Although the top Chinese Dota 2 teams often take games off of each other, Newbee vs ViCi Gaming is a rare exception in that it’s an even closer matchup. Case in point, both teams have met each other six times this season, splitting their series 3-3.
Who’s The More Aggressive Team?
Newbee have always preferred a more conservative playstyle. This is especially evident against other top-tier teams, where they prefer to take their time letting their cores come online and relying mostly on their supports, specifically Hu ‘Kaka‘ Liangzhi, to help setup ganks or provide support early on.
ViCi Gaming, however, are the opposite. They prefer to dominate their lanes and take fights whenever they can, all the while hitting their item timings along the way.
So far in this tournament, both of ViCi Gaming’s cores, Zhang ‘Paparazi‘ Chengjun and Zeng ‘Ori‘ Jiaoyang, pace the competition with an average KDA of 11.64 and 9.34 respectively. In fact, according to dotabuff, Lu ‘Fenrir‘ Chao is the only member of ViCi Gaming that didn’t make the list of tournament’s top performers, with a measly KDA of 3.47.
Furthermore, ViCi Gaming have averaged roughly around 26 kills per match in 17 games in this tournament alone. They often end games with significant kill count leads, with the only exception their two losses, which coincidentally enough came against Newbee.
With that said, you will most likely make bank on ViCi Gaming being the first to 15 kills in both Maps 1 and 2, but don’t place your bet just yet on Game 3 unless you’re feeling lucky.
Betting: ViCi Gaming *Insert Map of Choice* Race to 15 kills at 1.8 odds (ggbet)
How Long Will The Games Last?
While anything can always happen in Dota 2, it’s worth taking note in the all thirteen of the past Newbee vs ViCi Gaming games, all of which came just this month, 7 times the game lasted for more than 37.5 minutes. That’s roughly 53% of the time, which is good odds. Especially when you consider that 4 out of 6 of their previous Pro Circuit LAN matches lasted longer, with one just half a minute shy of making it 5 out of 6.
TLDR; this is going to be a long series.
Betting: *Insert Map of Choice* to go over 37.5 minutes at 1.85 odds (ggbet)
3 out of 4 previous Newbee vs ViCi Gaming series have gone the way of the Dota Pit Minor runnerups. They’ve also proven the more adaptable team, often switching strategies on the fly and very rarely losing drafts thanks to the brilliance of Zhang ‘LaNm‘ Zhicheng and Tong ‘Mikasa‘ Junjie.
Newbee, meanwhile, have been a consistent threat over the past year, but have a history of choking when the stakes are highest.
Smart money is on ViCi Gaming to win, especially when you factor in their playstyle, which is similar to Team Liquid, and Newbee’s tendency to be a bit one-dimensional.
Betting: ViCi Gaming to win at 1.66 odds (bet365); Vici Gaming to win 3-1 at 3.95 odds (ggbet)