Group Stage – The International 2017 Dota 2

The group stage is up first at The International 2017, it will run from 2nd of August and will be concluded on the 5th of August. All 18 participating teams will be divided into two groups that are played in a round robin format. This means that within a group, each team is going to play against everyone else. This means a lot of Dota will played on these three days. All games in the group stage are best-of-two. After the group stage the top 4 of each group advance directly to the upper bracket at the main event, while the rest has to fight their way through the grueling lower bracket. Furthermore, the last in each group is eliminated and has to pack their bags to go home. We will keep you updated as more information arrives.

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Dota 2 The International 2017 Predictions

Dota 2 Icon Groups Standings – TI7 – Group A final standings

Group A – Table & Standings
Team Matches
Team Liquid Logo Dota2 Team Liquid 13 – 3
LGD Team Logo Dota2 LGD Gaming 12 – 4
Evil Genius Team Logo Dota 2 Evil Geniuses 11 – 5
TNC Pro Team Dota 2 eSports Logo TNC Pro Team 9 – 7
Team Secret Logo Dota 2 Team Secret 7 – 9
Invictus Gaming Vitality Dota 2 Team Logo iG Vitality 7 – 9
Team Empire Logo Dota2 Team Empire 6 – 10
Infamous dota2 logo Infamous 5 – 11
Fnatic Team Logo Dota2 Fnatic 2 – 14
Schedule / Results

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Dota 2 Icon Groups Standings – TI7 – Group B final standings

Group B – Table & Standings
Team Matches
LGD Young Forever Team Logo Dota 2 LGD Forever Young 14 – 2
Newbee Team Logo Dota2 Newbee 11 – 5
Invictus Gaming Dota 2 Team Logo Invictus Gaming 10 – 6
Virtus Pro Team Logo Dota 2 Virtus.pro 10 – 6
OG RedBull Dota2 Logo Esports OG 9 – 7
Cloud9 Team Logo dota2 Cloud9 6 – 10
Digital Chaos Dota 2 Team Logo Digital Chaos 6 – 10
Execration Dota 2 Team Logo Execration 5 – 11
HellRaisers Dota 2 Team Logo HellRaisers  1 – 15
Schedule / Results

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Dota 2 Icon Betting Odds Group Stage TI7

The TI 7 betting odds for the groupstage have arrived simultaneously with the release of the lineups from group A and B. There’s a lot of bets going on as you can bet on the winner of each individual matchup. And nowhere else is so much Dota being played as here in the groupstages of The International 2017. Here you can bet either on the team you think will win the matchup or you can also bet on a tie as each game is played in a best-of-two. The screenshot displays only a certain amount of Dota 2 bets, thus visiting the betting sites to take a look at all of them for the groupstage is recommended. Naturally odds are subject to change. You can find more betting options on our special bets for TI7 site. And even more betting options are available with the live betting odds for TI7!

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Dota 2 Icon Group Stage Format

All the teams are divided into two groups in a round robin format. This means that all teams within a group play each other. This is going to take place from August 2nd to August 5th. After that is done, the top 4 of each group advance directly to the upper bracket of the main event, while the rest goes into the lower bracket. The last place in each group gets already eliminated in this stage. All games in the group stage are played in a best-of-two. There will be 16 teams at the main event, which is played in double-elimination. This means that one loss is not the end of the tournament life of a team. The playoffs will take 6 days and will end in the grand finale.

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Dota 2 Icon TI 7 Group-Stage Day 4 – Highlight Matches:

Newbee Team Logo Dota2 Newbee vs. Virtus.pro Virtus Pro Team Logo Dota 2

August 5nd, 2017: 09:30 AM PDT / 12:30 PM EDT / 18:30 CEST

The last day of the group matches is upon us, and not much time remains for the teams to earn a better spot in the tables. The first matchup is Newbee versus Virtus.pro. This will be an important one, as they are both on the same record in the groups: 8 – 4. Whoever wins this match, will most likely secure their place in the upper bracket. This means both teams will be going full throttle against each other’s throat. In addition they both got directly invited to TI7 and their scorelines show us why. Both have played a very good tournament thus far. Newbee versus Virtus.pro is more than a mere Dota 2 match, it is a clash between different playstyles. VP is known for their aggression and their unique hero picks and strategies. They want to overwhelm their opponent with sheer fire power. Newbee on the other hand is more the chessmaster of the two, always planning ahead for their next move. This will be a very interesting matchup, as their records wouldn’t speak about who is the favorite here. They are more or less on equal footing.
Prediction: Newbee will win both maps. Result: 2:0.

