The final game of today, and indeed the last game before the weekend at MDL Paris sees Evil Geniuses vis Ninjas in Pyjamas. It’s a story of old friends, and unhappy reunions, as Peter ‘PPD’ Dager faces the team he once led to a title at The International with his new, far-from-improved side in hopes he can turn what has been a fairly disastrous season into something to write home about, or at least not lie to his family when Christmas comes.
Evil Geniuses vs Ninjas In Pyjamas is scheduled to start at 7.30pm BST / 8.30pm CEST. The game is an upper-bracket tie, meaning nobody goes home for losing, but the size of the teams and weight of history means it is more than just a dash of Dotes.
You'll find Evil Geniuses vs Ninjas in Pyjamas live stream with expected rosters on our MDL Paris Major tournament page.
Winners and losers
The winner progresses to the Upper Bracket final, where either Secret or OG will await them, while the loser goes into an elimination game against PSG.LGD, who beat Virtus.pro 2-0.
Safe to say there are no easy games at this level, but the choice would be simple for most captains, and we don’t doubt PPD would prefer the insurance of staying in the upper bracket as long as possible. Of the teams still involved, NiP and OG are also more in need of a good result, as neither have booked a place in Shanghai yet, with OG facing the prospect of not getting to attempt a defence of their TI crown.
EG vs NIP betting odds
EG come in as favourites, as you’d expect after the season NiP have had to this point, and at 2.2 the 2-0 to the NA giants looks the most likely, with a 2-1 rated at 3.1. if you fancy the shock you can get 5.0 on NiP, and while they are not favourites the context and their need for DPC points means this could be time for that team to finally click and achieve the win they desperately need.
See all Evil Geniuses vs Ninjas In Pyjamas betting markets on our matches page.
Luckbox Director of Esports Sujoy Roy says: “Despite the lack of banter on Twitter, I fully expect this to be a grudge match between ppd’s old and new squad. With the move to Europe, some in the NA scene think Peter has abandoned his roots and would love to see him punished for it. While EG are clearly the best team from the region, I have a feeling they may falter against their old captain.”