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TI10 predictions: Every Dota 2 team’s chances rated at The International

The International 10 - the tenth edition of Dota 2's biggest tournament - is almost upon us, which means it’s time for fans to start making their TI10 predictions.

The tournament returns to Europe for the first time since 2011, with Bucharest, Romania, chosen as the eventual host city after the showpiece event was moved from the original location of Stockholm, Sweden, because of Covid-19 restrictions.

With the prizepool set at $40,018,195, 18 of the world’s finest Dota 2 teams are ready to do battle in the bid to claim the Aegis. So, as fans start to make their TI10 predictions, let’s take a look at each team’s chances.

TI10 betting odds

Before making our TI10 predictions, let’s take a look at the odds. PSG.LGD are the standout favourites, with odds at 2.50. That means a winning bet of €10 would return €25. Evil Geniuses and Team Secret are joint second and third favourites at 6.50, while back-to-back champions OG are out in fourth at 8.50. That means if you bet €10 on OG and they manage to lift a third successive title, your return would be €85.

Luckbox odds to win The International 10:

  • PSG.LGD - 2.50
  • Evil Geniuses - 6.50
  • Team Secret - 6.50
  • OG - 8.50
  • Elephant - 9.50
  • Vici Gaming - 11.00
  • Virtus.pro - 12.00
  • Invictus Gaming - 13.25
  • T1 - 17.00
  • Team Aster - 19.00
  • Alliance - 23.00
  • Quincy Crew - 23.00
  • Team Spirit - 29.00
  • Fnatic - 36.00
  • beastcoast - 61.00
  • Team Undying - 66.00
  • Thunder Predator - 101.00
  • SG esports - 226.00

TI10 predictions - team by team guide

SG esports

SG qualified for The International 10, placing first out of 12 teams from the South America Qualifier, winning this right by defeating Team Unknown 3-1 in the final. With odds of 226.00, SG esports are huge outsiders in what will be their debut TI.

Formed in 2016, they came close in 2018 but lost 2-3 to paiN Gaming in the final of the South America Qualifier. Although the Brazilian team has experienced names in their roster, their chances on the biggest stage of Dota 2 seem pretty low.

Thunder Predator

Another of the long shots are fellow South Americans Thunder Predator, who qualified for The International 10 by placing 12th on the Dota Pro Circuit.  Thunder Predator, with their all-Peruvian roster, placed second in the OGA DPC South America Regional League Season 1: Upper Division, and 5-6th at the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021. Their other achievement this year was third place in the OGA DPC South America Regional League Season 2: Upper Division. Their performance in these tournaments brought them to The International for the first time. Although they will be watched with interest, expectations are low.

Team Undying

The next team we will talk about is North America Qualifier winner Team Undying. Team Undying defeated the 4 Zoomers 3-0 in the North America Qualifier final to qualify for The International 10. This season, they placed third in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - North America Upper Division and Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - North America Upper Division.

When it comes to TI10 predictions, although they are not one of the favourite teams of the tournament, they have the potential to challenge their opponents during the group stage. The performance of Team Undying, a fairly new team, in The International 10 is a matter of curiosity. Founded in January 2021, the team will attend The International for the first time.

beastcoast

Another South American representative, with four Peruvians and a Bolivian in their roster, had the chance to participate in The International 10 by ranking 11th on the Dota Pro Circuit. beastcoast, which took first place in the OGA DPC South America Regional League Season 1: Upper Division, also took second place in the OGA DPC South America Regional League Season 2: Upper Division. We will discover how beastcoast, who have the potential to be one of the surprise teams, will take advantage of this chance.

Fnatic

Fnatic won the Southeast Asia Qualifier, battling back from 2-0 down against TNC Predator to win 3-2 and snatch their place in Bucharest. They placed fourth in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - Southeast Asia Upper Division. Although they won the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - Southeast Asia Upper Division, their performance was not enough to place them in the top 12 of the Dota Pro Circuit for The International 10 qualification.

Fnatic are capable of giving their opponents fearful moments. The first and only Tier 1 tournament Fnatic have won is the Thor Open 2012, which dates back nine years. Although not one of the best teams of the tournament, they are a team that can change the balance. Fnatic's biggest success at TI was fourth place in The International 2016.

Team Spirit

Team Spirit qualified for The International 10 with the Eastern Europe Qualifier title despite placing 14th on the Dota Pro Circuit. They finished fourth in ESL One CIS Online Season 1: Upper Division. They were second in ESL One DPC Eastern Europe Season 2: Upper Division. Ranked 7-8th in WePlay AniMajor, the team defeated Team Empire 3-2 in the Eastern Europe Qualifier final and took their place in The International 10.

Team Spirit will also join The International for the first time. Despite this, there is a possibility they will be one of the successful teams of the tournament. The CIS representatives will try to exceed expectations.

Quincy Crew

Things are slowly heating up for North American team Quincy Crew. After finishing fourth on the Dota Pro Circuit, they will be attending The International 10 for the first time, but they are ambitious. The team formed for 2018/19 Dota Pro Circuit was reformed for the 2019/20 Dota Pro Circuit. Quincy Crew lost the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - North America Upper Division title to Evil Geniuses, and took the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - North America Upper Division title ahead of Evil Geniuses. In WePlay AniMajor, they finished 5-6th. These performances put them fourth on the Dota Pro Circuit and paved the way for The International 10. Quincy Crew arrive at the tournament in determined spirits and will not easily let go of the competition.

