With Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds losing its Major status, courtesy of Valve’s decision to pull their support from the event, the event has lost most of its appeal. However, that doesn’t mean that the tournament isn’t worth watching anymore. Especially not for the viewers, not with 8 world-class Dota 2 still on the tournament pool despite the fiasco
The ex-Major will see 8 Dota 2 teams fight over a $500,000 prize pool later this week at the Philippine Arena in the Philippines on January 19-21. OG, Evil Geniuses, Infamous and hometown darlings, TNC Pro Team headline the list of participating teams. Joining them are Team Spirit, the CIS underdogs who will be making their LAN debut in the tournament; paiN Gaming from South America who will be playing with Aliwi “w33” Omar as a stand-in; Liu "Sylar" Jiajun and VGJ.Thunder from China; lastly, PG.Barracx, an amateur Dota 2 team who qualified via the wild cards.
OG would have had this tournament easily by a mile. Would, because they are playing with stand-ins in Sébastien "7ckngMad" Debs and Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann. This pretty much means we don’t know what to expect from the MDL Macau Champions. This should leave the field wide open for Evil Geniuses and TNC Pro Team. Especially the latter, who are expected to put on a good show in front of the home crowd.
As of the moment, Bet365 have no option to bet on which team will win the tournament outright. If it was available, expect OG to lead all teams. Yes, it sucks that they’re playing with stand-ins. But, they’re not exactly pushovers. Lest we forget, 7ckingmad is a legitimate pro who reached 9K MMR last season and is also their longtime coach. Meanwhile, Khezu is an up-and-coming talent who made some amazing plays as part of Team Secret last season. Evil Geniuses’ could pull off an upset, and so could TNC Pro Team. However, judging by how the brackets will turn out, this should be all OG, especially if they eliminate Evil Geniuses early in the double-elimination tournament.
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