The group stages are well underway and the stage is set for the 2017 Dota2 Asian Championship coming live from Shanghai, China from April 1st. On of the biggest majors in esports, the DAC has attracted the biggest names in the world of Dota2 who will be competing for a total prize pool of $500,000. Today we’re looking forward at which teams are likely to feature prominently and how things might go down.
What’s the DAC 2017 Prize Pool?
The Dota2 Asian Championship prize pool in 2017 is a massive $500,000, split between 12 teams as follows:
- 1st – $200,000
- 2nd – $75,000
- 3rd – $60,000
- 4th – $45,000
- 5-6th – $30,000
- 7-8th – $15,000
- 9-12th – $7,500
Which Teams are Playing at DAC 2017?
There are 12 competing teams at the DAC this year; 2 teams were invited from China, 2 were invited from outside China and the other 8 qualified through regional tournaments in Europe, South East Asia, The Americas, China and the CIS. The teams are:
- Wings Gaming – China
- OG – Europe
- LGD. Forever Young – China
- Team VG.J – China
- Team Faceless – Singapore
- Team Empire – Russia
- Evil Geniuses – USA
- Newbee – China
- Team Liquid – Europe
- IG.Vitality – China
- Team NP – Canada
- Invictus Gaming – China
It’s clearly a massive line-up, but who’s looking like a potential winner at this stage?
Dota2 Asian Championship 2017 Group Stage Review
The group stages are finised and there have been some surprising results. Those cheeky Europeans OG have upset Chinese fans by romping through the group stages undefeated with a very impressive 12 points. They’ll be favourites to take the title with those figures.
Group B was a lot scrappier, with no stand-out team. Invictus took the group with 8 points, eating into an early lead from Newbee, but the sob story of the group has been fan favourite Liquid, who fell apart and crashed out on a measly 3 points.
The dark horse spot was definitely being filled by NP, who nobody would have backed in the tough group B. They cruised through in second place on 6 points and proved a point to the doubters.
Dota 2 Asian Championship 2017 Betting Predictions
At this stage, it seems to be OG’s tournament to lose; they’re clearly on hot form and have dominated their group. However, group B certainly provided tougher competition and OG may come unstuck against the likes of Invictus.
For those who like their odds a little longer, it’s worth considering an outside bet on NP. They have nothing to lose in the tournament and are clearly on form. As we say in our betting strategy guide, sometimes it’s better to shade the favourites.
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