Beyond the Summit – SEA DPC Week 1 Analysis & Match Predictions

The Jolly Roger sets sail as fish-hunting season over at the Southeast Asia Dota begins!

The SEA Dota Pro Circuit 2021-22 (DPC 2021-22) will certainly be worthwhile for the many prominent teams competing for the next six weeks. Let’s take a good look at what’s cooking in the first week of SEA DPC 2021-22.

Febby TNC Predator

TNC Predator vs T1

Powerhouse galore in the SEA scene opener between TNC Predator and T1. For starters, T1 is highly regarded as favorites in the region, after securing seventh place at the International 10 (TI10). Furthermore, it’s the powerhouse’s first TI debut, making it even more memorable for a rising star. After such significant results, it wasn’t out of the ordinary that T1 kept their roster for the DPC 2021-22 season.

Meanwhile, TNC Predator has become an empty husk of what they used to be. A powerhouse brand for sure, but without the iconic Filipino players that built the team’s brand years ago. Regardless, fans are optimistic that having Kim “Febby” Yong-min as TNC team captain could potentially revive TNC’s former glory. Febby is notable for his keen insights and analysis of Dota 2 drafts, which leverage him as a mastermind of sorts.

Between the two, there’s no doubt that T1 is coming into the SEA DPC 2021-22 as a massive favorite. Hence, the odds are in favor of T1 at x1.12 while TNC Predator takes the blunt end at x5.81 returns.

OB.Neon vs BOOM Esports

BOOM Esports’ winning spree continues into the new season, after their miraculous entry into Division 1.

Last week, Valve dropped the ban hammer on Omega Esports for alleged match-fixing, which also voids the team’s Division 1 slot. Hence, as next-in-line, BOOM Esports’ Division 1 spree goes on. However, it’s crucial to praise BOOM for their recent strong development and performance in the BTS Pro Series S8-9. They steamrolled the competition to stand out as two-time winners.

OB.Neon’s progress as a viable team has stagnated since their Singapore Major debut. Moreover, the former line-up that achieved the recognition is no longer around. With several semi-pro players hoisting OB’s pride, we will have to see how well they play on the first week of SEA DPC 2021-22.

The Dota 2 odds will be in favor of BOOM Esports in their upcoming match at x1.21 against OB.Neon at x4.19 returns.

Fnatic vs Team SMG

Fnatic was one of SEA’s ancient powerhouses that held up decently as far as regional competition goes. They did make it into TI10, but it wasn’t much of a splash for a team name this iconic in esports. Fnatic, of course, aware of their flaws, decided to have a roster shuffle.

However, instead of the massive overhaul like the majority of SEA teams, Fnatic still kept several veterans onboard. Namely, Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong, Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti, and Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto. It’s a move that many DJ fans appreciated as DJ’s leadership has always been phenomenal to watch in games.

That said, the new additions are relatively young blood, which means we can expect a refreshing change in playstyle from Fnatic. Hailing from TNC Predator’s former roster, Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios is quite frankly the best addition to Fnatic. Armel excels sharply in delivering flashy plays with overwhelming offensive capabilities. After all, he plays the mid role, which is a skill-intensive role if he intends on carrying Fnatic. Fortunately, with signature heroes like Puck, Templar Assassin, and Invoker, Fnatic is more than capable of rivalling even T1.

Odds-wise, Fnatic holds some leverage at x1.48 versus team SMG at x2.57 odds. SMG, well-known for rising from the Division 2 bracket, is the underdogs, but with quite a familiar line-up of strong players. Hence, this is plausibly the “evenest” match-up on of the entire week.

TNC Predator vs Motivate.Trust Gaming

MG.Trust, hailing from Thailand is a mainstay in SEA scene. They are a unique band of players that were consistent, but didn’t quite make the cut for TI10. Nonetheless, MG.Trust might have a decent shot at winning against TNC Predator, just because of how TNC Predator’s current roster looks.

The Thai squad is more seasoned in every aspect, and their approach to Dota is late game-oriented. They are the masters at buying time for their late-game carries to come online, by bottlenecking their opponents’ midgame objectives. This will be a nuisance for TNC’s younger squad that is looking for fast-paced matches. As such, the odds favor MG.Trust for their seasoned squad at x1.37 against TNC Predator at x2.98 odds.

Conclusively, the first week at SEA DPC 2021-22 is as action-packed as we depicted it to be. Prominent teams and familiar powerhouses are competing for the spot to the first major. We recommend the Dota 2 betting guide if wagering Dota matches is up your alley. Hence, we will leave this curated list of Esports bookmakers, in case you want some variety to pick from.