With the MDL Disneyland Paris Major Upper Bracket Finals about to kick off, the fourth Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit is finally nearing its conclusion.
To say that the tournament has turned out way better than anyone has ever imagined is only fitting. Sure, it’s a shame that we didn’t get to see any underdog runs. But, the teams that we expected to make this far, and more, are here.
With that said, we’ve only got a few matches to go. As such, we’re here to help you make the most out of the remaining fights, starting with the MDL Disneyland Paris Major Upper Bracket Finals.
Team Secret vs Evil Geniuses — What Do The Odds Say?
As has been the case for Team Secret for much of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, they remain the odds-on favourites to win.
As per the betting lines courtesy of ArcaneBet, Team Secret are favoured at 1.37 odds (bet $100 to win $137) to win their MDL Disneyland Paris Major Upper Bracket Finals matchup against Evil Geniuses. In contrast, Evil Geniuses are a 3.02 odds underdog (bet $100 to win $302).
While it’s true that both of these Dota 2 teams have put on strong performances so far heading into the MDL Disneyland Paris Major Upper Bracket Finals, it’s clear that the sportsbooks favour Team Secret, and for good reason — Team Secret have won a Major, placed second in another, and have generally looked like the best Dota 2 team in the world when they’re trying.
At worst, Team Secret are a top five Dota 2 team, which says a lot about just how good they really are.
At the MDL Disneyland Paris Major, Team Secret have made it a point to raise a middle finger to the meta. Whereas other teams are adjusting their play to better fit in with the strategies that have worked well for other teams, Team Secret are fine playing heroes that you normally wouldn’t see played in a particular way in competitive matches.
This brash confidence doesn’t just come from nowhere, however. Team Secret know that they can beat anyone when they’re trying, so they might as well try to find out what other picks can work in the current state of things.
Predictions for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major Upper Bracket Finals
Did you see how Team Secret beat OG in their Upper Bracket matchup? OG barely got to double digit in kills, while Team Secret were comfortably in the low 40s.
This isn’t to say that the series against Evil Geniuses will turn out the exact same way. However, it wouldn’t come off as a surprise if it did. Evil Geniuses’ drafts are a known weakness, and it was, once again, put to the test against their former captain, Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, when they went up against Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even though they won, it’s not hard to see how it was more probably because of their superior skill and talent instead of them just outdrafting Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Evil Geniuses just can’t expect to do the same thing over and over again. Especially not against Team Secret.
Team Secret now possess the winningest Dota 2 lineup of all time, and by a significant margin. They’re stacked with skill and talent in every position. Not to mention, they have a wildcard in Michal ‘Nisha‘ Jankowski, who continues to improve at an alarming rate.
Unless Team Secret decide to throw, the MDL Disneyland Paris Major Upper Bracket Finals should be over rather quickly.
Betting: Map Advantage for Team Secret at -1.5 at 2.08 odds via ArcaneBet.