The International 2017 Dota 2
Newbee take on HellRaisers on the third day of The International 2017 Dota 2 tournament.
Newbee are a very strong Dota 2 team from the Chinese region. They got directly invited to this year’s TI after a series of excellent results obtained in the wake of The Kiev Major disappointment, where they were eliminated in the first round of the competition. The Chinese team achieved 4 top 3 finishes just prior to The International 2017. They finished 1st at Galaxy Battles, 1st at ZOTAC Cup Masters, 2nd at The Manila Masters and 3rd at Mars Dota 2 League.
One of Newbee’s advantages going into TI is that they’ve had the same roster for close to a year and as a result are playing very well together. The team is led by Hu “Kaka” Lianzghi, a top MMR support player in the Chinese region with great experience and a lot of trophies to his name. Under his leadership, Newbee have had strong performances in the months prior to The International 2017, and are expected to get a good result at this tournament.
HellRaisers (former Planet Dog) qualified for this TI by going not just through regional qualifiers, but open qualifiers as well. They managed to secure a spot at the event by winning the second phase of the European regional qualifier, defeating Mousesports in the Grand Finals (score 3-1).
The Europeans are regarded as a heavy underdog and they’re expected to finish at the bottom of their group. It remains to be seen whether or not they can make a comeback, but so far they’ve looked much weaker than most of their opponents.
Head To Head Record
With their current rosters, the two teams have never played against each other.
Betting Odds And Predictions
Based on the two team’s performances, both prior to and during The International 2017, Newbee are the clear favorites in this confrontation. Their record so far is 2 wins (against Cloud 9 and Execration), 2 draws (against Invictus Gaming and OG) and one loss (against LGD Forver Young, who hasn’t lost a single game yet at this TI), while their opponent’s record is 1 draw (against Execration) and 4 losses (against LGD Forever Young, OG, Digital Chaos and Virtus.pro).
Betway puts the odds at 1.50-2.75-13.00 in favor of Newbee. Betspawn gives similar odds in favor of the Chinese team: 1.50-2.74-15.00.
A lot of special bets are available for this match on websites like betway.com and betspawn.com. Among them, it’s well worth a bet that Newbee will destroy the first barracks. The Chinese team are very likely to put heavy pressure on their opponents, gradually increase their advantage and proceed to winning the game. So this particular bet is consistent with the overall prediction, which is that Newbee is going to win quite easily.
Top Betting Tip
My top betting tip for this match is Newbee to win 2-0. They are much stronger and much more experienced than their opponents, and it is highly unlikely that HellRaisers will be able to stand in their way. More betting tips under: www.online-betting.org.