Nigma vs. Evil Geniuses Pick – Thursday, August 20th, 2020

| August 20, 2020 12:43 am PDT

The first couple of days of the Omega League: Europe Immortal Division brought us some high level Dota 2. The competition returns for more action today and I honestly can’t wait to see the top sides in the region clash against each other.

One of the big questions is if Evil Geniuses can keep it up, as this is the team’s first tournament in Europe and CIS. The opening win versus 5men was a good start, but next in line is Team Nigma, one of the best sides in the region.

I share my analysis and expectations in this Nigma vs. Evil Geniuses betting preview. My goal is to find the best betting pick available, based on the latest odds and my prediction.

Nigma vs. Evil Geniuses Odds

  • Nigma to win; -175
  • Evil Geniuses to win; +133
  • Nigma (-1.5); +173
  • Evil Geniuses (+1.5); -227
  • Over 2.5; +103
  • Under 2.5; -132

The Nigma vs. Evil Geniuses odds you see above are courtesy of SportsBetting.ag, one of my favorite betting sites for Dota 2 tournaments. The sportsbook provides extensive coverage of the Omega League: Europe Immortal Division and some of the highest prices on the market.

Nigma Analysis

There’s little doubt that Team Nigma can go all the way. In the absence of Secret, this has been the best Dota 2 squad in the Europe and CIS region recently. The start of the Omega League was fantastic too and Nigma beat Alliance, another strong contender.

Both the drafts and the execution by the side have been excellent in the past two months or so. Most games are over by the end of the laning stage, as Nigma builds commanding leads and has lineups that start fighting together early.

The style of the team is aggressive and doesn’t provide enough time to the opponents to turn it around later on. On top of that, the experience and the talent across the roster allow Nigma to play various lineups successfully and it’s impossible to prepare for all of them.

Evil Geniuses Team Analysis

I’ve been watching Evil Geniuses in a while and the team had the habit to start slowly in big tournaments. That wasn’t a problem in the North American region where the squad has been a level above almost everyone else, but you can’t afford to do that in Europe and CIS.

The competition there is fierce and any team can beat you if you are not at your best. That was my biggest concern of EG, alongside the rust from not playing competitive Dota 2 in a while.

You couldn’t tell that in the opening win versus 5men, but Nigma is a completely different animal. The level of cohesion and teamwork that Evil Geniuses will face today is going to be the true test for the team’s ability to compete in Europe and CIS.

Nigma vs. Evil Geniuses Prediction and Free Pick

A lot of people believe that Evil Geniuses can challenge the best teams in the Omega League: Europe Immortal Division. I don’t think that the squad is ready and I expect a defeat against Team Nigma. The favorite is a juggernaut right now, so the odds of +173 for a clean victory are way too high and the best pick available, in my opinion.

  • Nigma (-1.5); +173

We have more esports predictions for today, so feel free to check out the following previews.

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