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It’s a battle of two mid-table teams looking to make a frantic push up the ladder. And they will need big performances from here on to challenge the might of top-placed Quincy Crew.
The team that slips here could be in danger of scraping the bottom, which would then mean relegation to Division Two of the next tour – a territory neither side would even be thinking about. On the face of it, there is little to choose between the two sides in terms of the numbers. Evil Geniuses have a win percentage of 55.17 across 29 maps, 4 Zoomers are a hair’s breadth ahead, on 55.22.
That they have managed to do so over 67 maps is an indication of considerable experience which can prove to be invaluable, especially when teams are thrown into the deep end of the competition. So 4 Zoomers would believe they are marginally ahead although they will be facing one of the mighty teams of North America in Evil Geniuses.
Both sides have a fairly impressive kill to death ratio. Evil Geniuses average 23.66 kills on average in the latest patch of Dota2, while averaging 18.79 deaths. 4 Zoomers average 27.01 kills and 22.85 deaths. This points to them going for a high-risk-high-returns approach.
It means they are willing to be a little more adventurous. Such a strategy, when it comes off, can do so spectacularly. The converse of it can be true, too. 4 Zoomers have managed to marry this aggressive approach with an excellent assist rate of 64.28, which means not only are they a strong attacking force, but they are equally efficient in moving up the field without letting the opponents have a foot in the door.
Evil Geniuses aren’t bad on this count either, averaging 53.28 assists on average, but have a lot of work to do against a clinically proven side.
Arteezy is their biggest trump card. His experience of 1393 maps with a more-than-acceptable win percentage of 64.47 can prove to be a massive difference. In Cr1t-, they have an excellent person in the mid lane. He possesses a mighty impressive assist rate of 13.61, the highest among the Evil Geniuses who will be competing on Saturday.
If Cr1t- is a trump card for one side, 4 Zoomers have Moo. The American, who made his mark into the North American Dota 2 scene through solo matchmaking, inhouses and networking, has an equally impressive assist rate of 14.80 across 81 maps.
It will be a fascinating contest between two support casts. Who will combine with them to deliver victory?
Elsewhere, it’s a top-of-the-table clash that could set pulses racing this Sunday. Both sides are very much in line to sweep US$ 30,000 in prize money apart from pocketing 300 DPC points. Also at stake is a place in the Major Playoff.
Quincy Crew’s record overall has been patchy, but that they are on top of the leaderboard is testimony to their ability to overcome setbacks. Purely on their basis of records alone, they have underachieved a tad, having lost 14 out of their 29 maps.
Team Undying, in comparison, scored on that front – a healthy win percentage of 65 across 40 maps pointing to a bit more consistency. They also have a wonderful Kill to deaths ratio of 28.42: 23.02, which points to a gung-ho approach. An assist rate of 69.58 also means they have excellent mid laners capable of ensuring the momentum built upfront is sustained right through.
Denying is a mechanic in Dota2 where heroes attack allied units on low health. What this strategy involves is it allows a hero to kill their own creep.
Quincy has 36 denies to Undying’s 31. Meanwhile, Quincy are slightly short on Gold Per Minute as compared to Undying. What this means is it will take a brave person to predict an outright winner here.
YawaR finds himself in the middle of a slightly inexperienced, but victorious field. With an experience of 324 maps, he is heaps ahead of many of his teammates who just have a handful of games under their belt.
In his most recent outings three weeks ago, he effected 19 kills and 16 assists apart from racking up 715 GPM. These were just a tad short of his career high Kills of 24 in a single map, which he achieved while playing for Digital Chaos against Complexity gaming during Game 2 of the Lower Bracket Final of Captain’s Draft 3.0 Qualifier.
If YawaR is a field stormer who goes for the kill, Undying have the excellent MoonMeaner to lead the assists. An impressive rate of 15.64, the highest among both sides, points to an excellent ability to navigate the field. Can he find enough support from the others to take this forward to burn down the enemy tower and effect a high kill rate?
|Teams||Evil Geniuses vs 4 Zoomers, Quincy Crew vs Undying|
|Time||Saturday, January 8 at 3.00 PM EST onwards|
|How to watch||ESL Dota 2 Twitch channel|
With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, basketball, tennis, and esports betting. Email: [email protected]More info on Nikhil Kalro
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