The esports action around the globe continues on Tuesday night and once again, our expert Michael Lee is back to take a look at some of his favourite matchups of the night. He focuses in on the Dota 2 Champions League Season 3, the European Masters Summer 2021 and the ESL Pro League Season 14 for his three best bets of the night.
Dota 2 Champions League Season 3
Team Empire and B8 will meet on Tuesday, September 7, in the penultimate round of Dota 2 Champions League Season 3. It will mark their first meeting since May when B8 stunned Empire and won 2-1; however, the match was played four months ago, and the teams have since made roster changes, so that result doesn't mean much.
The roster changes that followed have made B8 much weaker and Team Empire stronger as evident in the offered betting odds. Even though Team Empire aren't an elite team, they had done well against some of the world's best teams last month.
In August, Empire attended ESL One Fall 2021, where they forced draws with Team Liquid, SG esports, beastcoast, and even PSG.LGD who are widely regarded as the best team in the world currently. Unfortunately, Empire underdelivered against Alliance (0-2) and Team Spirit (0-2), thus ended their run through the tournament prematurely.
At the Dota 2 Champions League Season 3, Empire have played eight games and won all but two against Team Unique (1-2) and V-Gaming (0-2).
B8 was a promising project created by Dota 2 legend Danil "Dendi" Ishutin, but his ambition to create a team that can compete against the best teams in the world has yet to bear any fruit. B8 are more of a team that will cause an upset here and there, but as evident from their results over the last two years, this is not a good team.
B8's best result to date happened in March 2021, when they placed fifth-sixth place finish at Snow Sweet Snow #2.
As the betting odds suggest, this should be a one-sided affair, and I must agree. Even though Empire likely don't care too much about this tournament, it is still the only competition they have on their schedule, and it won't hurt to make one final push and secure a favourable seeding for the playoffs.
European Masters Summer 2021
UCAM Esports Club and Misfits Premier will kick off the final day of Group A action at European Masters Summer 2021. These two sides last met on Thursday, when Misfits Premier won with a solid showing, and are expected to repeat that success on Tuesday.
If we look back at the match, Misfits Premier were ahead from minute one and never lost their gold lead throughout the 44 minutes. Still, UCAM Esports Club showed a lot of resistance and fought back – even coming close to winning the game at the 30-minute mark.
While UCAM Esports Club deserves some recognition for fighting back from an 8k gold deficit, they still ended up short and would have lost much sooner had they not found a way to take Baron 30 minutes into the game. UCAM Esports Club are still a good team and should feel confident about their chances to make it out of the group, but they're not nearly as good as Misfits Premier.
There's a reason why Misfits Premier are one of the tournament favourites. They have achieved everything they could have this season and are only missing an EU Masters title, which they should be focused on.
I expect Misfits Premier to win and secure their spot in the playoffs; however, since UCAM Esports Club can be very resilient, we could be in for another high-scoring affair. Last time out, these two teams produced 41 kills, and while it's unlikely that we're in for another 45-minute game, there should be at least 28 kills across the board.
ESL Pro League Season 14
Mousesports and Ninjas in Pyjamas will clash in the first round of ESL Pro League Season 14 playoffs on Tuesday. Ninjas in Pyjamas last played against mousesports in July, during the IEM Cologne Play-In, and won with 16-8 on Mirage and 16-11 on Ancient.
Despite that, the bookmakers have priced Ninjas in Pyjamas as underdogs for this match, which I can't entirely agree with. Even though it could be a close match, I would favour Ninjas in Pyjamas over mousesports, based on what we have seen from these two teams during the group stage.
Even though both teams delivered, mousesports haven't really beaten any notable teams. Mouz lost against FaZe Clan (1-2) and Natus Vincere (0-2) and won against Evil Geniuses (2-0), Fnatic (2-0), and BIG (2-0).
Those aren't exactly great results. FaZe Clan aren't very good online, so dropping a map against them is hardly exciting. Similarly, I wouldn't rank mousesports' wins against Evil Geniuses, BIG and Fnatic too highly, since EG and BIG aren't good, while Fnatic are playing with a new roster.
On the other side, Ninjas in Pyjamas lost against Team Liquid (0-2) and FURIA (1-2) but won against Entropiq (2-0'), Team One (2-0) and Gambit (2-0). Even though they have managed the same record (3-2) as mousesports, Ninjas in Pyjhamas' results are far more convincing.
Ninjas in Pyjamas deserve some slack for losing against Team Liquid and FURIA, since Liquid are playing out of their minds, while FURIA overperformed in their series with the Swedes. Ninjas in Pyjamas' wins against Entropiq and Team One aren't exactly praiseworthy; however, Ninjas were clearly the better team in both bouts, so it's not like there is anything to criticize.
Most importantly, Ninjas in Pyjamas won against the current second-best team in the world, Gambit Esports. And if they could defeat Gambit, Ninjas should be able to defeat mousesports as well.
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