Another night of esports action coming up this Tuesday, the 10th of August and Michael Lee is back to preview the action and give his best bets. Tonight he focuses in on the Dota 2 Champions League Division 2 and the BTS Pro Series Season 7: Americas for his three best bets.
Dota 2 Champions League Division 2
Spider Pigzs made it past Fantastic Five yesterday (2-1), albeit only barely. They lost the opening round but then mounted a comeback in maps two and three, which they ended up winning with relative ease.
It's fair to mention that Spider Pigzs had to field two stand-ins. The most notable was Stoyan "lil pleb" Kostov, who replaced Tony "No!ob" Assaf.
Lil pleb was the star player on Spider Pigzs and one of the main reasons why they managed to reverse-sweep Fantastic Five. He ended the series with a combined score of 15/2/16 across the last two maps.
Spider Pigzs already met with Winstrike Team on Friday in the opening round of the upper bracket. WInstrike Team won that match 2-1, and as the score would imply, the two teams were fairly evenly matched.
As of recent news, Winstrike Team are still without their carry Anton "dyrachyo" Shkredov, who will likely get replaced by Maksym "mellojul" Pnev. That, however, isn't a big issue, since mellojul has been playing with the team since late July.
This seems like a match that can end either way, as there isn't a lot to separate these two sides. Winstrike won last time out, however, they lost their previous meeting with Spider Pigzs (1-2) on July 25. Spider Pigzs looked slightly cleaner in their last match, so I favour them more.
BTS Pro Series Season 7: Americas
Beastcoast and NoPing e-Sports have met three times in 2021, however, not once since May. NoPing E-Sports won twice, both times with a clean sweep (2-0), and only lost one match in which they still managed to steal one map (1-2).
NoPing now field a slightly changed roster. In July, they parted ways with William "hFn" Medeiros and signed former Infamous player Crhistian "Pakazs" Savina.
Since that signing, NoPing played 12 fixtures and won all but four (two draws and two losses). The only two teams that defeated NoPing were Infinity Esports (0-2) and SG esports (1-2), against who NoPing claimed revenge wins on Tuesday (2-1 and 2-0).
Beastcoast haven't made any roster changes since signing their current roster in October 2019. However, the team has signed a new coach Mariano "Papita" Caneda, who joined the team on Friday.
Even though signing Papita is a huge positive, I don't believe beastcoast can deliver here. On paper, they are a much stronger team, however, beastcoast haven't played a single competitive game in almost two months. They were last seen competing at WePlay AniMajor.
PickleBet has NoPing priced at 4.10 to win here, which is a very generous price. Not only are NoPing in excellent form, but they're also facing a ring rusty team. Bet on NoPing e-sports!
BTS Pro Series Season 7: Americas
Team Undying and Hokori met only once before, in May during the sixth season of BTS Pro Series. Undying won that match with 2-0 and are expected to recreate that success on Tuesday.
Team Undying have recently made it through the North American The International qualifiers, where they beat The Cut (2-0), Black N Yellow (2-0), and 4 Zoomers (2-0, 3-0). If those results are to go by, Team Undying are one of the best teams at the tournament, so it makes sense for PickleBet to price them as 1.40 favourites against Hokori.
Hokori enter this match with a 2-1-3 record in their last six outings, which doesn't look good. On the bright side, two of those losses happened against NoPing e-sports (0-1, 1-2), who Hokori beat with 2-1 on Friday.
Seeing teams go back-and-forth in this league is nothing unusual. The players and coaches know each other extremely well, which makes most matches a complete coin flip. But how about this one?
Hokori are priced as high as 13.00 to upset Undying, which seems like a fair price considering how good Team Undying have been this season. Still, there are two things to keep in mind.
Undying haven't played a single competitive match in over a month and are likely not too motivated to give their 100%. Having qualified for The International 10, Undying's full focus is on getting ready for the $40 million tournament.
In a perfect world, Undying should demolish Hokori, however, I sense a trend here. Many other Dota 2 teams, who have qualified for TI10, started underperforming against weaker regional opposition in recent weeks, which can mean only one thing – those teams don't mind losing regional tournaments and instead put all their energy into practising for TI10.
I'm happy to take a stab at Hokori at 13.00. For some security, you can instead take the outsiders with a +1.5-map handicap.
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