Boston Major Main Event
With the teams now organised for the main event it's a little more possible to predict who might be challenging for the first Major victory of the Dota 2 season. It's easy to predict a scenario where Virtus.Pro makes it to the grand finals here. The team has been on something of a hotstreak of late, and its performance in the group stage certainly showed a good deal of confidence. But more than that, it first faces iG Vitality - who came in last in its group and doesn't have quite the same experience at this level of competition as VP does. Outside of some unexpected drama, it'd be a safe victory for Virtus.Pro. After that it'll face either Evil Geniuses or Wings Gaming, and while both teams can be considerable threats - making it a hard one to predict who might win between the two - based on recent performance it would be a safer bet on Virtus.Pro between either of the two. The next set of four is a little tougher to predict, but confidence in OG suggests that this will be the team to make it to the semi-finals to face off against Virtus.Pro - at which point both sides will have it tough to make it into the grand finals. MVP Phoenix's performance of late has been really quite lacklustre, and though it has made it to the Major it's not likely to be able to create the opportunities against a much stronger side in OG. That means it'll likely be OG versus Complexity (who has a fairly safe first game against WG.Unity) in the round of 8 before one team can make it into the semi-finals. OG is our choice here, but Complexity is no slouch of a team when it needs to step up. On the other half of the round of 16 there are some strong competitors, but with recent results it's rather easy to pick out those that will likely make it to the grand finals. Despite Digital Chaos' heritage as an underdog, its recent performance - especially at The international 2016 - has proven it to be a team keen on earning itself some trophies. With its first game against Team Faceless, it's perhaps a safe assumption that we'll see DC progress with a likely round of 8 game against EHOME (who, despite the promise of Team NP, will likely win its own initial round of 16 series). From here Digital Chaos will face a challenge. The Chinese side of EHOME has long been competing at a high level, and such games can be catalysts for the team to come together. Beyond that we'll see Ad Finem up against Newbee and LGD Gaming versus its rival team LGD.ForeverYoung. Ad Finem is a strong new competitor that can't be counted out, but the history of Newbee gives it the advantage. Based on the group stage alone, Newbee will likely be the one to edge out Ad Finem and make it further into the tournament. The game between the two LGD sides, however, will likely be a bit more clear cut. LGD Gaming has long been the stronger side of the two, and though ForeverYoung has qualified for such tournaments before, it rarely has the skill or composure to make it very far in many Assuming it'll be a round of 8 between Newbee and LGD Gaming, then, should give an interesting match, but one that will ultimately end with LGD Gaming's victory. A match between Digital Chaos and LGD Gaming will be a tough one to predict. Both sides have proven experience with challenges, and neither one is exceptionally stronger than the other. A grand final match-up will be impossible to predict with this line-up of teams, but if we were pushed then we'd have to pick an exciting series between OG and Digital Chaos - but really it could be close to call.