Next weekend will be the first event of the 2019 Dota Season at the Bucharest Minor that will run from January 9th – 13th. The winner of this Minor will advance to the Chongqing Major later this month and take home a nice $125,000 of prize winnings.
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- 8 teams qualify through regional qualifiers
- Two teams each from Europe and China
- One team each from North America, CIS, Southeast Asia, and South America
Prize Pool Breakdown
1st: $125,000 and qualify for Chongqing Major
5th & 6th: $15,000
7th & 8th: $7,500
There are multiple notable teams chasing for a spot in Chongqing, including the winner of the most recent International in 2018, OG, who are edging it out as favourites heading into this Minor. OG will be hoping to confirm a spot in another Major, but first will need to take home the win in Bucharest next weekend.
If you’re considering betting on the Bucharest Minor, OG would be a good option to put money on being an outright winner. Following their Cinderella run at the 2018 International, the OG roster will be filled with momentum and look poised to take home another victory and make it to the first Major of 2019.
The top four teams that are expected to make the finals are either from Europe or China, which raises the opportunity for a battle between Europe and China in the grand final. OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas will be representing Europe, with Keen and EHOME as Asian representation.
Below are the official odds on the outright winner of the Bucharest Minor from Betway:
- OG – 7/4
- Ninjas in Pyjamas – 3/1
- EHOME – 17/4
- Keen Gaming – 17/4
- Gambit – 9/1
- BOOM ID – 19/1
- Playmakers – 29/1
- Team Team – 40/1
Favourites for the Event
Although you can never assure a team being locked in the grand finals, it’s fair to say that OG would be expected to make it 9 out of 10 times. NiP are second favourites to win the event and could be argued where you will find true value for your bets at. NiP have already played OG in the qualifier for this Minor so if they can make adjustments based on that match up in order to improve, there is no reason as to why they can’t potentially go on to defeat OG.
Underdogs and potential upsets
Now if you’re someone that likes betting on an underdog then this is where it can get interesting. Both Asian teams, Keen and EHOME currently have odds of 17/4 to win the event, leaving you in a high risk high reward situation.
Keen Gaming and EHOME have consistently performed at a very high level within the Asian scene and have regularly found success but both have struggled to convert these performances onto the world stage. Keen Gaming have only played a few tournaments against the best in the world, so they are lacking some experience however if they finally play to their national standards, they could cause some huge upsets throughout the tournament.
The same situation applies to EHOME. They’ve managed to find some success in Asia but have always struggled to convert this into Worldwide success, if they are able to piece things together we could see both Asian teams causing problems for the European favourites.
Alternative bets for the Minor
The Bucharest Minor odds aren’t expected to change too much before the start of the tournament but as always, it’s wise to keep an eye out for anything that could shake up these odds and the overall outcome of the event.
For those of you interested in betting on more than just the outright winner, Betway is offering Bucharest Minor Specials. These specials include but are not limited to:
- Fewest deaths in a map
- Highest GPM by a hero in a map
- Longest map
- Region of Winner
- Most kills in a map
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Region of winner betting odds
Regarding the Bucharest Minor Region of Winner options, it’s clear to see Europe are clear favourites with odds of 13/20, meanwhile China are just behind them with odds of 31/20. To be honest, there doesn’t seem to be much point putting money on any other region as the 4 favourites out of the 8 teams are all from Europe and China, so considering what I’ve mentioned above on each of the favourites, I’d go with a European or Chinese team winning the event.
It isn’t fair to completely write off teams from another region winning but when you look at it realistically, it’s very unlikely that it will happen and wouldn’t be a very safe bet to make, despite how high the odds are.
To summarise, any bets you make regarding the winner of the event, it would be recommended to have your money on either a Chinese or European team as we can expect the grand final to consist of teams from one or both of these regions.