After a grueling three-day double-elimination group stages that saw as many as ten Dota 2 teams get eliminated, Day 1 of the ESL One Genting 2018 Playoffs is finally about to start.
Newbee will open up the day with a showdown against their Chinese rivals ViCi Gaming. Afterwards, an all too familiar matchup between Virtus Pro and Evil Geniuses will follow to end the day. Whichever team wins tomorrow will move on to the semifinals, where Team Secret and Team Liquid are currently waiting.
With less than 24 hours to go before the matches, let’s try to breakdown which teams are likely to go home as winners and losers tomorrow.
Newbee vs ViCi Gaming (1500H / 03:00 PM MYT)
Newbee and ViCi Gaming are pretty much neck-and-neck as far as match history goes. The former have won 4 out of their 9 series so far this season, while the rest have gone the way of the latter. With such a close record, making a call isn’t nearly as easy. Even in LANs, both teams are pretty much dead even, with Newbee just holding a 1-series advantage.
Between these two Chinese powerhouses, however, Newbee are the safer pick. The TI7 runnerups have beaten the teams they’re supposed to beat, unlike ViCi Gaming who lost to VGJ.Thunder and struggled against Fnatic. Newbee also have far more experience together as a team, having played together for more than a year. In front of what’s likely going to be a jam-packed crowd tomorrow, team chemistry is going to mean a lot.
Betting: Newbee to win at 1.75 odds. (ArcaneBet)
Virtus Pro vs Evil Geniuses (1720H / 5:20 PM MYT)
Don’t let the odds fool you, this is Evil Geniuses’ to lose. Though Virtus Pro have undoubtedly been the better team for the season (or for much of the past year or so for that matter), they haven’t exactly been able to figure out the boys in blue. In fact, Evil Geniuses have gotten the better of Virtus Pro every time they’ve met, with each win coming via sweep.
Evil Geniuses’ latest lineup is, well, new, so that might skew things a bit towards Virtus Pro’s favor. However, much of the pieces remain intact. So, for those looking to make bank, this is the series to keep a close eye on tomorrow.
Betting: Evil Geniuses to win at 2.55 odds (10bet)
ESL One Genting 2018 Playoffs Day 1
There you have it. These are our picks for Day 1 of the ESL One Genting 2018 Playoffs.
Though these decisions have been made after thorough research, keep in mind that they are not 100% correct. We are not liable for any financial losses resulting from following our advice.