A battle between heavyweights, the PSG.LGD and Virtus.Pro matchup in Day 2 of the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11 is sure to be one hell of a series to watch and it’s only going to be the first game of the day.
So far, Day 1 of the Arena Day of the CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11 have gone exactly as we predicted earlier, with Vici Gaming getting the best of PSG.LGD in a tightly-contested series. Although, we must say, Bai ‘rOtk‘ Fan busting out that Broodmother pick for Zhou ‘Yang‘ Haiyang in a decisive Game 3 was surprising, to say the least. But, then again, we should’ve expected teams to pull out all of the stops this time around. After all, the Stockholm Major represents a key turning point for teams who are looking forward to securing their own spots at The International 2019.
With that said, after a light opening day, CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11 will follow it up with four matches scheduled for Day 2 and we’re here to talk about the matchup between PSG.LGD and Virtus.Pro.
A Battle Between Heavyweights
After a sluggish start to last season, PSG.LGD picked up the pace following the 2018 Chinese New Year and started asserting themselves as one of the best teams in all of Dota 2. In doing so, they encountered Virtus.Pro multiple times, besting them 4 times in the 5 times they met, including a quick 2-0 win during the opening rounds of the playoffs at The International 2018 en route to a third-place finish.
This season, both of these teams haven’t met as often yet.
Virtus.Pro and PSG.LGD have only played each other twice so far, splitting both of the series. However, in their third meeting this season, both Virtus.Pro and PSG.LGD are looking quite different. For starters, the Chinese powerhouse Dota 2 team are playing without Lu ‘Maybe‘ Yao and have been forced to go all-in on a 4-protect-1 playstyle, with what some would say an over-reliance on Wang ‘Ame‘ Chunyu. But, then again, Virtus.Pro aren’t looking the same either, as they seem to lack that imposing aggressive playstyle that they displayed earlier this season and led to their fifth Major win and a runner-up finish in another.
Perhaps Virtus.Pro are taking things a lot easier after having already secured their slots at The International 2019, or maybe the level of the competition has risen since the start of the season.
Either way, this heavyweight matchup is something that you wouldn’t want to miss.
Betting Prediction for PSG.LGD vs Virtus.Pro
It’s hard to say. Although, we have to admit, we didn’t expect Virtus.Pro to struggle this much. Even if we expected opposing teams to have a better idea on how to play against Virtus.Pro this deep into the season, seeing the CIS juggernauts lose to Fnatic (who have since gone on to guarantee themselves a Top 3 finish) and barely escape with a win over Chaos Esports was not how we pictured their run at CORSAIR DreamLeague Season 11 play out.
But, then again, the Stockholm Major hasn’t really played out the way most people expected. Case in point, Team Liquid finished in last place.
Having said that, we’re going to have to go with the team that has a lot more to lose here in this particular matchup, and that’s PSG.LGD.
Complacency is a real issue, even for top Dota 2 teams, and you can’t really blame Virtus.Pro for not giving it their all knowing that they’re playing for August this year. Besides, even if Vici Gaming did beat them, PSG.LGD were just a few key mistakes away from securing a Top 3 finish for themselves, which speaks a lot to how well this team has played despite playing with a stand-in.
So long as PSG.LGD don’t draft themselves into a corner and play up to their usual standards, they should be able to eliminate Virtus.Pro.
Betting: PSG.LGD to win against Virtus.Pro at 2.20 odds via 10bet.
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