Our gaming expert Michael Lee is back this Monday night with another preview and betting tips for his favourite matchups of the night in the world of esports! This time around he focuses in on the DOTA Summit Online 13: Americas and the BLAST Premier Fall Series 2020!
DOTA Summit Online 13: Americas
Team Brasil and beastcoast will clash on Monday, in the final round of the DOTA Summit Online 13: Americas group stage. It will be a very important match to win for both sides - perhaps even more for Team Brasil who could find themselves eliminated from the tournament if they end up losing.
If we compare the teams, it's rather clear that beastcoast are looking sharper, but not by much. They're 2-4-2 so far this competition, which is only slightly better than Team Brasil's 1-3-3. Beastcoast have also not won a single match since October 25, when they got awarded a forfeit win against Plasma1337x, effectively meaning they have - like Team Brasil - won only one game this entire competition.
I would argue Team Brasil are the stronger team had they not disappointed with a draw against Spirits Esports on Friday, but they still forced Team Zero to a stalemate last Wednesday and put up a strong fight against both Infamous and Thunder Predator a couple of days prior.
This match seems like a complete coin-toss and I would not be shocked to see a 1-1 draw. Still, I would not overlook a longshot bet on Brasil at 5.20.
DOTA Summit Online 13: Americas
Quincy Crew have established themselves as the main favourite to win the DOTA Summit Online 13: Americas with a perfect 7-0-0 run through the first seven rounds of the competition. They have also yet to drop a single map (14-0), although that does not mean they were unchallenged.
On Saturday, Quincy Crew showed some cracks when they faced Team Brasil and came extremely close to dropping the series. On both maps, Team Brasil were in the lead for the entirety of the early and mid-game, but they were unable to close out the deal, effectively handing QC a free win.
Infamous did not convince me as much as QC, but they're still 3-2-2 which is not terrible. The only two teams that defeated Infamous were 4Zoomers and No Pangolier, although the latter was more of a fluke loss rather than anything else.
The question here is not so much whether Quincy Crew can win, but rather what can Infamous do. Even though QC looked somewhat iffy in their bout with Brasil, I don't believe Infamous can win a map, let alone the series because they’re far too inconsistent and simply don't have the needed quality to stand up against QC. Bet on Quincy Crew to win!
BLAST Premier Fall Series 2020
The last time these two teams met was in 2019 during the cs_summit 5, when G2 Esports claimed two BO1 victories with a very close 16-14 score on Vertigo and 16-11 on Nuke. Since the fixtures took place last year during a tournament billed more like a “recreational event”, I would not put too much weight on the results. At this point, I must also mention that FURIA were forced to play with their coach Nicholas "guerri" Nogueira, which was obviously not optimal.
A lot has changed since then, but the most important thing to note is that G2 signed one of the best CS:GO players in the world Nikola "NiKo" Kovač not long ago. Since G2 announced the signing of the Bosnian CS:GO pro, the betting odds on FURIA have been rising, but from the information we have, it’s not even confirmed NiKo will play on Monday.
Even if G2 decided to field NiKo, FURIA are still holding a 80% win rate across the last three months and due to their unique playstyle, the Brazilians are still rightfully priced as the favourites. Unlike FURIA, G2 have been struggling with their results, but I expect much better showings from the European side, who look very scary with the roster they currently field.
The match looks like a complete coin-toss and I don’t think neither of these two teams has what it takes to finish the series in two straight maps. Expect a three-map series.
ESEA MDL Season 35 North America
New England Whalers recently finished sixth at the IEM New York 2020 North America, where they managed a phenomenal 2-0 upset win against the tournament favourites FURIA. They also won against teams like ImPerium, Rebirth and Triumph, but when faced with higher-calibre squads, such as TeamOne, Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, they lost 0-2, which more or less confirms their win over FURIA was a complete fluke.
Whalers have also attended the ESEA MDL Season 35 North America campaign, were managed to win seven out of eight matches against the likes of Kinship, Rebirth, ex-Polar Ace, RBG, who are all low-tier NA CS:GO squads.
Russian Canadians are entering this match in a terrible form. They won only five out of 13 games at the ESEA MDL, which was barely enough for them to qualify for the playoffs. Russian Canadians have also won only 42% of their games across the last three months, which makes me believe they aren’t ready to face one of the best ESEA MDL squads.
New England Whalers have been very impressive across the last couple of weeks and with an ESL Pro League S13 spot on the line, this is an excellent opportunity for them to step up and prove they belong in a higher level of play. Anything else than a victory here would be a massive disappointment for Whalers, who have shown enough for me to say they can sweep Russian Canadians.
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