The second and last set of the TI8 regional qualifiers will start soon, with teams from North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe, battling each other for a slot at The International 2018.
Valve seems to have picked up a couple of lessons from earlier this season. For one, instead of running the TI8 regional qualifiers simultaneously, they have chosen split it in two. The CIS, South America, and China were the first to take place from June 18 to June 21. This was a smart, savvy business move as it made it easier for fans to follow the games and ensures that there would be a game to watch regardless of where you are in the world.
Having said that, you’ll find our below picks for the matches to watch out for and bet on in Day 1 of the TI8 regional qualifiers for North America, Southeast Asia, and Europe on June 22.
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Alpha Red vs Boom ID (Southeast Asia)
Match Schedule: June 22, 2018 (Friday 13:00 SGT)
Don’t let Alpha Red’s recent run in the open qualifiers fool you; they might have played well there, but while Boom ID are not a Tier 1 team, they’re still easily the better team in this matchup with room to spare. Case in point, in the three times these two teams have met over the past five months, Boom ID have handed Alpha Red a sweep each time.
Don’t expect this matchup, though a best-of-one, to be any different.
Betting: Boom ID to win at 1.61 odds (GGbet)
Wind and Rain vs Team Kinguin (Europe)
Match Schedule: June 22, 2018 (Friday 17:30 SGT)
The odds say that Team Kinguin are the underdogs in this matchup, but are they really? It wasn’t so long ago that Team Kinguin were looking like the next best Dota 2 team to come out of Europe and give OG a good run for their money. While they’ve gone through quite a bit of a slump since then, the lineup and the team’s untapped potential, especially that of Michal ‘Nisha‘ Jankowski are still there.
Anything can happen in a best-of-one, but Team Kinguin have had enough experience in these types of games to know exactly what they need to do to win.
Betting: Team Kinguin to win at 2.06 odds (GGbet)
TNC Pro Team vs Fnatic (Southeast Asia)
Match Schedule: June 22, 2018 (Friday 18:00 SGT)
Bet against TNC Pro Team in a best-of-one at your own risk.
The All-Filipino squad’s “shock and awe” approach that’s similar to Virtus.Pro works best when an opponent has not had time to adjust to their particularly aggressive if undisciplined playstyle. Although Fnatic have had most of the past year to acclimate themselves to the champions of SEA doto, expect TNC Pro Team to take this particular matchup and assert their dominance over turf.
Betting: TNC Pro Team to win at 2.11 odds (GGbet)
CompLexity Gaming vs OpTic Gaming (North America)
Match Schedule: June 23, 2018 (Saturday 02:00 SGT)
This one is a no-brainer.
As stacked with talent as the compLexity Gaming squad is, they lack a true leader. They have looked great against lesser teams in the open qualifiers, but now that they’re up against an OpTic Gaming squad that’s hungry after falling just a hundred points short of a TI invite, they are going to be tested like they’ve never been before.
While compLexity Gaming have a puncher’s chance of claiming the third slot to qualify for TI8, don’t expect them to start their run at the expense of an OpTic Gaming squad that has more than a couple of cheese strategies ready to win best-of-one games.
Betting: OpTic Gaming to win at 1.5 odds (GGbet)