Dota 2 Betting and Prediction Guide

Click to read Picklebet's Dota 2 betting guide, read about the different factors which need to be considered, from the team roster to the heros and items.

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that has many similarities to its rival game, League of Legends. And like LoL, Dota 2 is a beast of a game with a gargantuan audience that spans across the globe. Dota 2 has a strong following in China, which adds a solid lump to the fanbase, and over 25 million fans worldwide tune in to watch The International each year.

The International (TI) is Dota 2’s biggest tournament, which attracts the best teams from around the world who fight it out for a prize pool that is crowd funded by the fans. Last year's TI9 had a prize pool that exceeded $34 million, which makes it one of the largest prize pools for any sport, including traditional sports, in the world. With so much at stake, the teams play with a passion and intensity that’s stunningly powerful, and this translates through to the fans. And this passion makes placing Dota 2 bets a nerve shattering yet thrilling experience.

TI9 into TI10

It is no secret that The International is the centerpoint of the Dota 2 world. This comes as no surprise considering the prize pool for last year’s event exceeded $34 million! Since The International’s inception in 2011, the prize pool for the event has been on a steady rise and is not showing any signs of slowing down. Throughout the year teams play in a series of minor and major Dota 2 tournaments with prize pools that vary from $100k up to $1 million, providing ample opportunities to place Dota 2 bets. With TI9 now behind us, it might be appropriate to talk about what we can expect for the year ahead.

Valve announced that The International 2020 is likely to be delayed until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Dota 2 tournament was set to take place in Stockholm this August and offer the biggest esports prize pool of the year. The team behind the tournament posted the announcement on Dota 2’s official website. Addressing the unfortunate global situation today and how it’s affecting the esports community, the team wrote: “We have been exploring various date possibilities, but it is likely that the event will need to happen in 2021… Given the highly volatile landscape for local gathering restrictions, virus trajectory, and global travel policies, we don’t expect to have enough confidence to communicate firm dates in the near future. In the meantime, we are working on restructuring the DPC season for the fall, and will be providing more information as soon as we have it.

The delay was understandable. Aside from the global travel and event restrictions brought about by the pandemic, Valve wouldn’t be able to reach the highest prize pool mark for TI this year if everyone’s at home. The 10th TI prize pool will come from the sales of the TI10 Battle Pass. Valve needs 25% of the total sales to push through with the event, but since everyone, especially players and fans are affected by the pandemic, the sales might be lower than expected. TI10 Battle Pass was released on May 25th, and up to this day, the TI10 prize pool exceeds $24 million. Valve aims to surpass last year’s prize pool which is $34 million. The two-time champion, OG Esports, took home the $15,609,384 grand prize in Shanghai last year. The International 2020 has no definite date yet. Health experts are discouraging sports and esports organizations to hold massive gatherings in the meantime. If some of the Dota 2 major tournaments return in 2020, they will most likely be held online or in a private arena without an audience.

I am feeling that Team Secret will lay their mark The International 10, and they are my pick for a dota bet for the outright winner for TI10. It's a big call and it's early in the season and new teams can emerge, and solid teams can fall away, but be sure to keep one eye on Puppey and his squad.

Picklebet is a dota 2 betting site that will allow you to place a bet on Team Secret to win TI10.

TI8 into TI9

It is no secret that The International is the centerpoint of the Dota 2 world. This comes as no surprise considering the prize pool for this year’s event exceeded $25.5 million! Since The International’s inception in 2011, the prize pool for the event has been on a steady rise and is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Throughout the year teams play in a series of minor and major Dota 2 tournaments with prize pools that vary from $100k up to $1 million, providing ample opportunities to place Dota 2 bets.

With TI8 now behind us, it might be appropriate to talk about what we can expect for the year ahead. The International 2019 (TI9) will be held in China for the first time. The International has never had a player or organisation win twice, but with every year that passes a double up can't be too far away and may well be in store for TI9.

TI8 broke the alternating, Eastern/Western TI victors. The western team, OG won the TI8 and while I like the idea of a Chinese team winning on their home soil at TI9, I have great expectations for the Russian Team, Virtus.Pro. They've had many strong showings in the past and have always been one step away from glory.

I am feeling that TI9 will mark the end of Virtus.Pro's dry spell, and they are my pick for a dota bet for the outright winner for TI9.

It's a big call and it's early in the season and new teams can emerge, and solid teams can fall away, but be sure to keep one eye on the Russian bears.

Picklebet is a dota 2 betting site that will allow you to place a bet on Virtus.Pro to win TI9.

How to Bet on Dota 2

Picklebet is an esports betting platform that offers betting markets on Dota 2. Our job is to calculate odds on esports tournaments and matches as well as other events relating to those matches and tournaments to create betting markets. Users can then place bets on those markets.

