According to the latest ESL One Katowice 2019 betting odds, Team Secret are the absolute favourites to win it all.
As per the sportsbooks monitored by 10bet, Team Secret are at 1.50 odds (bet $100 to win $150) to win ESL One Katowice 2019. This should not come off as a surprise, however. Arguably the best Dota 2 team in the world right now, Team Secret have won nearly every tournament they have played in with a complete lineup so far, including the Chongqing Major back in January and the previous ESL tournament, ESL One Hamburg 2018 in late October of last year. When Team Secret did fail to take home the trophy, they made it all the way to the Grand Finals, like when they lost to Virtus.Pro at the Kuala Lumpur Major in a thrilling five-game series back in November.
Don’t let the ESL One Katowice 2019 betting odds fool you, though. The tournament is still technically anyone’s game. Even if Team Secret are the best Dota 2 team in the world, we’ll never really know what happens, until it happens.
So far this season, Valve have yet to award ESL a chance to host their own event that’s part of the Dota Pro Circuit. This is surprising, considering, last season, ESL had the opportunity to host four events — ESL One Hamburg 2017, ESL One Genting 2018, ESL One Katowice 2018, and ESL One Birmigham 2018. However, despite the lack of support from Valve, ESL continues to grace Valve’s premiere MOBA with its top-tier tournaments.
ESL One Katowice 2019 Betting Odds Breakdown
- Team Secret to win at 1.50 odds
- Fnatic to win at 8.00 odds
- OG to win at 11.00 odds
- Gambit Gaming at 13.00 odds
- Mineski to win at 15.00 odds
- Ninjas in Pyjamas at 16.00 odds
- Chaos Esports Club at 20.00 odds
- Forward Gaming at 27.00 odds
- Team Aster at 31.00 odds
- Alliance at 33.00 odds
- For the Dream at 33.00 odds
- CompLexity Gaming at 49.00 odds
As you can see from the ESL One Katowice 2019 betting odds provided by 10bet, Team Secret are the favourites — and it’s not even close.
None of the other Dota 2 teams in the tournament have shown, in any form or capacity, that they’re capable of taking games off of top teams. Even OG, who have looked decent in recent weeks, are not included. This is because, despite their status as the reigning The International 2018 champions, losing Anathan ‘ana‘ Pham dealt a heavy blow into their chemistry and synergy, effectively dropping their status from a title contender to a fringe contender, albeit one with proven championship experience.
Of course, we might be wrong, and OG might use ESL One Katowice 2019 to surprise everyone ahead of the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, but don’t count on it.
ESL One Katowice 2019 is Team Secret’s to lose, and judging by how seriously they took ESL One Hamburg 2018, their eyes will definitely be on the prize.
With Yeik ‘MidOne‘ Nai Zheng having already earned his MVP trophy and a brand-new Mercedes-Benz car back in October, maybe one of the other Team Secret’s players can use the tournament to get themselves a nice set of wheels.
ESL One Katowice 2019 Betting Odds — Analyzing the Dark Horses
Because of how good Team Secret are, every other team is technically a dark horse. But, then again, this is Dota 2 we talking about, and we’ve seen upsets happen so many times in the past already.
With that said, if we are to single out teams that have a fair shot at turning a lot of heads in Katowice, it’s Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, and Forward Gaming.
Do pardon us for skipping the reigning TI champions, OG. It’s a shame, but but they have shown no semblance of the form that they displayed back in August of last year. Meanwhile, the three teams we’ve mentioned have often looked like they’re just one deep tournament run away from breaking out and becoming legitimate title contenders.
For Forward Gaming, their main struggle has been finding consistency in the middle lane from Yawar ‘YawaR‘ Hassan and integrating TI5 winner, Saahil ‘Universe‘ Arora, into the team. Meanwhile, for Ninjas in Pyjamas, it’s finding out which of them should take over games. Filled with play makers but not enough greedy players, it’s up to TI5 winner, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, to find out how best to utilize his team.
Of the three, however, Fnatic have the highest ceiling.
Composed of some of the best Dota 2 players in Southeast Asia, Fnatic have shown significant improvement this season. In particular, Anucha ‘Jabz‘ Jirawong seems to be acclimating well to his new leadership role.
If Fnatic can somehow put all of the pieces together, they have a good shot against anyone, including Team Secret.
When Will ESL One Katowice 2019 Start?
ESL One Katowice 2019 will kick things off with the round-robin Group Stages from February 19-21. Afterwards, the action will transfer from behind closed doors into the Spodek Arena, where the live audience will see the remaining teams battle it out in the double-elimination Playoffs from February 22 to February 24.
With all 12 Dota 2 teams playing their hearts out for the trophy, prestige, and the $125,000 prize money for the winners, and the audience cheering them every step of the way, who knows? Team Secret might crumble, or better yet, they might finally find their match and end up losing to a team who’s on the cusp of establishing themselves as one of the newest powerhouses in competitive Dota 2.
All ESL One Katowice 2019 betting odds courtesy of 10bet.
What do you think of the latest ESL One Katowice 2019 betting odds? Are oddsmakers rating Team Secret too high? Will Team Secret really win it all, as expected? Or will another team step up to the challenge and pull off an unlikely upset? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.