Heading into the Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 3, the first Dota 2 Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit has delivered on many expectations.
Bringing together 16 of the best Dota 2 teams from around the globe, the Kuala Lumpur Major has already seen its fair share of upsets and drama. Case in point, Ninjas in Pyjamas figured out how to outplay and outmaneuver Evil Geniuses, as improbable as that may sound. Using their superior teamplay, draft strategy, and execution, Ninjas in Pyjamas managed to push the boys in blue out of their comfort zone to secure a Top 6 finish at the tournament.
Having said that, the action will now move away from the upper bracket. For the next couple of days, the eight teams in the lower brackets will battle it out with their very tournament lives on the line; the winners will get to move on to play another day, while the losers will have no choice but to pack their bags and leave.
With so much on the line, let’s get right on to our picks for the Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 3.
Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 3 Predictions
Alliance vs TNC Predator
Match Schedule: November 13, 2018 — 1000H SGT
Two teams who are still in the process of figuring out their identity and paystyle, Alliance vs TNC Predator will be an interesting match to watch, especially because of how similarly interchangeable their midlane and hard carry positions are. However, when it comes to predicting which team will win, we’ll side with the ones who’ve been the most stable and have seen the most play, which has been the Swedes, who managed to secure a spot in the upper brackets and definitely would have learned a thing or two from their losses to Virtus.Pro and PSG.LGD.
Betting: The Alliance to win at 2.07 odds. (GGbet)
ViCi Gaming vs paiN X
Match Schedule: November 13, 2018 — 1300H SGT
This is a no-contest. paiN X shouldn’t even been here, winning against a tired and depleted Tigers squad who were fresh off a week of playing from halfway across the world and were likely still dealing with jet lag when the Kuala Lumpur Major had started.
Unless ViCi Gaming throws and chokes at the same time, it’s hard to see this series taking any longer than two games to finish.
Betting: Correct Score 2:0 (IN MAPS) at 1.41 odds. (GGbet)
Fnatic vs J.Storm
Match Schedule: November 13, 2018 — 1600H SGT
Inexperience is either a burden or an advantage. So far, J.Storm have used their relative lack of familiarity with each other as the latter, beating teams that they should have no business beating, even if only barely, and learning more about themselves as they go.
You simply just cannot deny the talent that is on this squad, and their aggression can throw any team off of their game. We just don’t see that happening against Fnatic though.
Unlike other teams in this tournament, Fnatic are used to playing an uptempo pace being based in SEA and all. Not to mention, they have some of the greediest and most explosive playmakers in the game. This means that as much as J.Storm would love to push the tempo against Fnatic, they likely won’t be able to do anything once they find out that Fnatic can match their play style and execute much better than they could.
Betting: Correct Score 2:0 (IN MAPS) in favour of Fnatic at 1.71 odds. (GGbet)
Evil Geniuses vs Forward Gaming
Match Schedule: November 13, 2018 — 1900H SGT
A North American classic, Evil Geniuses boast a 5-2 record against Forward Gaming. This record dates back to their earlier days when they were still known as VGJ.Storm and had a different offlaner, as well as coach. Although adding Saahil ‘Universe‘ Arora has indeed made Forward Gaming a better team, it serves as a disadvantage against Evil Geniuses. The boys in blue know all too well the ins-and-outs of Universe’s playstyle — Universe play for Evil Geniuses for most of 2013 until 2017 — and they could render him as a non-factor as a result.
Betting: Correct Score 2:0 (IN MAPS) in favour of Evil Geniuses at 1.87 odds. (GGbet)
All Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 3 odds courtesy of GGbet.