Less than a week after fans were treated to a best-of-five Grand Finals between Newbee and Liquid at ESL One Genting 2018 where Newbee finally got their revenge, another Minor tournament is set to kick off. The Starladder i-League Invitational Season 4 will start on February 1-4. Although it only features half of the number of teams as the aforementioned Minor tournament, it doesn’t make it any less worth watching. Especially since there’s a possibility that Newbee and Team Liquid will meet up again in yet another epic Grand Finals rematch.
The 9th Minor and 11th Pro Circuit tournament overall of the season will see eight Dota 2 teams from all over the world clash over a $300,000 prize pool and 300 Qualifying Points. Headlining the list of participants are the reigning TI champions, Team Liquid, and arguably the second best Dota 2 team in the world, Newbee. Joining the two teams are CIS’ very own Team Empire, who are making their first appearance in a Pro Circuit LAN for the 2017-18 season; inFamous from South America; LGD Gaming, who are now captained by the legendary Xu ‘fy’Linsen; the Southeast Asian powerhouse Mineski; compLexity Gaming from North America; and finally, the All-Polish underdogs, Team Kinguin.
Looking at the participating teams, Team Liquid should have this one in the bag. They are, after all, the reigning TI champions. But, more importantly, they have won 7 out of the 12 total LANs they have attended so far since February of 2017. What’s even more amazing is that of those 12 LANs, they have placed in the top 3 in at least 3 of them.
As of right now, Bet365 has no option to bet on which team will win the tournament outright. Although it’s pretty obvious who’s the heavy favourites here. But, if you’re looking to make bank, there’s a lot of potential in Group B, where most of the teams are relatively even. This is because unlike Team Liquid, Newbee have a tendency to lose to teams that they have no business losing to. In between Team Empire, Team Kinguin and Mineski, Group B is a stacked group where the perceived “underdogs” have a good chance of pulling off an upset.
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