The second Dota 2 Major of the season is here. AniMajor starts today, and it will feature 3 stages.
Here we are. Second Dota 2 Major of the season is here. AniMajor starts today, and it will feature 3 stages. First in the line is the Wild Card stage where 6 teams will fight for the 2 spots in best of 2 matches. Here are some of my picks for Day 1.
Team Nigma +0.5 @ 1.50
What a series on the start of Day 1. Nigma with iLTW is looking pretty solid, I can say much better then with w33. However, playing Chinese teams is never easy. Vici Gaming is surely a top 3 team in China. All previous results, matches, clashes in their local league are a past now. Major is another dimension and teams are giving their 110% here. I do think Nigma has a decent chance of taking a map off Vici, even though Vici are the favourites here.
Team Nigma -0.5 @ 1.49
Nigma must have an upper hand here. Depending on the outcome of their match vs Vici, this will be easy or very challenging for them, at least psychically. Gambit just lost 2 players to NaVi, and they are not a team from the qualifiers. I don’t think they have any chances here in the Wild Card stage. This could be a straight 2-0 win for Nigma if stars align.
Invictus Gaming -0.5 @ 1.50
Execration is not the greatest team, at least not in the international scene. In this Wild Card, I do think they are the weakest team here. Invictus Gaming on the other hand will surely fight for the top 2, and I do think they have everything to take down Execration easily. Difference between those two teams in quality and strength is massive.
Vici Gaming +0.5 @ 1.35
Hard to predict this one, as it all depends how Team Secret will play. Their shape, form and individual plays will determine a lot of things. This season Secret was not the best team in their full strength, and it will be interesting to see how they will enter this Major. I do think Vici Gaming and Secret can split points here, it can easily be 1-1 in the end, so that’s the reason why Vici +0.5 is a good bet, even though odds are a bit lower. 5 unit bet here.
Invictus Gaming -0.5 @ 3.15
I’m going with this just because this is a real value bet. Invictus Gaming is one of the best teams in China right now, if not the best. They are playing amazingly. This match can determine a lot, and even though I think Nigma can take a map off Vici, I do think Invictus Gaming is another story. Odds on Nigma +0.5 handicap are so low, that I’ve decided to try my luck with Invictus Gaming taking it 2-0. It’s not impossible, IG has all it takes to do it. If they can show their A game, it’s possible. Day 1 is very hard to bet, especially if we know we have only the best of 2 matches. Hard bet, but Invictus Gaming will take 1 map for sure.