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Saturday sees some crucial clashes at The International
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Esports: Saturday brings crunch clashes at The International

With a total prize pool of nearly $18million, The International is the pinnacle of the Dota Pro Circuit and this year's event has been as captivating as ever.

The majority of teams competing at the event are invited as a result of their performances in the DPC throughout the year, making for a fiercely competitive field.

The International 2022 began with 20 teams divided between two sections and at the end of the group phase the top eight teams in each group progressed to the main event.

The main event is a double-elimination bracket and the teams which finished in the top four progress directly to the upper-bracket, with those ranked fifth to eighth joining the lower bracket.

And, after a week of action in the main event, this year's The International is down to its last four teams.

On Saturday, Team Secret firstly take on Tundra Esports in the upper-bracket final for a place in the Grand Final, with the loser of that match set to drop into the lower bracket and face the winner of Team Asters vs Team Liquid in the lower-bracket final.

The winner of the lower-bracket final will then also progress to the Grand Final and compete for the $8m on offer for the overall champions.

Tundra can once again get better of Team Secret

WhatTeam Secret vs Tundra Esports, DOTA2 The International
When00.00 ET, Saturday October 29th 2022
How to watchTwitch, Dota 2 Youtube channel & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsTeam Secret +100, Tundra Esports -138

Having been ranked ninth in the initial Dota Pro Circuit rankings for this season, Tundra Esports were expected to impress in The International but have perhaps even exceeded their own expectations.

The London-based side finished top of Group B, remaining unbeaten in the initial phase with five wins and four draws from their nine matches, and they have not looked back since.

They followed that fine performance with successive 2-0 wins over OG and Team Aster, who were fifth in the DPC rankings, in the main event and go into the upper-bracket final yet to lose a match.

At -138 they could represent terrific value to get the better of Team Secret, who are +100 to prevail.

Team Secret have also won both of their upper-bracket matches 2-0 and finished with a 5-3-1 record in the group stage of The International, so have not been far off Tundra Esports in the event itself.

But they lost the one group meeting between the sides 2-0 earlier this month and it is worth noting that Team Secret had to rely on their performance in the Last Chance Qualifier to reach The International this year - having drawn four of their five matches in the group qualifying campaign.

They are a less impressive outfit than Tundra, who can progress with a victory in this one.

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Liquid look set run Aster close

WhatTeam Aster vs Team Liquid, DOTA2 The International
When04.00 ET, Saturday October 29th 2022
How to watchTwitch, Dota 2 Youtube channel & bet365 Sports Live Streaming
OddsTeam Aster -138, Team Liquid +100

Despite coming into The International as the fifth highest ranked team on the DPC this year, Team Aster have not had things all their own way at the end-of-season event.

They picked up three wins, four draws and two defeats in the group phase, only just sneaking into the upper bracket in the first place and, after ousting Team Liquid 2-0, they sustained a 2-0 defeat to Tundra Esports to drop into the lower bracket in the main event.

They managed to get the better of PSG.LGD to reach the fifth round of the lower bracket but punters should not rush to back them at -138 to beat Team Liquid.

Aster may have beaten Liquid earlier in the main event, but Liquid should not be written off - they won five of their nine group matches to finish behind Evil Geniuses in second in Group A.

Like Team Secret, they also qualified for this event via the Last Chance Qualifier, but they lost just one match in the entire qualifying campaign.

This could be a more competitive affair than the prices suggest, with neither side having the safety net of the lower bracket beneath them and knowing a defeat would spell the end of their tournament entirely.

With that in mind, a bet on over 2.5 maps at +100 could represent great value.

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