LGD Team Logo Dota2 LGD Gaming vs. TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team Dota 2 eSports Logo

August 5nd, 2017: 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

The very last game of group A. LGD Gaming has more or less secured their upper bracket spot, as their record of 10 – 4 is not really reachable even if their opponents win both maps. LGD Gaming is really a surprise this tournament, as no one expected the two LGD teams to play that well of a group stage. They could take this match up not really seriously and it would not matter that much for their standings. But I’m sure they will give it their all nonetheless, as this is also good practice for the grueling matches that are to come on the main stage of TI7. TNC Pro Team on the other hand needs to win both maps to secure their spot among the upper bracket. If they don’t manage that feat, it will depend on how the games of the other teams went. TNC will look to put their faith into their own hands by beating LGD. And they have the tools for that, as they have impressively shown us this far. This team from Southeast Asia just seems to turn up to every International, no matter how their year went.
Prediction: TNC will win both maps. Result: 0:2.

OG RedBull Dota2 Logo Esports OG vs. LGD.Forever Young LGD Young Forever Team Logo Dota 2

August 5nd, 2017: 02:30 PM PDT / 05:30 PM EDT / 23:30 CEST

The night already ends here, with the last game of group B. OG vs LGD.Forever Young is definitely a highlight of day 4, as this game could very well be played as the grand finals of TI7. LGD.Forever Young surprised us all in this group stage so far. Their record of 13 – 1 speaks for itself and their first place is already secured. They have suffered their only defeat thus far at the hands of EG, who managed to win a map against the Chinese team. So they will be able to go into this matchup very relaxed and bring out a new strategy in preparation for the TI7 main event. OG on the other hand, the 4 times Major champions, have to win this game to have a chance of finishing in the upper bracket spots. So they will come into this game guns blazing and giving their hardest to win this game. On paper LFY is the clear favorite here, with how this tournament has been going. But OG has shown an immense cohesion while playing, so this game might be closer than you expect.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1.

Dota 2 Icon TI 7 Group-Stage Day 3 – Highlight Matches:

Evil Genius Team Logo Dota 2 Evil Geniuses vs. Team Secret Team Secret Logo Dota 2

August 4nd, 2017: 09:30 AM PDT / 12:30 PM EDT / 18:30 CEST

At the start of the third day Evil Geniuses is sitting on the third place of the group A while Team Secret is to be found in the middle of the pack. Team Secret seems to really struggle in some of their games, almost as if they weren’t quite ready for their opponent. On the other hand, if they manage to gain an advantage in the game and play in a very concentrated manner they look really strong. No other team has looked so volatile. They are facing Evil Geniuses, a well oiled machine which, even though they are quite high up the table, still not meet expectations as they were one of the favorites to win TI. Nonetheless, Evil Geniuses as the edge in this matchup as their players have far more experience in a such a high stake tournament.
Prediction: Evil Geniuses wins both maps. Result: 2:0.

Newbee Team Logo Dota2 Newbee vs. LGD.Forever Young LGD Young Forever Team Logo Dota 2

August 4nd, 2017: 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

Group B is up next, with one of the best matchups early on in the day. Newbee vs. LGD.Forever Young. Two teams who, so far, far exceeds expectations and sitting in second and first place respectively. This one will be a nail baiter as LGD.Forever Young really showed up the first two days. They haven’t lost a map yet and are sitting on a perfect 10-0 record. Newbee is their first real big test, as they have only played smaller teams until now. If they manage to defeat Newbee, the sky is really the limit for LGD.Forever Young. On the other hand is Newbee who has two victories and two ties under their belt. Still a good record, especially as they have faced the favorites before.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1.

Team Liquid Logo Dota2 Team Liquid vs. TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team Dota 2 eSports Logo

August 4nd, 2017: 02:30 PM PDT / 05:30 PM EDT / 23:30 CEST

The next matchups is Team Liquid versus TNC Pro Team. Team Liquid is first in group A with a record of 8-2. They seem to have found their stride and TI7 might just end up be Team Liquid’s tournament to take. They have looked incredibly coordinated and practiced. TNC on the other hand is also found in the upper half of the table and are looking to make a dent in Team Liquid’s run. TNC also looked quite strong, both in drafting and playstyle. It seems their Canadian addition 1437 brings the team together and makes them play on the same page. Team Liquid is the favorite, but TNC can always surprise us.
Prediction: Team Liquid wins both maps. Result: 2:0.

