ESL One Katowice 2019: Team Secret vs Gambit Esports

The latest lines for Team Secret vs Gambit Esports grossly favour the European powerhouse, but the results might not be as straightforward as most people expect them to be.

ESL One Katowice 2019 is finally in full swing, and so far, we’ve seen two teams stand out from the rest.

Winners of the Chongqing Major and arguably the best Dota 2 team in the world right now, Team Secret are currently dominating the field. Now, they are one step away from making it to yet another ESL One grand final, and the only team left standing against them is the up-and-coming Dota 2 team, Gambit Esports.

A Familiar Foe

Team Secret had already met with Gambit Esports earlier in this tournament, and their previous matchup turned out quite how you would expect it — with Team Secret leaving their opponents in the dust.

So far, here are the facts regarding Team Secret’s run at ESL One Katowice 2019:

  • Team Secret have only lost one game so far, and they made OG work extremely hard to get that in a game that nearly lasted an hour during the group stages of the tournament. The rest of the tournament, no team have come close to beating Team Secret.
  • Team Secret already swept Gambit Esports, a win that gave them the top spot in Group A.
  • Team Secret have won three tournaments so far this season, including a Major. The only team to come close to being considered as their rivals are Virtus.Pro, who beat Team Secret in the grand finals of the Kuala Lumpur Major 3-2. The CIS powerhouse are halfway across the world playing at MDL Macau 2019.

Prediction for Team Secret vs Gambit Esports

Team Secret vs Gambit Esports

Are Team Secret the heavy favourites in this matchup? Yes, they certainyl are.

Although Gambit Esports swept OG, the only team to have beaten Team Secret so far, it was a hard-fought win where Team Secret were arguably trying to stuff out — you seldom see them giving Kunkka to Ludwig ‘zai‘ Wåhlberg to play in the offlane.

For sure, Gambit Esports will put up a good fight. You don’t win two WePlay! online tournaments by being pushovers, and one could argue that Gambit Esports are just a good tournament run away from establishing themselves a a Tier 1 team.

A resilient team with a good understanding of the meta, Gambit Esports can and have shown that they can go toe-to-toe with just about anyone, including Team Secret. But, putting up a good fight against Team Secret is different than beating them.

Considering the versatility of the team, plus with Michał ‘Nisha’ Jankowski gunning for the Mercedes-Benz MVP award in front of his home crowd — he’s currently second among all players with an average KDA of 9.55 — it’s hard seeing Team Secret lose a series this tournament. Although, losing a game is certainly within the realm of possibility, especially if Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov decides to try something out in the middle of the series, which he isn’t above doing even in high-stakes matchups.

At 1.17 odds to win, as per the lines courtesy of ArcaneBet, there’s not much money to pocket from placing your money on Team Secret sweeping Gambit Esports. However, if we switch that to Team Secret winning 2 games to 1, the odds are much more favourable profit-wise at 3.35 odds.

Betting: Team Secret to win vs Gambit Esports 2-1 at 3.35 odds. (ArcaneBet)