Another great night of esports action coming up this Thursday night and into Friday morning. The Wolf is back with his best bets for the night below.


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Vitality v Ninjas In Pyjamas – DreamHack Masters

Ninjas in Pyjamas are entering this match with Hampus “hampus” Poser, who will replace Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson. Vitality, on the other side haven’t made a roster change since March, when they signed Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier, however, they’re still without a proper in-game leader.

Vitality and NiP last met at the ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe, where Vitality came away with a win, albeit not without facing a lot of resistance. All three maps that were played went into overtime, but it was Vitality who edged past NiP with 19-16 OT win on Mirage and 19-17 OT win on Inferno, while they lost only a 15-19 OT loss on Overpass.

Even though NiP recently changed their roster, we expect to see another close affair that is likely to stretch into three maps. Vitality should still come out ahead, but since NiP have shown great form recently, they should be able to steal at least one map from the French squad. Bet on Over 2.50 Maps.

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Sparking Arrow Gaming v CDEC Gaming – DreamHack Masters

Sparking Arrow Gaming lost both of their fixtures against IG (1-2) and EHOME (1-2), but they did not look particularly bad. While SAG clearly lack the ability to close out the games, they have looked very competitive against both of their opponents, which suggests they can make something happen even against one of the hottest teams of the tournament.

CDEC already defeated EHOME (2-1) and most recently Invictus Gaming (2-0). In their match against EHOME, CDEC were undoubtedly the stronger side, but the match was fairly close throughout. Meanwhile, their win over IG was very one-sided and not necessarily because CDEC are a far superior team to IG, but because IG are struggling with their online performances.

Sparking Arrow Gaming last met with CDEC at DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1 less than two weeks ago, where CDEC won 2-0. Their previous meeting that was played three days earlier ended the same way (2-0). Despite their poor H2H record against CDEC, SAG are not as bad as the odds would lead us to believe. While they can hardly compare to CDEC in terms of individual quality, SAG have carried their weight well through ESL One Birmingham and had they been a bit luckier, SAG would perhaps be sitting a bit higher up the leaderboard.

It’s hard to believe SAG can win the series, but they have shown enough for us to believe they can steal one map from CDEC and force a three-map series. Bet on SAG to force the series to go the distance!

Natus Vincere v ENCE – DreamHack Masters
Natus Vincere are coming to DreamHack following a disappointing run through ESL One: Road to RIO – CIS, a tournament in which they entered as one of the main favourites, only to fall flat on their back and finish at seventh-eighth place. Throughout the tournament, NaVi picked up wins against Espada and pro100, but lost to, Syman and Hard Legion. ENCE, on the other hand, ended their Road to Rio journey with a wins over Fnatic, Dignitas, Vitality and Copenhagen Flames, but failed to see the same success against Heretics, NiP, Complexity and Astralis. Not long ago, ENCE also won Elisa Invitational 2020 and while that is not a massive achievement on its it, it at least shows improvement, for a team that has been struggling in recent months.

ENCE will play this match with a new player Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen and although they haven’t played many games with the new addition, the team overall is in great shape. NaVi, on the other side failed to show anything throughout the online CS, and it’s difficult to imagine they can stop the surging Finns here.Bet on ENCE to win


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