After three full days of Group Stage action, we now head on over to the OGA Dota Pit Minor Playoffs.
This time around, teams will have no choice but to give it their all. Otherwise, they risk seeing their only shot at advancing to the MDL Disneyland Paris Major slip away.
There’s only one more cycle left after the OGA Dota Pit Minor. This means that, whoever wins the tournament will be in a much better position to at least try and squeeze themselves into the top twelve of the leaderboards and secure a direct invite for The International 2019 in Shanghai this August. And, unlike other Minors earlier this season, the OGA Dota Pit Minor actually feels like a tournament that literally any participating team can win, and that’s one of the biggest takeaways from the tournament so far.
Every Dota 2 team playing at the OGA Dota Pit Minor definitely brought their “A” game. Already, we’ve quite a few upsets, and we’re likely going to see more.
For now, however, let us focus on the matchup between two evenly matched teams in Gambit Esports and Alliance.
OGA Dota Pit Minor Playoffs -Alliance vs Gambit Esports Match Analysis
Had we been talking about this particular matchup a few weeks ago, we’d have given the win to Gambit Esports without any hesitation. They were that good of a team then. They were playing with reckless abandon and supreme confidence and they just seemed like they knew how to play their way around the meta. Sure, they weren’t beating any of the contenders just yet, but they were arguably the best up-and-coming Dota 2 team today.
Unfortunately, Gambit Esports aren’t look too hot right now.
At 0-3, Gambit Esports have yet to win a single series all tournament long. That’s not good news, especially against Alliance, who are the exact opposite with a flawless 3-0 record so far in the tournament.
It’s not just the record that Alliance seem to have the edge either. The eye test also shows that the former TI3 champions have finally figured out how to play together. With Michael ‘miCKe‘ Vu out of the lineup, Maximilian ‘qojqva‘ Bröcker have been left to flourish in the middle lane while Alliance’s stand-in, Omar ‘Madara‘ Dabachach, looks perfectly comfortable playing exclusively as a hard carry.
A team that has recently found its stride going up against a team that has seemingly lost its mojo.
This should be easy to call.
Gambit Esports have not been playing well lately. Perhaps, it was premature for many Dota 2 fans to try and pin a lot of expectations on the CIS-based squad. But, regardless of whether their performance is related to the succumbing to the pressure or not, one thing that’s clear is that Gambit Esports just isn’t in sync with each other.
The rotations are off, their drafts are wonky, and their teamplay leaves a lot to be desired. They can’t even win their lanes hard anymore, which is a huge problem.
Alliance are, by no means, a perfect team. But, they know how to play with each other. You could even make an argument that they have much better chemistry and synergy as a team now that micKE is out to rest his arm injury.
With that said, we feel fairly confident that Alliance will be able to take down Gambit Esports in a sweep tomorrow in the OGA Dota Pit Minor Playoffs.
Betting: Map Advantage on Alliance -1.5 at 2.05 odds via ArcaneBet.