Evil Geniuses face Fnatic in their final match of The International 2017 group stage.
They are the strongest team in the North American region and one of the favorites for winning The International 2017. With one win and two 3rd place finishes at the last three editions of The International, Evil Geniuses are expected to get at least a top 4 result this year as well.
The American team has had excellent performances in the last six months, taking 1st place at Dota Pit League Season 5, 1st place at The Manila Masters, 3rd-4th place at The Kiev Major, and 2nd place at EPICENTER 2017. As a result, it received a direct invite at the current edition of The International.
Evil Geniuses are coached by Clinton “Fear” Loomis (a former EG player and winner of The International 2015) and lead by Andreas “Cr1t-” Nielsen (a former OG player and winner of two Majors). The entire roster is composed of star players, so the team is prepared in every respect to face the strongest line-ups in the world at this year’s TI.
They placed second in the SEA regional qualifier and won its second phase without dropping a single game, but apart from this they haven’t had any notable results this year. The Southeast Asian team are at the bottom of their group right now, with minimal chances of qualifying for the next phase of the competition. They struggled against all of the teams they had to play against so far, and their final encounter in the group stage is likely to bring more of the same.
Head To Head Record
With their current rosters, the two teams have never played against each other.
Betting Odds And Predictions
Based on the two team’s performances, both prior to and during The International 2017, it’s quite clear that Evil Geniuses have a huge chance of winning this match. Their record so far is 2 wins (against Team Empire and Infamous) and 5 draws (against TNC, Invictus Gaming Vitality, Team Liquid, Team Secret and LGD), while their opponent’s record is 2 draws (against Infamous and Invictus Gaming Vitality) and 5 losses (against Team Secret, Team Empire, Team Liquid, TNC and LGD).
Betway puts the odds at 1.45-2.85-12.50 in favor of Evil Geniuses. Betspawn gives similar odds in favor of the North American team: 1.51-2.67-15.00.
A lot of special bets are available for this match on websites like betway.com and betspawn.com. Among them, it’s well worth a bet that Evil Geniuses will slay the first Roshan and destroy the first barracks. These bets are consistent with the overall prediction, which is that EG will take this match without much of a fight.
Top Betting Tip
My top betting tip for this match is Evil Geniuses to win 2-0. They are a much better team than Fnatic at the moment, and it is very likely that they will simply destroy the Southeast Asian roster in this dispute, as they have done before with several other underdogs at this TI.