The first Dota 2 Major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit finally heads on over to the main event at the Axiata Arena as the Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 5 sees six teams battle it out for a spot in the Top 4.
The remaining crop of teams has its fair share of expected powerhouses. In fact, four of the favourites — PSG.LGD, Team Secret, Virtus.Pro, and Evil Geniuses — to win the tournament are still in play. But, the other two teams are definitely not who you’d expect. Ninjas in Pyjamas, for example, were a dark horse heading into the tournament, and though they played relatively well during the Group Stage, many thought that a Top 8 finish was this team’s limit. Ditto for TNC Predator, albeit most people relegated them as afterthoughts following their abysmal showing during the group stages of the tournament.
Now, they’re up against the titans of the Dota 2 scene. To say that Ninjas in Pyjamas and TNC Predator have their work cut out for them is only fitting. However, we’ve seen bigger upsets built on less, and given the relatively close gap in terms of skill and talent between the remaining teams, there’s just no way of fully predicting what’s going to happen next.
We won’t let that stop us, though.
Below, we’ll guide you through our picks for the Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 5 as the remaining teams look to put on a good show in front of the live audience at the Axiata Arena.
The Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 5 Predictions
Team Secret vs PSG.LGD
Match Schedule: November 16, 2018 — 1200H GMT+8
This is the kind of matchup that deserves to be a Grand Final, or at the very least, the Upper Bracket Finals. These two are the absolute favourites to win the tournament, and judging from their performance so far, it’s hard to tell which of these two teams are going to win.
Pound for pound, these two teams are equals. They have some of the best and most experienced players in the world in their respective positions and every one of them are not afraid to play to win. But, the lack of a coach hurts PSG.LGD in this particular matchup. Although they’ve done relatively well without Yao ‘QQQ‘ Yi so far, preparation is an often underrated aspect to success, and with two minds working together against them, Team Secret have the upper hand.
Having someone to help reset the team’s emotions and set them straight is crucial in high stakes matchups such as this one is important, and it’s likely going to be the difference-maker as to why Team Secret will walk away with the win tomorrow.
Betting: Team Secret to win at 2.12 odds. (GGbet)
Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Virtus.Pro
Match Schedule: November 16, 2018 — 1500H GMT+8
As good of a chance as Ninjas in Pyjamas have just about every team in the world, it’s Virtus.Pro that serves as their kryptonite, and it’s not just a matter of skill either. The fact is, Virtus.Pro have just flat out beaten Ninjas in Pyjamas (and OpTic Gaming last year) every team they’ve met up. But, as we’ve probably already mentioned before, if there’s one captain who can outwork and outdraft Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin, it’s Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager.
ppd has already flexed his draft skills against Evil Geniuses in their earlier matchup, and as good as beating his old team may have felt for him, you can only imagine just how much better he’ll feel once he’s taken the Virtus.Pro sized bear off of his back.
With Virtus.Pro performing below their usual standards and ppd riding the highs of winning, Ninjas in Pyjamas have a good chance of securing a Top 4 finish in their matchup tomorrow.
Betting: Ninjas in Pyjamas at 3.38 odds. (GGbet)
All Kuala Lumpur Major Playoffs Day 5 betting odds courtesy of GGbet.