ESL One Birmingham 2018 Grand Finals: Odds, Analysis, Picks

The late bloomers OpTic Gaming will give a direct invite at The International 2018 one last attempt as they face off against the three-time Major champions Virtus.Pro at the ESL One Birmingham 2018 Grand Finals.

OpTic Gaming have played extremely well so far this tournament. They have showcased a variety of effective strategies that were absent from them all season long. However, despite their excellent showing, they will enter their matchup against Virtus.Pro at the ESL One Birmingham 2018 Grand Finals as heavy underdogs.

A third-place decider match between paiN Gaming and Fnatic will also take place before the ESL One Birmingham 2018 Grand Finals. Save for the bigger prize pool, there’s not much on the line for both teams as they are already out of the running for a TI8 invite.

paiN Gaming vs Fnatic

ESL One Birmingham 2018 Grand Finals

Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar has made an immediate impact after joining paiN Gaming, turning them from a regional powerhouse to an international threat. (paiN Gaming)

Match Schedule: May 27, 2018 (Sunday 11:05 BST)

This would’ve been an interesting match to call had either one of these teams had something to gain or lose here, but they don’t. paiN Gaming have long forfeited their eligibility for a direct invite to The International 2018. Meanwhile, Fnatic’s failure to secure at least a second-place finish in this tournament sealed their fate as they are now forced to go through the Regional Qualifiers.

With that in mind, we’re leaning towards paiN Gaming more here. They headed into this tournament with nothing to lose, but with so much experience to gain. After pulling off upsets against Team Liquid and Mineski, they have now firmly established themselves as a team to watch out for and easily the best Dota 2 team in South America.

Betting: paiN Gaming to win at 2.87 odds (GGbet)

OpTic Gaming vs Virtus.Pro

ESL One Birmingham 2018 Grand Finals

Virtus.Pro are looking to win their fourth Major this season and perhaps more importantly, a third Mercedes-Benz. (Virtus.Pro)

Match Schedule: May 27, 2018 (Sunday 15:00 BST)

Throughout the tournament, Virtus.Pro have yet to drop a single game. Not a series, but a game. They also have yet to take longer than 40 minutes to force out a GG call from their opponents, and only two of their games so far have gone past the 30-minute mark. In addition to this, Virtus.Pro are not new to sweeping their opponents in a Grand Final, having earned their titles at both ESL One Hamburg and The Bucharest Major via the same dominant fashion.

While it sucks to see OpTic Gaming having to see their hopes of receiving a direct invite to The International 2018 crushed, it’s inevitable. This Virtus.Pro squad have shown no signs of letting up despite having already secured their spot at Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament months ago.

Betting: Correct map score at 3-1 in favour of Virtus.Pro (ArcaneBet)

Which Dota 2 team do you think will emerge victorious at the ESL One Birmingham 2018 Grand Finals? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below. 

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