Daily Esports Tips: Friday, May 1st.

DOTA 2 ISOLATION CUP - NOVA VS TEAM SOLID (1:30 AM)
NOVA 2-0 $3.20

NOVA lineup against Team Solid in Group C of the Dota2 Isolation Cup Qualifier.

Neither side have been setting the world alight in recent times, NOVA have a 36% win rate across April, while Solid have looked anything but with a 20% win rate.

These sides share no previous head to head history, but they have both recently taken on FlyToMoon2.0, Solid were humbled in a 2-nil defeat, while NOVA cruised to a 2-nil victory.

Team Solid currently outrank NOVA 80-100 on the Dota2 Euro leaderboard, but the Kazakh side are free falling towards the doldrums of mediocrity if in fact they aren’t already there.

I’m taking NOVA to finish these bots off without breaking a sweat.

CHINA DOTA2 PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE - VICI GAMING VS CDEC GAMING (6:00 PM)
VG 2-0 $2.25

Now we switch our attention away from the ‘tier Z’ of the Isolation Cup to the pinnacle of Dota2 comps in the form of China’s Professional League, where World #9 Vici Gaming will be looking to serve up World #19 CDEC their first ‘L’ of the season!

VG have endured a horrible month by their lofty standards, winning just 53% of their matches and only claiming two victories from their last seven outings, but the situation may not be as dire upon closer inspection, with five of their last six defeats coming at the hands of China’s top sides.

CDEC are undefeated across their opening three league matches, although they have been dealt a very kind fixture up to this point. They boast an impressive win rate of 77% this month, but unlike VG they have largely avoided the top ranked sides.

VG hold an impressive head to head record over CDEC of 6-1-1, with all six of their victories coming without the loss of a map, the most recent of which was on April 29!

Vici Gaming have had CDEC comfortably tucked away in their pocket since 2017, I can’t see them escaping anytime soon.