Team Secret Takes Strong Position In Dota Pro Circuit

Published: Jun 20, 2019 - Last Updated: Jun 28, 2019

This coming weekend sees the start of the final Major of the Dota Pro Circuit Season. The EPICENTER Major calls the CSKA Arena in Moscow home.

As is customary for DPC Majors, 15,000 DPC points are up for grabs with a prize pool of $1,000,000 for the 16 teams.

The 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit has certainly been evenly contested. At the moment, Team Secret, the only team to win two Majors this year, lead the standings.

Dota Pro Circuit 2018-19 – tournament results

Dota Pro Circuit – Rankings (After StarLadder Season 2 tournament)

  1. Team Secret – 14,250
  2. pro – 11,400
  3. Evil Geniuses – 6,750
  4. Vici Gaming – 6,300
  5. LGD – 4,140
  6. Fnatic – 3,525
  7. Team Liquid – 2,820
  8. Ninjas in Pyjamas – 2590
  9. Keen Gaming – 1,140
  10. OG – 948
  11. TNC Predator – 696
  12. EHOME – 629.6
  13. Storm – 576
  14. Alliance – 379
  15. Chaos Esports Club – 288
  16. Mineski – 286
  17. Gambit Esports – 228
  18. Forward Gaming -154.88
  19. Complexity Gaming – 153.11
  20. paiN Gaming – 150

It is not just the two wins at the Chongqing Major and the MDL Disneyland Paris Major that have made Team Secret the team to beat. They also finished as runners-up in the Kuala Lumpur Major.

No team can match that level of consistency across the four Majors. Only Virtus.pro approach anywhere near that, winning the Kuala Lumpur Major and finishing second in both the Chongqing and DreamLeague Season 11 Major.

Then, Evil Geniuses are yet to win a tournament or even reach a final, but their consistency in finishing third in three of the four Majors (all but DreamLeague where they were 7th/8th) means they have edged into third ahead of Vici Gaming.

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With almost 5,000 points up for grabs for this weekend’s winner, any team involved could move up the standings and earn one of the eight qualifying spots available for The International 2019.

EPICENTER Major preview

The action kicks off in Russia on June 22 and will run until June 30. Sixteen teams have qualified from a number of regions, plus two qualifiers from last weekend’s StarLadder Imba TV Minor.

The teams have been drawn into four groups and a GSL format. The top two teams advance into the upper bracket of the playoffs, and the bottom two move into the lower bracket.

Group Stage draw & opening games

Group A

Opening Matches in Group A

Group B

Opening Matches in Group B

Group C

Opening Matches in Group C

Group D

Opening Matches in Group D

Who will win EPICENTER 2019?

The latest odds provided by Betway are as follows:

As you can see, Team Secret are the clear favorites to win. Certainly, they should go deep into the tournament, and it would be a huge surprise if they don’t manage to attain at least a top-four finish.

As to who could challenge them, the smart money seems to be on Virtus.pro. The Russian team is playing on home soil, and after a less than stellar season so far, by their own high standards, they will want to put on a good display in front of their own fans.

Watch out too for OG, the 10/1 shots, who won The International 2018 but have not shone in the Dota Pro Circuit this season. But if they can find their best form, they could be a surprise contender here.

Ian John

Since: August 10, 2015

Ian is a regular contributor to EsportsBets. Ian is well-versed in the world of esports betting and casino gaming and has written extensively on the online gambling industry. Ian brings fresh insight into all facets of gaming.

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