The most awaited Dota 2 event of the year is finally here. Today marks the start of the 10th The International which will last for the next 10 days. In the next 4 days we will follow the group stage where teams will play best of 2 series. Here are my picks and predictions for most interesting matches on Day 1.
Team Aster +0.5 @ 1.83
Best of 2 series will be extremely interesting as the matches can end up in 3 possible ways (draw included). Evil Geniuses are one of the TI10 favourites for sure, and they have the upper hand in this series too. However, I would never discount Chinese teams, especially Team Aster, a team that was really making some marks on the Chinese scene lately. They can surely take a map off Evil Geniuses, or even win the series.
Alliance +0.5 @ 1.57
Alliance +0.5 handicap is a pretty good pick here, as Alliance is usually good vs CIS teams. Even tho VirtusPro is the best CIS team right now, and they have been really dominant in some previous tournaments, I wouldn’t count Alliance out. Alliance with NikoBaby on the first line can surely do some good damage to VirtusPro. I do really think this is a good bet, as this series could be way more open then it seems like.
Invictus Gaming +0.5 @ 1.50
As I already said, +0.5 handicaps on Chinese teams are one of the most valuable bets that you can do in the first best of 2 rounds. Invictus Gaming is a really strong team that can parry Evil Geniuses with ease. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series ends up 2-0 for any of the teams. However, choice would be much easier after seeing those teams in their previous day 1 matches.
PSG.LGD -0.5 @ 1.65
For me, -0.5 handicaps are way more riskier than going with +0.5 handicaps in the group stage. However, PSG.LGD are maybe number 1 favourites to win The International and they are favourites in this match with a reason. Overall, I don’t think Quincy Crew has any chance in this tournament. Yes, they can surprise in a few matches, they can pull off their way out of the group stage, but in the end, the final stage of the tournament is not something that we will likely see. I think there is a high chance for PSG.LGD to take this 2-0.
Elephant -0.5 @ 2.05
China vs South America. This is a battle where in most cases China wins. Elephant looks so strong on the paper that it’s crazy. On the other hand, beastcoast didn’t look good in their recent official matches. They were dropping maps like flies. This will be a real test for South Americans as Elephant are big favourites here. However, odds on Elephant taking it 2-0 are amazing for the bettors. This is a real value bet and maybe the most interesting bet of the day.