Written by The Admiral
Hard Legion and Nemiga are facing in the swiss round 4 (teams with a 2-1 record) of the LOOT.BET Season 7, and the winner will progress to the playoffs. These rivals have met on ten occasions so far, and the record is currently tied at 5-5.
The Russian team Hard Legion is coming into this tilt as underdogs after losing five of the previous six matches. They suffered three consecutive losses at the WePlay! Clutch Island and have a 53.1% win rate over the past three months. When it comes to the maps during the same period, Hard Legion are performing very well on Train map (66.7%), while they are winless on Nuke, and are not playing well on Vertigo (27.3%).
Their compatriots Nemiga also suffered early elimination out of the WePlay! Clutch Island after losing to Natus Vincere and Spirit, winning only one map in the process. Despite a weaker form of late, Nemiga still has a 70.0% win rate over the previous three months. In that period, Nemiga were displaying the strongest performances on Overpass (77.8%) and Mirage (75.0%), while they are below average on Dust2 (40.0%).
Nemiga secured a comfortable 2-0 win in the latest H2H encounter and considering Hard Legion’s current form, I expect another easy victory for the favored Nemiga. Still, I am not going to back them to cover -1.5 handicap, but I am going with a safer bet and Nemiga’s straight win. Given that three of Nemiga’s previous four maps produced overtime, I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another OT here, but this time around, I am backing Nemiga to win it.