Dota 2 ESL One Katowice 2019 Opening Round Matches
The second edition of the Dota 2 ESL One Katowice starts on Tuesday with six games played in the group stage. Three of them start at 11 AM UK time, and the remaining three are scheduled for 4 PM, so punters have multiple betting opportunities throughout the day. In 2019, 12 teams will compete for a share of the guaranteed prize pool worth $300,000, with the tournament concluding at the end of the week. The Spodek Arena will be hosting the matches played in the last three days of the main event.
ESL One Katowice Format and Prizes
Eight teams were invited to participate in the Dota 2 ESL One Katowice and an additional four have joined them from regional qualifiers. The group stage starts on February 19 and concludes two days later, with the top two teams to advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs. The next two will be playing in the lower bracket, while the bottom teams will be eliminated, before the playoffs begin. All the matches will be played in a best-of-three format, except for the grand finals which will require up to five games.
Team Secret and Mineski are Opening Day Favourites
Team Secret and Mineski will play in the opening matches before noon and both are expected to kickstart their campaign with a victory. Betway prices Team Secret at 3/5 against OG, while offering spectacular odds of 11/1 on the underdogs to cause an upset. This is an unlikely outcome, so punters favouring OG should consider the odds of 2/1 on a draw. Mineski will have a slightly more difficult mission against the For The Dream, as reflected by the odds of 3/4. A draw is worth considering at 3/2 and For The Dream could even take a leap of faith with the odds of 10/1 on the underdogs.
High Likelihood for a Draw in Two Matches
ArcaneBet expects two matches to end undecided, at least if you are to believe the odds offered on those two games. The first one starts in the morning and pits Gambit versus Forward Gaming and the other is set to begin at 4 PM and has Chaos Esports Club facing compLexity. In both matches, the odds for a draw currently stand at 11/10 and they are expected to drop further, all the way to even value. Forward Gaming are slight favourites at odds of 3/1, but a bet on Gambit makes more sense at 4/1. Punters should also consider a medium-size wager on compLexity to win the last match of the days at odds of 4/1.
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Trophy Contenders Play in the Afternoon
Team Secret are the overwhelming favourites to win the competition, with odds of only 1/2 at Rivalry. The bookmaker regards Fnatic and Ninjas in Pyjamas at their most likely opponents in the final, with odds of 9/1 to lift the trophy. Ninjas in Pyjamas play the opening match against Alliance and are given odds of 4/5, while punters who bet on Fnatic to win will be paid as 2/1. In both cases, the odds on the draw revolve around 3/2 and the underdogs get odds that exceed 7/1.