With the Round of 12 now over, we now head to the Maincast Autumn Brawl Quarterfinals, where the real challenge comes in.
Where most of the teams we’ve seen so far are Tier 2 at best, the likes of Virtus.Pro and Team Secret are now here to elevate the level of competition. That means that the matches are only about to get tougher from here on out.
Not only that, but we’ve got some drama incoming as well! Longtime Natus Vincere franchise player and TI1 winner, Danil ‘Dendi‘ Ishutin, is now set to face off against his former team at the Maincast Autumn Brawl Quarterfinals. That’s not all. He’s teamed up with his former captain, Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov, in Team Secret as a stand-in with Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng choosing to stay put in SEA following their win at the PVP Esports Championship.
With action and drama all in droves, let’s get right into our predictions for the Maincast Autumn Brawl Quarterfinals.
All odds courtesy of GGbet.
Maincast Autumn Brawl Quarterfinals Predictions
Team Secret vs Natus Vincere
Match Schedule: October 12, 2018 (17:00 CEST)
Teaming up together in an official match for the first time since they parted ways over four years ago, the hype and momentum alone should be enough to carry Team Secret to a victory. But, it’s not like they needed those anyway.
Skill-wise and talent-wise, this is a matchup that heavily favours Team Secret. Not to mention, they have had Natus Vincere’s number since Puppey left the CIS region. The man simply knows how to beat his former team. Even with MidOne away, Dendi isn’t that big of a downgrade either. He also plays both the conventional, as well as non-conventional, heroes that ModOne has a tendency to play.
This should be a lopsided matchup that, if nothing else, has the potential to seeing Dendi go play Pudge mid again just for old times sake.
Betting: Team Secret to win at 1.22 odds. (GGbet)
Virtus.Pro vs Team Spirit
Match Schedule: October 12, 2018 (20:00 CEST)
As predicted, Team Spirit made short work of Underdogs. Unfortunately, as easy as that matchup was, they now have to face against arguably the best team in the tournament in the form of Virtus.Pro.
It’s not all bad, though. There is the possibility that Virtus.Pro are rusty after not having played as much in recent weeks. Not to mention, Pavel ‘9pasha‘ Khvastunov, is fresh off of his honeymoon, so the team might not be in tip-top shape.
Given that possibility and the fact that Virtus.Pro too heavily favoured at 1.23 odds to win, risking it on them dropping at least a single game instead of going for the sweep makes sense.
Betting: Correct Score (In Maps) 2:1 in favour of Virtus.Pro at 3.12 odds (GGbet)
Gambit Esports vs NoPangolier
Match Schedule: October 11, 2018 (17:00 CEST)
In case you don’t know, Gambit Esports picked up Ferzee quite some time ago. Yes, the same squad that’s absolutely been tearing it up at the CIS Qualifiers and qualified for the Kuala Lumpur Major alongside Virtus.Pro.
So, you know that they’re good and legit. But, then again, NoPangolier are no slouch either, and if they stick together, they might be able to be just as good as Ferzee are if not even better, and at 1.34 odds to win, the risk of going for Gambit Esports to take the series is arguably not as worth it as banking on NoPangolier’s potential to pull off an upset at 3.07 odds.
Considering the likelihood that this series won’t end quickly and how NoPangolier could continue pulling upsets, we’re inclined to go with the underdogs here.
Betting: NoPangolier to win at 3.07 odds (GGbet).
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Team Winstrike
Match Schedule: October 11, 2018 (20:00 CEST)
These two teams have not met against each other, and saying that Ninjas in Pyjamas beat the other teams that beat Team Winstrike doesn’t really amount to much.
Except, well, they do.
While the chain logic isn’t a generally healthy mindset when it comes to betting, in this particular case, it’s helpful because Ninjas in Pyjamas have a strong case of being one of the three best teams in Europe right now, and if they were in CIS, they’d probably be right up there with Virtus.Pro, which is saying something.
Not to mention, Ninjas in Pyjamas just recently beat the second-best CIS team in Gambit Esports to win the GG.Bet Invitational Season 1 using a Drow Ranger lineup composition in both games simply because they could. They also have some of the best cheese potentials in the world with Marcus ‘Ace‘ Hoelgaard and Neta ‘33‘ Shapira, as well as a captain in Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager who can take advantage of that.
The odds definitely are against Team Winstrike here, and while a 1.31 odds to win in favour of Ninjas in Pyjamas doesn’t net you much, they’re good enough to worth risking a clean sweep in.
Betting: Correct Score (In Maps) 2:0 in favour of Ninjas in Pyjamas at 2.01 odds (GGbet).
How do you think the matches of the Maincast Autumn Brawl Quarterfinals will turn out? Do you think they’ll go exactly as we predicted? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.