The organizer ESL has announced that the recently canceled Dota2 major events ESL One Los Angeles 2020 and ESL One Birmingham 2020 will also take place this year, but in an online format and not in your traditional LAN format.
ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Dota 2 online betting expert tips
After ESL One Los Angeles was initially canceled due to the COVID 19 pandemic, ESL has announced it will go online and make major changes to the tournament format.
The ESL One Los Angeles will of course not have a live audience. The Dota2 major was originally postponed indefinitely due to travel restrictions imposed by the United States in response to the coronavirus crisis. However, ESL decided to have the tournament run entirely online in a completely different format so as not to have to cancel entirely.
Esports – Record audience numbers despite Corona
ESL recently organized the CS: GO Intel Extreme Masters 2020 in the Spodek Arena in Katowice without a live audience. After the local authorities refused to give the tournament organizer permission to host such an extensive event, the IEM Katowice continued without spectators. Despite not having a live audience, the tournament had the highest number of spectators for a CS: GO event outside the majors.
ESL One Los Angeles was originally scheduled to take place at the Shrine Auditorium in LA from March 15-22 and would be the third major of the 2019-20 Dota Pro Circuit, which would be one of the $ 1 million prize pools and 15,000 DPC points to be distributed most important tournaments of the year. The event now takes place completely online and the teams were divided into their own leagues based on the regions.
The organizer ESL has not specified a fixed date for ESL One Birmingham 2020 other than the rough statement that the tournament would be held in May or June, which probably means that the tournament starts in late May and ends in June.
ESL One Los Angeles 2020 will of course no longer be a major, but the fact that it will continue in some form is not only welcomed by the die-hard Dota2 community. Because the sport is global and digital by nature, the organizers are in a unique position to continue to be able to entertain all fans, while almost the entire rest of the sports world is on ice.
The format for ESL One Los Angeles is of course fundamentally different from the previous planned execution as a LAN event.
New format for ESL One Los Angeles
The ESL One Los Angeles is now played online in five regional leagues – Europe and the CIS countries have been merged into one league, North America, Southeast Asia, South America and China form the other leagues, all of which have already crowned their champions. The prize pool was divided among these regions, with North America, South America and Southeast Asia each receiving $ 40,000. China received $ 55,000, and the combined European and CIS division received $ 200,000.
Virtually every team that has a say in Dota2 in the Europe and CIS regions was allowed to take part in the tournament for the benefit of the show. The fans have already been disappointed not to get a live event, so the least the organizers can do is offer them a tournament in which all of their favorite teams participate.
The European and Eastern European and thus largest league that has emerged here, the ESL One Los Angeles Online 2020 Europe & CIS tournament, started on April 4 and ends on April 19. 16 teams share a $ 200,000 prize pool. The competition begins with the group phase, in which all teams are divided into two groups with eight participants each. The four best teams from both groups will be represented in the playoffs.
Sixteen teams are divided into two groups of eight to play in the well-known best-of-3 group format for the places in the playoffs. The two best teams in each group reach the playoffs in the upper bracket, while places three and four from each pool have to fight their way out of the lower bracket through the playoffs.
Match predictions ESL One Los Angeles
We have collected some of the most interesting matches over the course of the group stage and published our early predictions for these matches:
Team Secret vs. Natus Vincere (April 9, 2020)
There is no question that there is a clear favorite in this match, and of course these are the guys from Team Secret. Both teams, both Team Secret and Natus Vincere, were able to win their two games before this encounter, whereby Na’Vi had to deal with the probably weaker opponents on the one hand, but also won less convincingly than Secret.
On the second day of the group games, Team Secret were able to confidently defeat Team Liquid 2-0 in just over half an hour each time, their match took place immediately after Na’Vis won 2-1 over Team Unique. On April 7, the fourth day of the group stage, the Ukrainians of Natus Vincere won 2-1 against Chicken Fighters, who participated in the qualifiers, and later that day Team Secret was able to defeat another well-known eSports team they only needed two cards and just over 20 minutes each to make ninjas in pijamas stand no chance.
