Saturday marks the first day of the DreamLeague Season 5 LAN finals, and we’ve got the hot tips for all you punters and Dota 2 fans! The first round will see OG against No Diggity and Natus Vincere against fellow CIS team Virtus.pro. Although the first match should produce more or less obvious results, the second fixture should prove to be closer than most would say.
OG (1/8 Skybet) v No Diggity (6/1 bet365)
It’s the champions of the previous DreamLeague season versus the not-so-young upstarts known as No Diggity. If only OG had a much better price, this fixture would be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, the other choice isn’t exactly good either, as No Diggity have absolutely no LAN experience and have only played in online environments. They don’t have very impressive results in the few online tournaments that they attended, so against a team as strong as OG, they’re going to have a very difficult time getting past this first round cleanly.
If you’re a fan of SyndereN or Era, you may want to reconsider betting on them to beat OG. Upsets happen in Dota 2, that much we all know, but this is one that’s hardly worth taking a risk on. Perhaps No Diggity will win some lower bracket matches, but for now, we’d recommend avoiding them and keeping your money.
On the flipside, it simply costs too much upfront to bet on OG here. We suggest betting on the map score instead to make things more interesting. Should No Diggity capitalize on OG’s mistakes (Miracle- rarely makes any but his teammates certainly do), they could take a map in this series. Them closing it out would be a long shot, though.
OG to win the series 2-1 with bet365 at 1/2 (1.50)
Natus Vincere (1/2 Skybet) v Virtus.pro (6/4 Skybet)
Na’Vi’s improvement over the last few months is going to come in handy against VP in this fixture. It’s clear that the bookmakers see this, given the small but significant difference in the odds for these two teams. The current VP incarnation actually has less going for it than Na’Vi if you take recent times into consideration, despite having been at the Epicenter LAN finals — where Na’Vi was absent. VP’s confidence in that tournament was visibly shaken after losing 2-1 to EG in the group stage.
Thus, the prices. However, we’re not here to count VP out just yet. Both of these teams have histories of collapsing when it really matters, so this matchup should be closer than the odds would suggest. It’s going to come down to which team has stronger mental fortitude going into the series. If VP have shaken off the losses from Epicenter, there’s a chance they could come out on top here. It will, however, take them a lot of effort.