The International 2021 Predictions – Daily Odds & Team Performance

We are one week away from the biggest Dota 2 event of the year. Eighteen teams have made their way to Bucharest, Romania and are currently preparing to kick off their path to lifting the Aegis of Champions. With mere days until the Group Stage commences, we are setting the stage for our daily Ti10 predictions and analysis.

The battle for $40 million in TI10 prize pool commences soon, and our team of analysts is ready to analyze every single matchup for all 10 days of competition. Our esports news section will feature daily updates and match predictions for all your Dota 2 betting slips.

The International Aegis

Dota 2 The International Predictions

TI10 is set for October 7-17, whereby group stage lasts for four days, followed by a rest day. Then, qualified teams shall head into the main event (playoffs) for another 6 days. Read the International wiki page for all the event information.

All the participants divided by their region are listed below:

  • China: Elephant, Invictus Gaming, PSG.LGD, Team Aster, Vici Gaming
  • North America: Evil Geniuses, Quincy Crew, Undying
  • South America: beastcoast, SG e-sports, Thunder Predator
  • Western Europe: Alliance, OG, Team Secret
  • Eastern Europe: Team Spirit, Virtus.pro
  • Southeast Asia: Fnatic, T1

Predictions can be tricky, especially if you haven’t followed the Dota 2 pro scene closely. You might think that team OG is still the undisputed favorites from TI9, which unfortunately isn’t the case. Following their narrow entry to qualify for TI10 and their founding member’s retirement. Predicting OG as your TI10 winner in outright betting is not a wise choice.

Dota 2 The International 10 Favorites

Earlier, we hinted at the massive power gap that Chinese teams have displayed in the past majors and Dota Pro Circuit 2021 (DPC 2021). Notably, PSG.LGD and Invictus Gaming are top seeds in the DPC 2021 rankings. However, the Chinese teams aren’t limited to just these two major champs, but also three others. Team Aster, Vici Gaming and Elephant are very established powerhouses in the Chinese competitive scene. Housing some of the best Chinese prodigies, the Chinese teams are forces to be reckoned with.

The European fans have Team Secret and OG as their best candidates to bet on the International 10. While the two haven’t shown much success in past tournaments, they are still fan favorites worthy of our attention. We can’t rule out Evil Geniuses as well, being North America’s strongest team competing in TI10. On top of their former champions’ title, EG has a lot going for them.

Group Stage & Main Event Favorites

The group stage will only eliminate one weakest team from every group. So in any case, the only victory to achieve in group stage is that of survival. Hence, the odd ones out might just be SG esports and Team Undying.

Many considered SG esports’ entry into TI10 was a mere fluke since the team never made a showing during DPC 2021. So, the group stage might just be the furthest they will ever reach in TI10. Whereas, Team Undying may be a better team by a small margin, but their odds of elimination are as good as beastcoast and Thunder Predator.

During the main event, we expect key powerhouses, such as PSG.LGD, Evil Geniuses, Invictus Gaming, T1, and perhaps OG to make it into top five. Team Secret and Virtus.pro are strong candidates too, but they often tend to underperform in LAN tournaments.

With five Chinese teams, we anticipate that at least three would make it into the top-five finishes. Or even a drawn-out series between Team Secret, T1 and Virtus.pro to make it into these top finishes.

The International 10 Group Stage Predictions

The International 10 Group Stage will practice the classic best-of-two round-robin format, split into two groups. The top four in every group advance to the upper bracket of main event, while one bottom team from each group is eliminated. Whereas the remaining teams still proceed to the lower bracket. During this stage, we may see seasoned teams attempt to play conservatively, not to expose their game-winning strategies before the main event. However, we won’t expect weaker teams to pull this tactic since elimination could be a step away.

Bet #1: Outright
Category: Team to get higher standing (Fnatic or Beastcoast)
Selection: Fnatic
Odds: 1.62 @ GG.BET

Bet #2: Outright
Category:
Team to get higher standing (Alliance or Quincy Crew)
Selection:
Alliance
Odds:
1.87 @ GG.BET

As we await the Group Stage matches and odds to go live, here are some outrights for you to place right now. Beastcoast is likely going out in Groups, or barely making it into Playoffs ending up with a very strong opponent. Either way they are definitely going to place worse than Fnatic. The same can be said for Quincy Crew, who despite seeming like a strong opponent have struggled to keep their momentum going forward.

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The International 10 Main Event Predictions

Also known as the Playoffs, only sixteen teams remain to play the main event. Matches are in best-of-three double-elimination format, except the first lower bracket round as a best-of-one. Lower bracket teams are playing at the edge of elimination every round, so these are crucial matches for teams to showcase their cheese strategies and best performance. Meanwhile, upper bracket teams still have a lifeline if they don’t lose a series, but it’s still the same pressure once they fall into lower bracket rounds.

Bet #1: Outright
Category: Team To Reach Final
Selection: OG
Odds: 5.5 @ Buff.bet

Bet #2: Outright
Category:
Team to get higher standing (Alliance or Quincy Crew)
Selection:
Alliance
Odds:
1.87 @ Buff.bet

Where to watch Dota 2 The International 10?

The most convenient platforms will certainly be on Twitch or Youtube, where you may select your preferred language broadcasts. The official streams aren’t just showcasing live matches but also fun content and commentators, who share their take on the International predictions per match.

To enjoy a livelier experience, TI10 takes place at the Arena Națională in Bucharest, Romania. TI10 tickets are open for purchase, and we covered a handy Bucharest travel guide as well. It covers transport, nearby accommodations and even tourist spots for your enjoyment.

Dota 2 TI10 Daily Betslip

From Day 1 of Group Stage through to the Grand Finals, we will be featuring our daily predictions here. These are curated betting slips that take into account the performances in past days, so that you have the freshest TI10 predictions in your grasp.

[TO BE UPDATED]

On the other hand, Dota 2 Fantasy can be a fun alternative if esports betting isn’t your cup of tea. The International predictions work similarly for Dota 2 fantasy, but you earn fantasy points instead and it’s free.

Read also: Dota 2 The International Fantasy