ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3: Odds, Analyses, Predictions

On ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3, the bottom teams from each group will scramble and fight to avoid a lower-bracket spot in the double-elimination playoffs.

So much for being one of the most competitive regions in the world. The European teams are definitely struggling at ESL One Hamburg 2018. Only Team Secret have looked good, and that’s understandable, because they have a proven track record. Meanwhile, both Alliance and Ninjas in Pyjamas, look far from being in good form.

Maybe it’s their lack of competitive experience playing together? Maybe it’s the nerves? Or maybe, just maybe, they’re not that good? At least, not yet anyway.

That last part is doubtful, but possible. After all, Team Aster and ViCi Gaming are both on the same boat, and they’ve been dominating their groups so far heading into ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3, with the former threatening to walk out of the group stages without even dropping a single game.

With possible elimination and a spot in the lower brackets on the line, here are our predictions for Day 3 of ESL One Hamburg 2018.

ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3 Predictions

Alliance vs Evil Geniuses

ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3

While his relative inexperience against top-level competition shows at times, Aydin ‘iNsaNiA’ Sarkohi has proven himself as a strong captain for the up-and-coming Alliance squad. (The Alliance)

Match Schedule: October 25, 2018 — 1200H CET

Alliance are understandably having problems in their first big LAN together. That much shouldn’t come off as a surprise. But, with their backs against the wall, and with Evil Geniuses looking mighty vulnerable with Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan out of the roster, Alliance have a better chance of drawing against Evil Geniuses than Mineski do against ViCi Gaming.

If they do that, it’ll likely be on the backs of a strong early game from Michael ‘miCKe‘ Vu or Maximilian ‘qojqva‘ Bröcker. Either one can beat Quinn ‘CC&C‘ Callahan in the lane more often than not, and considering how much Evil Geniuses struggles when that happens, Alliance have a good chance of staving off elimination, at least for one more day, tomorrow.

Betting: Alliance to draw against Evil Geniuses at 3.01 odds. (GGbet)

paiN Gaming vs Team Secret

ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3

If paiN Gaming makes a deep run here, they’ll have established themselves as fringe contenders heading into the Kuala Lumpur Major. (paiN Gaming)

Match Schedule: October 25, 2018 — 1200H CET

News flash. paiN Gaming are good.

They’ve been in the up-and-up for so long that this was bound to happen, and it seems like having Rasmus ‘Misery‘ Filipsen take over as the captain was just what they needed to get over the proverbial hump.

Having shown more than the occasional flash of brilliance throughout the tournament already, paiN Gaming should be able to draw the series against Team Secret, especially with Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov likely to go back to experimenting once again now that they’re all but assured of a spot in the upper brackets.

Betting: paiN Gaming to draw against Team Secret at 2.51 odds. (GGbet)

Team Aster vs Forward Gaming

ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3

Never one to back away from making a statement, Xu ‘BurNIng’ Zhilei will look to prepare his squad for a dominant 10-0 group stage tomorrow in Day 3 of ESL One Hamburg 2018. (ESL Dota 2)

Match Schedule: October 25, 2018 — 1420H CET

So far, Team Aster have beaten every opponent they have played so far, and that will probably include Forward Gaming tomorrow so that they end the group stages without dropping a single game.

Team Aster have just been spectacular so far. In particular, both Lin ‘Xxs‘ Jing and Ye ‘BoBoKa‘ Zhibiao have been playing out of their minds, which is probably a by-product of finally having much better teammates.

While Forward Gaming are undoubtedly a good squad, they’re struggling to establish their identity as a squad. Up against Team Aster, that’s just not going to fly.

Betting: Team Aster to go 2-0 vs Forward Gaming at 2.62 odds. (GGbet)

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs compLexity Gaming

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One of the most seasoned captains in the game, PPD will be looking to do everything to make sure that his squad makes it out of the group stages tomorrow by sweeping compLexity Gaming. (Ninjas in Pyjamas)

Match Schedule: October 25, 2018 — 1420H CET

Ninjas in Pyjamas have dug themselves a huge hole with their performance so far, and now, they’ll need to sweep compLexity Gaming if they want to make it to the playoffs.

Luckily, Ninjas in Pyjamas have a captain in Peter ‘ppd‘ Dagger who’s not afraid to use every tool at his disposal to do just that. Considering that he’s got all of the cheese potential in the world with both Marcus ‘Ace‘ Hoelgaard  and Neta ‘33‘ Shapira on his roster, which is a lot better than what Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy‘ Mao have to work with, you can pencil in this series for a sweep.

Betting: Ninjas in Pyjamas to go 2-0 vs compLexity Gaming at 2.24 odds. (GGbet)

All ESL One Hamburg 2018 Day 3 odds courtesy of GGbet.

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