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2018 International eSports Tournament: The Best Team Props

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  • Bovada has released a ton of props for the International 2018
  • See the team props here
  • Virtus Pro remains heavily favored in a diverse range of lines

The International 2018 is less than a month away and odds are already starting to surface at Bovada.

Betting enthusiasts have more options than ever before when it comes to some prop bets during The International. Let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing options on the team side of Dota this year in Vancouver.

The International 2018 Team Props

What Will Be the Longest Game of the International 2018?

When you hear the word “longest” it often sounds a little…boring. That’s the exact opposite when it comes to Dota, as the longer games are, the more opportunity they have to progress and develop to an incredible level.

Time Elapsed Odds at Bovada
00:00-39:59 +50000
40:00-49:59 +25000
50:00-59:59 +125000
60:00-69:59 +200
70:00-79:59 +250
80:00-89:59 +350
90:00-99:99 +400
100:00+ +150

Look, these guys are professionals. While you may get blown out of the water in 20 minutes in some of your online games against smurf accounts, these guys have researched, prepared and know their opponents.

We’re confident that at least one of these games is going over the 100-minute mark.

What Will Be the Shortest Game of the International 2018?

Time Elapsed Odds at Bovada
10:00-14:59 +325
15:00-19:59 -135
20:00-24:59 +250
25:00-29:99 +10000
30:00+ +25000

There are always teams that try some sort of rush strategy to throw off their opponents, regardless of how hard the competition may seem or how big the stage is. As such, shorter games aren’t that uncommon.

A game lasting just over 10 minutes or 20 minutes are both decent bets for what they pay out.

Where Will the Tournament Winner Hail From?

Region Odds at Bovada
China +180
Europe +225
CIS +280
South East Asia +750
North America +900
South America +6000

There’s a surge coming from Europe on the eSports scene. Serral from Finland just captured a GSL Starcraft 2 Title and there are some dominant European teams entering this tournament.

Despite this, China remains the favorite.  However, we’d advocate for taking a chance on the Europeans, who have slightly longer odds.

How Many Games Will Be Played at the Main Event?

Games Played Odds at Bovada
41-44 +800
45-49 -120
50-54 +200
55-60 +1000

Here, we’re just looking for an edge. It’s easy to find one in the discrepancy between 41-44 games played and 45-49.

While the chances are notably low that only 44 or fewer games get played, the bet itself is incredibly close to the favorite.

Betting on between 41-44 games means an 8/1 payout. We’d suggest risking it.

What Team Will Pick the Least Number of Heroes?

Team Odds at Bovada
Invictus Gaming +500
paiN Gaming +550
VGJ Thunder +600
Winstrike +800
Team Serenity +800
OG +1000
TNC +1200
Evil Geniuses +1400
Fnatic +1400
Optic Gaming +1600
Newbee +1600
VGJ Storm +1600
Team Secret +2000
Vici Gaming +2000
Mineski +2000
PSG.LGD +5000
Team Liquid +5000
Virtus Pro +6600

This particular prop bet is a bit of a crapshoot, as there are so many options available and such a range of possibilities depending on the specific nature of the matchups.

Our advice would be to go with the favorite here, being conscious of the fact that the odds are still good for a de facto favorite. Getting a 5 to 1 payout is nothing to be upset about.

Which Team Will Choose the Most Heroes?

Team Odds at Bovada
Virtus Pro +350
Team Liquid +350
PSG.LGD +500
Team Secret +800
VGJ STORM +1200
Newbee +1200
Vici Gaming +1400
Mineski +1400
Optic Gaming +1600
Evil Geniuses +1600
Fnatic +2000
OG +2000
TnC +3000
Team Serenity +3300
VGJ Thunder +4000
Winstrike +5000
paiN Gaming +5000
Invictus Gaming +5000

Basically, in this bet, the fewest heroes team table gets flipped on its head.

We don’t really want to bet on any team in the middle ground here, given the uncertainty surrounding them. We’d recommend doubling down on Virtus Pro so you can catch decent odds.

Which Team Will Win the Shortest Game?

Team Odds at Bovada
Virtus Pro +400
Team Liquid +400
PSG.LGD +650
Vici Gaming +1000
Mineski +1000
Evil Geniuses +1000
OG +1000
Team Secret +1200
VGJ Storm +1400
Optic Gaming +2000
Fnatic +2500
Newbee +2500
Winstrike +2500
TnC +3000
VGJ Thunder +3300
paiN Gaming +3300
Invictus Gaming +3300
Team Serenity +3500

Some of the best teams in the tournament are at the top of this list, and rightly so.

