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Two top five teams fighting to get in the finals of EPICENTER, both teams had a lot of troubles after the player break but they’re now fighting with full power in St. Petersburg. The brazilian roster is now showing new signs of life with boltz as their stand-in, and Astralis is finally picking up the pace that made them top #1 contender in last year Winter season.
Let’s talk about what we can expect about the map picks in this best of three match; both teams have permabans so we won’t be seeing Nuke or Cobblestone, then, we will have SK probably picking Overpass and Astralis will go for Inferno, as they have previously made great games on it and SK don’t have it as a map that they can show dominance. Then for the decider, we will have Cache, Train or Mirage. Mirage would certainly be an advantage to Astralis, Cache would surely give an edge to SK and Train would put both teams to test, even if Astralis had show a better performance and more confidence there lately. Out of those three, the only map that would give a advantage to one of those teams is Cache that would be favorable to FalleN’s squad, so, we might see this out and have a final on Mirage, were dupreeh and kjaerbye will have to fight against coldzera and fer, and gla1ve tactics will be put to test against Fallen experience. However, let’s remember that Astralis know how to counter SK and they can abuse a lot of boltz not being in full sync with his new roster, being able to steal Overpass from SK and putting an end to the match in Inferno is completely possible.
So, with this, it’s very possible that we’re going to see Astralis in the finals after a 2 – 0 or 2 – 1 if they can’t hold coldzera in Overpass.
My odds for this match: SK Gaming 54:46 Astralis
Thinking about the veto for this game for a while and it really is not easy to predict. The bans are fairly simple, with Nuke for SK, and Cobble for astralis. From the remaining maps, there are ones I favour for certain teams and ones I see as unlikely to be picked. Astralis I think will take Inferno, or Train. SK should take Mirage or perhaps Overpass. Cache I do not see as likely at all. If we see Inferno as I predict, and Mirage, I really do not see SK winning on inferno. Mirage has a change to go to astralis too, but SK looked really good on this map. That would then leave Train, Cache and Overpass. Train and cache should go, leaving us with overpass as a 3rd map. I think it will either go 2-1 to SK, or 2-0 to astralis. Both are decent bets and I will wait for the veto before deciding what to do here.
My odds for this match: SK Gaming 55:45 Astralis
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