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DreamLeague Season 11 is the third major of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit. With almost every top team in attendance, the tournament could make or break a few seasons.
Sixteen teams, four groups, and a slew of high-level matchups set for the opening stage in Stockholm, Sweden.
Team Secret is currently the number one team in the world, sitting atop the DPC with 7,950 points after defeating second-place Virtus Pro at The Chongqing Major. They are the favorite at 2.3 odds to take home their second major win.
But the competition is steep for Secret, especially early on. They share Group A with Team Liquid, a team that won The International 2017 and has one of the most cohesive rosters in the entire scene.
If things go as expected, the two will clash in Group A’s winner’s match to see who will claim the top seed in the playoffs. Liquid sits at 2.5 odds to take home their first Major of the season despite being ranked 10th right now.
Virtus has the third-best odds at 5.4 and has a pretty clear road to the top spot out of their group too. If they can take care of business early on, they might be able to reclaim the top spot on the DPC leaderboard.
After Virtus, things start to drop off considerably as teams start to get closer in skill level.
Evil Geniuses is the last of the three elite DPC teams this season, sitting with odds at 10:1. They might have the best value of the event at this spot, seeing as they have placed third in both previous majors this season and been competitive with both Virtus and Secret.
Rounding out the top five are LGD Gaming and EHOME.
LGD is ranked fourth on the leaderboards and looked better in recent competitions than what they showed at the start of the season. Their 13:1 slip could be worth the risk if you think Secret or Virtus have lost a step since the last major.
If there were a team with high odds to avoid, it would be EHOME. The team has changed up the roster that helped bring them their recent success, are dealing with other roster issues, and the injury to Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida was huge. Don’t expect them to place high at the event.
The wildcard to watch is Natus Vincere. At 31:1 odds, they aren’t a very costly investment, and despite being an unproven team that will be competing in their first DPC event since placing second at the DreamLeague Season 10 Minor back in Oct. 2018, they could surprise some people.
The 16 competitors will battle from March 14 to 24 to claim their share of the $1 million USD and 15,000 DPC points in the prize pool. Whoever wins will receive the lion’s share at $350,000 and 4,950 DPC points, which will practically lock in their spot at The International 2019.
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