Three days of back to back Dota 2 action at the Captains Draft Minor LAN Finals have come to this: ViCi Gaming going up against Team Secret in a BO5 with a huge chunk of the $300,000 and 300 Qualifying Points prize pool on the line.
Having said that, let’s get right down to business and try to find out which team is most likely to walk away as the winners of the Captains Draft Minor LAN tournament.
Both teams have only met three times so far this season, and two of those matches come with a caveat: Team Secret were playing with a stand-in Chen ‘Cty‘ Tianyu when ViCi Gaming slaughted them 2-0 in the upper brackets of the Perfect World Masters Minor.
The only other time these two teams met, ViCi Gaming also took the win. This happened three days ago during the group stages of the Captains Draft Minor LAN Finals. It was a particularly close game that saw Team Secret nearly pull off a win despite a clear outdraft; a very rare occurence and one that likely resulted from the random nature of the tournament.
What do the betting odds say? Because of their three consecutive losses to Vici Gaming, betting sites are split on who’re favoured to take the series. As of the moment, GGbet favours Team Secret at 1.77 odds to win. Meanwhile, Arcanebet put them as slight underdogs at 2.00 odds to win the whole thing.
Smart Money: Team Secret to win at 1.77 odds (GGbet).
Will The Series Go Up To Five Games?
It’s possible, but highly unlikely. Team Secret’s latest lineup have played in six Grand Finals contest so far this season, including Qualifiers. They’ve won all save for when they lost to Virtus Pro in the Grand Finals of ESL Hamburg and each series ended in a sweep.
If you’re all for betting big, betting for Team Secret to go for a sweep is a good idea. They did just sweep the reigning TI7 champions Team Liquid last month, so don’t put it past them to do the same to ViCi Gaming. However, given the unpredictable nature of the Captains Draft Minor LAN tournament, we’ll likely see the series stretch up to 4 games, at the very least.
Which team do you think will take home the Captains Draft Minor LAN trophy? Are you rooting for Team Secret or ViCi Gaming? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.