Alliance

With a long history and among the best known Dota 2 teams, Alliance attend The International 10 as a result of the 10th place in the Dota Pro Circuit. Alliance placed second in DreamLeague Season 14 DPC EU Upper Division and first place in DreamLeague Season 15 DPC Western Europe Upper Division. Alliance placed 13-16th at The International 2019. They also have a 9-12th place at The International 2016. At The International 2014, they were 11-12th. Above all, they won the title by defeating Na’Vi 3-2 in the final of The International 2013. They will want to repeat history and only time will tell whether they will be successful in this regard.

Team Aster

Now we come to the Chinese team Team Aster, the 9th of Dota Pro Circuit. This season they placed second in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - China Upper Division and placed first in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - China Upper Division.

Despite being a relatively new team, Team Aster, which has made a name for itself, will participate in The International for the first time. Team Aster, which includes very important Chinese players in their roster, will be a team that other teams will have difficulties against.

T1

Southeast Asian roster T1 reached TI10 after finishing sixth in the Dota Pro Circuit. They finished third in the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - Southeast Asia Upper Division. T1 placed first in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - Southeast Asia Upper Division, and third in WePlay AniMajor. Despite being a well-established organisation, this will be the first The International of the team that entered the Dota 2 arena in 2019. Having achieved many successes in a short time, T1 became the champions by defeating Virtus.pro 3-2 in the ESL One Summer 2021 final. Although not among the favourites, it is certain that T1 is an ambitious team. If they go beyond the expectations, they will be quite dangerous for the rivals.

Invictus Gaming

Invictus Gaming arrive in Bucharest after finishing fifth in the Dota Pro Circuit. This season, they placed first in both the Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - China Upper Division and the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021. They were fourth in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - China Upper Division. Although the Chinese representatives have featured in many TIs, the International 2012 championship, which came with a 3-1 victory against NAVI, is their greatest achievement. After a long time, it is obvious that they will try to be one of the successful teams of The International 10, with the strength of being a major champion recently.

Virtus.pro

Virtus.pro, consisting of four Russians and a Moldovan, were third in the Dota Pro Circuit. They took first place in ESL One CIS Online Season 1: Upper Division. They placed 7-8th at the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021. Finally, they were the champions of ESL One DPC Eastern Europe Season 2: Upper Division. They are still hunting a first TI title, despite vast experience in the tournament. They have the power to do that with their current roster.

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Vici Gaming

The Chinese team finished seventh in the Dota Pro Circuit. They placed third in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - China Upper Division. At the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021, they were 7-8th. They also placed third in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - China Upper Division. Lastly, they finished WePlay AniMajor in fourth place. Vici’s best performance at TI was a second-place finish in 2014, losing 1-3 to Newbee in the final. Can they go one better in 2021? It’s possible.

Elephant

They placed fifth in both Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - China Upper Division and Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - China Upper Division. With these performances, they fell far short of expectations by placing 28th in the Dota Pro Circuit. However, they qualified for The International 10 by defeating EHOME 1-3 in the final of China Qualifier.

Elephant, a new team founded in October 2020, will join The International for the first time. Despite this, they are one of the favourite teams with their seemingly unstoppable rise.

OG

OG, who finished fifth in the DreamLeague Season 14 DPC EU Upper Division, placed 35th on the Dota Pro Circuit. Despite this poor performance, they beat Tundra Esports 2-3 in the final of The International 10: Western Europe Qualifier and took first place. This enabled them to participate in The International 10.

They are the only team to win The International twice, with their consecutive triumphs in 2018 and 2019. Will they win for the third time in a row? They have a very strong roster and are at the top of competitors' nightmares.

Team Secret

European team Team Secret finished eighth in the Dota Pro Circuit. They reached this ranking with DreamLeague Season 14 DPC EU Upper Division title, ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 and DreamLeague Season 15 DPC Western Europe Upper Division fourth place. Their best finish at The International is the fourth, which came at the last TI in 2019. They showed their quality on the way to the championship and perhaps this time they can cross the threshold.

Evil Geniuses

We come to Evil Geniuses, one of the most legendary teams in Dota 2 and esports history in general. They are also at the top of the Dota Pro Circuit list. Their championship in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - North America Upper Division and runners-up at ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021, Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - North America Upper Division and WePlay AniMajor put them first on the Dota Pro Circuit.

Evil Geniuses, one of the indispensable teams of The International tournaments, became champions of The International 2015. Six years later, they have no other goal but to become champions again. In this way, their biggest rival will be PSG.LGD.

PSG.LGD

Despite being the tournament favourites, they finished behind Evil Geniuses on Dota Pro Circuit. They finished fourth in Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 - China Upper Division. They were third at the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021. PSG.LGD, the runner-up of Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 2 - China Upper Division, became the champion of WePlay AniMajor.

Having placed three thirds and one-second place in The International tournaments, PSG.LGD is determined to become the champion this time. PSG.LGD, who are currently seen as one of the best teams in Dota 2 by most fans, will want to win the championship by not giving their opponents a chance.

So there appear to be four outstanding teams to claim the Aegis:  PSG.LGD, who want to break their chains and become champions; Evil Geniuses who ranked first in Dota Pro Circuit and want to continue this in The International 10; Team Secret who wants to achieve success beyond fourth place and OG, who are aiming to become a champions for the third time in a row. What are your TI10 predictions?

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