The Maincast Autumn Brawl Finals will pit CIS against CIS as the underdogs, NoPangolier, look to try and extend their streak and face off against one of the best Dota 2 teams in the world, the 4-time Major champions, Virtus.Pro.
The disparity between these two teams is evident from the odds available at GGbet.
At 1.2 odds to win (Bet $100 to win $120), Virtus.Pro are huge favourites tomorrow in the Maincast Autumn Brawl Finals, with NoPangolier the heavy favourites at 4.21 odds to win (Bet $100 to $421).
The lines are kind of hard to swallow at first glance. However, there are a number of alternatives to make them look more palatable. If you’re fairly confident in their play, you can take Virtus.Pro at a -2.5 match handicap at 2.98 odds, which means they will have to sweep NoPangolier for you to win. But, if you’re not just as confident, Virtus.Pro at a -1.5 map handicap at 1.59 odds isn’t that bad.
Also worth taking a look at is the over/under for number of matches in the series, which is set at 3.5 (1.43 odds/2.69 odds) and 4.5 (3 odds/1.35).
While Virtus.Pro were never able to end their 4-Major season last year with a win at TI, they did ultimately end up placing in the Top 6. Although not ideal, that’s not half bad.
Since then, Virtus.Pro have only just now played again together as a complete five-man lineup — Rostislav ‘fn‘ Lozovoi played as a stand-in for Pavel ‘9pasha‘ Khvastunov for the Kuala Lumpur Major Qualifiers — going 4-1 so far, dropping only a game against Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Maincast Autumn Brawl Finals Prediction
So far, NoPangolier have done nothing but impress and make sure that our predictions are on point.
Unfortunately, they’re no longer up against Tier 2 teams now.
Virtus.Pro is THE final boss, or so to speak. This is the same team that possess an absurdly high 68.84% winrate as a team since Vladimir ‘RodjER‘ Nikogosyan came on board last February, with three Major titles won during that span.
This isn’t to say that NoPangolier are just going to roll over. They’re a good team, and they’ll probably get picked up by an organization soon. However, we just don’t see this series lasting that long. Virtus.Pro are too good of a team to lose more than one game against this kind of a team at this point. More importantly, they’re probably eager to kick start their season as they prepare to defend their title at ESL One Hamburg 2018 later this month and win the first Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit in early November.
While we should expect high-octane series between CIS’ finest, Virtus.Pro should have no problem asserting their dominance in the Maincast Autumn Brawl Finals.
Betting: Virtus.Pro to win at 1.2 odds. (GGbet)
All Maincast Autumn Brawl Finals odds courtesy of GGbet.
Which team do you think will win the Maincast Autumn Brawl Finals and take home the $50,000 USD cash prize? Do you think NoPangolier have a chance? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.