However, why not take a flier on a team with great odds? Short games are a dime a dozen and odd strategies often reign supreme.

Evil Geniuses always have something up their sleeve, and at +1000 they’re a great bet.

Which Team Will Win the Longest Game?

Team Odds at Bovada
Virtus Pro +500
Team Liquid +500
PSG.LGD +650
Vici Gaming +1000
Mineski +1000
Fnatic +1000
VGJ Storm +1200
Newbee +1200
Team Secret +1200
Optic Gaming +1600
Evil Geniuses +2000
TnC +2000
Winstrike +2000
paiN Gaming +2000
Invictus Gaming +2000
Team Serenity +2500
OG +3300
VGJ Thunder +3500

It’s by no means guaranteed, but the longest games usually coincide with the best games. This means that often, it’s the best teams that participate in the longest games.

Team Liquid looks strong heading into this tournament and at 5 to 1 odds they’re a smart bet.

What Team Will Have the Highest Kill Average?

Team Odds at Bovada
Virtus Pro +500
PSG.LGD +600
Team Liquid +600
Vici Gaming +650
Mineski +800
Newbee +1200
Team Secret +1400
VGJ Storm +1400
Fnatic +1600
Evil Geniuses +2000
TnC +2000
Winstrike +2000
Invictus Gaming +2500
paiN Gaming +2500
Team Serenity +2500
OG +3300
VGJ Thunder +3300

All signs are pointing to Miracle having a huge tournament, and that means lifting his team up with some big-time kills. Liquid at +600? Yes, please!

What Team Will Have the Most Kills in One Game?

Team Odds at Bovada
Virtus Pro +450
Team Liquid +500
PG.LGD +650
Vici Gaming +1000
Mineski +1000
Fnatic +1000
Newbee +1200
VGJ Storm +1200
Team Secret +1400
Optic Gaming +1600
Evil Geniuses +2000
TnC +2000
Winstrike +2000
paiN Gaming +2000
Invictus Gaming +2000
Team Serenity +2500
OG +3300
VGJ Thunder +3300

It’s not fun being logical, but it is fun to win money.

We’d recommend doubling down on Team Liquid for emerging from the tournament with the most kills.

Which Team Will Have the Fewest Deaths in One Game?

Team Odds at Bovada
Virtus Pro +400
Team Liquid +400
PG.LGD +600
Vici Gaming +1000
Mineski +1000
Evil Geniuses +1000
OG +1000
Team Secret +1200
VGJ Storm +1400
Optic Gaming +2000
Fnatic +2500
Newbee +2500
Winstrike +2500
TnC +3000
VGJ Thunder +3300
paiN Gaming +3300
Invictus Gaming +3300
Team Serenity +3500

Fnatic went on a recent stretch where they averaged just under 4 deaths per game over 11 contests.

Listed at +2500, their odds are incredible for a team trying to rebuild itself in Vancouver. Take a chance on them.

What Team Will Have Highest Game Length, on Average?

Team Odds
Vici Gaming +600
Team Secret +650
Newbee +650
Mineski +800
PSG.LGD +1000
Fnatic +1000
VGJ Storm +1200
Invictus Gaming +1200
Evil Geniuses +1400
TnC +1600
VGJ Thunder +1600
Virtus Pro +1600
Optic Gaming +1800
Team Liquid +2000
Team Serenity +2000
OG +2500
paiN Gaming +2500
Winstrike +2500

Vici Gaming’s games last a full two minutes longer (on average) than the next closest team. As a favorite at +600, that’s just free money.

Extra International Team Props Advice

What Team Will Have the Most Assists?

We like Winstrike at +2000.

It’s a small sample size, but Winstrike leads all teams with 16.4 assists per game over their last 10.

What Will Be The Most Combined Total Kills in a Game?

111-120 at +1000. 

This is basically like cheering for the Over. Everyone loves the Over!

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Cam is a serious basketball enthusiast, who gets to enjoy talking about what he loves for a living. He has been on-air with Rogers Media since 2015, an update anchor with TSN since 2016, and one of SBD's betting anaylsts since 2018.