Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 – Overview, Teams & Betting Tips

The Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 is staged to be a battle of bragging rights among Dota 2 Asian talents. It’s anticipated to be what we can only describe as an early look into Dota Pro Circuit 2021-22 (DPC2021-22) China and Southeast Asia hopefuls.

Hoorah indeed, the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 is also what’s on the plate during the holidays as it spans over December 23-31.

Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 Tournament Format and Teams

The Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 invited ten formidable candidates to compete in their annual tournament, worth $138,000 in prize pool. The teams are divided into two groups, where the group stage format is best-of-two single round-robin matches. The top two seeds secure an upper bracket slot, while the third and fourth place teams earn a lower bracket slot. The last-place team, unfortunately, will be eliminated.

With only eight teams in the Playoffs, expect best-of-three double-elimination matches, except for the best-of-five grand finals.

Moving on to the teams, there are five invited Chinese teams, namely Team Aster, Vici Gaming, and Invictus Gaming were the International 10 (TI10) attendees. Whereas the others are allocated to team Royal Never Give Up and Xtreme Gaming.

Hailing from SEA are OB.Neon, TNC Predator, and Team SMG, who aren’t too shabby candidates either. Since they are Division 1 participants of DPC2021-22. Last but not least, iG.Vitality and Team MagMa make up the two qualifier slots.

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Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 Groups & Brackets

Deep-diving into the group stage, Group A consists of:

  1. Royal Never Give Up
  2. Team SMG
  3. Vici Gaming
  4. Xtreme Gaming
  5. Team MagMa

On a bird eye’s view, Group A seems like a well-balanced match-up of teams. We have Vici Gaming and Team SMG as the favorites but aren’t too overwhelming due to their recent roster shifts. Team RNG debuts their new all-star roster, which on paper looks great due to having several remnants of TI8 PSG.LGD players.

Yet, we just don’t know how capable of a squad they are since the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 is many Chinese teams’ first game since TI10. Of course, it wouldn’t be a well-balanced group without underdogs, namely Xtreme Gaming and Team MagMa.

Meanwhile, Group B frankly looks one-sided in the presence of the Singapore Major champion:

  1. Invictus Gaming
  2. Team Aster
  3. OB.Neon
  4. TNC Predator
  5. iG.Vitality

For starters, we already have Invictus Gaming, whose recent achievement is scoring fourth in TI10. Furthermore, the wholesome team morale that IG showcases even after elimination, speaks a lot about IG’s forward-looking ideals. These guys just want to stick together, enjoy good games, and hope for a great run at the next TI.

On the other hand, OB.Neon and TNC Predator have been absolute letdowns in the SEA DPC2021-22, where they are bottom seeds. Their line-up isn’t exactly high-profile, to begin with, so they certainly feel out of place in the Division 1 bracket.

At this rate, it wouldn’t be surprising if Team Aster and iG.Vitality had a better shot at qualifying for Playoffs over these pushovers.

Huya Winter Invitational Betting

With this early look into what’s brewing in the group stage, Huya Winter Invitational betting is conversation-worthy. The first wave of match predictions and in-depth analysis are available, so check those out. After all, debut matches often have skyrocketing odds due to limited match history.

However, rest assured that we drilled down into teams’ recent achievements and updates to deliver the most reliable Dota 2 odds.

Dota 2 betting can be a tricky hobby, but with these tips, it can be as easy as your average Fantasy football game. For instance, there are diverse betting markets that stake more specific match stats, such as first blood, match duration, and even total kills. If you put in some elbow grease into analyzing the teams’ game patterns, you might just find reliable odds that will surely pay off.

Here’s another tip that many Dota 2 betting enthusiasts are oblivious about. The odds calculated on curated Esports bookmakers are typically accurate and reflect the match-up. A high roller should never feel optimistic that a team with overwhelming odds can win. Nevertheless, if a match odd does feel unfair, plausibly due to not accounting for roster changes, the risks could potentially be worthwhile. Well, just don’ be too greedy in taking such leaps of faith.

Lastly, bet responsibly within your budget. Esports betting can and should be a fun hobby, but like many hobbies, keep it within your budget. Never go overboard with risking your entire bank balance, and worst yet, don’t ever take a loan for it.

With these in mind, have a good time, and feel free to try out the various Esports bookmakers and bonuses that are exclusively for Huya Winter Invitational Betting.

Huya Winter Invitational Event History

The Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 is the second iteration of the Huya Dota2 Invitational series. The Chinese video live-streaming platform, Huya announced the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2020 in winter last year. Team Royal Never Give Up won the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2020, hence securing them the direct invite this year.

Furthermore, the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 is an upgrade from its predecessor, notably in prize pool amount. Couple that with two fewer participants to distribute the generous prize pool, and it’s justified why prominent Chinese teams are eager to play. Huya also sponsors various Esports teams in the industry, so that probably plays into the reason why IG and Aster are present.

Anyways, the Huya Dota2 Winter Invitational 2021 is the earliest pro match before the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-22 that the Chinese teams could participate. After an inactive three-month halt since TI10, these teams are aching for any kind of action.