Singapore Major is moving on. Today we have 2 upper and 2 lower bracket matches. High stakes, amazing teams, crazy series. 8 teams remain in the tournament.
Invictus Gaming @ 1.88
A no brainer for me. Invictus Gaming was the best Dota 2 team in China in the previous months, and the current Chinese Dota stage is much more competitive and higher compared to North American where we basically have only 2 competitive teams that can win something, Evil Geniuses and Quincy Crew. EG won against weak Fnatic in the round 1 of the upper bracket, while Invictus Gaming had a close 2-1 series vs their brothers Vici Gaming. Overall, there are no heavy favourites here, odds are very similar. My pick here is China.
PSG.LGD +1.5 @ 1.70
Yes, Team Secret is the best team in Europe by far. Especially in the last year. However, they had some flukes this season, they are not as vulnerable as before I think. On the other side, PSG.LGD is playing nice Dota, aggressive and unpredictable. Team Secret are heavily favoured here, and I don’t like this. I do believe PSG.LGD will have a proper chance for a map or series even in some crazy scenario. Yes, PSG.LGD lost to Thunder Predator, the team that Secret won, even if it was not a clean win. Odds on PGD.LGD are amazing in this one, worth trying for. 2-1 for Secret? Sign me up.
Virtus.Pro @ 1.70
Strange how Virtus.Pro is favoured team here by bookies. Even vs Thunder Predator, a team that is the real underdog in this tournament. Underdog that is crushing all opponents. Their only loss was vs Team Secret in the last series they’ve played. And they played Group Stage. Overall, amazing run, but I believe this may be the end of the road. I may be wrong, as they are playing really attractive and smart Dota, but I like guys from CIS more. If they could play their A game from the beginning of the season, that should be enough. But we will see, I think this is an open match overall.
Vici Gaming @ 1.29
Vici Gaming is an amazing squad, they had some struggles, that’s true. A loss in the group stage vs Liquid, a team that is already out of the tournament, made them feel uncomfortable. 1-2 loss vs Invictus Gaming in the playoffs was expected. They are much stronger than their results are showing, and I do believe crushing OB Neon won’t be a problem for them today. Even if OB Neon crushed Liquid and Fnatic in their last series, I don’t see them advancing on today. Vici is just a few levels above them.