We're kicking off a new week with a big evening of Esports action as our resident Esports guru Michael Lee has delivered his best bets from around the world. Tonight's action comes to us from the CS:GO Snow Sweet Snow event.
Snow Sweet Snow #3
Nordavind enter Snow Sweet Snow #3 playoffs in great form, having won all of their last six games against GTZ Bulls, LDLC, Young Ninjas, EXTREMUM, Sprout, and Dignitas. Wisla Krakow, on the other side, managed only five wins in their last 10, and are 4-1 in their last five.
Wisla Krakow's run across their last 10 outings include losses against Tricked, AGO, Dignitas, and Gambit, which is obviously not good, but they deserve some props for their showings across the last five when they beat Trident, Sprout, Popma Team, and EXTREMUM.
These sides last met at ESEA Season 35: Premier Division - Europe: Regular Season in October 2020, when Wisla Krakow won 16-7. That result, however, doesn't mean much for this prediction, since Nordavind now fields an entirely new roster, who Wisla Krakow have yet to face off with.
Nordavind might seem stronger, and while I agree that they should be viewed as the favourites, I don't expect a one-sided affair. Due to the importance of this match, we can expect both teams to perform to the best of their ability, which should produce a close affair since there is not a lot to separate them quality-wise. I expect to see a three-map series.
Snow Sweet Snow #3
The penultimate quarter-final match at Snow Sweet Snow #3 will see Anonymo take on the in-form SKADE, who enter this match on a phenomenal 15-game winning streak. Anonymo, on the other side, managed only three wins in their last six, but are at least 2-0 ahead of this bout with two 2-1 victories against Sangal and Trident.
SKADE's 15-game winning streak is definitely a good enough reason for us to view them as the superior team here, however, it's fair to mention that most of those wins were 2-1. So, while SKADE are very effective in winning games, they are also prone to dropping maps, which is something to consider for this bout.
SKADE and Anonymo have met twice before, most recently during the Snow Sweet Snow #3 group stage, just a week back. There, Anonymo forced overtime on Nuke and won 19-16, but were unable to seal the deal on Overpass and Mirage, which they lost with 9-16 and 14-16.
Although I expect SKADE to win again, I don't believe they will manage a clean sweep. Anonymo looked solid in their last meeting and would have perhaps won had they been a bit luckier on Mirage. Regardless of how this match will end, you can expect all three maps to be played.
Snow Sweet Snow #3
Dignitas are 9-1 in their last 10 outings, which includes wins against Sprout, SINNERS; AGO, forZe, Wisla Krakow, HAVU, Galaxy Racer, MAD Lions and Singularity Their only loss came against Nordavind, who bested them 2-1 just five days ago.
Although Dignitas look very good on paper, their near-perfect run might be a little deceiving, since they haven't really faced any tough opponents, and even dropped maps against Wisla, forZe, SINNERS, and AGO, which does not fill me up with confidence.
Tricked Esports managed a slightly worse 7-3 record in the same stretch, with wins against Wisla, SINNERS (twice), Sangal, Trident, GTZ Bulls, and MyGame, and losses against SKADE, Betnadejdi, and BLIK. Like Dignitas, Tricked have not disappointed with their performances, however, they have not shown anything remarkable either.
These teams never met before, so it should be interesting to see how they match up. Facing an unknown opponent should benefit the underdogs more since it will be Dignitas, who will need to figure out how to justify their lower odds and walk away with a win.
Tricked as a team are nothing special, and I feel the same about Dignitas. Although Dignitas seem like the stronger team, I don't believe they're strong enough to win without losing one map. This should be a close match that should end in all three maps played.
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