OG RedBull Dota2 Logo Esports OG vs. Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming Dota 2 Team Logo

August 4nd, 2017: 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (the next day)

OG versus Invictus Gaming is another repeat of a grand finale, this time of DAC 2017. Invictus Gaming managed to win then, as they looked incredibly dominant in that tournament. But those times are past and OG is surely looking for revenge. Both teams fell a bit short of their expectations, as they are both favorites for TI7. OG even more so. OG is sitting in the upper half of the table, and this game is very important in cementing their position. Invictus Gaming on the other hand is looking to break into the table spots that means they will advance directly to the upper bracket of the TI7 main event, a huge advantage for any team.
Prediction: OG wins both maps. Result: 2:0.

Evil Genius Team Logo Dota 2 Evil Geniuses vs. LGD Gaming LGD Team Logo Dota2

August 4nd, 2017: 07:30 PM PDT / 10:30 PM EDT / 04:30 CEST (the next day)

The last match of the day is Evil Geniuses versus LGD Gaming. LGD Gaming came into this tournament and surprised everyone, just like their sister team LGD.Forever Young, and are sitting in second place as time of this writing. They have looked strong in their matches so far, surprising both us viewers and their opponents alike. They meet Evil Geniuses, a favorite in this group, who will do everything in their power to stop the LGD Gaming train. Nonetheless, I give Evil Geniuses the slight edge for this matchup.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1

Dota 2 Icon TI 7 Group-Stage Day 2  – Highlight Matches:

Virtus Pro Team Logo Dota 2 Virtus.pro vs. LGD.Forever Young LGD Young Forever Team Logo Dota 2

August 3nd, 2017: 09:30 AM PDT / 12:30 PM EDT / 18:30 CEST

The second day of the group stages start with two really good matches in VP vs. LFY and OG vs. Newbee. LFY has not lost a single map up to this point and are looking incredibly strong. Virtus.pro has won three maps and lost one to SEA team Execration, who proved to be too much for them in this game. Virtus.pro is a team renown for their aggressiveness and uniqueness in picking a lot of different heroes. LFY on the other hand seems to have found their form and have been cruising through their four games on day 1. And while not a lot rides on this game individually, as these two top teams are going up against each other both are looking for the win.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1.

Team Secret Logo Dota 2 Team Secret vs. TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team Dota 2 eSports Logo

August 3nd, 2017: 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

Team Secret hasn’t had the best start to the TI7 group stages, losing 4 maps and winning only 2. Although there was a lot of hype surrounding Team Secret going into TI7 it seems the competition is even more fierce than first believed. TNC on the other hand sits in spot 3 in group A after winning 3 maps and losing 1. One should not forget that Team Secret had the arguably harder matchups up to this point, having had to play against the unbeaten LGD. A lot is on the line in this matchup, for Secret it is about re-gaining form and momentum to catapult them to a better spot and for TNC it is about still proving they can play on the same or better level than they did in TI6.
Prediction: TNC wins both maps. Result: 0:2.

LGD Young Forever Team Logo Dota 2 LGD.Forever Young vs. Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming Dota 2 Team Logo

August 3nd, 2017: 02:30 PM PDT / 05:30 PM EDT / 23:30 CEST

It seems both LGD teams have done something right in preparations for TI7. The Chinese teams both sit on top and unbeaten in their respective groups. LFY especcially seems better than previous ly thought. They are going up against Invictus Gaming, who only had one matchup yesterday which they tied against Newbee, another Chinese team. So IG will be eager to climb the ranks in group B. It will be an interesting matchup between a Chinese giant and one, who aims of becoming one.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1.

Team Liquid Logo Dota2 Team Liquid vs. LGD Gaming LGD Team Logo Dota2

August 3nd, 2017: 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (the next day)

Arguably one of the best games of the day. LGD has won 6 straight maps thus far, while Liquid only lost one to EG. LGD especcially has looked incredibly strong, and this is the first real big test they face in the group stage, so it will be interesting to see if and how they adapt if their opponent is also a world class team. This is a matchup between titans of the Dota 2 scene, both looking to further cement their status. If you only watch one match per day, this should be it.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1.

