Who Will Win Dota 2 TI12?

Published: Sep 27, 2023 - Last Updated: Sep 28, 2023

The International is the premier Dota 2 championship of the year, and it will be taking place from Oct. 12-29, 2023. Fans who are looking to find out who will win Dota 2 TI12 have come to the right place. After all the good work in the last iteration of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), the best teams will compete here and hope to win the big prize.

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Twelve teams have qualified through their performances in the DPC. But eight more teams have qualified through the regional qualifiers. To the dismay of many Dota fans, there were no Last Chance Qualifiers for Dota 2 TI12 and the extra two slots came from regional qualifiers instead.

The group stage for TI12 is divided into four groups with five teams in each. Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the upper bracket of the main event. Teams from 3rd-4th place in their group will end up in the lower bracket, while the rest are eliminated.

Unlike years gone by, teams will then go on to Phase 2 of the Group Stage. There, they’ll play eight BO3 matches to determine the seeding for the main event.

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Can Gaimin Gladiators Go All the Way?

No team in Dota 2 history has won a Major and then gone on to win The International in the same year. If anyone can change that, it’s Gaimin Gladiators. Quinn, Dyrachyo, Ace, Tofu and Seleri have had a real meteoric rise in the world of Dota. Not only did they win all three Majors in Lima, Berlin and Bali this year but they also took home Ws from two DreamLeagues and the BetBoom Dacha.

For a long time, it seemed that they were unbeatable. They took down opponent after opponent and beat Team Liquid into submission no fewer than 4 times in the Grand Finals. But lately, there has been a bit of a chink in the armor in the form of Team Spirit. The Gladiators finished 4th in Riyadh and 7th-8th in DreamLeague Season 21.

If you’re looking to keep things on the safe side with your Dota 2 The International betting, GG are a good place to start. While the groups haven’t been announced for Dota 2 TI 12 just yet, we’d be very surprised to see them fail to make the main event, even if they don’t take home the Aegis.

Team Spirit Want Another Underdog Run

This isn’t Team Spirit‘s first rodeo at The International. Arguably, they’re coming in as underdogs once again but they’re a strong contender for who will win TI12 in Dota 2. They underperformed a little at the start of the year and struggled in Lima, Berlin and Bali. But if Team Spirit makes it to the Grand Finals, they don’t lose.

When it’s needed, they really turn up. They completely dominated Riyadh Masters and DreamLeague Season 21. In fact, they only dropped two maps in the whole DreamLeague tournament. Not games. Maps.

The EEU champions might not have won their TIs consecutively (meaning OG‘s record is safe) but they stand a very good chance at coming out on top of all the other TI teams this year. In an interview prior to DreamLeague, captain Miposhka confirmed they’d be playing at a TI level and he was absolutely correct.

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Team Liquid Deserve a Win

It has been a very rough year for Team Liquid, that goes without saying. They looked to be completely dominant in Lima but after a last-minute illness that forced Boxi to return home before the final, their spirit appeared broken. From there, Team Liquid have fallen to Gaimin Gladiators three more times in the Grand Finals this year. Despite their best efforts and some truly god-tier plays, they just couldn’t pull it off. Yet.

The International is the perfect time for Team Liquid to sweep the rug out from GG and other’s feet. The form and strategies are there, they just need to hold strong and climb to the top of the Dota 2 TI power rankings. While they may have been knocked down a couple of times, they’re certainly a dangerous team to underestimate.

TI12 would also be the second time Team Liquid had taken home the Aegis so there’s a lot to play for.

Tundra Esports: Honorable Mention at Dota 2 TI 12

You might be pretty surprised to see that defending champions Tundra Esports haven’t exactly topped the list of our predictions for TI12. Their performance this year has been impressive but it hasn’t driven them to have the best TI12 odds. With no S-tier victories since their previous TI win, it does seem a little unlikely that they’ll come out on top.

Don’t get us wrong, Tundra Esports are a formidable team. Fans need to take into account that 2 time TI winner Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen has stepped into the mid lane. Nine has now stepped in to cover position 4. This news came after Saksa announced a prolonged break from the Dota scene.

Tundra feat. Topson is a pretty unknown entity at this point. They managed to place 5th-6th in DreamLeague Season 21 and with a brand new player added to the roster, that’s no mean feat.

With more time to practice and boot camp, keen Dota 2 bettors should keep their eye on Tundra.

Dota 2 TI Favorites According to the Sportsbooks

It seems GG.Bet are ready and willing to put their bets on Gaimin Gladiators to win the whole event this year, having allotted them the shortest odds (4.00 / +300). However, Team Liquid (5 / +400) aren’t really far behind. It seems to be a race between GG, Liquid, Spirit and Tundra.

Those looking for longer odds (and who doesn’t love a bit of a higher risk, higher reward?) may place their bets on LGD Gaming or Entity.

This is the first time we haven’t seen LGD Gaming (formerly PSG.LGD) as a front-runner at TI. It’s safe to say there are plenty of fans who still believe!

Dota is one of the most unpredictable esports out there. While you can certainly make an educated guess about who will win Dota 2 TI12, it’s easier said than done. Dota 2 The International bookmakers will already be collecting their data to present the best odds on the market. Make sure to check out a variety of sites to get the best bonuses, odds and markets for your style of betting.

Sophie McCarthy

Since: January 19, 2023

Sophie has been working in esports betting for over 2 years. She's a huge fan of Dota 2 and CS:GO, and keeps up with the latest esports betting industry news.

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