Beyond the Summit’s EU online series continues today, Thursday the 11th of February — this time with some teams that don’t normally get their share of the limelight at the highest levels of Dota 2 competition. We’re talking about COOKISS versus London Conspiracy and Ad Finem versus the Danish Bears. COOKISS is a team with German player KheZu in it, making them one of the squads to look out for when talking about rising talents. KheZu was one of the greatest Heroes of Newerth players of all time, and the Dota 2 world is eager to see how well he does after switching games. The Danish Bears, as their name implies, are a Danish stack with players such as Ace and Ryze, two of OG.Cr1t’s former teammates. They are also quite evenly matched with their opponents today, as shown by previous results involving both teams.
Our tips from the last of the Round of 16 games were almost spot on, with the only thing not going our way was the 2-0 victory by Burden United over Prodota Gaming instead of the 2-1 spread that we predicted. The outcomes were not surprising or shocking at all, given that both Burden United and Team Empire were far more than capable of defeating their opponents that day.
COOKISS (3/1 bet365) v London Conspiracy (1/4 Coral)
London Conspiracy is the much stronger team on paper, but at a price of 3/1 versus 1/4, betting on COOKISS to win this series is tempting enough. With a much better track record than their opponents, LC deserve to be priced like this against a team like COOKISS, but the experience that KheZu has playing competitively should not be taken too lightly.
Besides, the value to be had from a COOKISS bet shouldn’t be ignored. The returns on the LC bet are just too small given the slight chance that COOKISS have at winning this series, so we wouldn’t recommend playing it safe in this one. After all, this isn’t the same situation as the Empire versus Mango Manians match from two days ago, which was just a classic case of David against Goliath. Unlike that fixture, these two teams are both tier 2 squads that are more or less within the same part of the Dota 2 food chain.
COOKISS to win with bet365 at 3/1 (4.00)
Ad Finem (4/11 bet365) v Danish Bears (15/8 Coral)
Ad Finem have been rolling quite nicely for a tier 2 team as of late, beating teams such as RoX in the ESL One Manila qualifier and the ProDotA Cup, Mamas Boys in the WePlay Dota 2 League, and most recently HellRaisers in the Round of 16 of this very tournament. This gives them all the momentum they need to take the Danish Bears out of the picture, which they actually did just yesterday in a 2-1 victory at the Game On Invitational. This tells us that both these teams are pretty evenly matched, but with the way Ad Finem have been taking several wins in a row lately we have to give them the slight advantage in this one.
This isn’t to say that betting on the Danish Bears is a bad idea, though. With double the returns on their price compared to the Greek team, putting money down on them is just fine considering they’ve proven their ability to take a map off of Ad Finem at the very least. We would suggest betting on them to take at least one win in the series with bet365 at a price of 1/2. From there, you can couple the bet with a really safe option to go along with it which is to bet on Ad Finem as match winner, but after comparing those prices you’re probably better off just taking the risk on the Danish Bears taking the series.