With the Epicenter LAN Finals out of the way, we can now look forward to some fresh starts for the lower-tier teams in the Dota 2 scene. First we’ll be taking a look at the Summit 5 qualifiers, with this article focusing on tips in today’s American and European qualifier games. It will be a mix of tier 1 and tier 2 teams throughout the qualifiers from here on out, so if you’re a fan of teams that don’t normally get the spotlight, we’ve got you and your betting needs covered!
Power Rangers (6/5 bet365) v Rebels (4/7 Skybet)
The Rebels (yes, they are Star Wars-themed) performed admirably in several online EU cups back in April, winning tournaments such as the ProDotA Cup and the NXTGAME Invitational for a bit of cash and competitive experience. This team is made up of some CIS veterans and a few other lesser-known Russian pros. Namely, these two veterans are Sedoy (formerly of RoX and Virtus.pro) and VANSKOR (formerly of Na’Vi and Empire). They fell just short of the playoff bracket in the Manila Major EU qualifiers, so there is definite potential in this squad given their results.
The Power Rangers on the other hand have been around for years now. This brand used to be home to names such as Scandal, j4, fng, SoNNeikO, and even KingR. These days they run with a very mixed-nationality squad, featuring Magnus master Arise as their team captain. This year hasn’t been particularly kind to them, however, as their results have been middling in comparison to Rebels’ results. This fixture in particular doesn’t lend well to picking them in the books either. The price attached to them is only barely above evens, and given their opponents it may not be worth it to bet on them. Putting your money on a team that doesn’t have a lot to prove against PR is a better idea here.
Rebels to win the series with Skybet at 4/7 (1.57)
Kingdom (4/9 Skybet) v PaiN Gaming (7/4 bet365)
Unfortunately for PaiN Gaming, the Brazilians have never really been seen as a significant threat in the American Dota 2 scene. This fixture is no different, as evidenced in the bookmakers having more faith in Kingdom than they do in PaiN. Even against a team like Kingdom, who practically have no results and have never qualified for a LAN, the Brazilians will almost always be seen as the underdogs.
Their value in this matchup however may be good enough to take a risk on. As opposed to the high starting cost associated with the Kingdom bet, PaiN Gaming will give back £3 for every pound for a winning bet, for which you’d only have to pay £4 upfront. Upsets happen all the time in Dota 2, and if the difference in rewards is this big, taking a leap of faith may be worth it in the end. Even those that usually take the road more traveled may want to consider betting on the Brazilians here.
PaiN Gaming to win the series with bet365 at 7/4 (2.75)