- The International 10 gets underway from Bucharest, Romania on October 7th, 2021
- TI10 will feature the biggest prize pool in esports with over $40,000,000 USD on the line
- PSG LGD are the favorites over the field, including the winners in 2018 and 2019, OG
It’s been over a year since The International 10 was originally scheduled, but the tournament is now ready to take place from October 7th to October 17th. TI10 will feature the biggest prize pool that esports has ever seen, as teams will end up splitting $40,000,000 USD. That breaks the previous record of over $34 million at The International 9.
PSG LGD are the favorites at +200 in The International 10 odds, but there are plenty of teams that can challenge for the first-place prize of over $18 million USD.
The International 10 Odds
Odds as of October 4th at Betway
PSG LGD Favored at The International 10
Heading into The International 10, China looks to be the Dota 2 powerhouse. PSG LGD enter as the favorites at +200 in The International 10 odds of winning the entire tournament. Four other teams from China had qualified for the event, however, Invictus Gaming and Team Aster may have to withdraw from The International 10 after some of their players returned positive COVID tests. It is still possible that the teams will compete, but for now, they aren’t listed in the odds.
Following the team negative PCR results on the 28th, JT- started to feel unwell with temperature in the morning of 29th. We arranged 2nd PCR test immediately and unfortuantely JT- is now tested covid positive. Supporting staff along with JT- remains negative.
— Invictus Gaming (@invgaming) September 29, 2021
Back to PSG LGD, they’ve been on a tear for much of the 2021 season. Their most impressive result was a first-place finish at the WePlay AniMajor, which included wins over Team Nigma, T1, and a 3-0 over Evil Geniuses in the Grand Final. Sweeping the team with the second-highest odds of winning The International 10 is a very promising sign.
PSG LGD also went on to win OGA Dota PIT Season 5 China, as well as the OGA Dota PIT Invitational. There is no team that’s entering with better results. However, as seen in previous International’s, the team that enters with the most success isn’t always the team that walks away with the grand prize.
China enters as potentially the strongest region, so maybe take a shot on Vici Gaming or Elephant instead. Elephant won The International 10 China Qualifier, and they also handed PSG LGD a 3-1 loss back at the very end of 2020 at OGA Dota PIT Season 4. As for Vici Gaming, they don’t have the wins that PSG LGD has, but they have shown promise. They finished fourth at the WePlay AniMajor and have finished second in i-League 2021 Season 1 and 2.
If you don’t want to bet the favorite in PSG LGD, Elephant and Vici Gaming provide good value further down the odds.
Evil Geniuses or Team Secret
Evil Geniuses and Team Secret enter The International 10 with +500 and +550 odds of winning. Yet, these two teams currently have very different trajectories. If this tournament had happened back in August of 2020, it’s possible that Team Secret would be the favorites. They were a dominant force in Dota, racking up wins through the first half of 2020. 2021 has not treated them the same. They finished 16th at the WePlay AniMajor, and 9th at ESL One Summer. There’s no doubt that the capability is there for Team Secret, they just haven’t shown their strength as of late.
As for Evil Geniuses, they’re coming in with a lot of success, which includes wins over some of the top Chinese teams. EG has second place finishes at the WePlay AniMajor, and the ONE Esports Singapore Major. In those tournaments, EG was able to pick up wins over Invictus Gaming and PSG LGD. If you’re torn between these two teams, side with Evil Geniuses and their more recent success.
Sleeper Picks at The International 10
OG would have been a team to take a chance on at +1100 as a sleeper in The International 10. However, one of their players, “Ceb” had to undergo emergency eye surgery. OG hopes he might be able to play at some point of the tournament, but for starters, they’ll be using a substitute.
An update on @Ceb's health.
— OG @T EYE (@OGesports) October 1, 2021
Another team that could put together a Cinderella run is the North American team, Quincy Crew. They finished 5th at the WePlay AniMajor and could fight for a top four finish. With that said, it would truly be a miracle run for them to go on to win The International 10.
Although PSD LGD are the strongest team entering the event, China has been competitive all year long, so take a shot at Vici or Elephant further down the odds.
Pick: Vici Gaming (+800)