And now we’re down to the final five. So far, TI9 has been as unpredictable and as storyline-filled as any TI could get.
From Infamous’ cinderella run, to Virtus.Pro’s early exit, and Royal Never Give Up’s resilient stand, TI9 saw plenty of Dota 2 matches go completely against most people’s expectations. But, now that we’re down to the final two days of the event, the best Dota 2 teams are starting to stand out from the rest of the pack.
Case in point, Vici Gaming and Team Secret, the only two teams from the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit who won 2 Majors each, are about to square off, making this a must-watch matchup between two powerhouses.
Who do we think will win tomorrow in the penultimate day of The International 2019 and move on?
Read on below to know more about our betting predictions.
Vici Gaming vs Team Secret – Betting Analysis
Whether it’s because their players are young and still have a lot left to prove, or people just have a tendency to underestimate them, Vici Gaming don’t really get the credit nor respect that they deserve from fans.
Even after winning two Majors this year, many still consider Vici Gaming to be a step below the likes of Team Secret and Virtus.Pro, as well as PSG.LGD.
While their performance so far has only helped prove doubters right, it’s not like they’ve been bad. It’s just that, the other Dota 2 teams at TI9 that they have faced have been better, namely, their regional rivals, PSG.LGD.
Now, Vici Gaming will have a shot at redeeming themselves by making it through Team Secret.
Do they have a good chance? Definitely. Although Team Secret are still widely considered the better Dota 2 team, all signs of their performance at TI9 point to them falling way short of expectations. Even their win against Infamous was far from clean nor crisp, with them relying on their opponents making mistakes far too often.
The same can’t be said for Vici Gaming.
Vici Gaming have played relatively well all tournament long, and even though they find themselves in the lower brackets, it’s more of because, despite their performance against PSG.LGD, the other team just played a lot better.
In short, Vici Gaming’s floor so far this tournament has roughly been Team Secret’s ceiling in terms of performance.
That doesn’t bode well for Team Secret’s chances, especially when Vici Gaming have the necessary tools to punish all three of their lanes, specifically the middle lane and offlane, where Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng and Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg have been rather inconsistent.
Team Secret can’t afford to slip up against Vici Gaming, and judging by their recent performances, it’s smarter to bet on Vici Gaming doing all of the right things as opposed to Team Secret making fewer mistakes.
Vici Gaming vs Team Secret Prediction
Betting Tip / Prediction: Vici Gaming to Win