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Dota 2 Team-By-Team Preview: Solo can lift Virtus.pro and claim second major event

Virtus.pro look to have everything in their favour at Dota2
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Betting.Betfair look ahead to Dota 2 and provide a team-by-team preview for what promises to be the greatest DreamLeague event to date...

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Dota 2
DreamLeague
1 - 4 December 2017

The eight teams that remain standing after hard-fought battles go head-to-head into a BO3 to win the Winter Dream Cup. They've travelled from all around the world to win and claim their share of the $1,000,000 prize pool and 1500 Pro Circuit Points.

Team Secret

Despite not being able to win any major events or even go to The International, Team Secret amazed us with a strong performance at ESL One Hamburg against the world champions Team Liquid.

It seems like they're finally displaying their true skills & team work and have a chance to get to their second major final this year. Let's just hope they learn to capitalize on the small advantages and avoid the mistakes they made in the last final with Virtus.pro.

Natus Vincere

Ranked in the top 20 teams in the world and one of the best in Europe, Na'Vi still can't manage to snag a title. After one year of existence they dominated the Chinese team EHOME in the finals at The International 2011 and dominated the Dota2 professional stage up until 2014 when they hit a drought; until they managed to win StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season Two back in 2016. Earlier that year they were destroyed in the ESL One Frankfurt in the final against OG.

That being said, Na'Vi finished second in the qualifiers for DreamLeague, ahead of Team Liquid and at DreamLeague Season 7 they finished in 6th place but this year the team seems more prepared and has the possibility to go even further and lay down a legitimate challenge for the Winter Dream Cup.

Team Liquid

The International 2017 Champions suffered defeat against Team Secret in their first major event after the winning the title of best team in 2017. If they still want to be seen as the champions an increase of pace is definitely required as the opposition look primed to strip them of their title.

They need to be more flexible and adapt to the obstacles that arise; it's the perfect moment to show why they were crowned champions and if Kuro keeps making amazing saves like Supernova on MATUMBAMAN against Team Secret, they will triumph against any opponent.

Virtus.pro

Even though they obliterated Team Secret in the finals last month in the ESL One Hamburg, they struggled in the qualifiers - finishing fourth - and were one loss away from staying at home to watch the streams in front of their computers.

Solo, who was the MVP in Hamburg, is the man who can make their dreams come true and pocket their second major event, can he manage the same thing in Jönköping? We think he can, despite their shortcomings they are the tournament favorites.

Newbee

They've been fairly quiet since they lost the title against Team Liquid in August and we had a rematch of the finals at the start of this month at Dota PIT in Split but the result was the same. They may be Liquid but Newbee couldn't pass through. We are hoping that though perseverance they will finally tear down all the walls that keeps them in the dark.

Fnatic

One of the underdogs of the league, Fnatic have struggled ever since they finished 4th in The International 2016, but the season is young and it's a great opportunity for them to steer the ship back to the peak of competitive play.

Evil Geniuses

The North American qualifiers are in a great shape and so is Arteezy which is the key to success for these geniuses and the new addition to the team, Fear, will have the chance to prove why he is a part of the roster and show that he can surpass Zai who left the team for The Dire which shortly after became Optic Gaming.

Infamous

Conquering South America, Infamous stand in the DreamLeague against all odds but are high on confidence after defeating SG e-Sports and getting a clear path to Jönköping. Watch out for these underdogs because you never know when the spark starts the warrior's spirit within.

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