Dota 2 Betting Tips
The playoffs of ESL Germany are on the horizon. Team Secret and Alliance managed to secure their spot after raking in 3 wins from 3 series. The swiss-system format of the tournament means that two other teams were eliminated – EXTREMUM and Tempo Esports. Keeping in mind that in this format a team never plays an opponent twice, the playoffs promise to be quite interesting. Before that, however, we have Round 4 of the group stage where 5men will be facing Team Liquid. In the following article we are going to cover some key points of this matchup and hopefully, help you make some money. Here we go!
MATCHUP: 5men vs Team Liquid
Coming Into This Series
Team Liquid was doing alright in ESL Germany, with two series won and only one game lost (vs NaVi). The real test came In Round 3 they went up against one of the favourites to win this event – Team Secret. And even though they managed to put on a show, Secret proved to be superior and won the series 2:0. Now, to advance to the playoffs, they have to beat 5men – an interesting team with really good talent on their roster.
The downfall of this stack of Scandinavians is that their synergy is sometimes off and that can be costly. Coming into this series they have displayed an inconsistent performance that saw them lose the series against NiP and one game to Vikin.gg. Even though they tend to flop, expect 5men to make some cheeky plays that are often dangerous but are definitely entertaining to watch. Will we see a repeat of the series between these two teams in the OMEGA league or is 5men coming back for revenge?
Odds at the Bookies
Currently, we have 1.34 for Team Liquid to win the series against 3.14 for 5men.
Under 2.5 maps played and even maps played both clocks in at 1.60.
Team Liquid to win 2:0 will see odds as high as 2.14, which is a real bargain considering how things went last time these two teams played. This doesn’t mean 5men can’t pull off a punch and take one game from Liquid. We believe it’s possible but highly unlikely. If you think otherwise, then, by all means, take advantage of 3.15 odds for a 2:1 Liquid victory.
First blood for 5men is priced at about 2.10 against 1.70 for Team Liquid to claim the first kill.
These are the markets you should consider for this matchup. Everything else has little to none value if you take into account the risk involved.
What To Bet On?
We certainly don’t believe 5men can win the series. But they could take a game if they apply the right strategy and core players have a good game. Liquid to win 2:1 is a bet to consider. You should also look towards a 2:0 correct map score in case you are looking for a safer bet. The odds are more or less in favour of Team Liquid and that is why we recommend trying to find some value in first blood markets. With odds reaching up to 2.20 for 5men to make the first kill, these markets certainly deserve attention. If Team Liquid gains a significant advantage this could easily turn into a slaughter. Total kills for Team Secret – over 30.5 seems like another good option here considering the odds are close to 2.30. Overall there is a lot of opportunities to take something out of this series.
Our Betting Prediction
We are going to stick with Team Liquid for this one. They have been steadily improving under the coaching of Blitz and certainly deserve to be in the playoffs. 5men on the other hand has been inconsistent and unpredictable but is a team that’s enjoyable to watch.
PICK: Team Liquid 2:0 CS, First Blood – 5men at Any Time