Day 1 of ESL One Genting 2018 has come to pass and tomorrow we’ve got yet another set of marquee matchups to look forward to, highlighted by no less than a NaVi vs Liquid rematch that will pretty much decide the fate of both teams (and those that the losing team will face in the lower brackets) in the days to come.
As the first 16-team Dota 2 tournament of 2017-2018 Dota Pro Circuit, ESL One Genting 2018 certainly did not disappoint. Though many were disappointed with ESL’s decision to stream the games exclusively on Facebook, the price of admission was more than worth it. Especially when you’ve highlight plays such as the clutch Chronosphere that Natus Vincere’s carry player Vladislav ‘Crystallize‘ Krystanek pulled off to send Evil Geniuses barelling down to the lower brackets. That it came against Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan, who had a rather forgettable Faceless Void game in the Grand Finals of Galaxy Battles 2, made the play all the more hype worthy.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) January 23, 2018
So far, we are 2-1 in our predictions for the tournament. Fnatic and VGJ.Thunder both won, as predicted. Though no one probably thought they’d dominate CompLexity Gaming as they did. Meanwhile, LFY are definitely looking no better despite the roster change; they tapped out to Newbee in a game that didn’t even go past the 20-minute mark.
Having said that, we’ve rounded up some noteworthy matchups for Day 2 of ESL One Genting 2018 that are prime pickings for those part of the fraternity.
Mineski vs LFY (12:00 PM MYT)
Risking for Mineski to go 2-0 in this particular matchup feels foolish. You’d have to bank on Mineski making little to no mistakes for an entire series, and for LGD.ForeverYoung not to have made any adjustments after the quick loss they suffered at the ends of Newbee. Besides, even if they’re struggling, Leong ‘ddc‘ Fat-meng and his squad are still one of the better Dota 2 teams from China. But, all things considered, Mineski should have this in the bag, regardless of the series score.
Betting: Mineski to win at 2.05 odds (GGbet)
NaVi vs Liquid (3:30 PM MYT)
9 out of the 10 last NaVi vs Liquid matchups ended with Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi getting the better of his former team. Furthermore, of those 10 games, Natus Vincere has only managed to take 3 maps to Team Liquid’s 18-3. Suffice to say that this is a pretty lopsided matchup, despite being one of the highlights of the day. If it’s any consolation, Natus Vincere does have a fairly decent chance of extending the series to a full three games.
Betting: Team Liquid to win 2-0 at 2.05 odds (GGbet)
TNC Pro Team vs Newbee (7:00 PM MYT)
TNC Pro Team’s frenetic pace have long had a reputation of throwing Chinese teams off of their gameplans. Though they have since mellowed down, mostly thanks to the influence of Theeban ‘1437‘ Siva, their performance at the MDL Macau Minor proved that their monicker “Chinese Slayers” remain true to this day as they went undefeated against the Chinese teams in the tournament.
That and the fact that they boast a winning record against Newbee should make TNC Pro Team worth risking on in this particular matchup.
Betting: TNC Pro Team to win at 2.93 odds (GGbet)
Our predictions are based off on careful analyses and consideration of previous matchups, as well as recent performance. We are not liable for any financial losses resulting from following our advise.