Winning Picks for Day 1 of the ESL One Katowice 2018 LAN Final

The Dota Pro Circuit is finally back on track with the ESL One Katowice 2018 LAN Final. The first Dota 2 Major of 2018 and the first to be held in Poland, the Katowice Major will treat audiences from all over the world with a smorgasbord of best-of-one matches between the sixteen participating teams on its first day alone.

With as many as 10 matches scheduled on the first day of the ESL One Katowice 2018 LAN Final, making the right decision won’t come easy. Lucky for you, we are here to help. Below are our handpicked matches that are likely to end up with the underdogs winning, giving you literally the most bang for your back.

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compLexity Gaming vs Mineski

Match Schedule: February 20 (1310H / 01:10 PM CET)

Are Mineski the better team of the two? Arguably, they are. In a series, you’d be hard-pressed not to pick them over compLexity Gaming. However, this is not a best-of-three nor best-of-five. This is a best-of-one, which gives compLexity Gaming a huge chance of pulling off a slight upset given their penchant for knowing how to cheese their way to a victory and Mineski’s tendency to shoot themselves in the foot with a rather experimental draf in such cases.

Betting: compLexity Gaming to win at 2.81 odds (ArcaneBet)

OpTic Gaming vs Virtus Pro

Match Schedule: February 20 (1310H / 01:10 PM CET)

Call this a leap of faith, but there’s a good chance that opTic Gaming might just take down Virtus Pro in the opening rounds of the ESL One Katowice 2018 LAN Final. Why? Because, for starters, opTic Gaming are actually playing really well right now. There’s also a huge chance that Virtus Pro might still be adjusting to life playing with Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan on the roster instead of Ilya ‘Lil‘ Ilyuk.

Betting: OpTic Gaming to win at 5.54 odds (GGbet)

Natus Vincere vs Fnatic

Match Schedule: February 20 (1530H / 03:30 PM CET)

Why bookmakers are selling Natus Vincere short is a mystery. Though they failed to win the only qualifiers they’ve played so far with Lil on the roster, that’s a very small sample size to make them “underdogs” against Fnatic. Sure, the threat of Abed Azel ‘Abed‘ Yusop going ham on Meepo in a best-of-one exists, but it’s not like Natus Vincere are short on cheese strats themselves *cough’ Lil and his Visage *cough*.

Betting: Natus Vincere to win at 2.1 odds (GGbet)

Conclusion

Team Kinguin, who are at 6.44 odds to win against Newbee (GGbet) are a tempting pick. However, as inconsistent as they may be,the chances of Newbee losing a series — even if it’s a best-of-one — to a team like Team Kinguin are slim. Feel free to take the risk, though. But, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Having said that, expect the matches to balance out by Day 2 of the ESL One Katowice 2018 LAN Final as we move on from the BO1 matches to the BO3.

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