Dota 2 Boston Major Betting Tips
With The International 6 a few months behind us it’s time for another $3,000,000 Dota 2 major. This first big Valve sponsored tournament this Dota 2 season is bringing a host of changes. These changes consist of a new format and some new faces among the qualifying teams.
As the name implies, the Dota 2 Boston Major will be hosted in Boston, USA, in the Wang Theater. The major will run for seven days from 3rd to 10th December with the 16 best Dota 2 teams attending.
We’ll go through the new exciting changes and also give some tips for Dota 2 Boston major betting.
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A new format
What makes this Major different from the previous Valve sponsored tournaments is the format. Previously we’ve always had a double elimination bracket, but for this major Valve has decided to switch to single elimination. This means there are no second chances in the playoff bracket.
The 16 teams will be seeded into the playoff bracket based on how well they perform in the group stages. Other than the single elimination mode the playoffs will follow the same rules as previous tournaments with best-of-3 matches and best-of-5 for the grand finals.
A single elimination format will certainly favor some teams while making it harder for others. Evil Genius is a team that frequently loses in the upper bracket and then comes back in lower bracket after carefully analyzing their lost matches and adapting.
The Dota 2 Boston matches will most definitely be more exciting when you are always one match away from being out of the tournament.
The qualifiers played earlier this season allowed eight teams to qualify for the major and it has given us some very surprising results.
First, let’s list all the teams that will be attending the major
Invited: Wings Gaming, Digital Chaos, Evil Geniuses, Newbee, EHOME, Execration, OG, MVP Phoenix
Qualified: Team NP, Complexity Gaming, LGD Forever Young, iG Vitality, Ad Finem, Virtus Pro, Team Faceless, WarriorsGaming.Unity.
Now the invited teams aren’t much of a surprise, they all did well at TI6 (Excluding Execration) which earned them an invite to this major. A glance at the qualifying teams and you will probably be more surprised as there are several big names missing.
No Team Secret, Team Liquid, LGD, Alliance, Navi. No Alliance and Navi are perhaps not too shocking, but this will be the first Valve tournament without either of them. Liquid is the most surprising since they put together a star-roster after TI6 with Miracle. Both Liquid and Team Secret lost 0-2 to Ad Finem, a Greece team.
Ad Finem has gone from being relatively unknown to becoming one of the best performing European teams. They have little experience playing internationally with mediocre results at The Summit 5 and WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3. With the new single-elimination format, Ad Finem may just cause one or two upsets.
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There’s no doubt about who is the favorite to take home this major: Wings Gaming.
Since becoming champions of the aegis at TI6 this team has been very busy winning not one, but two tournaments. Wings Gaming has impressed with their unconventional picks and strategy and garnered a huge fanbase as a result. Wings Gaming is the clear favorites, but there is some tough competition waiting for them at this Major.
Standing in Wings Gaming’s way will be a handful of big teams who have shown impressive results recently.
Evil Geniuses made several changes during the shuffling period and replaced PPD with OG player cr1t and brought back two old faces: zai and Arteezy. A little surprising after a respectable 3rd place at TI6. But it’s a move that seems to have worked out quite well for EG. They won the MarsTV Dota 2 League in a convincing manner earlier this season, and chances are they can do the same here.
Evil Geniuses biggest opponent this tournament won’t be Wings Gaming or any other team, it will be the format. EG are known for their amazing ability to adapt after getting knocked down a bracket and striking back with force.
Evil Geniuses aren’t the only ones who have shuffled their roster despite looking good at TI. EHOME have added legendary carrier Sylar and former CDEC player Garder. This Chinese powerhouse defeated Evil Geniuses 2-0 at Northern Arena BEAT Invitational just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, they lost 1-2 to Wings Gaming and then in a more surprising manner lost to Team NP 1-2.
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One notable team, we’ve opted out as a favorite are the TI6 runner-ups Digital Chaos. This team has only played three matches since TI6 with one of them being a loss to Team NP. It’s hard to say how Digital Chaos will perform. Some people call their incredibly TI6 run a fluke which is unfair, but it does seem highly unlikely they’d be able to repeat it once more.
Complexity, Virtus.Pro, LGD Young, iG Vitality and Warriorsgaming.Unity is teams we haven’t mentioned much. Save for perhaps LGD and iG it is unlikely any of these teams will go very far in the tournament. The new single elimination format could perhaps work in their favor, but we will have to wait and see.
Many of the teams mentioned will be participating in a fairly large event called The Summit 6 which spans 16 – 20 November. Check out the results as it will be a great way to tell where some teams stand against each other. Especially keep an eye on OG and Digital Chaos