The ESL One Birmingham 2018 Quarterfinals will see four Dota 2 teams face off in a single-elimination bracket where just a single series win could mean a lot.
Whether it was due to luck, complacency, and teams, as well as their picks, just being off-meta, or a combination of all of those things, the bracket for the ESL One Birmingham 2018 Quarterfinals is far from what you’d expect heading into the tournament. Case in point, Team Liquid getting themselves eliminated by paiN Gaming in the group stages. Who would’ve thought, huh?
ViCi Gaming and Newbee fell quite early themselves too. In fact, of the six Dota 2 teams that received a direct invite to the event, only Mineski and Virtus.Pro remain. Whatever that means, we’ll leave it up to you. But, what we will help you with is trying to make a sense of the matchups for the ESL One Birmingham 2018 Quarterfinals to see which Dota 2 teams are well worth betting on.
paiN Gaming vs Mineski
Match Schedule: May 25, 2018 (Friday 14:00 BST)
We’ve already seen paiN Gaming do things not expected of them before. The question now is, can they do it again? Beating Team Liquid is no easy feat. Not a lot of teams have beaten them in a series before. It’s something that only some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world have done in the past.
Betting on lightning striking twice is never wise. However, it’s not like paiN Gaming just lucked out into the win against Team Liquid. The perennial underdogs prepared for it, using targeted bans in all three games, and even went as far as to out-execute them in Games 2 and 3, which is saying something.
Now, Mineski are not exactly Team Liquid, and as far as coaching goes, they arguably have one of the best coaches in all of Dota 2 in Tang ‘71‘ Wenyi. But, considering what paiN Gaming just did and knowing what they can bring to the table, it’s not that far-fetched to think that they’ll bring the same kind of mentality and preparation against Mineski and come away with yet another upset.
Betting: paiN Gaming to win at 4.50 odds (ArcaneBet)
OG vs Fnatic
Match Schedule: May 25, 2018 (Friday 17:50 BST)
In a battle of two Dota 2 teams who are known for underperforming at times, which one do you think is going to win? Well, you go for the team that has the most to lose, of course. For Fnatic, anything less than a Top 2 finish will mean that they’ll have to go through the Regional Qualifiers to qualify for The International 2018. Meanwhile, for OG, a win here will mean a bigger chunk of the prize pool, nothing more. Of the two, it’s easier to tell which Dota 2 team wants the win more.
Betting: Fnatic to win at 1.52 odds (GGbet)
What do you think of the possible matchup outcomes for the ESL One Birmingham 2018 Quarterfinals? Do you think we’ll see another upset? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.