Team Liquid v Vici Gaming Dota2 Preview and Betting Predictions

Adam Boothe

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 6:24 AM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2019 6:24 AM UTC

We have two somewhat unexpected teams reaching the final three of the Moscow Major – who has the best shot to reach the Grand Final?

<p>One of the longest standing rosters in professional Dota2, Team Liquid, decided to shake things up this past month dropping Finish player Matumbaman. Matu had been with the Euro powerhouse since 2015 and was part of their incredible lower-bracket TI7 run and many other titles in that time. It was commented that their recent replacement of W33 will add more versatility to what had become a predictable and stale 'four protect one' strategy. There has been no official word that W33 will be a permanent fixture, however with TI9 rapidly approaching and Liquid finding some decent synergy thus far, it would be logical that he remains with the team at least until September.</p><p>Something to note; W33 has been cruising on Windranger so far (won 5/6). Liquid has also been gifted a very potent Io + Gyrocopter duo in three of their victories. There is a certain level of unpredictability to them right now that should concern their next opponents.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;\"Liquid are unfightable\" says &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@ODPixel&lt;/a&gt; as we advance through to the next round! &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#LetsGoLiquid&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Team Liquid - Project Whirlwind (@TeamLiquid) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;June 24, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Vici Gaming has once again returned to the top of the Dota2 scene after winning the Dreamleague Major earlier this year. Three weeks ago they were massively outplayed by a cohesive Gambit unit in Birmingham only to get redemption in the upper-bracket today. In fact, of Vici's eight game victories here, only one has gone past the 40-minute mark – a stamp on how straightforward their wins have been. That said they haven't really been tested yet. The calibre of teams at this tournament is very high, however 2-0 against Alliance is not statistically impressive enough to compare it to an in-form Liquid. I have liked the patience Vici seems to be utilising through the early game. At the major they won they were hyper-aggressive around their support rotations to enable snowball games that put the game out of reach. They aren't having to rely on that so far here but are still coming out of the laning stage clearly on top in almost every game.</p><div><h2><b>Match-up:</b></h2><p>Both of these teams have significant experience and respect within the Dota community, but both have been hot and cold this DPC season. The projection is 55% to Liquid, though prior to this tournament it would have given a significant edge to Vici. The other criteria is the x-factor of W33. While it is possible for Vici to look into his most played heros, W33 at the forefront of a Kuroky draft making space for Miracle is something that Vici might not be ready for. The 'honeymoon' phase in esports is a real and intimidating force. I won't stand in the way of it here.</p><p><a href=";a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Dota 2 Betting Odds"><em><strong>Best Bet: Liquid (ml) @ 1.833 [Pinnacle]</strong></em></a></p></div>
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