It’s time for day 2 of Dota 2 The International 10. Day 1 was pretty exciting. With 20 matches being played on day 1, it’s time for another 20 matches on day 2. Here are my picks and predictions for the most interesting ones.
Fnatic -1.5 @ 2.23
Fnatic and SG esports are teams that we didn’t cover on day 1. Fnatic are the best team from the SEA region, while SG esports are South American contenders with a full Brazilian lineup. On day 1, Fnatic played 2 matches. They went 1-1 in both series, but hands down, they were playing one of the strongest teams in the group. They’ve split points with Vici Gaming and Elephant. Strong matches behind them, they showed that they can face the strongest teams and now they need to face a team that is a few levels below them. With one 0-2 loss vs Vici Gaming, SG esports are holding bottom of the group B right now. Even if this is a high risk match for betting on handicaps, I do believe going Fnatic -1.5 handicap is a real value bet, when we see what kind of odds we can get.
Team Aster +1.5 @ 1.76
After day 1 it became clear that Team Aster might not be the playoff or title contenders. Team Aster is playing with their coach + one substitution. Team Aster announce 86 as a substitute as White丶Album_白学家 will temporarily be unable to play due to health issue. Considering those two lineup changes, I hardly believe they can do a positive result against OG. But OG’s performance is not the greatest and Chinese are always doing their maximum as Chinese teams are never giving up. With their quality overall, and if their carry players do well, I do believe Aster can take a map off OG. Aster taking this series with 2-0 is something that I think won’t happen. I believe OG has the most chances for 2-0, but somehow I’m thinking that Aster might do something in this series.
Invictus Gaming -1.5 @ 1.90
Odds are so amazing on Invictus Gaming taking it 2-0. Handicap -1.5 is a good way to go in this series. From 3 matches, Invictus has 2 wins and 1 draw. On the other side Thunder Predator has 2 straight losses, one vs Alliance and another one vs OG. In this series I believe everything should be on IG’s side. Thunder Predator is just not a team that can parry Invictus Gaming in a big tournament in such an important match.
Team Secret -1.5 @ 1.47
I do believe this is a good match if you want kinda safe bet. Even though Team Secret did shockingly lose to beastcoast, I don’t believe they can drop another point vs Brazilians. This is a high risk match for Secret, as they need to win this series in order to have some higher hopes in matches that would be much more important for them then this. SG esports is realistically, a few levels lower than Secret, and I don’t think Puppey will let this easy win go. It’s too important for them. Odds are decent, not great, not too bad for a small bet.
Invictus Gaming +1.5 @ 1.47
So far, VirtusPro is one of the teams that look very good. With 2 wins and 1 draw, they are in the upper part of group A. 2-0 vs Alliance, 1-1 vs OG and 2-0 vs Undying are their results. On the other side, Invictus Gaming are a Chinese powerhouse and currently they have the same score as VirtusPro. 2 wins and 1 draw out of 3 matches. Even the map win-loss ratio is the same, 5 maps won out of 6 in total. I do believe that Invictus Gaming is surely one of the teams that will end up in top 4 placements in their group after the group stage ends. And they are surely one of the teams that are capable of beating VirtusPro. Even though VP is playing well, I would be scared when facing Invictus. Pretty decent bet, quite safe.