Team Nigma enters the ONE Esports Singapore Major with +2500 odds to win. Team Secret and Virtus.pro are the top two favorites.
- The ONE Esports Singapore Major is the very first major of the 2021 Dota 2 Pro Circuit
- The tournament begins on March 27th with the best-of-five grand final happening on April 4th
- Team Secret enters as the heavy favorites at +140. See the odds for all teams to win the ONE Esports Singapore Major below
The first Major of the 2021 Dota 2 Pro Circuit finally begins on March 27th. Eighteen teams will compete at the ONE Esports Singapore Major for a prize pool of $500,000 USD. The Major will be split into three stages: the Wild Card round, Group Stage, and Playoffs. Team Secret and Virtus.pro are the top two favorites in the Dota 2 ONE Esports Singapore Major odds.
Six teams will compete in the Wild Card round beginning on March 27th, with only two teams advancing to join six previously qualified teams in the group stage. Two teams will get eliminated in the group stage while the rest qualify for Playoffs. Six teams have already qualified directly to the Playoff Stage, and that includes the heavy favorite in Team Secret.
Dota 2 ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 Odds
|AS Monaco Gambit||+5000|
Odds as of Mar. 25
Team Secret or Virtus.pro?
Whenever a team is as heavily favored as Team Secret, it’s difficult to bet against them. With that said, this is an 18 team tournament, and each team will need to win a ton of games in order to eventually win the $200,000 USD grand prize.
For Team Secret, it would have been hard to qualify for the Major Playoffs in a more convincing way. In the round-robin qualifier at DreamLeague Season 14, Team Secret went 7-0. That includes wins over Alliance, Nigma, and Liquid, who they could run into at some point during the Major.
Team Secret’s dominance is well documented but at +140 there isn’t much value to be had. Meanwhile, Virtus.pro out of the CIS have been running hot since the end of 2020. Most impressively, they took home first at Epic League Season 2 and beat Team Secret on their way to doing so. With such a large tournament, I prefer the value that Virtus.pro has to offer.
With a field of 18 teams, there are bound to be some teams that outperform expectations and others that fall short. The Wild Card round adds another wrinkle as it’s yet another step for the teams that struggled in qualifiers. However, that also presents a chance at value. Both Nigma and PSG.LGD are competing in the Wild Card stage, but assuming they get out, they have the ability to make a deep run. Of course, the more games you play, the greater the risk of error.
For Nigma, they’re one of the top teams in Europe and qualified for the Major with a 4-3 record in the DreamLeague qualifier. This roster has played together for a while and yet, the one thing they lack is consistency. The talent is there, but it’s a definite longshot to go from Wild Card to Champion.
The same situation can be said for PSG.LGD. They’re a strong team out of China, but the road is long and difficult. Of the dark horses, I’d much rather ride with Nigma at +2500.
Fnatic’s Chances at ONE Esports Singapore Major
Fnatic qualified for the Singapore Major as the strongest team in Southeast Asia. In the qualifier, they went 6-1 and earned a spot in the playoffs.
Although they’ve proven to be a strong team in their region, it’ll be tough for them to compete with some of the titans out of Europe and China. Even though they skip straight to the playoffs, they’ll be in tough against the best international teams. I’d stay away from Fnatic at +1500 and roll with Virtus.pro at +500.
Pick: Virtus.pro (+500)
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