Once again, Hamburg will become the focal point for eSports enthusiasts and fans with ESL One Dota 2 returning to the well-known metropolis and offering the largest Dota 2 event in Europe. 16 teams will compete against each other for six days. Compared to the previous year, this time the number of participants has doubled.
In 2017, the event was held in the Hamburg Barclaycard Arena and this year, the ESL One returns to the renowned site. In contrast to the previous year, the entire event was extended to six days owing to the high popularity of competition in the EU region.
Last year over 10,000 fans watched the event live over a four-day period. In the end, Virtus.Pro beat Team Secret 2-0 and topped Europe’s Dota 2 Champion.
Let’s take a look at this year’s potential contenders who might lift up the trophy.
This year, Secret might not be the reigning champions, but by many bookmakers, they have been rated as the favorites to lift the title. Team Secret has been one of the few teams that have improved just after The International break. All eyes will be on Nisha who will be playing his first competitive competition under a big organization.
Just a couple of weeks ago, they won the Singtel PVP Esports Championship. So it is fair to say that they are the strongest side in EU since other big teams have not participated in any competition or have been eliminated early just like the TI7 champions Team Liquid who are nowhere to be seen at the moment.
Apart from Team Secret, Evil Geniuses and Virtus.Pro are also tipped to be the future champions. For Evil Geniuses, this will a difficult feat since yesterday the organization has announced that they will be playing with a stand-in. So this a huge blow to their title ambition since their first choice, Sumail will not be playing. Sumail was arguably the best player at the TI8. Playing without him won’t help EG’s title ambitions.
For Virtus.Pro, we know that they are the reigning champions. So, the Russian organization should be placed first but that is not the case. The lineup failed to perform at the biggest Dota 2 competition in the World, The International. Before the start of the competition, Virtus.Pro was tippled by many to lift the trophy but they were knocked out in the quarterfinals. Despite the Post-TI results, they have not made any roster changes and surely are a big contender for the title. But their lack of consistency might not get them the title victory.
— Virtus.pro (@virtuspro) August 30, 2018
Ninjas in Pyjamas
The team led by the former TI champion, Peter “ppd” Dager is another team to watch out at the main stage. Ninjas in Pyjamas received the direct invitation to the event due to their excellent performance after the Post-TI. The lineup is a mixture of former Team Secret and OpTic Gaming players. The chemistry between the players is top-notch and ppd will be aiming to secure the title under his belt.
Odds on GG.bet
- Evil Geniuses – 3.50
- Virtus.Pro – 4.00
- Team Secret – 4.50
- Ninjas in Pyjamas – 8.00
- Alliance – 13.00
- Forward Gaming – 13.00
- Vici Gaming – 15.00
- Team Aster – 15.00
- TnC Predator – 17.00
- paiN Gaming – 31.00
- CompLexity Gaming – 34.00
- Mineski – 34.00