OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 Split Tournament Preview

By Pavo Jurkic in Esports on April 19, 2019

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This is it, guys! The Penultimate Minor of the Penultimate Major of 2018/2019 DPC starts in just a few days. OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 is scheduled to start on Monday, 22nd April and last till Sunday, 28th April. Throughout those six days, we’ll witness eight teams battling it out against each other for the final spot at the upcoming MDL Disneyland Paris Major.

With less than two weeks separating us from the Paris spectacle, let’s turn our attention to OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 betting preview! More precisely, let’s dwell deeper into the interesting facts, competing teams, potential dark horses and outright betting predictions to help all aspiring esports betting enthusiasts!

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OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 Interesting Facts

Let’s start our OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 betting preview journey by listing out the most interesting facts:

  • The host city is Split, Croatia. A beautiful coastal city with gorgeous beaches and famous Dalmatian cuisine. The venue, Spaladium Arena, was built for the purposes of World Championship in Handball and can fit more than 10,000 people in full capacity. It has a history of Dota 2 tournaments so it’s bound to provide everyone with a splendid live experience.
  • The broadcast talent has been announced just a few days ago. It features experienced commentators such as Zyori, TrentPax, and Moxxi, with the addition of a few domestic names (with international recognition), Lacoste and LizZard.
  • The total prize pool of OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 amounts to the standard $300,000. Additionally, there are also 500 DPC points on the line. But, more importantly, the winning team qualifies for the upcoming Paris Major which brings forth 15,000 DPC points. The full prize pool and DPC distribution are available down below.

Prize Pool and DPC Points Distribution

Here’s the official prize money and DPC points distribution for all eight spots:

  • 1st place: $125,000 – 120 points
  • 2nd place: $65,000 – 100 points
  • 3rd place: $35,000 – 90 points
  • 4th place: $25,000 – 70 points
  • 5th place: $15,000 – 40 points
  • 6th place: $15,000 – 40 points
  • 7th place: $10,000 – 20 points
  • 8th place: $10,000 – 20 points

Tournament Format

As you’d come to expect from a DPC Minor, OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 is set to feature two phases -group stage and playoffs. The group stage features two round-robin groups with four teams in each. All matches are played as best of three.

The playoffs are divided into upper and lower brackets. First three rounds of lower bracket matches will be played as Bo1 matches with all remaining ones being Bo3. The Grand Finals match is set for a Bo5 spectacle deciding the final ticket to the upcoming MDL Disneyland Paris Major.

Here’s the list of all competing teams as well as their respective regions:

  • Europe: Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance
  • North America: Forward Gaming
  • South America: Majestic Esports
  • CIS: Gambit Esports
  • Southeast Asia: BOOM ID
  • China: Royal Never Give Up, EHOME

OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 Teams Overview

The next step of our OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 Betting Preview is checking out the most notable teams. Yep, since this event is classified as a DPC Minor, it comes as no surprise to see several top-ranking contestants. However, Dota 2 is a highly dynamic game so upsets are likely to happen. It’s just a matter of whether or not we can predict them in a timely fashion.

So, without further adue, let’s check out the two most notable teams (Gambit Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas) as well as two dark horses with strong upset potential for qualifying for the upcoming MDL Disneyland Paris Major.

Gambit Esports

Let’s face it, Gambit Esports is in a world of trouble. Currently ranking as the 10th best Dota 2 team, the Russian boys still haven’t found their stride this season. A whole bunch of mediocre performance resulted in a mere 208 points on the DPC rankings. 15th spot, to be more precise. A spot that’s close to the top 12 but will require them to snap out of it and start performing at their best.

Gambit’s current roster has plenty of potential, no point denying that. However, they’ll need to ensure they play in the grand finals in Split and hopefully close it out with a win. They desperately need to qualify for the Paris Major if they want a proper chance of reaching The International. That said, I believe Daxak, Afoninje, and the boys will show us what they’re made of and pose as the main contenders for winning OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019, and hopefully making a good result in Paris.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NiP’s recent track record isn’t all that good. Obviously, the still haven’t qualified for the upcoming Paris Major after having a rough spell of performances. It all culminated with a proper embarrassment at the DreamLeague Season 11 where they got eliminated in the group stage.

