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Really hard to call game to be honest. Thinking about the map is already a hard thing. SK will remove cache and Nuke, then NiP will remove Mirage and d2 perhaps. This will then leave us with Overpass, Train and Cobble. Train heavily favours SK, Overpass I would say favours SK as well, and Cobble I would give to NiP, but I honestly don’t think we will see Cobble here, I think it will be one of the other two. I will make this one quick as 3 games are at the same time. I would have to favour SK here and would go LOW on them.
My odds for this match: SK Gaming 60:40 NiP
The matchup between NiP and SK Gaming is always really close, even when SK Gaming were dominating the scene, NiP always managed to win a map here and there. This time both teams are pretty close skill wise, although SK Gaming looked better so far with the two wins against Cloud9 and mousesports, they did lose to Heroic which was mainly caused by not analysing their opponent and heavily underestimating them. This time it shouldn’t be an issue as NiP are very good and SK Gaming definitely knows that.
We will most likely see either dust2, overpass or cobblestone here, in this case I guess it’s safe to say that the map pool is better for SK Gaming, they’ve been showing very promising results on dust2, and are also known for being one of the best overpass teams in the world, cobble is a bit tricky, SK Gaming lost to Heroic on it, and NiP also beat them last time they played on cobble, however, SK Gaming have been trying to avoid cobblestone after their loss against Heroic, so I’m pretty sure they will ban it against NiP as well.
My veto prediction would be like this:
SK Gaming removes nuke, cache and cobblestone
NiP removes mirage, train and either overpass or dust2, I think they will remove overpass though.
So even if it’s dust2, which is a very good map for NiP, I still think SK Gaming should be favored on it, so they are my pick again, and let’s hope they won’t go crazy in the veto process like they just did against FaZe.
My odds for this match: SK Gaming 55:45 NiP
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