Stats for the SK Gaming and Epsilon as they've appeared on Tipify
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This is the first match of the losers bracket of Uprise Champions Cup and the lost will get eliminated from the tournament so the tension is pretty high, additionally these teams are quite hard to predict because Epsilon are inconsistent while SK Gaming are playing with a completely new roster which makes everything even harder, I pretty much always go with the “real” team in matches like this, so Epsilon will be my pick here.
So Epsilon was known as just another mediocre tier 2 or tier 3 team before Dreamhack Summer, that was their “breakthrough” event though they won only a single match, that one match they won was against HellRaisers and it was quite a big surprise already, but Epsilon also played three very close maps against NiP and almost ended up beating them in a best of three, that was extremely surprising as NiP were the favorites to win the entire event while Epsilon was considered as the weakest team there, they looked very promising on that event. Unfortunately Epsilon don’t seem to be that great online, they obviously had a couple of impressive results such as beating Gambit, Spirit, Tricked and SK Gaming, also had many cose matches against teams like Escape, AGG, Orbit and dignitas, so they are definitely not bad.
SK Gaming lost AcilioN and Pimp who were replaced with valde and gla1ve, I personally think it was an upgrade as valde is a great up and coming player while gla1ve is very experienced, but they will need a couple of weeks to improve their chemistry with the new players, the new roster already managed to get a couple of decent results, they beat Orbit 2-0 and beat Immortals on a lan event, unfortunately lost 1-2 against Escape Gaming yesterday but also played pretty well in that match. So SK look good but one thing I should mention is that they will also use a stand in for this match as Magiskb0Y couldn’t play, ironically their stand in is AcilioN who left the team few days ago, they played two matches with him yesterday and did fine so I guess that’s not something we should worry about, but Masigkb0Y is a definitely a better player.
So I’m not very confident with this match either, but a best of one between fairly even teams is pretty good for an underdog bet, Epsilon are currently below 40% so I guess a small bet on them could work.
My odds for this match: SK Gaming 50:50 Epsilon
Meh, hard to call game because we don’t really know who’s going to be playing for SK. Even if it is AcillioN though, he obviously knows the guys really well, and he was in the side for a long time. SK could have won against Escape, but had some poor rounds towards the end which cost them. Epsilon are a side that I always praise a lot. They have a lot of individual skill, but seem to be off their game a little at the moment. Their last two BO3’s were losses to ATN and Kinguin which they would expect to do better in. With this being a BO1, predicting who to call to win is really not easy. Pistol rounds will play a massive part in it. I just feel the level of SK could be a bit higher and with them winning most of the head 2 heads, I’d put this at 60-40 to the Danes.
My odds for this match: SK Gaming 60:40 Epsilon
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