Against all odds, the Galaxy Battles 2 Philippines have been a relative success so far. Despite losing its Major status and Valve’s support, Fallout Gaming’s much-maligned $500,000 tournament have received nothing but praises from players, casters, and pretty much everyone involved. Though the 50,000-seater arena is nowhere close to full, the turn-out is much better than most people could have hoped for.
Day 2 of the Galaxy Battles 2 Philippines treated us to some action-packed matches. Evil Geniuses ended the day with a record-setting comeback win against VGJ.Thunder where Artour ‘Arteezy‘ Babaev proved that there’s few if any at all who’s better than he can who can put a team on their backs and carry them to an improbable victory.
The win secured Evil Geniuses’ spot in the Grand Finals. This leaves only one spot left for the other five teams still playing in the tournament: VGJ.Thunder, OG, TNC Pro Team, paiN Gaming and Team Spirit.
Having said that, let’s take a look at tomorrow’s lower bracket matchups, try to predict who will meet Evil Geniuses in the Grand Finals and ultimately, which team will end up taking home the biggest chunk of the $500,000 prize pool.
OG vs TNC
The matchup that put Philippine Dota on the international map back in The International 6 returns with much more hype than ever before. Home-court advantage goes to TNC Pro Team, who undoubtedly will have the entire arena cheering them on to victory. Can they do it? Well, they have a chance. After all, it’s a best-of-one. Not to mention OG aren’t exactly in the best shape, with their stand-ins looking out of sorts in their series against Evil Geniuses earlier in Day 2.
Betting: Bad news for those looking to make bank on this particular matchup: the odds are pretty even for both teams. TNC Pro Team aren’t a bad pick by any means and their superior chemistry could be enough to lead them to a win, especially with the homecrowd behind them.
Team Spirit vs paiN Gaming
Normally, paiN Gaming would be an auto-win. They’re from the relatively weak South America and aren’t even the best Dota 2 team in their region. But they have Aliwi ‘w33‘ Omar standing in for them, which has to account for something. The dynamic mid player brings just enough to the proverbial table to make you think twice about discounting paiN Gaming.
Betting: With this being a best-of-one, literally anything could happen, which bodes well for paiN Gaming. Because, as mentioned earlier, they have w33, who remains one of the best Meepo players in the world and has proven many times throughout his career that he can single-handedly carry his team to victory.
Which Team Can Beat Evil Geniuses?
Ultimately, predicting the outcome of Galaxy Battles 2 Philippines devolves into trying to figure out which Dota 2 team has the best chance against Evil Geniuses.
OG’s case has grown significantly weaker. Meanwhile, VGJ.Thunder are far too inexperienced. They may be the third best Dota 2 in China, but they don’t have much LANs under their belt just yet. Although this shouldn’t exactly come off as a surprise considering it’s basically a team composed of 4 rookies and Liu ‘Sylar‘ Jiajun. This leaves TNC Pro Team, Team Spirit, and paiN Gaming, who are far from the first teams that come into mind when you think of teams who can beat Evil Geniuses.
Barring a surprise upset, Evil Geniuses should take home the crown once again in their return to the Philippines.
Which team do you think will win Galaxy Battles 2 Philippines? Do you think Evil Geniuses will prove triumphant in Manila once again? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.