Two of the top four favourites for the Dota 2 The International title meet in what promises to be an epic encounter. Fans and Bookmakers alike are struggling to split the two although in what is a highlight match-up in the group stage round robin set-up. If either can claim victory, then they will be propelled into the spotlight as overall favourites.
Friday will see the second-best vs the sixth best-ranked side in the Dota 2 The International world ranking system. However, it is only 65 points, which separate the two making for a compelling bout. The pressure will ever so slightly be on Virtus.pro but anything other main event qualification for both sides would represent an epic fail.
RedBull backed European side OG don’t want for nothing and enjoyed success winning the Kiev Major back in April. Despite this, they are only joint second favourites for the title but that may suit them down to the ground. The squad to face Virtus will feature Notail, ana, s4, JerAx and Fly.
The Russians are still smarting from their Kiev Major final defeat to OG and will be out for revenge. Whether they will get it remains to be seen. The squad to face OG will feature RAMZES666, No(o)ne, 9pasha, Lil and Solo.
As mentioned above. The pair met in the Dota 2 Kiev Major final. Dota 2 Odds struggled to split the pair but it was OG who ran out 3-2 winners in an epic battle. Virtus still have not gotten over that defeat so watch out OG.
With the advent of the draw in the group stage round robin matches, a stalemate is a prediction. You sense neither side would be too disappointed with that outcome as there are easier pickings to be had in group B. A point represents value for both sides even if no one really wants to see that outcome.
Bet 365 make the tie the most likely outcome at 10/11 and it is hard to argue. At nearly Evens it offers substantial value in a result that would leave both sides happy. However, Dota 2 predictions say Virtus have been strong of late and if there is to be a winner it will probably be them at 7/4 with Bet365.