Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 is a prestigious Dota Pro Circuit Major and the 16th LAN event of the 2017-2018 competitive season. Organized by Perfect World and PGL and sponsored by reputable companies such as Samsung, NVIDIA GeForce, and Lenovo Legion, the tournament has a prize pool of 1 million dollars and is scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China between February March 29th and April 7th.
Due to the fact that it brings together 16 of the world’s best teams, Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 features a lot of matches that provide excellent betting opportunities.
DAC 2018 Tournament Participants and Format
The Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 features 16 teams from 6 different regions:
Europe: Team Liquid, Team Secret, OG.
North America: Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming.
South America: PaiN Gaming.
Southeast Asia: Mineski, TNC Pro Team.
CIS: Virtus.pro, Effect.
China: Invictus Gaming, Newbee, Vici Gaming, Keen Gaming, PSG.LGD, VGJ.Thunder.
Initially, the teams will be divided into 2 groups of 8. During the Group Stage, each team plays a Bo1 match against every other team from its group. The bottom 2 teams from every group are eliminated. The 3rd-6th placed teams qualify for the Breakout phase (which includes 4 Bo3 elimination matches) of the main event. The first 2 teams qualify for the first upper bracket round of matches.
After the Breakout phase, the main event is played in a double elimination bracket format. Except for the first round of lower bracket matches (Bo1) and the Grand Finals (Bo5), every match is a Bo3 series.
Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 Points Distribution
Because it belongs to the Dota Pro Circuit, Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 offers 1500 qualification points for The International 2018 in addition to its 1 million dollars prize pool. These points will be distributed among participants in the following way:
1st place: 750 points.
2nd place: 450 points.
3rd place: 225 points.
4th place: 75 points.
5th-16th place: 0 points.
DAC 2018 Group Stage
TNC Pro Team
Team Liquid vs. TNC Pro Team
Team Liquid will definitely be underrated for this tournament, simply because of their somewhat disappointing performance at DreamLeague Season 9. However, keep in mind that Team Liquid played that tournament with their coach as their 5th due to the fact that Miracle had personal issues and couldn’t attend the event. In their standard formation, Team Liquid is the strongest team in Group A. So this match against TNC shouldn’t be a problem for them.
OpTic Gaming vs. OG
OpTic Gaming is in great shape right now, while OG is on a downward spiral. Just recently, ppd’s team won a Bo3 series against Evil Geniuses and keep in mind that EG won GESC: Indonesia Dota 2 Minor just 2 weeks ago, by defeating VGJ. Thunder in the Grand Finals (score 2 – 0).
On the other side, OG had to release Resolut1on after a long series of disappointments and are playing with their captain 7ckngMad in the midlane.
Team Secret vs. Evil Geniuses
Team Secret is at the top of its game right now and the latest tournament title obtained at DreamLeague Season 9 clearly proves it. EG isn’t playing bad either, but the team is still very inconsistent and against such a strong opponent, they have little chance of success.
Virtus.pro vs. Evil Geniuses
Again, you should bet against EG here, as Virtus.pro are lightyears ahead of them at this point.
General betting principles for this tournament are to bet on VP, Team Secret and Team Liquid, and against OG and the weaker teams such as PaiN Gaming and TNC Pro Team. Also, be aware of Effect. They’re a strong team and playing with Resolut1on as a stand-in.
Betway puts the odds at 1.45 – 2.55 in Virtus.pro’s favour, as they are the clear favorites.