Clan, Cloud9 and SK Gaming. European mix FaZe was defeated by BIG with 16:8 score, Cloud9 lost the match against the team with 16:11 score, and SK Gaming with 16:14.
Immortals, in their turn, defeated Vega Squadron with 16:6 score, Natus Vincere with 16:10 score and FlipSid3 Tactics with the same score. The Brazilian team was beat by Astralis with 19:17 score and SK Gaming with 16:9.
Currently, BIG look better than Immortals, but we should not forget that European team has no experience in playing on such big arenas. Because of that, the team may be under a moral pressure which will prevent them from showing the best game, while Immortals will feel more confident. Also, we should not forget that the group stage not always shows the real condition of the teams.
I think that BIG demonstrated great performance during PGL Major Krakow 2017, but they will hardly go further than quarter final, as Immortals is more experienced team. Besides, during a day-off the Brazilian team could analyze and fix the mistakes.
In this situation, the results of the match can be rather unexpected, but taking into consideration all the circumstances, I think that it will be better to bet on Immortals.
All matches are interesting in the list of matches today but the battle between SK Gaming and Astralis cannot be missed. This match is as classic in the world of eSports as the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in the football world.
Obviously, SK Gaming has more chances to win in the upcoming matchup. The Brazilians are at the peak of their shape at the moment. This means that besides high-grade personal skills of each SK Gaming player, the team has a row of prepared strategies, which says about the full readiness for the match against the Danes. Remembering the previous match between SK and Astralis, which was hosted at PGL Major Krakow, it is worth to notice that the Brazilians won with a huge lead. They finished the game with a score 16:8 and three of five players had a positive statistic. coldzera can be marked in a special way, he has a 25+ statistic and the rate in 2.08 points, according to HLTV.org. It is, also, worth to consider that all players of Astralis had a negative statistic.
As for Astralis, they were participating with the similar performance as SK did during the whole Major tournament. However, the Brazilians showed themselves in a better way in the last matchup between two teams. What is more, Astralis can be morally depressed due to the last match against SK.
I insistently recommend to bet on SK Gaming as their ambition to win is undoubted. SK achieved five victories at large tournaments over the last three months and are not going to give away the championship at PGL Major Krakow so easy.
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’.