We are close to the end of The International 10. 3 more days remaining. Friday is the day when we will watch 3 lower bracket matches. Here are my picks and predictions for the first two matches that are already set up. In addition to that VirtusPro will face the winner of Team Spirit and OG.
OG @ 1.50
A lot of people would say that Team Spirit will have a hard task here to beat OG. But I would say, OG won’t have an easy time to beat Team Secret here. OG are fan favourites, OG are 2 time The International champions, OG are one of the best teams in the world. OG are not in great shape this tournament, like we used to see them. And for that reason, I think this won’t be an easy match for them, like we all expect when watching OG in top form. Team Spirit is a dangerous team, but I don’t think they can be on the level needed for OG. Team Spirit is inexperienced and I do believe they will have a hard time dealing with OG’s play, picks and rotations. This can be a very interesting match, a bloodbath, but I do believe OG has this. They must win, for the sake of The International and fans. Both teams are coming from the strong showings in the previous round. OG 2-0 vs Quincy Crew, and Team Spirit 2-0 vs Fnatic.
VIci Gaming @ 1.93
The T1 vs Vici Gaming series is set to be even more unpredictable than Spirit vs OG. The best SEA team, the last SEA hope, is facing one of the top Chinese contenders. Both teams are coming from the upper bracket. Vici had a bad performance vs VirtusPro as they did dropped out to lower bracket by losing 1-2 to CIS powerhouse. That was just a beggining for them, as they needed to face Evil Geniuses, the best North American team. Against all the odds, they took the win and with 2-1 they knocked EG out of the tournament. I do believe they will win against EG behind them and with that self confidence, they can beat T1 today. T1 had a close 1-2 series against PSG.LGD in the upper bracket, but they showed all of their strength in the 2-0 win vs Alliance in the lower bracket. T1 is very familiar with Chinese teams, as they played 2 of them in their group A. A win vs Aster and loss vs Invictus Gaming can help them read that aggressive Chinese style of Dota today. I don’t believe this will be enough, as I can easily see Vici Gaming moving on to the next round. ML odds on the are amazing and there is a real value here.