Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 – Match Predictions & Betting Analysis

The early days of Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 were rough on the Southeast Asian teams. Team SMG, OB.Neon and even the hailed powerhouse, TNC Predator were overwhelmed by the Chinese candidates.

In the SEA teams’ defence, they were facing high-profile opponents that played in the International 10 (TI10). Nonetheless, the SEA teams must regain their footing on the last two days of group stage. If they wish to proceed into the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 playoffs.

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Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 Match Predictions

We are going to attempt to cover as many Dota 2 matches as we can from this event throughout the holidays. To that end, we divide our updates into three distinct phases. Twice for the group stage and twice in Playoffs. We will also keep an archive of our previous predictions below.

Let’s get straight into it.

Royal Never Give Up vs Team MagMa

Team MagMa are an underdog at Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021, considering they are barely a Division 2 team in the Dota Pro Circuit. Unfortunately, for them RNG is really playing well at this event. Anyways, MagMa’s troubles are not over as they are up against SMG later on the same day, and might end up losing out on Playoffs if they go 0-4 on the day.

As for RNG, I have no doubt that Somnus, Chalice and xNova will easily secure 1st place in the group. The odds are heavily stacked against MagMa because of their status at x9.81 to RNG’s x1.41 .

OB.Neon vs TNC Predator

It’s a battle of underperformers on the last day of groups, namely between OB.Neon and TNC Predator. Both are way out of their league in DPC2021-22, so fans expected them to struggle in Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021.

However, in this match, TNC Predator should have a slight advantage over OB.Neon. The meta revolves around strong teamfights and sustainability, which indirectly makes OB.Neon’s single-target playstyle obsolete.

Since the group will only eliminate one team, rest assured that at least one of the SEA representatives will proceed. The Dota 2 odds are relatively even on both sides, where OB.Neon has x2.76 while TNC Predator has x4.24 odds.

Team Aster vs TNC Predator

Lastly, to balance out this volatile betting slip with a match that the reliable Team Aster will certainly win. Following TNC’s horrible showing, Team Aster’s probability of winning here is promising. Aster is a seasoned team compared to TNC, which gives them leverage as the top dog in most matches of Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021.

Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng, who is reputable for his experience as a former captain, coaches the team. Team Aster will most likely be in the running for grand finalists.

As for odds, it’s an overwhelmingly one-sided match in favor of Team Aster. Team Aster is expected to win at x1.4 versus TNC Predator at a whopping x11.72 return.

With the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 Group Stage coming to an end, we can expect even more action in the Playoffs, when the fan favorites, such as IG, VG, and RNG clash in best-of-three matches. Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 is an annual championship that garnered eager fans hoping for an early preview of formidable Asian competitors.

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Previous Match Predictions

Week 1 Match Predictions

OB.Neon vs Invictus Gaming

OB.Neon got the short end of the stick this season as all the glory went to their regional rivalsinstead. From failing to qualify for TI10 to having a full-scale revamp of their roster, Neon’s achievements in 2021 were quickly forgotten. Now, when OB.Neon looks unconvincing, compared to its prominent peers, such as T1 and BOOM Esports, they have to face a high calibre team.

OB.Neon’s recent matches have only been failures and paint how poor OB.Neon’s current line-up plays. They tend to play glass cannon carries, which as expected, often didn’t deliver. Furthermore, the hero pool diversity is working against the young squad, hoping to showcase their versatility.

Invictus Gaming on the other, enters the new season with the same line-up and great team morale. Despite falling at fourth place in TI10, Zhou “Emo” Yi remained optimistic and thankful that his team made it thus far.

Coming into this event, IG remains a top contender and should make quick work of most  competitors. Hence, the odds are against OB.Neon at x8.3 odds while IG is at x1.53 odds.

Vici Gaming vs Team SMG

Team SMG, the Malaysian team that garnered a horde of fans for their consistent performance last season is facing a tough opening matches. Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Tue “ah fu” Soon Chuan, will have a hard time ahead of them as they face ViCi Gaming.  Aside from the high-profile esports namesake, VG also secured fifth place at TI10, putting them in a well-established favorite position. On the flipside, SMG might have a fighting chance in this match-up since VG has undergone a massive roster shuffle after TI10.

Nevertheless, the Dota 2 odds still reflect highly on ViCi Gaming at x2.33 versus x5.26 returns for SMG. Do not be surprised if we see a draw here at x2.02.

Invictus Gaming vs TNC Predator

Invictus Gaming meets yet another unseasoned SEA candidate in TNC Predator.

TNC just can’t catch a break with all the DPC losses they incurred, so they decided to head over and lose to some Chinese teams as well. To top it off, TNC’s losing spree puts them as the worst at this event. For starters, they introduced a new roster with the only noteworthy figure being Kim “Febby” Yong-min. Other than that, the rest of the roster looks and plays unimpressive Dota, and we only hope they can deliver at least a draw or two.

Meanwhile, IG needs no introduction, and the odds clearly favor them at x1.43.

Vici Gaming vs Royal Never Give Up

Our final interesting selection from the openers is the match is between two Chinese teams, VG and RNG. Following up with the VG roster shuffle story, we are certainly open to RNG sweeping VG.

Furthermore, RNG houses three remnants of TI8 PSG.LGD players, namely Lu “Somnus丶M” Yao, Yang “Chalice” Shenyi, and Yap “xNova” Jian Wei. It’s been two years since we last saw them together, and we expect great outcomes.

Remember, the Chinese powerhouses haven’t played any official matches since TI10, and the DPC2021-22 China league only begins in January 2022. Hence, these odds are only based on what these teams accomplished in the last season. With that said, VG has the better odds at x2.65 versus RNG at x3.3 returns. However, frankly, this doesn’t do RNG justice, over that the fact that three former PSG.LGD players are in the same squad.

We will provide updates for the rest of the matches at the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 once the final batch of group stage matches completes. Hopefully, will have a glimpse into how prominent China’s powerhouses are, and whether they are a strong candidate in Dota 2 betting next season.