This match-up starts on Friday, January 25, 2019 – 12:00 UTC+8.
AFTER sending Thunder Predator home in their lower bracket elimination match, the Evil Geniuses will continue their Chonqing Major tournament against Vici Gaming in a best-of-three series on Friday afternoon.
Arteezy, the carry player from Evil Geniuses, was on fire against Thunder Predator yesterday.
In game one he played Terrorbalde, one of his signature heroes. With help from Tuskar and Disruptor, had a strong start.
Evil Geniuses’ last pick, Outworld Destroyer, totally destroyed the draft of Thunder Predator because no hero from Thunder Predator was able to withstand the pressure from Outworld Destroyer in the laning phase.
Sumail, the position two player from Evil Geniuses, played Outworld Destroyer and harassed Tiny heavily in that game.
Tiny is a hero that only came “online” after he has the Blink Dagger. Draken, the position two player from Thunder Predator, was playing Tiny in that game and was only able to grab Blink Dagger at the 15-minute mark, which was four minutes slower than the average Blink Dagger timer, compared to the average of all professional matches in the latest patch.
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Although Tiny started making gank on Evil Geniuses, Arteezy was halfway to his Black King Bar and purchased it at the 20-minute mark.
Thunder Predator called GG when Terrorblade had six slotted inventory, including Power Threat, Manta Style, Black King Bar, Butterfly, Eye of Skadi and Assault Cuirass. Terrorblade ended the game with 12 kills, 0 death and golds per minute up to 889.
In the game two, Evil Geniuses drafted Outworld Destroyer again. However, Arteezy picked himself Anti-Mage this game.
With the same plan, Outworld Destroyer dominated mid-lane heavily and created space for Anti-Mage to farm. Anti-Mage had his core items including Battlefury, Manta Style and Abyssal Blade by 26 minute-mark while the carry hero from enemy team – Phantom Assassin only had Battefury and Yasha at the same time.
Outworld Destroyer obtained 10 kills and 0 deaths by the time Thunder Predator surrendered.
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Evil Geniuses draft focused on Outworld Destroyer dominating mid lane and creating space for the carry.
Looking at Vici Gaming’s draft of late in the playoffs, they been having the same strategy Evil Geniuses were executing – Securing Outworld Destroyer and Terrorblade to their side if possible.
They always pick on Terrorblade first and sntached Outworld Destroyer at the 4th or 5th pick if enemy yet to ban this hero.
This should be an interesting match-up because both are carrying same draft and strategy. Live betting on team able to grab Outworld Destroyer is recommended.
Vici Gaming vs. Evil Geniuses betting prediction
After running our eye through the drafting abilities, we give Vici Gaming a 55% chance to win this match-up.
Considering both teams have the same strategy, our recommendation is to go low and live bet on whichever team is able to grab Outworld Destroyer. Otherwise, skip this match.