DreamLeague Season 15 DPC EU 2021 Upper Division Betting and Odds

The Europe Upper Division Season 2 welcomes eight formidable teams into the fray. After European teams had a massive blunder at the Singapore Major, DreamLeague Season 15 and Europe welcome the return of OG’s founding member Anathan “ana” Pham, and Team Nigma’s new carry savant Igor “iLTW” Filatov.

Everything is on the line this season as The International edges closer and closer, attending the 2nd major is the only chance to secure a direct invite to TI 10. Here’s how Europe is shaping up, and our initial betting predictions for the start of the season.

Anathan "ana" Pham

Anathan “ana” Pham

DreamLeague Season 15 Format and Teams

Much like every regional league in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 (DPC 2021), it’s the classic single round-robin matches in a group stage-like format. All matches are best-of-three, unless tiebreakers become necessary, which are best-of-one. The European Upper Division offers four slots at the second major, but the real deal is the top two seeds that secure a Major Playoffs and Group Stage slot.

Else, securing third and fourth place still gives the team a shot in the Wild Cards, which isn’t the worst start to a major. Speaking of teams, Team Secret and OG are the favorites heading into the Upper Division Season 2. While Team Nigma, Alliance, and Team Liquid are renowned teams, their performance at the Singapore Major was questionable at best. Tundra Esports, on the other hand, gained a certain degree of respect by dragging OG out of the Singapore Major with them.

Lastly, the new Lower Division Season 1 winners, Hellbear Smashers and Brame.

DreamLeague Season 15 Betting and Odds

We kick off DPC Season 2 with three strong match ups. Team OG’s new roster is to be tested by the regional underdogs, while Nigma drew the short straw and has to test their new roster against Secret. Down in the middle Alliance and Liquid battle for supremacy once again, in what could end up determining their seeding six weeks down the line.

Team OG vs Brame

Talk about an exciting debut for Brame. The Greek squad has the honours of becoming ana’s first opponent. Ana’s return sparked attention among Dota 2 fans and teams, so there’s good reason to expect an all-out dominance from team OG. While Brame did well to qualify into the Upper Division Season 2, team OG is no pushover that they can hope to defeat.

Brame has a ridiculous x5.11 odds versus OG’s x1.15 over at GG.BET. In the meantime, ana has been playing in European servers as warm-up before the official games. Let’s just say he is in tip-top condition despite being inactive for an entire year. Perhaps he might even introduce an unusual strategy into the competitive scene like he has traditionally accomplished. We are fairly confident OG will pull ahead 2:0 in this matchup and stop on Brame in the opener.

Team Liquid vs Alliance

Fans were baffled by how horrendous the two western powerhouses performed at the Singapore Major. These were teams that once held the title as Internationals Champions! Yet, Alliance suffered a massive upset, being eliminated in the group stage. Whereas Team Liquid wasn’t any better off after losing the first round of Playoffs.

Say the Singapore Major was just a horrible nightmare, and the two teams need a fresh start. Alliance has statistically been the stronger team in the last Upper Division, securing second seed. Team Liquid is renowned for being a daredevil, forcing tiebreakers and winning the ESL One Germany 2020 at the brim of elimination. For once, the two opponents’ odds aren’t too skewed to bet on, but Alliance has the higher Dota 2 odds of x2.41 after flopping worse than Team Liquid at x1.54.

I actually think its better to place a bet on Alliance than Liquid in the opener.

Team Secret vs Nigma

Later this week, Nigma is up against the DreamLeague Season 14 Champions. Team Secret may not have delivered their best at the Singapore Major 2021, securing a mere fourth place. However, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov and his squad are definitely no pushovers. Especially not domestically.

Nigma, just picked up a new player, Igor “iLTW” Filatov, to replace Aliwi “w33” Omar. Despite w33’s contribution during his time at Nigma, his reputation never really caught on as fans often put the blame onto him. All said and done, w33 did have his moments of triumph occasionally, topped with the fact that Nigma (formerly Team Liquid) made it into the grand finals at the International 2019 just goes to show he’s a formidable player.

Nevertheless, iLTW could be a breath of fresh air for Nigma and their fans. ILTW is no stranger in the European and CIS pro scene, having stood in for team OG countless times.

When considering Dota 2 betting, Team Secret has the upper hand with only x1.16 return while Nigma has an x4.93. These odds certainly did not do justice for Nigma with their new addition to their team, so siding Nigma isn’t a bad way to go.

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