ESL One Katowice 2019 Dota 2 Betting Preview

When

February 22nd – 24th 2019

Overview

Dota 2 events are filled with action and storylines. It should be no different this time around in Katowice. The event is taking place in the Spodek Arena, a multipurpose complex in the heart of Katowice. Since 2013 it has become a home for gaming fans across the world as the home of the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM).

Up to 10,000 people will gather to watch these teams compete for their share of the $300,000 prize pool. The action is set to be immense this weekend. With the #1 ranked team in the world, the TI8 Champions and multiple rising teams in the mix, fans are in for a treat.

Recommended Bookmakers

There are many options when it comes to betting on Esports these days. You can find dedicated Esports betting bookmakers, and many traditional betting platforms offer betting options on Esports. I’ve picked out my top 5 recommend betting sites:

I’ve selected these bookmakers as I find they typically offer the best odds and cater for many types of users.

Tournament Format

The format for ESL One Katowice is slightly complicated to say the least. First of all, 12 teams are competing in this tournament. Eight of these times have got invited. Meanwhile, the other four teams had to play through regional qualifiers.

The group stage starts on the 19th of February and runs until the 21st. The group stages will consist of two groups, each containing six teams. They will be using a Best of 2 round robin format, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Winners bracket in the playoffs. Teams that find themselves in 3rd and 4th in the group will have to battle through the Losers Bracket. The bottom two teams in the group get eliminated from the competition.

For those interested in the fine details, there is a tiebreaker rule that could occur during group stages. It goes in the following order:

  • Direct points between the tied teams
  • Neustadt Score
  • Number of overall wins
  • Number of wins between the tied teams
  • Time coefficient
  • Coin toss

Once groups have been finalised, it’s time for the playoffs. The playoffs and played on the 22nd – 24th February. These matches will be Best of 3 within a double elimination bracket. The grand final will be a Best of 5 series.

Betting Options

All the betting odds that I mention come from Betway. Below you can find the odds of each team to win the event.

  • Team Secret at 1.65 odds
  • Fnatic at 6.50 odds
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas at 7.00 odds
  • OG at 12.00 odds
  • Chaos at 16.00 odds
  • Gambit at 17.00 odds
  • Alliance at 18.00 odds
  • Forward Gaming at 20.00 odds
  • Team Aster at 23.00 odds
  • Mineski at 30.00 odds
  • Complexity at 40.00 odds
  • For the Dream at 40.00 odds

If you want something a bit more interesting than just the outright winner, there’s plenty of unique options for each match. For example, you can bet on who will be the most popular Hero throughout the tournament. When betting on individual games, there is the option to place a “Double Chance.” This is when you bet for a specific team to win or for it to be a draw.

You even have the option to bet on who will have first blood in each map that gets played and if the kills will be odd or even. If you’re feeling confident in your knowledge, you can bet on what the exact score will be in a game.

My Picks

If you’re searching for a safe bet, I think it’s clear that Team Secret is your best option. They are clear favorites across the betting sites, and it’s understandable why. Team Secret come into the event as arguably the 2nd best team in the world, just a fine margin behind Virtus.Pro who aren’t at this event.

Team Secret come out in the top spot at the recent Chongqing Major, beating Evil Geniuses and Virtus.Pro on their way. The squad picked up four major tournament wins last year and finished 5th-6th at The International.

If you’re chasing for those tasty odds, two teams might tickle your fancy. The International Champions OG is the first of the teams. They currently have fantastic odds of 12.00 to win the event. Following their miracle run to end the 2018 season they would be the favourites to meet Team Secret in the final.

The second team to keep an eye on is Fnatic. They placed 5th-6th at the recent major and can typically compete with any team in the world. They’ll have to be on form to topple Team Secret for the crown. If you want to pick a team outside of the commo top two, then Fnatic is your team.

Matt Dixon
Matt Dixon
Matt has been involved in Esports for the better part of 5 years now, more commonly known by those in the scene as Fozzii. In the past, he has competed at a high level in Esports and also managed teams and organisations, some of which went on to win a Championship. Esports is his passion and it's fair to say he's a fanatic.