PSG.LGD vs. Team Liquid: Esports Betting Prediction @ Dota 2 EPICENTER XL

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Tournament Introduction:

The third instalment of EPICENTER is a tournament by Epic Esports Events that will be held in Moscow from April 27th to May 6th. The main event will be held at the VTB Ice Palace on May 4–6.

Four direct invites and 8 qualified teams, for a total of 12, will be competing in this epic tournament for the $1,000,000 USD and 1500 Pro Circuit Points prize pool.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Two groups of six teams each[4]
    • Bo3 Round robin
    • Top two of each group advance to the Upper Bracket of the main event
    • 3rd and 4th placed teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the main event
    • Bottom two teams of both groups are eliminated
  • Main event
    • Double elimination
    • First two rounds of the Lower Bracket are Bo1
    • All other games are Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals

source: liquidpedia.net

PSG.LGD

  • China Wang “Ame” Chunyu
  • China Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao
  • China Yang “Chalice” Shenyi
  • China Xu “fy” Linsen
  • Malaysia Yap Jian “xNova: Wei

LGD has been steaming through this tournament, through some spectacular player-synergies as well really powerful hero drafts.

Chalice and fy have been the bain of mid-players, due to their fantastic stun and CC timings on just the heroes that needed to be held down. Be it a double stun or a mix-up with silences, these two players were a nightmare for each and every player they set their sights on.

Meanwhile, Somnus and Ame were extraordinary in their 1v1 matchups, with Somnus excelling in the mid-lane,  Ame was a dangerous adversary to meet anywhere on the map, but every now and then, Ame would find himself bitting more than he could chew, as the enemy team would cascade upon him,

Last, but not least, we have XNova, who, in our eyes, seemed like that one cog that is needed to make everything tick. xNova’s rotations on Chen or Bounty Hunter were instrumental in the rise to power of his team.

Drafting-wise, PSG.LGD is sporting some serious firepower, aiming for a potent mix to lock-down and harass their opposition, while reaping as much as they can from each objective and each kill.

Team Liquid

 

  • Finland Lasse ”MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
  • Jordan Amer ”Miracle-” Al-Barkawi
  • Bulgaria Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov
  • Lebanon Maroun “GH” Merhej
  • Germany Kuro Salehi “KuroKY” Takhasomi
  • Russia  Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Ukraine Bogdan “Iceberg”Vasilenko
  • Russia Alexey “nongrata” Vasilev
  • Russia Aleksander “nofear” Churochkin
  • Ukraine Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko

“High risk, high reward” seems to be the motto of Team Liquid, as the squad has taken the tournament by force through some impressive and ludicrous moves.

Despite the spectacular results, this newfound mantra has also cost them dearly, as seen in the Winner Finals. Team Liquid continues to find itself punished due to odd positioning and overextending, but no the extent that we are used to.

TL is starting to integrate their flaws into their playstyle, hoping to bate players who want to go for the apparently easy zone and kill. TL seems to able to identify what player is at a risk of getting jumped on and will stay ready to retaliate and counter-gank the aggressor – a manoeuvre that works to some extent.

Player-wise, we grew fond of GH’s more calculated playstyle, looking for safer kills and ganks, rather than risking a dive, as well the more “poke and retreat” style of combat.

 

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