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TNC PREDATOR vs FNATIC DOTA 2 BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

Dota 2 Betting Odds: TNC +256 at BetOnline | Fnatic -384.62 at BetOnline
When: August 26, 2020 at 13:00 ICT
Watch Live: Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/esl_dota2)

TNC PREDATOR vs FNATIC ESL ONE THAILAND 2020 BETTING PREVIEW

Fnatic will look to improve on their impressive recent record against TNC Predator when they meet on the third matchday at ESL One Thailand 2020 Asia.

These two sides have developed an intense rivalry since they first faced off back in September 2015. While most of their fixtures have been close, Fnatic have reigned supreme this year with an impressive 6-1-1 head-to-head record and 15-5 map differential.

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TNC’s only win in that run was a narrow 2-1 result back in January, when they knocked out Fnatic in the second round of the lower bracket at the Leipzig Major. After that, Fnatic defeated TNC three times at BTS Pro Series Southeast Asia (2-1, 2-0, 3-0), again at ESL One Birmingham SEA (2-0), produced a stalemate during the second season of the BTS Pro Series (1-1), and won twice more in the Esports SEA League (2-0, 2-1).

Since they were eliminated from the Leipzig Major, Fnatic have attended seven tournaments and won five of them: DOTA Summit 12, ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Online Southeast Asia, BTS Pro Series Southeast Asia, ESL One Birmingham 2020 and World E-sports Legendary League. They have slowed down a bit in the last two months, however, finishing only third at BTS Pro Series Season 2 and second at the ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League.

At ESL One Thailand 2020 Asia, Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong and his crew left a lot to be desired with their 1-2 loss to Motivate.Trust Gaming in their opening fixture. While they bounced back with a 2-0 win against Team Trust on Sunday, it’s hard to praise them too much for putting away a semi-pro team.

While Fnatic were winning titles left and right, TNC Predator hit a slump after they won the MDL Chengdu Major in November 2019 and have yet to recover. Besides their occasional flashes of greatness, which saw them claim silver from the BTS Pro Series and bronze from ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League, Park “March” Tae-won and co. have looked far from their former selves.

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In a way, TNC have emerged as a perfect illustration of just how much of an effect the online format can have on teams. Once a dominant force in the SEA region, they are now struggling to compete even against second-tier teams.

On a more positive note, TNC Predator have looked solid so far this competition. They’re currently leading Group A with a perfect 2-0 record which they earned by defeating Team Adroit (2-0) and Motivate.Trust Gaming (2-1), meaning a win here would guarantee them at least a top-four seed.

TNC PREDATOR vs FNATIC ESL ONE THAILAND 2020 BETTING PREDICTIONS

Fnatic are 6-1-3 from their last 10 games, although eight of those were played over a month ago. Since the break, Fnatic are 1-1 with a loss to Motivate.Trust Gaming and a win against Team Trust. TNC Predator, meanwhile, are 4-3-3 from their last 10 games and 2-0 across the last two weeks.

TNC look like they are in better shape than Fnatic right now. While the sample size of games played is rather small, it’s hard to ignore Fnatic’s loss to Motivate.Trust and a surprisingly close series with Trust, who nearly stole the second map.

Historically, Fnatic are the better team in these meetings, the form lines point to TNC Predator at very generous odds. The handicap is the safer bet, but we love the value in the head-to-head market.

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