In a few short days, the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 will kick off the fourth Minor-Major cycle of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
The fourth Minor of the 2018-19 competitive Dota 2 season, the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 will run from April 22 to April 28 in Split, Croatia, with the main event being held at the Spaladium Arena. As is the case with previous Dota 2 Minors this year, the tournament will feature a $300,000 prize pool and 120 DPC points. However, perhaps the most important thing that’s up for grabs is the final slot for the MDL Disneyland Paris Major in May.
Looking at the list of the Dota 2 teams at the tournament, there are plenty of familiar faces here. Some of them are powerhouses who are looking to reestablish their position in the hierarchy after hitting a slump. Meanwhile, others are up-and-coming Dota 2 teams looking for their chance to breakthrough.
Regardless of where these Dota 2 teams rank in the status quo, one thing that we can be sure of is that there’s really no way to make sure which of them is walking away from the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 with a win.
But, that certainly won’t prevent us from trying to come up with a reasonable prediction.
Who Are The Heavy Favourites to Win the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019?
Ninjas in Pyjamas (3.80 odds)
It was right around this time last year that Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager rallied his band of misfits while playing under the OpTic Gaming banner when he decided to make a run for a direct invite to The International 2018. He may have ultimately come up short via a direct invite, but you can’t really fault him for trying, especially when he came so close to successfully doing it. Not to mention. OpTic Gaming claimed a Top 8 finish at the event itself.
This year, ppd plans on doing the same, albeit with Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Ninjas in Pyjamas entered the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit with high expectations. All of their players are seasoned veterans and they’ve all proven themselves capable of competing at the game’s highest levels. However, as the season went on, one thing that was evident was that Ninjas in Pyjamas lacked a superstar that they could rely on to put the team on his back when planning and preparation simply wasn’t enough.
Ninjas in Pyjamas still haven’t changed their roster yet, but with only so few chances at racking up some DPC points left, betting on ppd to have found a formula that works for them seems like a wise choice.
Gambit Esports (4.20 odds)
You know when a Dota 2 team has a lot of potential and they often always seem on the cusp of realizing it but almost always fall short as well?
That’s Gambit Esports’ season so far in a nut shell.
Since revamping their season at the end of 2018, Gambit Esports have seen a dramatic improvement in their performance. Once a Dota 2 team struggling to win even in the CIS region, Gambit Esports are playing a lot better now. Case in point, they’ve actually started winning tournaments. Sure, they were the non-bearing, online kind, but a win is a win, especially when the said team has made it to the Grand Finals of the Bucharest Minor, ESL One Katowice 2019, and the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor already.
Gambit Esports will look to see if the fourth time’s the charm at the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019.
Royal Never Give Up (4.90 odds)
Royal Never Give Up’s season is finally starting to look better. Unfortunately, it took a lot to get here — a couple of roster changes, including their coach — and we’re still not quite sure just how good this team really is and how good they can be.
During the rare cases when Royal Never Give Up show just what they’re capable of, however, they can be a pretty scary Dota 2 team.
Boasting talented youngsters such as Tue ‘ah fu‘ Soon Chuan and Du ‘Monet‘ Peng, as well the services of the veteran Dota 2 player, Zhang ‘LaNm‘ Zhicheng, Royal Never Give Up have the potential to be a great Dota 2 team, especially since they have the full backing of an organization that knows how to succeed at an esports title’s highest level — Royal Never Give Up have been one of the best League of Legends teams for years now.
If Royal Never Give Up can find a way to stay consistent at the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019, it’ll be hard to deny them giving China a fourth representative at the MDL Disneyland Paris Major.
Outright Betting Prediction for the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019.
Here are the complete outright betting odds for the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019:
- Ninjas in Pyjamas at 3.80 odds.
- Gambit Esports at 4.20 odds.
- Royal Never Give Up at 4.90 odds.
- Alliance at 6.60 odds.
- EHOME at 7.90 odds.
- Forward Gaming at 8.90 odds.
- BOOM ID at 14.00 odds.
- Majestic Esports at 33.00 odds.
As you can see, the competition over at the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 is relatively tight. Literally any one of the eight Dota 2 teams, save maybe perhaps for Majestic Esports, have a legitimate case to be made as a potential winner.
If we are to single out a team, however, we’d have to go with Ninjas in Pyjamas.
ppd is just too good of a captain to not have figured out how to fully utilize his team more than halfway through the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. The additional time afforded to him and the rest of Ninjas in Pyjamas for skipping the ESL One Mumbai 2019 can’t be underestimated as well. Although, it is worth taking note that both Alliance and Gambit Esports made a similar decision for similar reasons.
Ultimately, we’re banking on Ninjas in Pyjamas finally playing up to their potential once they fly over to Split, Croatia.
Betting: Ninjas in Pyjamas to win the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019 at 3.80 odds via ArcaneBet.
Do you agree with our predictions? Do you think Ninjas in Pyjamas will win it all? If not, then whic Dota 2 team do you think will win the OGA Dota Pit Minor 2019? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.