LGD Forever Young (LFY) take on Newbee for a place in the Grand Finals of The International 2017 Dota 2 tournament.
LGD Forever Young
LFY qualified for The International 2017 by taking one of the spots reserved for the Chinese region, after they won the second phase of its qualifier. In the months prior to TI 7 LFY had a number of good results, including a 3rd – 4th place at Epicenter and a 2nd place at the Mars Dota 2 League tournament. They are one of the strongest teams in China and the best performing team so far at this year’s TI. The Chinese roster finished the group stage with 6 wins and 2 draws, and then proceeded to defeat TNC and Virtus.pro in the upper bracket without losing a single game.
LFY are coached by Wang “Banana” Jiao and led by Leong “ddc” Fat-meng. Under their leadership, the Chinese team has improved a lot in recent months, getting better and better results and peaking right at the most important tournament of the year: The International. Their performances were simply formidable, leaving the impression that even tier one teams like Virtus.pro cannot stand in their way. All of their wins were very convincing, and in the two games they lost (against OG and Digital Chaos) it was more than obvious that they weren’t taking the game seriously and were drafting exotic line-ups just for the sake of experimenting.
Newbee got to The International 2017 by receiving a direct invite after a series of very good results obtained in the wake of The Kiev Major disappointment, where they were eliminated in the first round of the competition. The Chinese team got 4 top 3 finishes just prior to The International 2017. They finished 1st at Galaxy Battles, 1st at ZOTAC Cup Masters, 2nd at The Manila Masters and 3rd at Mars Dota 2 League.
One of Newbee’s advantages is that they’ve had the same roster for close to a year and as a result are playing very well together. The team is led by Hu “Kaka” Lianzghi, a top MMR support player in the Chinese region with great experience and a lot of trophies to his name. Under his leadership, Newbee have had strong performances in the months prior to The International 2017, and are now considered a top contender for the Aegis of Champions.
LFY have played 10 matches so far at this year’s TI, getting 8 wins and 2 draws. On the other hand, their opponents have also played 10 matches, getting 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. Noteworthy is the fact that Newbee’s loss came against LFY, a confrontation they lost with the score of 0-2.
With their current rosters, the two teams have played 6 times against each other. All of these matches took place in the last 4 months. LFY won 4 of them, Newbee won the other 2. Take note however that LFY won the latest 3 encounters against Newbee without dropping a single game.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Based on the two team’s direct encounters and their performances during The International 2017, LFY have a much better chance of winning this match. Newbee are without a doubt a great team, but LGD Forever Young have simply demolished their opponents so far, and it’s unlikely that Newbee can put an end to their dominance.
Betway puts the odds at 1.50-2.40 in favor of LFY. Betspawn gives similar odds in their favor: 1.57-2.25.
A lot of special bets are available for this match on websites like betway.com and betspawn.com. Among them, it’s well worth a bet that LFY will win the first game. Another bet worth considering is that LFY will destroy the first barracks. Based on analysis, LFY are more than likely to win this match with the score of 2-0, but if you don’t want to take moderate risks, a victory for them at any score is the proper result to bet on.