Dota 2 Ti10 Western Europe Qualifier Betting Analysis and Predictions
We saved the best for the last, the Ti10 Western Europe Qualifier is the most anticipated qualifier of the entire lot. With renowned powerhouses and past International champions competing it’s bound to be a rollercoaster of a qualifier. The stacked list of favorites in was due to only two European teams securing their TI10 invites via DPC points, meaning only one more team is heading to Ti10.
As is tradition, we go over the teams, favorites and set our opening day match predictions.
The International 10 Western Europe Qualifier Teams and Favorites
Last of its kind, TI10 qualifiers all share an identical qualifier format, albeit the number of participants differs. Nevertheless, the real talk of the town for TI10 Western Europe Qualifier is the familiar names competing for a single TI10 slot.
Most notably, Nigma, Team OG, Team Liquid, Tundra Esports, Brame, and Hellbear Smashers from the Upper Division S2. The other entries include Lower Division candidates, such as Vikin.gg, Spider Pigzs, Ghost Frogs, Team Bald Reborn, Into The Breach, No Bounty Hunter, Chicken Fighters, and Hippomaniacs.
The fifteen participants are seeded into upper bracket and lower bracket based on their respective standings from Upper Division to Lower Division.
Team OG, the defending champions, are once again one qualifier away from missing The International. As such, much is at stake for Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and his prodigious stack. Although OG is missing two of its trophy winning players, many OG fans have high hopes for Syed Sumail “SumaiL” Hassan and Martin “Saksa” Sazdov to deliver.
Meanwhile, Team Nigma, led by Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi, is another heavy contender to win Ti10 Western Europe Qualifier. In fact, Nigma has much better odds because of their recent performance at the WePlay AniMajor.
Then, there’s Team Liquid, one of the longest-serving rosters we have here in the European scene. Team Liquid has had a good history of delivering shocking performances, like during the ESL One Germany 2020. Hence, by the power of friendship, we might actually see Team Liquid give us a show.
Finally, Vikin.gg was a former Upper Division S1 participant who was a massive favorite. They become a close rival to many European powerhouses, namely Team Secret, occasionally overthrowing their opponents. Hence, it’s quite a sight for sore eyes to see Vikin.gg here. They were top seeds in the Lower Division S2, making them a very favorable contestant.
With these four favorites in mind, lets take a look at the opening matches.
Team Nigma vs Hellbear Smashers
Both teams have had their fair share of matches back in Upper Division S2, but Nigma was, of course, the stronger team. Nigma made it into the WePlay AniMajor and made it quite far into the tournament too. Hellbear Smashers may be a rising European stack with decent players. Yet, they pale in comparison to the more seasoned teams in the scene.
Expect the odds to heavily favor the significant team in this match, which is Nigma at x1.12 against Hellbear Smashers at x5.81 returns. Alternatively, at x3.74 returns, consider opting for 2:1 victory in favor of Nigma as they aren’t a team that often sweep its competition clean.
Vikin.gg vs OG
Later, OG is up against their very close rival, Vikin.gg. It’s been a while since we last saw the two teams clash in official games, and much has changed since then. For instance, SumaiL’s addition into team OG is considered a massive upgrade if they could capitalize on his greedy playstyle.
Else, Vikin.gg might actually have a decent shot at defeating the revamped OG line-up. The team has been hard at work to improve. While securing first seeds in Lower Division S2 is a commendable achievement, we will have to witness first-hand Vikin.gg’s redemption arc. Unfortunately, the Dota 2 odds are still stacked against Vikin.gg, since they are up against OG after all. OG is anticipated to win at x1.4 versus Vikin.gg at x2.85 odds.
Tundra Esports vs Brame
Speaking of rising stars, Tundra Esports is another European team that fans have grown accustomed to. These guys won the three-way tiebreaker versus OG and Brame, so they are formidable, to say the least.
In their upcoming match, they are up against an old nemesis, which they have defeated in the past. Hence, we can expect Tundra Esports to deliver the same outcome again. Not to mention that Adrian “Fata” Trinks, team captain of Tundra Esports, is a veteran of its own accord. Odds-wise, it’s x1.31 returns on Tundra Esports to win while Brame is at x3.31 returns.
Team Liquid vs Spider Pigzs
The last upper bracket match is between Team Liquid and Spider Pigzs. There’s a massive power gap just from the teams’ brands. Team Liquid spots a seasoned stack of players who often defy everybody’s expectations with their comebacks and adrenaline-filled plays. Spider Pigzs consists of an Eastern European stack, which might be their most interesting trait as a team in TI10 Western European qualifiers. Nevertheless, they still made it thus far by achieving top seeds in the Lower Division S2.
But it’s Team Liquid they are going up against, which even powerhouses like OG and Team Secret often take them seriously. The odds on GG.BET is in favor of Team Liquid to win at x1.1 odds versus Spider Pigzs at x6.41 odds.
|Team Nigma vs Hellbear Smashers||Nigma to win 2:1||@ 3.74|
|Vikin.gg vs OG||OG to win||@ 1.4|
|Tundra Esports vs Brame||Tundra Esports to win||@ 1.31|
|Team Liquid vs Spider Pigzs||Team Liquid to win 2:0||@ 1.35|
It’s times like this where discussions about whether OG or Nigma will win the qualifiers are most prominent. Yet, we couldn’t have asked for a better qualifier to determine Western Europe’s third representative at TI10.