Even if the team of Natus Vincere is not an easy task for Team Secret, the team around Puppey and YapzOr seems to be playing in an excellent form and therefore we assume a clear, albeit competitive, 2-0 victory for Team Secret.
Team Secret vs. Natus Vincere
Inisder Tips: AH -1.5 Team Secret (2-0 victory Secret)
HellRaisers vs. Gambit Esports (April 10, 2020)
One of the most balanced encounters should come on April 10 when Hellraisers and Gambit Esports clash. Although both teams are not top favorites for a title here, they both have what it takes to fight their way into the playoffs and attract a lot of attention there. Depending on their respective performance at the games on April 8th, however, at least one of the teams, most likely Gambit Esports, could be a decisive match in this match.
While HellRaisers is still on a relatively safe starting point at the time of this article after a win and a defeat, it doesn’t look promising for Gambit Esports early on. On the first day they were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Vikin.gg, HellRaisers also lost their first match against Virtus.pro with 1-2.
On the third day things went differently for both teams, while HellRaisers comfortably defeated the Gambit conquerors Vikin.gg with 2-0, the Gambit boys suffered another defeat, just like HellRaisers on the first day, they lost to VP with 1-2.
At this point, Gambit Esports are considered favorites in this match, but we think a tip on HellRaisers’ outsiders could pay off here. If you are looking for a safer tip, we can recommend the Asian handicap of +1.5 on HellRaisers, here too an acceptable odds can be achieved.
HellRaisers vs. Gambit Esports
Insider Tips: win HellRaisers
OG vs. Virtus.pro (April 12, 2020)
This is where the two teams meet who are at the top of Group A after four matchdays and two matches played per team. Both OG and Virtus.pro won their two previous games, OG defeated Team Nigma (2-0) and B8 (2-1), while Virtus.pro first beat Hellraisers and then Gambit Esports 2-1.
However, both teams will still have two matches before they meet here, and depending on that, the motivation here could be completely different.
The two-time and reigning “The International” winners, OG, have announced before the start of the tournament that they will join Sébastien “Ceb” Debs and Neta “33” Shapira to replace Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng of the ESL One Los Angeles online league.
Due to the global travel restrictions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both Topson and MidOne are still in Southeast Asia and cannot return to Europe to play with the team.
Former Alliance player 33 will step in mid-lane for Topson, while Ceb will return from the bank for OG to replace MidOne in off-lane.
Before OG returned to the competition in January after winning the second Aegis of Champions in TI9, Ceb had announced that he would leave the active squad to switch to a coaching role within the organization.
So far, the two substitutes seem to be filling their roles perfectly, two convincing appearances and victories prove this. It will definitely be hot when Virtus.pro and OG meet, it can be assumed that this match will not be decided in two rounds, so a bet on the total number of rounds is recommended.
OG vs. Virtus.pro
Insider Tips: total number of maps +2.5
Alliance vs Natus Vincere (April 13, 2020)
Alliance against Na’Vi is another match between two top teams that must be considered favorites for the tournament win. At the time of this writing, Natus Vincere was the only one in Group B besides Team Secret to take two wins, leading the group, while Alliance are in midfield with one win and one defeat.
The Alliance squad, completely redesigned last year, lost to Ninjas in pajamas in their first match, it was a close match, but in the end it was NiP that could hold their own in this match between two Swedish teams. Natus Vincere prevailed in two tight games against Team Unique and Chicken Fighters.
It is not easy to find a winner in this match, once again you can expect a three-card game in which the draft picks will play a major role in the decision. A bet on three cards played seems quite interesting, but due to the form shown so far and after the successful integration of Semion “CemaTheSlayer” Krivulya, we think that Na’Vi should be favored here. With odds probably balanced, this is our bet on this important encounter in the late group stage of the tournament.
