Check out the latest betting odds and our predictions for The International 10 tournament!
Every self-respecting Esports fan knows about The International 10 tournament. It is the creme de la creme of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, and this year, as you can tell from its name, is the 10th anniversary of its inauguration. That obviously means we’ve got to talk about betting odds and predictions for The International 10.
Before we get started, let’s take a look at the latest Esports betting odds for which teams will win The International 10 Final, courtesy of the folks over at BetOnline:
|Pick to Win The International 10|
Since we’re a ways off from the start date of this tournament (more on this shortly), you’ll want to make sure you’re rechecking these odds at BetOnline and the other top online sportsbooks for Esports. The lines are bound to move in the coming weeks.
The International 10 Betting Breakdown
Initially, The International 10 tournament was scheduled to take place in early August at a venue in Stockholm, Sweden. However, back in June, the Swedish government and the Swedish Sports Federation voted against accepting Esports into the sports federation. This led Valve Corporation, the host of the tournament, to begin looking for alternative locations in Europe.
Earlier this month, Valve settled in Bucharest, Romania. The International 10 will be hosted at Romania’s largest stadium, the Arena National, which has a fan occupancy of over 55,000.
As a result of moving the venue, though, the tournament will be delayed a couple of months. Instead of August, it is now scheduled to take place from October 7 through October 17. This doesn’t change your betting approach. The best contenders are still the best contenders. But given the amount of time between now and the start of The International 10, it behooves you to monitor all Esports odds in case there are any dramatic changes.
Can OG Three-Peat As Champs?
Technically there is no reigning champion of The International 10. Valve had to cancel the tournament in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Still, OG was the last squad to win it all. And they didn’t just win it in 2019. They won it in 2018, too.
Oddsmakers aren’t too high on them at the moment. Their +450 ties them for the fifth-best line, and reigning champs are usually given more respect than that—especially when they’re the first team to ever earn back-to-back titles.
At the same time, the skepticism surrounding OG is far from unwarranted. They haven’t looked all that dominant this year and lost two of their best players, JerAx and ana, both of whom retired from competitive Dota 2.
What’s left of the OG roster took much longer to qualify for The International 10 than you’d like. But all hope is not lost. SumaiL has stepped up in a big way for the team, and there have been pings of greatness from some of the younger players on the docket.
In our eyes, though they’ve been stronger previously, OG absolutely remains a threat to win The International 10.
Is Team Secret Undervalued?
After earning the title of “Best Esports Team of 2020,” many expected Team Secret to enter The International 10 as the odds-on favorite. Their +225 is instead tied with Evil Geniuses for the second-best line, trailing only PSG.LGD (+180).
A recent slide is at the heart of their tumble down the odds ladder. They labored through a three-match losing streak and haven’t fully recovered from the loss of KuroKy, who is now a member of Team Liquid.
To be honest, though, we’re not too concerned. Even amid their struggles, Team Secret has maintained a top-eight ranking, and their Support players, manned by Puppey (Team Secret’s captain) and YapzOr are among the best in the business.
This squad is also dotted with a lot more experience compared to many of its competitors. Pretty much the entire core that rattled off a record 20 straight victories from last year remains intact. So, take Team Secret seriously.
Should PSG.LGD Really Be The Primary Favorite?
In reality, it’s not surprising that PSG.LD has the best odds to win The International 10. They sit atop the team rankings and own a ridiculously high stability score (94 percent), which is a measure of their performance against expectations.
That being said, their Carry player, Ame, noticeably trails those from some of the other squads—like Team Secret. There is also something to be said for the age of the roster. None of their players are older than 24.
With a couple more veteran-heavy teams in the fold, we can’t help but wonder if there might be a rush to crown PSG.LD.
The International 10 Prediction
Lots of interesting options are on the table at The International 10.
We may not be the highest on PSG.LD or OG, but they are both viable options. There are even a few dark-horse prospects that seem wildly undervalued—namely Elephant (+400) and T1 (+750).
Ultimately, though, we really like Team Secret. The combination of their sleeper odds—they really should be tied with PSG.LD—and the experience they boast at the Support and Carry spots have us absolutely smitten. We’d recommend capitalizing on their odds now, before they eventually, and inevitably, move closer to even money.
MTS Prediction: Team Secret (+225)
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