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The year of the competitive season of Dota 2 will begin with the Bucharest Minor. The competition will kick off from January 9th and the grand finale will take place on January 13th. The winner of the grand finale will take home the $125,000 prize. Along with the money and the trophy the winner will get the last spot of the Chongqing Major taking place at the end of January.
In the Bucharest Minor, there is one team each from Southeast Asia, South America, North America, and CIS, while there are two teams from each Europe and China. But don’t count out any region from the competition just yet.
The competition might be in the category of a Minor. However, it includes some of the most prominent teams that will surely be aiming to get the spot for Chongqing. One of the teams is the reigning champions of the TI8, OG. They have been rated as the favorites to lift the trophy in Bucharest. Since this is the first DPC tournament of the team in the 2018-2019 season and they will be looking to make a big impact.
In the history of The International, no team has had such an amazing run like OG. The roster was struggling a lot weeks before the start of the TI. However, they defied the odds and won the biggest prize pool of the competitive history of eSports. Not only did they lift the prestigious Aegis of Champions but they also took home over $ 10 million. They are rated by many bookmakers to shine in Romania.
The team might have failed to qualify for Chongqing after its 6th place finish. However, in our opinion, the side will be looking to come out all guns blazing. The champions of TI8 will be looking to make a strong start to 2019. By qualifying for the first Major of the year.
According to many bookmakers, the four teams that will make their way to the finals will be from China and Europe. Europe gets the go-ahead because one of the teams is OG while the other one is NiP, the side that has shown improvement after the TI8. While from China we have EHOME and Keen Gaming, who need to prove their mettle, since both sides had disappointing results in the previous season.
We are quite confident that out of the 4 teams, OG will have the best chance of getting to the finals. You can never count this team out owing to the unpredictable factor of the team. They almost always come out victorious. The team even switches roles sometimes since their captain Notail can play in multiple positions.
While alongside OG, we pick Keen Gaming to get a spot for the finals of Bucharest. The Chinese side has made a name for itself in the region. In the past months, they have shown decent results but never won a title. They can be simply rated as the TnC of China.
In our perspective, Keen Gaming has a good chance of making it to the finals. Along with Keen Gaming, another team that we should keep an eye on is EHOME.
Back in the early days of eSports, EHOME was amongst the most feared names. However, they days they have been rated as a tier 3 teams. But to be fair after the post TI8 roster shuffle, they have improved and stood a fair chance in the finals. We are not betting on these two Chinese teams to win the competition since they lack the quality at the moment to win a DPC tournament.
According to the bookmakers, NiP has a slightly lower chance than the Chinese teams to reach the finals. But in our opinion NiP is the best bet on making it to the finals after OG. So, it will be a wise option for you to pick the EU side rather betting on the unpredictable Chinese teams.
NiP have played against OG in the past weeks. Therefore, they will be well aware of how to play against them. They can be considered as the dark horse to win the competition altogether.
To be fair, at the moment, the regions of China and EU are playing their hearts out. The bookmakers have also recognized their potential and have put these two as the favorites.
Some bettors are rooting for Gambit to claim victory. But we believe that the team from CIS have little to no chance of lifting the trophy.
We believe that the teams to shine in the upcoming tournament will only be from China and Europe. Therefore, it will be a wise option for you to put the winning bet on OG or NiP. While in the bet for the spots in the finals, you should consider China.
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