Alliance vs. Natus Vincere
Insider Tips: victory Natus Vincere
Team Nigma vs. Virtus.pro (April 14, 2020)
Team Nigma is a European esports organization that was founded in November last year and was created by former Team Liquid members and four out of five champions from The International 2017. After 2nd place at The International 2019, Captain KuroKy announced the farewell of the Team from Team Liquid and the idea of founding their own organization.
The entire team of Team Liquid, Miracle-, w33, MinD_ContRoL, GH and KuroKy then merged to form the new Team Nigma, while Team Liquid committed the entire Alliance team as a new team. Since then, the young team has already won two major victories, most recently the WePlay at the end of February! Dota2 tournament in Kiev.
In this online tournament they won and lost at that point, lost 0-2 against OG on opening day and recovered on day three with a 2-1 win over Cyber Legacy.
Virtus.pro on the other hand, with team captain Alexei “Solo” Berezin and Vladimir “No [o] ne” Minenko, have two veterans in their ranks who have been loyal to the team since 2016 and as two of the best DOTA players of all time must apply. Like almost every squad, they too have gone through some changes recently, but the two regular players from VP ensure the necessary consistency and team spirit.
VP seem to have gotten into this tournament in great shape, winning their first three games and are currently unbeaten at the top of Group A with victories over HellRaisers, Gambit Esports and Cyber Legacy.
They should be considered outsiders in this match, even if the top-class team of Team Nigma was not convincing at the beginning, their recent tournament victories have been enough to influence the betting odds in this direction. We think a bet on Virtus.pro can be worthwhile here, at least the +1.5 handicap should definitely be taken.
Team Nigma vs. Virtus.pro
Insider Tips: victory Virtus.pro
Team Secret vs. Alliance (April 15, 2020)
Probably the best team in the world, Team Secret, meets the Swedish Team Alliance, another eSports organization with a long history, which, as already mentioned, has brought about a complete change in the squad. Most recently, team captain Gustav “s4” Magnusson returned to the team earlier this month, which is undoubtedly a good step for the team that has a chance to get together at this tournament. However, they face seven top teams in Group B, one of which is, of course, Secret.
Unsurprisingly, Team Secret has dominated in the tournament so far, beating Team Liquid 2-0 on the first day of Group B, and on April 7th they easily beat ninjas in pijamas in two cards. It will be difficult for any team to stop Team Secret on their way to the playoffs and the likely group win, but we think the newly formed Alliance will be particularly difficult here.
Alliance, like Secret, met NiP and Team Liquid, they did not surrender without resistance in both games, but ended up losing 1-2 in both games.
This indirect comparison reinforces our impression that Secret must be a clear favorite here, we think Alliance has nothing to oppose Puppey and Co. and will have to give up here after two cards.
Team Secret vs. Alliance
Insider Tips: AH -1.5 Team Secret (2-0 victory Secret)
Team Liquid vs. Natus Vincere (April 16, 2020)
On the last day of the group phase, two clear favorites will meet for the playoff qualification. It would be surprising for many if these teams did not participate in the final phase. In this match, however, one of the teams could make a decision, in the highly competitive Group B any team could advance and both could not have started the tournament more differently.
While Natus Vincere leads Group B with Secret and Chicken Fighters with two wins, the boys from Team Liquid have lost both previous games, on the second day of the group phase they were narrowly narrowed by 0-2 in each of Team Secret completed over 30 minutes, in their next match it was against Alliance, even if it didn’t look one-sided, they lost 1-2 at the end and are thus in a very bad starting position for the further course of the tournament.
Until this encounter, both teams will play four matches and the situation can change completely, but based on the pure individual quality and supposed form of the teams, Natus Vincere must be considered a favorite here. In the end, Liquid could actually be eliminated at this point in time, even if we don’t assume so, we think Na’Vi will achieve another 2-0 victory against a (former?) Top team.
Team Liquid vs. Natus Vincere
Insider Tips: AH -1.5 Natus Vincere (2-0 victory Na’Vi)