Written by The Admiral
Hard Legion and sAw will meet in Group A opening match of the Eden Arena Malta Vibes Cup 1, and Hard Legion are slight favorites in this Best of 1 clash. These rivals have met once so far, and sAw (then Giants) won that duel.
The Russian team Hard Legion are not playing very well lately as they suffered five defeats in the previous seven matches but managed to snap a three-game skid with a 2-1 victory over Endpoint at the Hellcase Cup 8. Hard Legion have a 53.1% win rate over the past three months. When it comes to the maps during the same period, Hard Legion displayed the strongest performances on Train (68.8%), while they are winless on Nuke, and are below average on Vertigo (27.3%).
On the other hand, sAw was on an excellent form of six consecutive wins before OG snapped that positive run at the DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Europe Closed Qualifier. The Portuguese side has a 57.6% win rate over the last three months. In that span, sAw played well on Dust2 (80.0%) and Nuke (69.2%), while they are without a win on Mirage, and below .500 on (Inferno (36.4%).
These teams only met once before and sAw won, and they needed a maximum of three maps to do it. However, they will be playing just one map in this match, so the map selection could be crucial. The Portuguese squad is playing in better form recently, and mainly because of that I am backing them to edge Hard Legion here.