The final day of the biggest annual Dota 2 tournament, the TI9, is finally here, with PSG.LGD and Team Liquid set to face off against each other in the Lower Bracket Finals for the right to square off against OG in the Grand Finals, and you can bet that we will have our betting predictions up in time to give you a chance to put your stake into this much-awaited match-up.
PSG.LGD vs Team Liquid Betting Analysis
The thing about matchups between elite Dota 2 teams is that they match up so well against each other and know each other’s playstyle so well that their records against each other are almost always even or close to it.
Team Liquid’s record against PSG.LGD is not an exception.
The current iteration of PSG.LGD is 7-7 so far against Team Liquid, proving that these two Dota 2 teams are pretty much dead even.
However, what this statistic fails to take into account is that Aliwi “w33” Omar is now on Team Liquid.
Now, why is this important? Because, as good as PSG.LGD have been, having w33 on Team Liquid gives Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi an ace up his sleeve as a player who can play both conventional, as well as unconventional mid heroes, including but not limited to Meepo and Skywrath Mage.
At TI9, especially during the main event, KuroKy hasn’t exactly been shy about abusing the luxury of having such a dynamic midlaner on his team.
Even though PSG.LGD Lu “Maybe” Yao is arguably the best midlaner that w33 have faced off against so far in the main event and w33 could very well lose his lane, there’s a chance that the series could be well over before the games even started with the drafting completely in KuroKy’s favour.
PSG.LGD vs Team Liquid Prediction
Team Liquid’s combination of 400IQ drafting and exceptional execution have so far been rivaled only by OG at The International 2019. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what the outcome would be when these two teams face off in what is essentially a re-do of 2016’s Manila Major.
If that sounds like we’re already saying that Team Liquid will win against PSG.LGD tomorrow in the TI9 Lower Bracket Finals, it is.
PSG.LGD’s laning is, without a doubt, their greatest weapon. Yes, their execution is world class and their drafting is elite as well. They’re also arguably the best at controlling theirs and their opponent’s vision. However, their bread and butter is still their ability to walk out of the laning stage with an advantage.
Unfortunately, just like every other mechanically-skilled team, they have a tendency to fall apart if and when things don’t go their way despite winning the lanes, even more so when they don’t.
OG already showed us the blueprint to beating PSG.LGD many times over and we sure as hell can bet that Kuro’s been busy taking notes.
Betting Tip / Prediction: Match Winner – Team Liquid