With the finish of the LCQ, Team Liquid and Team Secret are the final two teams that have qualified for The International 2022 Group Stage. With a total of sixteen teams participating, we’re in store for more matches than anyone can handle. In this piece, we’ll cover some of our top Dota 2 betting picks and predictions for the inaugural day of The International 2022 Group Stage.
Looking at the respective groups, Group A is definitely looking like the stronger of the two, housing two of the tournament’s perennial favorites – PSG.LGD and OG. On the other hand, Group B is definitely more competitive, with the only standouts being the defending champions Team Spirit.
Day 1 of The International 2022 Group Stage could give us valuable insight into how the tournament might unfold, and with the odds looking to be closer than ever, could give us a good return on our predictions.
Without further ado, let’s dive straight into the matches.
The International 2022 Group Stage Day 1
Royal Never Give Up vs. BETBOOM Team
Between RNG and BB, we’ve got two teams that love to play fast & aggressively. While RNG has struggled throughout the year, BETBOOM took the CIS region by storm, taking many favored scalps on their road to The International 11.
While RNG is fairly stubborn in their picks and teamplay, BETBOOM has shown much higher flexibility. RNG enjoys the utter mayhem behind its aggressiveness, while BB on the other hand takes a more measured approach. Still, the individual quality is on the side of RNG, and we do see them completely dominating BETBOOM at their own game.
The International 2022 Group Stage Day 2
Tundra Esports vs. Talon Esports
In the case of Tundra vs. Talon, we’ve got a clash of styles that heavily favors Tundra. While Talon loves to play aggressively around 23savage until he comes on, Tundra places a far bigger emphasis on its early-game pushes.
While Talon thrives on lane pressure early on, Tundra is a team that particularly excels at it. Looking at the team’s recent performances, we see this matchup heavily going in Tundra’s favor, as Talon has shown trouble dealing with zoo-oriented picks.
Pick: Tundra Esports
Fnatic vs. beastcoast
Looking at this matchup, we’ve got two teams that employ a similar gameplay style. Both Fnatic and beastcoast love to take their time, but with different points of focus. While Fnatic tends to play around their offlaner J/Jabz, Thunder Awaken put the brunt of their focus on carry K1.
As far as the overall hero picks are concerned, Fnatic is definitely the more diverse side, while beastcoast does have a habit of picking nastier carries. Honestly, this series could be seen as a true toss-up, with no side emerging as the major favorite. We see his series ending in a draw.
The International 2022 Group Stage Day 3
Team Aster vs. Thunder Awaken
Between Team Aster and Thunder Awaken, we’ve got two sides who absolutely love fighting. Both sides love to create the required space for their carry by fighting and pressuring all over the map. Team Aster in particular loves to play to their carry (Monet’s) needs. The only difference is that Thunder Awaken love to end their games as fast as possible, while Aster loves their drawn-out affairs.
Looking at their current form, Aster is absolutely dominating Group B, while Thunder Awaken is somewhere in the mid-field. In this case, we’re picking Aster to take the series, mostly due to Thunder’s limited hero pool. If and when Aster weather the storm, Thunder should not prove to be a big obstacle for the Chinese squad.
Pick: Team Aster
OG vs. BETBOOM
OG is definitely coming into the series against BETBOOM as the heavy favorites, and that is with good reason. While the OG’s TI journey has so far been fairly hit or miss, their individual quality and teamplay far overshadow BB’s. BETBOOM’s fast-paced tempo has so far worked against them, as the CIS team’s unfavorable fights and trades have found them at the bottom of Group A.
Looking at the matchup, OG frankly beats BETBOOM at their own game with their better overall team fighting. As an added insult to injury, they scale much better, and BETBOOM will have a nearly impossible time trying to follow OG’s immaculate scaling on their three cores.