Fnatic vs. Evil Geniuses: Esports Betting Prediction @ DOTA Summit 9

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Tournament Introduction:

The ninth instalment of The Summit is taking place in Los Angeles, where six teams will be testing their strategies and tactics before The International 8 arrives.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Bo2 Round Robin;
    • Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of Playoffs;
    • Bottom four teams advance to the Lower Bracket of Playoffs.
  • Playoffs
    • Double Elimination;
    • All games except Grand Finals are Bo3;
    • Grand Finals is Bo5.

source: liquidpedia.net

Fnatic

 

  • Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao
  • Abed “Abed” Azel Yusop
  • Saahil “UNiVeRsE”Arora
  • Djardel “DJ” Mampusti
  • Johan “pieliedie” Åström

Fnatic’s been meaning to put on a show of force, but it seems to lack that “oumpf!” as game one victories lead to tied matches, rather than 2-0 victories.

Fnatic is strong. Their players are performing really well, with Abed wrecking havoc on Meepo and Storm, but as they go up the NET graph, one mistake can cost them dearly.

Abed has been the highlight in this tournament with some fantastic Meepo plays in their opening game. His presence was not felt until the ~ 20-minute mark, but when once Meepo came and hit, he hit like a truck. Abed’s superior handling of this hero and solid decision making really gave OpTic a run for its money, despite the fact that they were seemingly leading in the early to mid game.

Still, it was not all Meepo or Abed in these past matches. Fnatic’s support and cores, despite giving a few kills, managed to dish out significant punishment throughout the game. Some solid rotations with hard-hitting stunners such as Maiden or Clockwerk were vital to the mounting farm that Fnatic managed to secure each game.

It seems that tournament Fnatic is experimenting with new drafts and even rotating some players out of the usual lanes (Universe mid, Abed rotating from mid to safe and to offlane, EE from support to carry etc.), a fact that might explain why Fnatic can’t seem to secure a 2-0.  The “experimental” stuff always happen in game, where the team struggles the most.

Evil Geniuses

  • Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
  • Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan
  • Gustav “s4” Magnusson
  • Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen
  • Tal “Fly”Aizik

EG’s returning plays are promising as Sumail’s mid-presence recalls the days of glory that made EG, alongside other factors, a TI champion.

Although we have yet to see EG face-off against a more demanding opponent, what we’ve seen so far in the first day of the DOTA Summit 9 Group Stage has us wanting for more.

EG is checking a lot of boxes when it comes to making good play-by-play decisions, rotating naturally between farming, applying pressure and securing objective around the map, although this view might be slightly inflated by the slightly lower tier in which they are playing in, at the moment.

Sumail’s positioning has been fairly spot on, so far, although we saw some moments of overconfidence and risky dives for some kills that were neither needed, nor really worth the consequence of dying.

We have high hopes for this team. It seems that these past few moments were put into enhancing the new team synergy and creating proper conditions for its players to fully execute some highly entertaining and impressive plays.

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