EPICENTER XL is one of the several remaining Dota Pro Circuit LAN events for this competitive season. Being at its 3rd edition, the tournament is already famous worldwide for creating an incredible atmosphere rivaled only by that of The International. This year, EPICENTER XL is offering a prize pool of 1 million dollars as well as 1500 qualification points for TI 8.
Participants and event format
EPICENTER XL is held in Moscow between April 27 and May 6, and features 12 teams from 6 different regions:
- CIS: Natus Vincere, Team Empire, FlyToMoon, Virtus.pro.
- North America: compLexity Gaming.
- South America: paiN Gaming.
- Europe: Team Liquid, OG, Team Secret.
- China: Newbee, LGD Gaming.
- Southeast Asia: Mineski.
Initially, the teams will be divided into two groups of 6.
- Team Liquid
- Team Empire
- compLexity Gaming
- Team Secret
- Natus Vincere
- paiN Gaming
In each group, every team plays a Bo3 match against every other team. At the end, the top two teams from each group advance to the upper bracket of the main event. The next two teams advance to the lower bracket. The bottom two teams are eliminated.
compLexity Gaming vs. FlyToMoon
CompLexity Gaming is a fairly strong team from the North American region and its roster has a lot of international experience and a multitude of notable achievements. On the other side, FlyToMoon is a recently formed CIS team with almost no international results to speak of and very limited experience playing as a unit.
Betting prediction: compLexity Gaming to win.
Virtus.pro vs. paiN Gaming
The skill difference between these two teams is enormous. Virtus.pro has been the best team in the world this season while paiN Gaming does not have a single point in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings table. In addition to this, paiN Gaming has recently brought in a new player, namely w33.
Betting prediction: Virtus.pro to win.
Team Secret vs. Newbee
Both of these teams are very strong and occupy top 5 spots within the Dota Pro Circuit rankings table. However, the difference between them is quite substantial: almost 2500 points. Furthermore, the head to head record for this season clearly favors Team Secret: 5 W – 2 L.
Betting prediction: Team Secret to win.
Mineski vs. PSG.LGD
This is a rematch of the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 Grand Final. Mineski won that match with the score of 3 – 2, but the battle was extremely fierce and the match could have easily gone either way.
At the moment, the difference between Mineski and PSG.LGD within the Dota Pro Circuit rankings table is quite significant. The two teams are separated by 4 places and more than 1300 points. That’s a direct result of Mineski’s much better performance throughout the season.
Betting prediction: Mineski to win.
OG vs. Natus Vincere
This is a very difficult match to predict, as both of these teams have been in a lot of trouble lately. OG lost Resolut1on while Natus Vincere lost RodjER and SoNNeikO. After these losses, both teams went from one failure to another, except for OG’s small regional victory during the qualifiers for ESL One Birmingham. The team qualified for this Major by beating Team Kinguin in the Grand Final. At the same time, Na’Vi had several poor results lately, losing against small regional teams like Vega Squadron and even Mega-Lada E-sports.
Betting prediction: OG to win.
Team Liquid vs. Team Empire
This is another mismatch between one team that won The International 2017 and is currently sitting at number 2 within the Dota Pro Circuit rankings, and another one that hasn’t earned a single point this season and is a complete mess overall.
Betting prediction: Team Liquid to win.