Valve announces draw for 10 international groups SickOdds

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Just 24 hours before the highly anticipated Dota 2 The International 10 kicked off, Valve announced the tournament group draw. As revealed, 18 Dota 2 esports teams have been classified into two groups of nine, with eight teams each advancing to the playoffs.

The international format 10

The International 10 (TI10) is an international Dota 2 esports tournament scheduled for October 5-17. The competition was originally scheduled to take place in Stockholm, Sweden, but was later moved to Bucharest, Romania.

The tournament will feature 18 of the top Dota 2 teams from six regions – Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North America, China, SEA and South America. It will mark one of the biggest and most lucrative esports events of the year, with an enticing prize pool of $ 40,018,195.

With a prize pool of + $ 40 million, TI10 will break the world record for the highest paid esport event, previously held by TI9. Known as the competition whose prize pool grows each year, TI holds the records as the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth highest-paid esports tournaments in history.

International jackpots

  • 2021 – $ 40,018,195 (+ 15.3%)
  • 2019 – $ 34,330,069.00 (+ 29.4%)
  • 2018 – $ 25,532,177.00 (+ 3.4%)
  • 2017 – $ 24,687,919.00 (+ 17.2%)
  • 2016 – $ 20,770,460.00 (+ 11.9%)
  • 2015 – $ 18,429,613.05

TI10 will use the same format as in 2019, with 18 teams split into two groups of nine. The group stage will run from October 7-10 and will use a round robin format, with all matches played best of two (Bo2).

The top four teams from each group will advance to the top bracket of the main event. Teams ranked fifth-eighth will advance to the lower end of the playoffs, while the lowest team will be eliminated.

The TI10 playoffs will run from October 12 to 17, with a double elimination installment. All matches will be played on the best of three (Bo3), with the exception of the Grand Final, which will be in Bo5.

The International 10 – Group A

Valve has announced the draw for Group A, which will consist primarily of Western teams, with the exception of Invictus Gaming, Team Aster and T1.

Despite the lack of Asian teams, Group A promises to provide fans with four exciting days of games, albeit a clear favorite.

Group A draw (with absolute tournament odds)

Betting odds courtesy of BetOnline.

  • Evil Geniuses +400
  • Virtus.pro +700
  • OG +900
  • T1 +1400
  • Aster Team +1700
  • Alliance +2800
  • Eternal Team +10000
  • Thunder Predator +15000

Evil Geniuses is billed as one of the strongest Dota 2 esports teams in TI10 and is preferred to dominate its group. Priced at +400 to go all the way and hoist the umbrella of champions, NA reps have the talent to deliver and high expectations on their shoulders.

Their two closest rivals for first place in Group A are CIS champions, Virtus.pro, and two-time consecutive TI champions, OG. While both are great teams, bookies have a lot less faith in OG and VP to win the trophy.

This is reasonable since VP has not achieved much outside of national competitions. Meanwhile, OG created roster chances and are not the same team that won back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.

The International 10 – Group B

Group B looks much more difficult on paper, largely because it features the undisputed favorites to win TI10, PSG.LGD. However, PSG.LGD are not the only strong team in this group.

Group B draw (with absolute tournament odds)

Betting odds courtesy of BetOnline.

  • PSG.LGD +150
  • Team Secret +600
  • Elephant +1100
  • Vici Gaming +1200
  • Team player + 2800
  • Quincy crew +2800
  • Fnatic +5000
  • coast of beasts +6600
  • SG esports +25000

PSG.LGD are joined by European power and the most dominant team of 2020, Team Secret. The latter are presented as the third favorites to win TI10, at +600, which is a bit below EG (+400) and PSG.LGD (+150).

Other serious competitors in Group B include Elephant (+1100) and Vici Gaming (+1200), both of which are ranked in the top six favorites to go all the way.

Who will come out on top and which teams will justify their chances is everyone’s guess, but we should get a better idea of ​​which Dota 2 esports teams have what it takes to win the Champions Aegis on Thursday. October 7, in the first round of the group stage starts.

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