With little to no room for error, the likes of OG, Newbee, Virtus Pro, Immortals, SG e-sports and Fnatic will have to bring their A game in every match at the Dota Pit Lower Bracket should they hope to advance and secure a Top 4 finish at the end of the day.
Read on more below to find out our take on which teams are the safest bet in every matchup of the day.
SG e-sports vs Immortals (CET 12:00)
Immortals‘ aggression, which dates back to their days playing under the MVP.Phoenix banner, have historically thrown all but the top-tier teams off of their usual playstyles and SG e-sports, as good as they’ve been, is not among the world’s best.
Betting: Immortals to win at 3/10 (bet365).
OG vs Fnatic (CET 13:30)
Which do you think is the more logical thing to do? OG finding a way to cheese their way to a win against Fnatic? Or, for Fnatic, to somehow find a way to stay consistent? The latter is tempting, especially since they’re at 2/1 odds to win compared to OG at 4/11. But, to be honest, it’s hard to see how Fnatic can take a BO1 against OG, who arguably have a lot more tricks up their proverbial sleeve.
Betting: OG to win at 4/11 (bet365)
Virtus Pro vs Immortals/SG e-sports (CET 15:00)
Now, this is where things get interesting, especially since Virtus Pro are more likely to face off against Immortals. Because when two hyper-aggressive teams meet, you’ll never know what you’re going to get.
If the odds are favourable and you can make quite the profit from betting on Immortals, they’re worth the risk. But, if SG e-sports does somehow eliminate the Koreans at the Dota Pit Lower Bracket, bet on Virtus Pro immediately as soon as the odds are available.
Newbee vs OG/Fnatic (CET 16:30)
Newbee have already beaten Fnatic, quite handily if I may so add, before, so there’s no use talking about a potential matchup between them. As for OG, betting against them to cheese their way to another win isn’t exactly the smartest idea. Although Newbee are arguably the better team, they’re more one dimensional and aren’t exactly known for having that many pocket strats at their disposal.
Losers’ Bracket Round 3 (CET 18:00)
Based on the betting odds available for the outright winners, VP and Newbee should be the best bets to meet in the penultimate round of the Dota Pit Lower Bracket. However, given the nature of best-of-ones, each of the six teams in the lower brackets have a legitimate chance to make it to the losers’ finals.
With so many moving variables to consider, it’s nigh-impossible to make a near-accurate prediction this early on. Although, if you’re wondering who’s the closest thing to a sure bet, Virtus Pro and OG and their bag of tricks make them a handful to deal with in a best-of-one.
The same goes for Immortals. Albeit their chances of making it past Virtus Pro are rather slim.
Vici Gaming vs Team Liquid (CET 19:30)
After taking down Virtus Pro, the talent-laden lineup of Vici Gaming will face a heck of a test in the form of the reigning champions, Team Liquid. Whoever wins secure a spot in the Grand Finals and a guaranteed Top 2 finish, so you can imagine just how big this is, especially for Vici Gaming after all the hate they received for their 0-4 performance at the Starladder Minor earlier in October.
Unfortunately for Vici Gaming, from what Team Liquid have shown so far, their losses at the ESL One Hamburg Major seem to have only made them a better team. A scary proposition, given how they’ve been the most dominant Dota 2 team throughout most of the year.
Betting: Team Liquid to go 2-0 at 13/8 (bet365)
Which team did you bet on to make it out of the best-of-ones of the Dota Pit Lower Bracket? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.