With the next big Dota 2 event quickly approaching, we took a look at the latest Kuala Lumpur Major odds to give you a rundown on which teams to bank on.
Are you ready for the Kuala Lumpur Major?
The first Major ever held in Malaysia will see 16 teams fighting it out to put themselves in a good position to be one of the direct invites for The International 2019 in August of next year.
As of this very moment, pole position belongs to Virtus.Pro, who are at 4 odds (bet $100 to win $400) to win the Kuala Lumpur Major, according to the oddsmakers over at GGbet. Oddly enough, they are not the heavy favourites to reach the finals, with that distinction instead belonging to Team Secret, who are at 2 odds to reach the finals and at 4.5 odds to win the tournament.
Three other teams are also highly regarded by oddsmakers, namely Evil Geniuses (5 odds), PSG.LGD (5.5 odds),and Vici Gaming (6 odds). Finally, Forward Gaming (8.5 odds), Team Aster (9 odds), and Ninjas in Pyjamas (10 odds) who are playing with Team Liquid’s Ivan Borislavov ‘MinD_ContRoL‘ Ivanov, round out the top 8.
With 16 teams to follow and very little time (nor data) to sift through, we’re here to help you navigate this endless sea and focus in on which squads are well worth following (and banking on) for the Kuala Lumpur Major.
All Kuala Lumpur Major odds courtesy of GGbet.
Kuala Lumpur Major Odds: Breakdown and Analysis
- Virtus.Pro at 4.00 odds
- Team Secret at 4.50 odds
- Evil Geniuses at 5.00 odds
- PSG.LGD at 5.50 odds
- ViCi Gaming at 6.00 odds
- Forward Gaming at 8.50 odds
- Ninjas in Pyjamas at 10.00 odds
- Fnatic at 12 odds
- TNC Predator at 30 odds
- Alliance at 30 odds
- paiN Gaming at 30 odds
- Gambit Esports/ferzee at 30 odds
- J.Storm/Marchoutofarmy at 50 odds
- pain X at 75 odds
While technically not the heavy favourites in the eyes of oddsmakers, most likely already have Team Secret as a shoo-in to make it all the way to the Grand Finals. That shouldn’t come off a surprise though. Team Secret have won two tournaments so far, the PVP Esports Championship and ESL One Hamburg 2018.
Team Secret’s revamped roster boasts some of the best talent the world has to offer, including Michal ‘Nisha‘ Jankowski, who, just last year, made waves by reaching 9K MMR in <700 games and carrying Team Kinguin on his lonesome to a couple of decent DPC LAN showings. They will face off against paiN Gaming (75 odds), Ninjas in Pyjamas (10 odds) and J.Storm (50 odds) in Group A of the Kuala Lumpur Major.
Virtus.Pro are actually ahead of Team Secret in the Kuala Lumpur Major odds. At 4.00 odds to win the tournament, the CIS juggernauts boast some of the best talent that the world has to offer. They have also played the part of a dominant squad for the better part of the past two years. Albeit, they’ve been on a slump lately.
If nothing else, Virtus.Pro should have no problem emerging on top of Group D over Forward Gaming (9 odds), paiN X (75 odds), and Alliance (30 odds).
Are There Other Teams Worth Watching Out For?
Tigers and Ninjas in Pyjamas are arguably two of the must-watch teams heading into the tournament. The latter, especially, because it’s spearheaded by legendary TI5 captain, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, who successfully argued his way into making sure that his team doesn’t receive a penalty for playing with a stand-in, and are playing with a TI7 champion in MinD_ContRoL as a stand-in. Meanwhile, Tigers recently won DreamLeague Season 10. Thus, they should be in much better shape compared to the other teams.
Other potential contenders to win the Kuala Lumpur Major include Evil Geniuses (5.00 odds) and PSG.LGD (5.50 odds).
Vici Gaming (6.00 odds) could very well disrupt the hierarchy as well. While it’s a shame that their past issues reared its ugly head and gave them yet another second-place finish at ESL One Hamburg 2018 to go along with the countless others they’ve already had, Vici Gaming did at least make it all the way to being a match point away from winning the tournament.
The Kuala Lumpur Major will kick off with the Group Stage on November 9 up until November 10, followed by the playoffs from November 11 to November 18.
What do you think of the latest Kuala Lumpur Major odds? Do you think that the odds reflect the true rankings of the teams in the tournament? Which team do you believe did the oddmakers underestimate too much? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.