ESL One Katowice 2019: OG vs Gambit Esports

Tomorrow’s OG vs Gambit Esports matchup is a familiar yet particularly one-sided one, but the results could be entirely different this time around.

ESL One Katowice 2019 is now down to its final day.

OG, a team that we initially expected from in our pre-tournament preview, are starting to prove to everyone that their way of playing Dota 2 works. Meanwhile, Gambit Esports, arguably the hottest Tier 2 team over the past few weeks, are starting to slow down as opposing teams learn more about their tendencies and how they like to play.

Both familiar foes will face off tomorrow for a chance to play for the championship against Team Secret in the grand finals.

OG vs Gambit Esports for the Nth Time

OG vs Gambit Esports

As yet another OG vs Gambit Esports matchup looms, Alexander ‘Immersion’ Hmelevskoy will look to outplay his counterpart so as to help his team extend their streak ever the reigning champions. (ESL)

Normally, you’d expect a team like OG’s caliber to win more often than not against Tier 2 teams. That’s true, for the most part. But, for some reason, Gambit Esports just seem to have their number. In fact, Gambit Esports have ripped off 7 straight wins over OG, a run that dates back to their win over the reigning The International 2018 champions in the grand finals of the WePlay! Winter Madness.

So, does that mean that Gambit Esports are heavily favoured here? In the eyes of many, yes, and why not? They’ve only dropped games to Fnatic and Team Secret so far this tournament. Not to mention, their games against OG have very rarely been particularly close.

Gambit Esports’ aggression as a team and ability to dominate lanes has proven to be quite the antithesis to OG’s more methodical, counterplay-based style of play.

Prediction for OG vs Gambit Esports

OG vs Gambit Esports

JerAx’s improving chemistry with iLTW has been one of the main driving forces for OG’s current string of wins at ESL One Katowice 2019. (OG)

While majority would probably go for Gambit Esports in this matchup, we’re inclined to go the other way around.

It’s true that Gambit Esports have done really well this tournament. In fact, save for Gambit Esports’ against Team Secret yesterday, where we were looking forward to seeing them putting up more of a fight, they’ve looked like one of the best Dota 2 teams around. But, the same applies to OG, who are arguably in their best shape ever since they added Igor ‘iLTW‘ Filatov to their lineup earlier this year.

With Jesse ‘JerAx‘ Vainikka doing his best to strengthen his case as the Mercedes-Benz MVP of the tournament, and the rest of OG following suit, we’re finally starting to see shades of the same OG that won The International 2018 last August.

With that said, Gambit Esports do have a significant advantage leading to the Sunday game. Not only do they hold the psychological edge over their opponents, who have yet to beat them across multiple series, but they also have far more tape to watch. This gives them a chance to prepare better for OG.

Overall, however, our money’s on OG have shown that their brand of play is finally coming together after weeks of figuring out what works best for their current lineup.

Betting: OG to win vs Gambit Esports at 1.81 odds. (ArcaneBet)

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