As you will likely know, esports has taken the betting industry by storm, and now to such an extent that odds are now released months in advance for big events like The International.
To put it into perspective, you cannot find odds for the 2018/19 FA Premier League football season, despite the fact it kicks off two weeks before the International (20th-25th August, Vancouver).
However, we have a full release of odds from major bookmakers like Bet365 for the showpiece Dota 2 event.
Virtus.pro made favourites after big win in Hamburg ESL One
It might surprise you to learn that the 2017 winners, Team Liquid, are not the outright favourites for the event. That honour goes to Virtus.pro, who have yet to land victory at the International and came 6th in last year’s event (they lost to Team Liquid in the quarter finals).
However, they did triumph in the ESL One Hamburg a couple of month’s after last year’s International, so you can see why Bet365 has made them favourites. A breakdown of the current odds is shown below:
|LGD Gaming||12/1||LGD Forever Young||100/1|
|VGJ Thunder||20/1||Echo International||100/1|
Qualifying to see which of the teams will make it to Vancouver gets underway in June, with odds for other outfits available on request. But you can expect the likes of Virtus.pro and Team Liquid to receive automatic invitations for the event.
Liquid looking to be the first team to successfully defend the International title
As you can see, it is fairly tight at the top of the odds between the likes of Virtus.pro, Team Liquid and Team Secret. In truth, there is not much that separates the trio.
It has been historically quite tough to predict the winner of the International, with no team having successfully defended the title the year after winning it.
You could perhaps see some value in the 100/1 for LGD Forever Young, who made it all the way to the lower bracket final last year, before being beaten 2-1 by Team Liquid.
If you are backing a long shot, check out these latest esports free bets from major UK bookmakers before betting.
Outside of the outright winner markets, there is also an interesting option to bet on the region of the winning team. The breakdown for that is shown below:
- Europe (Team Liquid, Team Secret etc) 13/8
- China (NatusVincere, Invictus, Newbee etc) 9/4
- CIS (Team Empire, Virtus.pro etc) 3/1
- North America (Evil Geniuses, Immortals etc) 15/2
- South East Asia (TNC Pro Team, Fnatic etc) 14/1
- South America (Elite Wolves, Infamous etc) 250/1
That market gives you the option of covering your bet by backing a couple of teams, i.e. backing Europe would effectively act as a double bet on Liquid and Secret.
When the International comes around in August, you will also be able to make plenty of head-to-head bets and specials, such as players with the highest GMP or most assists on a map.
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