For example you may bet on Virtus.Pro to beat Team Liquid, or, you may bet on Virtus.Pro to get the First Kill.

You can learn more about how odds work by reading our FAQ.

To place a bet on Dota 2, first create a picklebet account:

  • Go to picklebet.com
  • Click the register button and complete the registration details
  • You must be 18+ to create an account and bet
  • During the registration process we collect some personal information, such as full name, DOB and address. We require this information as we need to verify your identity due to regulatory reasons.

We are committed to ensuring our users information is stored securely, and work closely with a third party verification service in order to maximise information security when obtaining sensitive information.


Deposit cash

After you have created an account, you will need to deposit cash into the platform via a debit or credit card payment.

For more help and information on depositing cash you can follow our FAQ.


Place a bet

Once you have deposited cash, navigate to the picklebet betting page and filter to the Dota 2 betting markets. Select the team or event you would like to place a bet on, and add it to the betslip (you can think of the betslip, like a shopping cart for an online store). Then enter the amount of money you want to wager. This is called the Stake. Submit the bet and you’re done!

For more information on how to place a bet follow our FAQ.


Types of Dota bets: Picklebet’s Dota 2 Main Betting Markets:

Market TypeDescription
Winner The most common type of bet is to bet outright on a ‘winner’ market. As an example this would be to place a bet on Virtus Pro to beat Team Liquid.
Map HandicapA handicap is introduced on the better team, setting a margin, which effectively makes the game equal.For example you may place a bet on ‘Map 1: Virtus Pro to win -1.5’. This means you are betting on Virtus Pro to win more maps than Team Liquid but because Virtus Pro are considered the better team they start at minus (-1.5), meaning they need to win 1.5 more maps than Team Liquid to win.This would be in a scenario when the teams play a best of 3 or best of 5 maps.
Total Maps, Correct ScoreWhen teams play a best of 2,3 or 5 map matches: Pick the correct score in a best of 2 map. Example 1:1. Pick the correct score in a best of 3 map. Example 2:1. Pick the correct score in a best of 5 map. Example 3:2
1st Map - Winner Pick the team to win the first map.
2nd Map - Winner Pick the team to win the second map.
3rd Map - WinnerPick the team to win the third map.
1st Map - Draw no bet If you bet a team to win with ‘draw no bet’ odds, if the match results in a draw, your stake is refunded.
1st Map - Kill Handicap A handicap is introduced on the better team, setting a margin, which effectively makes the game equal. For example you may place a bet on ‘Map 1 Most Kills: Virtus Pro -4.5’. This means you are betting on Virtus Pro to get more kills than Team Liquid but because Virtus Pro are considered the better team they start at minus (-4.5), meaning they need to get 4.5 more kills than Team Liquid to win.
1st Map - 1st Tower Pick the team to destroy the first tower.
1st Map - 1st Barracks Pick the team to destroyed the first Barracks.
1st Map - 1st Aegis Pick the team to collect the first Aegis.
OutrightsOutrights is when you place a bet on a team to reach the quarter finals, semi finals, or win an entire tournament.

Which Dota 2 Leagues Can You Bet on?

Picklebet takes Dota 2 bets on the following Dota 2 tournaments:

January to March:

  • WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020
  • DreamLeague Season 13 - The Leipzig Major
  • Parimatch League
  • Masters Tournament
  • Asia Challenger League
  • Epic Challenger League
  • WePlay! Tug of War: Mad Moon
  • ESL Premiership 2020
  • StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3 (SLI Minor)
  • ESL SEA Championship 2020
  • DOTA Summit 12
  • GGBET Championship
  • WeSave! Charity Play
  • ESL One Los Angeles 2020 - Online
  • CDA League
  • China Dota2 Development League

April to June:

  • SECTOR DOTA 2
  • BTS Pro Series
  • Russian eSports Championship 2020
  • Home Camp
  • WePlay! Pushka League
  • DPL-CDA Professional League
  • Vulcan Champion League
  • Dota 2 BEAT Invitational
  • OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online
  • SEA Dota Invitational 2020
  • Asia Spring Invitational
  • Cyber.bet Cup: Spring Series
  • Gamers Without Borders 2020
  • OMG Cup
  • Vulkan Fight Series
  • ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League
  • DPL-CDA

July to December (currently known and scheduled events):

  • WePlay! Pushka League Season 2
  • ONE Esports World Pro Invitational Jakarta
  • ONE Esports Dota 2 Invitational Indonesia
  • Parimatch League Season 3
  • Movistar Liga Pro Gaming Season 5
  • OGA Dota PIT Season 2: China
  • The Great American Rivalry

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