Another great week of esports action coming up, kicking off on Monday night with some interesting matchups from the BTS Pro series Season 3 and the CS:GO tournaments in the ESL Pro League and the La Copa 2020.
BTS Pro Series Season 3: Europe/CIS
Khan and mudgolems will clash this Monday in the upper bracket playoffs at BTS Pro Series Season 3: Europe/CIS, which will mark a rematch of their group stage fixture that took place in the first round of the competition.
In their first meeting, Khan claimed the series lead thanks to a strong performance of Aybek "Naive-" Tokaev, who bullied mudgolems on his Terrorblade but failed to see the same level of success in the second game, which belonged to mudgolems. Unlike how it was in the first game of the series, mudgolems started the second game strong early on and held a substantial 2.6k lead by the 10-minute mark. From there onwards, Khan helplessly watched mudgolems who needed only 11 more minutes to snowball their lead into a commanding victory.
Despite their somewhat disappointing performance against mudgolems, Khan held on well throughout the competition and finished in fourth place with a 2-4-2 record. While I must give Khan some praise for finishing in top four, we also can't look past mudgolems who finished the group stage with a near-perfect 6-2-0 record.
Their only two draws came against Khan and HellRaisers on the first and second day of the competition respectively, while mudgolems had no issues defeating all other opponents.
As it stands now, mudgolems are the undisputed favourites to win the whole thing and even though Khan put up a few very impressive showings, they will struggle to repeat their success against mudgolems. Bet on the favourites to close out the series 2-0!
ESL Pro League Season 12 Asia
Beyond are entering this match in a shaky form, having won only two games out of last five played against Bren and Mazaalai, while they struggled to see the same success against the likes of ZIGMA, Checkmate and TYLOO. At this point, it's also fair to mention that Beyond won only 41.7% of the matches across the last three months, which is not too promising.
Invictus Gaming are in a much better form ahead of this bout, with only one loss in their last five. IG lost only to ViCi, but had no issues defeating the likes of Checkmate, TIGER, After and ZIGMA. While I don't view IG as one of the best Chinese CS:GO teams, they are at least very efficient when facing weaker teams and boast with a 68% win rate across the last three months.
Looking at the H2H record between IG and Beyond, all of their previous meetings went the distance and I don't expect that to change today. IG are still the favourites in my book, but IG are also prone to dropping maps which is why we are predicting a 2-1 win for IG.
La Copa 2020
Wygers played only two games at Liga de Videojuegos Profesional - La Copa 2020 and won them both with 16-8 against Baecon and 16-1 against UCAM. ZER0ZONE, on the other hand, played three games and came out of their group with a 2-1 record, which includes a 16-8 win against FTW, 11-16 loss to Heretics and a 16-8 win against Rhyno.
Wygers are currently priced at around 1.70 which is an excellent value for a team that is objectively much better. ZER0ZONE have only one "official match" on HLTV against Sprout, where they won one map. This might seem like an excellent result, but in all honesty, it's not and it can be very misleading.
Anyone familiar with these teams can confirm that Wygers are much stronger and should win this one with ease. Bet on Wygers to win at 1.70!
As the final note, ZER0ZONE were priced as 1.40 favourites only a few hours ago but the odds have since seen a massive shift, which only goes to prove that they were not set up properly to begin with.
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