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Dota 2 ESL One Birmingham Preview


16 May 2018 13:44

The eighth premier Dota 2 tournament of 2018 is set to make history as the first ever Dota Major to be held in the United Kingdom. Birmingham will play host to the top Dota teams in the world as they fight for their invite to The International 2018 and majority share of the $1,000,000 prize pool. So far Virtus.pro have been the best team in the world after winning ESL One Katowice and The Bucharest Major, and will be looking to make it a hat-trick of premier wins in 2018. Below are the odds of each team winning the title:

  • Virtus.pro- 11/4
  • Team Liquid- 3/1
  • Vici Gaming- 5/1
  • Mineski- 8/1
  • Newbee- 10/1
  • Evil Geniuses- 10/1
  • Fnatic- 14/1
  • OG- 14/1
  • OpTic Gaming- 18/1
  • LGD Forever Young- 33/1
  • paiN Gaming- 50/1

Virtus.pro have been the class of the Dota circuit so far after their two premier wins, and another win in Birmingham would see them surpass their win total from 2017 with half the year still remaining. The Russian team completely disbanded their roster at the end of 2016 following some shocking results, so it has been an impressive turn around for a team with $1,000,000 in total prize money so far already this season.

Team Liquid, winners of The International 2017, are yet to win a premier event in 2018 despite reaching the finals of ESL One Genting and EPICENTER XL. The same five players from that TI win have returned for the 2018 season and are yet to play a match to the calibre they are capable of.

Vici Gaming are the highest favoured Chinese team with the bookies at 5/1 despite having only one finals appearance at a premier event this season. The team only had wins in qualifier events in 2017 and has had a mixed bag of results so far in its first proper season competing at the premier and major level since 2015.

The teams will take part in a group stage on May 23rd and 24th where the 12 teams will be separated into three groups of four. The top teams from each group will play each other in a Bo1 to decide which two progress directly into the semi-finals, with the team that misses out joining the three group runners-up in the quarter-finals. The playoffs will be held in front of a live audience from 25th to 27th May, with the quarter- and semi-finals taking the format of a single elimination Bo3 and the Grand Final a Bo5.

Before you go betting on which team you think may win, you might want to pay attention to the MDL Changsha Major which finishes on 20th May. Newbee, Mineski, Vici Gaming and OG are all competing at the tournament, so how they get on there will give you a good insight into the current form of each, especially if they play each other.

Pulished on: 2018-05-16

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