Virtus.Pro and Team Secret have both stood out so far in the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit, claiming the top two spots in the rankings, and entering the MegaFon Winter Clash LAN Finals as the two heavy favourites. However, of the two, Virtus.Pro, the hometown team, are favoured slightly more as the favourite on the odds to win the six-team tournament and the lion’s share of the $300,000 prize pool.
As of the moment, Virtus.Pro are at 2.85 odds (Bet $100 to win $285) to win the MegaFon Winter Clash LAN Finals. The recently-crowned Kuala Lumpur Major champions have every reason to take it easy right now. They’ve already essentially qualified for The International 2019 via their win, after all. But, as it seems, Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin and his squad have no plans of resting anytime soon. In fact, they were arguably just as dominant in the CIS qualifiers of the Chongqing Major, albeit losing a series to the surprise entrants, NoPangolier.
Not too far behind them are Team Secret. Touting a brand-new lineup for the season, Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov has used every tool at his disposal wisely. As a result, they’ve won two LAN tournaments already and placed second at the first Major of the season. With the way things are, it’s only a matter of time before Team Secret, who are at 2.95 odds to win the MegaFon Winter Clash LAN finals, ends up winning a Major this season.
All MegaFon Winter Clash LAN finals odds courtesy of ArcaneBet.
MegaFon Winter Clash LAN Finals Betting Odds Analysis
- Virtus Pro at 2.85 odds.
- Team Secret at 2.95 odds.
- PSG.LGD at 3.40 odds.
- Team Liquid at 4.50 odds.
- Forward Gaming at 14.00 odds.
- Natus Vincere at 25.00 odds.
Although Virtus.Pro and Team Secret are going off as the odds-on favourite to win the tournament, the other teams just can’t be taken lightly. After all, the tournament boasts a who’s who of teams in Dota 2, specifically, in the form of PSG.LGD and Team Liquid.
PSG.LGD recently welcomed back their coach Yao ‘QQQ‘ Yi from an extended vacation. The TI8 runner-ups weren’t really quite up to par to their usual standards without their coach. Case in point, they struggled at the Kuala Lumpur Major, merely posting a Top 6 finish. Meanwhile, domestically, they didn’t even make it out of the first round of the playoffs in Season 10 of the online-only Chinese tournament H-Cup.
We’re no longer strangers to the effect a coach can have on the team, and the presence of QQQ should have a huge effect on the performance of PSG.LGD, starting this tournament.
Speaking of performance, Team Liquid will look to use the tournament in Moscow as a way to stage their comeback. The former TI7 champs have struggled in recent times. However, judging by their recent performances, it seems that Team Liquid are looking mighty refreshed in their return from their extended break. Considering that this will be our first chance to seeing Kuro ‘KuroKy‘ Salehi Takhasomi compete in a LAN in quite a while, it’ll be interesting to see in what kind of form they’ll be in as they go up against teams who’ve had months of practice ahead of them.
Are You Ready for the MegaFon Winter Clash?
The MegaFon Winter Clash LAN finals will get underway on December 7 and will run through December 9, featuring a one-day round-robin format Group Stage and a modified double-elimination Playoff bracket.
The six teams will play against each other at the Crocus Expo in Moscow with $300,000 on the line.