The Superliga ABCDE is an off-season League of Legends competition organised by the Brazilian Esports Club Association (ABCDE), which features 12 teams playing for the lion’s share of BRL $46,000 (US $10,935). In this betting preview, we will turn our attention to the winners’ bracket games on Friday.
PaiN Gaming vs Uppercut esports
Friday, November 22 – 18:00 BRT
Uppercut esports (+125) will lock horns with PaiN Gaming (-175.44) in a contest that promises to bring out the best of both teams as they look to secure direct passage to the fourth round.
Uppercut earned their spot in round two after defeating Team oNe eSports (2-0). While that was an expected outcome, Uppercut looked iffy at times and came close to losing the first leg.
Leading the charge for Uppercut in the clash were Ruan “Anyyy” Silva and Mateus “Fitz” Cayres, who both earned MVP awards for their performances. Whether they will look as dominant against paiN Gaming is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure: paiN are far superior to Team oNe eSports.
PaiN Gaming earned direct promotion into round two by finishing last season in second place behind INTZ eSports. Known for being one of the strongest teams from South America, paiN will not settle for anything less than a top-four finish, meaning this is a must-win fixture for them.
PaiN are priced as heavy favourites by esports bookmakers, yet the odds are seem inflated when you consider they lost to Uppercut in CBLOL Winter in June and July. Those fixtures were best-of-one (Bo1), however, whereas this bout will be played as Bo3, meaning we can’t count on any surprising results.
Furthermore, Uppercut looked very weak in their game against Team oNe eSports, where their lack of efficient macro play was very noticeable. While they might have solid players in their ranks, we can’t imagine this fixture ending in their favour.
A clean sweep (+200) is likely, but we will play it safe and settle for an outright bet on paiN at decent odds.
Prediction: paiN Gaming to win – -175.44 at BetOnline
Keyd Stars vs Redemption eSports Porto Algre
Friday, November 22 – 21:00 BRT
The odds offered on Keyd Stars (+342) and Redemption POA (-625) suggest this will be a one-sided affair, but it is not quite that simple. While we can understand that Redemption POA are the stronger side, we cannot ignore the massive payout offered on the underdogs.
Keyd Stars earned their spot in round two by claiming third-fourth place in Superliga ABCDE Season 2, meaning they have not yet played a match in Season 3. It is a similar story for Redemption POA, who earned their spot in this fixture after Operation Kino forfeited their match in round one.
Redemption POA and Keyd Stars have met three times in 2019, with Redemption claiming all three fixtures. However, the Keyd they will face here will not be the same Keyd they played months ago.
On November 8, Keyd Gaming restructured their entire roster by signing Guilherme “Atlanta” Matos de Lima Santos, Matheus “Drop” Herdy, Antonio “Maynah” Maynah Costa de Araújo, Roger “Mousty” Wiegand and Felipe “Sorry” Boal as well as coach Carlos “cariocA” Sagrette, who are all upgrades for the team.mA lot of expectations will be put on the new arrivals to deliver, especially Atlanta and Drop, who previously played under Santos e-Sports.
Considering this will be their first official match together, the strength of the new Keyd roster is a huge mystery. However, solely looking at the individual quality of their players, we are confident Keyd will put up a fight and chip at least one map off Redemption POA.
Prediction: Keyd Stars +1.5 – +116 at BetOnline