International 7 DotA 2: OG vs. LGD Gaming Betting Preview, Analysis, Odds, Predictions

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Tournament briefing: The International 7 (DotA 2, Valve)

The International 7 is..? Oh, come on, you know what TI is!

The best teams around the world fight for the one and only title that truly matters in DotA 2. Hosted by Valve, The International is every DotA 2 fan’s annual tournament of memes and comebacks, moments of excellence and soul-crushing defeats; and, every year we will be rooting for the underdogs, alongside our favourite teams. Or, on the side of bettors, or a gambling fallacy to send money flushing down the toilet drain. Many bets will make people rise from rags to riches—or the more unfortunate of outcomes.

As with any TI, twitch.tv will be your main go to for live coverage and match-by-match weather-meta-Purge pointing at things report.

For those that have recently joined the MOBA craze, a newbie-friendly stream will also be available, where colourful panellist and hosts will present the matches in a simpler and more detailed manner.

 

The International 7 Format (Main Event/Playoff)

The Group Stage has concluded! Now, we are only hours away from the Main Event debut!
The final push has begun, and the remaining 16 teams will be fighting tooth and nail for their survival and the TI Champion title!

The Main Event will follow the following format/rules below:

  • Sixteen teams in a double-elimination bracket.
  • Top four teams in each group of Group Stage start in the Upper Bracket.
    • The 1st place in each group of Group Stage picks their opponent from either the 3rd or 4th place finish in the opposite group.
    • The 2nd place in each group plays the team that was not picked by the 1st place.
    • All matches are played in a best-of-three.
  • 5th-8th placed teams in each group of Group Stage start in the Lower Bracket.
    • The 5th place in each group of Group Stage picks their opponent from either the 7th or 8th place finish in the opposite group.
    • The 6th place in each group plays the team that was not picked by the 5th place.
    • First round is played in a best-of-one
    • Proceeding rounds in the lower bracket are played in a best-of-three.
  • Grand Finals is played in a best-of-five with no game advantage.

In the mean time, the prize pool continues to break last year’s $20 million dollar record. The jackpot stands, at the moment, at an ever-growing $23,027,586 and surprising mainstream naysayers and people all around the world.

OG Betting Preview and Analysis

OG came into this tournament as the four time Valve major champions. Unsurprisingly, they were the favorites to win this tournament.

But, a shaky group stage sent them to the lower bracket, much to many’s surprise. With how hot they played in the tournaments preceding to The International, OG 2.0 looked like a completely different person in the group stage. Struggling and tying best of 2s against Excreation and Digital Chaos and losing to Virtus.Pro, OG were sent to the elimination bracket for the playoffs.

In the playoffs, they faced two easy opponents. OG fought up and easily handed the Brazilians of Infamous an elimination in the best of 1, whereas they were the kryptonite against TnC in a swift best of 3 that lasted in less than an hour.

The reason to watch but for OG is how team favorable their drafts are. Their drafts allow them to always have a backup plan when they lose lanes early on in the game. Even if they are down, you can’t count them out in a team fight during the mid game and the lanes are in favor of the opponent. Since they prefer to prioritize support heroes during drafts to bring support to the tank and initiator heroes during the fight, each member of OG is deadly.

Because of this, you’d usually expect OG to lose the early game and made a comeback on a daily schedule. Remember that all of their major wins are not through outright dominance, but a methodical and thought out play style that wears out their enemy to force mistakes. It’s always been OG’s strong suit to win in the mid and late game. Don’t expect a player to stand out in the fragging department or as a superstar. Expect every team member to assist in kills, make necessary sacrifices (especially Fly), and not rely on individual plays to win games. OG is probably the best team out here in TI, but it seems the main stage nerves are getting to the experienced old guard.

 

LGD Gaming Betting Preview and Analysis

LGD are 4 out of the 5 Chinese teams that are still alive in this tournament. But, would you have really expected them to make it this far?

Coming into this tournament, LGD have fallen short in many online Chinese qualifiers for many big LAN tournaments, and didn’t make an impressive showing in their win at the Mars DotA 2 League LAN Finals and in their 3rd place finish at the Summit 7 LAN.

Most of these members consist of members from the main LGD lineup and LGD.Foreveryoung lineup. But, even when you mix the best Chinese players of each lineup, nothing is bound to work out immediately. This LGD iteration always seem to struggle against domestic competition, whereas against international competition, they seem to thrive.

This is noted in their group stage, where they handily took many bo2 wins in an easy group stage, whereas they traded maps with EG and Liquid–both of who are formidable opponents. On the flip-side, they lost to iG.Vitality, who are their domestic opponents from China.

In the playoffs, they lost to Virtus.Pro, but remember that Virtus.Pro are coached by Artstyle, a storied IGL who has always been the bane of LGD’s possible accomplishments in the past–and to many other Chinese teams. There was no way LGD’s playstyle could counter the aggressive draft and play of Virtus.Pro, sending them to the lower bracket. They would then defeat Digital Chaos, who were a sleeper pick that defeated their Chinese brothers in iG.Vitality. But, this win was very notable. While the kill game was very close, LGD’s teamwork was far more skilled than Digital Chaos’, whose lineup and core hadn’t stuck around as long as LGD’s. When you think about it, LGD is more reliant on their teamwork rather than their raw individual play. Their gold management played a huge role in their win vs. Digital Chaos, but you would’ve expected a longer game due to LGD’s slow placed tempo.

Betting Odds Preview Sponsored by ArcaneBet

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