Coming into this tournament, NiP will be hoping to snatch the final spot at the Paris Major. True, they are sitting at the seventh Dota Pro Circuit spot with 1,570 points. In all honesty, that should be enough for them to qualify for The International 2019. But still, a couple more points in Split or Paris would allow them to relax ahead of the final Major of this season.

They don’t have the imperative of winning like Gambit Esports who are sitting at just 208 points at the moment. The Russian team needs to perform in Split which is why I believe they have better chances of seeing this one through. However, more on that down below in the outright betting section.

Royal Never Give Up

With all roster changes that Royal Never Give Up introduced for this season, it’s quite tough to predict their performance in Split. They’re still among the four favorites, mind you, but I doubt they’ll make their nation proud in Croatia. How come?

Well, to me, the biggest problem lies in their unsynchronized laning phase which often proved to be the center of their problems. Ganking and offlaning is another tricky part here, but it’s understandable considering their recent roster changes.

Setsu hasn’t been doing himself justice lately. This mid laner was meh at best, often losing lanes even against easier opponents, and rarely being dominant enough to snowball to the late game. Combine his poor spell of performance with a shaky laning phase and generally lousy season, and you’ll understand why I don’t believe Royal Never Give Up won’t have a good run in Split.

True, if everything aligns perfectly and Setsu has a solid run, Royal Never Give Up has the above-mentioned upset potential. But it’s a long shot, to say the least…

Alliance

After a thrilling start to this season, Alliance fell to their usual, irrelevant selves. After competing at The Kuala Lumpur and The Chongqing Majors, be it with bad finishing spots, Alliance gathered solid 225 points, placing them at the 14th DPC ranking spot. Quite a good result for Alliance, if I may add.

Unfortunately, ever since the Chongqing Major Alliance’s performance experienced a rapid fall. Coming into this tournament, I can see them going into the upper playoffs bracket, but I doubt they’ll have any luck competing against the likes of RNGU, NiP or Gambit. True, Alliance has the roster quality to pose as a dark horse, but knowing those three above-mentioned teams and the situations they’re in, I doubt they’ll allow themselves to make a silly mistake and jeopardize their chances of success.

Outright Betting on OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019

And finally, the last part of this OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 Betting Preview will be touching the outright winner betting probabilities. As you could see above, there’s a handful of top-tier competing here. Obviously, some of them are past their prime, but there are still top ten contestants in the form of Gambit Esports and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

In all honesty, these two teams should be deciding the winner here. They’re still not qualified for the upcoming MLD Paris Major and this is their last ticket. And don’t even get me started on the importance of this Minor and the quantity of DPC points on the line. Not just on the actual Minor but on the upcoming Major as well.

That said, both of these teams will try to be at the top of their game in Split. The occasion is set, the stage is nicely poised and you can rest assured we’ll be seeing these two teams battle it out against each other for a chance to play at the next Dota Pro Circuit Major. Need I remind you the MDL Disneyland Paris Major starts in roughly two weeks. There’s just one more Minor and Major combo afterward so each DPC point will definitely count.

Considering all that, betting on these two teams seems like a no-brainer. But, you can only choose one, right? Well, technically you can choose both on two separate betting slips, but where’s the fun in that, right?!

So, which one to go for? Even though the majority of top-tier esports betting sites favor Ninjas in Pyjamas to win this one, I’d say Gambit has slightly better chances. Yes, Gambit wasn’t showing the best of form at the Birmingham Invitational earlier this month, but I still think the Russian boys have what it takes to qualify for the Paris Major. At the moment, odds on Gambit to win OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019 sit at +320. Pretty decent value if you ask me, especially considering the quality of players such as Daxak, Afoninje, and AfterLife, something we already discussed above.

Pavo Jurkic

Pavo Jurkic has been in the esports betting industry since 2015, actively writing content related to this rapidly growing industry. A dedicated father by day and an avid gamer by night, Pavo Jurkic aims to bring you the freshest esports news and betting predictions.

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