OG RedBull Dota2 Logo Esports OG vs. Virtus.pro Virtus Pro Team Logo Dota 2

August 3nd, 2017: 07:30 PM PDT / 10:30 PM EDT / 04:30 CEST (the next day)

Also another highlight of the day is the rematch of the Kiev Major grand finals, OG vs. Virtus.pro. In Kiev, these teams absolutely duked it out and it took the series all five games to find a winner in OG. Now, it is Virtus.pro’s chance for revenge. They are both sitting on the same record in the group stage, winning 3 maps and losing one. It will be interesting to see how much their playstyle differs in comparison to Kiev and if Virtus.pro can finally handle OG’s late game decision making.

Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1

Dota 2 IconTI 7 Group-Stage Day 1  – Highlight Matches:

Evil Genius Team Logo Dota 2 Evil Geniuses vs. TNC Pro Team Dota 2 eSports Logo TNC Pro Team

August 2nd, 2017: 09:30 AM PDT / 12:30 PM EDT / 18:30 CEST

The group stages of TI7 are starting with a top game. The titan hailing from the USA are going up against the Southeast Asian wonder team. Many fans think EG have a good chance at winning TI7 and their recent form seems to support this theory. Ever since the Dota 2 eSport scene started growing, EG seems to have been a top team. This is true for this years The International 2017. Their lineup looks incredibly strong on paper and their starplayer in SumaiL can decide games singlehandedly. They meet TNC, a team which is responsible for the biggest comeback in Dota 2 history when they defeated OG at TI6 after having a huge disadvantage. Back then they’ve been lead by the USA player DeMoN, and this year they have another foreigner as captian: the Canadian 1437. It will be interesting to see if TNC can find the form from last year, especcially since their first game going up against EG is an incredibly hard one.
Prediction: EG wins both maps. Result: 2:0.

Newbee Team Logo Dota2 Newbee vs. Invictus Gaming Dota 2 Team Logo Invictus Gaming

August 2nd, 2017: 12:00 PM PDT / 03:00 PM EDT / 21:00 CEST

A Chinese Duell of giants. Newbee seems to have found a second win, they’ve managed to get directly invited to TI7 in Seatttle and they also have proven that they deserve that invite. They meet Invictus Gaming, a team which was incredibly dominant 6 months ago and they have also received an invitation. With the release of the newest patch however, they have started to struggle a bit. Their preferred strategies have received nerfs, putting a damper on their successful run. There’s many question marks surrounding the team with Dota 2 Legend BurNIng, but if they manage to find their old form, IG is definitely a favorite for winning TI7.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1.

Evil Genius Team Logo Dota 2 Evil Geniuses vs. Invictus Gaming Vitality Dota 2 Team Logo iG Vitality

August 2nd, 2017: 02:30 PM PDT / 05:30 PM EDT / 23:30 CEST

Another EG game, this time against an opponent from the east: the Chinese team iG Vitality. They are the small sisterteam of big brothers Invictus Gaming, but this expression does not really fit in the recent times. Vitality has been looking to step out of their shadow for a long time. They managed to qualify themselves by going through the grueling Chinese qualifiers, most likely the hardest qualifiers in the world of Dota 2. If they manage to keep this form, they are a secret favorite for the win of TI7. But before all that can go down, they have to show their prowess against EG in their first big test of TI 7.
Prediction: EG wins both maps. Result: 2:0.

LGD Young Forever Team Logo Dota 2 LGD.Forever Young vs. HellRaisers Dota 2 Team Logo HellRaisers

August 2nd, 2017: 05:00 PM PDT / 08:00 PM EDT / 02:00 CEST (the next day)

Not really a game between giants, but nonetheless this game could prove to be insanely fun to witness. The Chinese team LGD. Forever Young managed to qualify through the Chinese qualifiers, while HellRaiser went through the European ones. Two teams that both had to fight for their spot meet. LFY was formed some time ago, while HellRaisers was exclusively formed for the European qualifiers. Both teams are looking for an opportunity to make their way into the top teams of Dota 2, this means they will fight to the end.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1.

Evil Genius Team Logo Dota 2 Evil Geniuses vs. Team Liquid Logo Dota2 Team Liquid

August 2nd, 2017: 07:30 PM PDT / 10:30 PM EDT / 04:30 CEST (the next day)

And the biggest game of the day is last. EG meets Team Liquid. For many two of the favorites for TI7. EG has proven themselves time and time again that they deserve to be favorites and Team Liquid recently hit a really good stride after being invited directly to TI7. In this first meeting we will see who comes out ahead. A really close game, at least on paper, and this matchup can lean to either side and serves as a first sign which team has the better form at the moment.
Prediction: Both teams win a map. Result: 1:1

*.) Odds may have changed by now – no guarantee! The predictions are the opinion of the author.

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