Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the offline ESL One Los Angeles event was canceled and a series of online tournaments propped up instead. We’ve been following these Dota events closely on SportsbookReview.com to understand how to better bet on them and predict them. North America, South America, China, and Southeast Asia had their events and produced some high-level games during the last few days but the Europe & CIS region just recently started competing and the event that will run until April 19th is expected to showcase some of the closest matches of the season with teams fighting for their share of the $200,000 USD prize pool.

Sixteen teams were invited to the event, Team Secret, OG, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team Liquid, Team Nigma, Alliance, Natus Vincere, Virtus.Pro, Gambit Esports, Team Spirit, HellRaisers, B8, Cyber Legacy, Team Unique, Vikin.gg and Chicken Fighters, and while some of these teams might be a bit new to the professional scene, the matches have been fierce so far.

The event is split in two stages, starting with the group stage which is a round-robin tournament in which teams are divided into two groups of eight and all matches are best of three. The top two teams advance to the upper bracket while the 3rd and 4th teams advance to the lower bracket and the bottom four teams are eliminated.

The playoffs stage is a double-elimination bracket in which matches continue to be best of three except for the grand final which is the best of five series. As of writing this article, OG and Virtus.pro are a leading group while Team Secret and Chicken Fighters are surprisingly leading group b but this is sure to change as matches keep coming up.

Professional esports capper Adam Boothe for SportsbookReview.com has made 82 picks during the major event, scoring 49 wins and 33 losses with an average price of +153 meaning he has an accuracy of 59.76% and has made +41.28u in profit. Following SBR closely has certainly helped us understand the event better as well as to think which factors have an effect on this online format due to the global pandemic.

One of the most important factors when betting on Dota2 is to understand how stand-ins and roster changes can impact a team’s playstyle. There are several notable roster changes to take into consideration. RAMZES666 and MiLAN will stand-in for Lelus and Universe in Ninjas in Pyjamas, 33 and Fata were removed from Alliance on March 31st while s4 joined the team on April 1st and Xibbe will stand-in, iLTW and non grata were replaced by DyrachYO and AfterLife in Team Spirit, 33 and Ceb will stand-in for Topson and MidOne respectively, Team Unique signed Gentlemen on April 1st and finally iLTW will stand-in for Cooman who has been temporarily benched.

Putting this information to good use will certainly help predict the outcome of these matches and cash in while waiting for the next event around the corner which is ESL One Birmingham. The major event is supposed to be an offline event happening in late May but given the current situation with COVID-19 it is possible for the event to be turned into another online event. Birmingham features a $300,000 USD prize pool and currently only four teams have qualified for the event, OG, TNC Predator, Evil Geniuses and Invictus Gaming. Some sources confirm that the event has already been canceled and that it was turned into an online tournament by ESL back in March 25th but others confirm that this is a decision that can be reverted if the situation gets better, which at this point seems highly unlikely.

All in all, we have great Dota competition to entertain us while in quarantine and certainly the guys at SBR have been putting in extra work to get us the best analysis you can get for free. Stay tuned to all social media channels, as well as official ESL communications for more information regarding the tournaments and don’t miss out on the action coming to your screens in the next few days for the Europe & CIS ESL One Los Angeles online event.