Tundra Esports vs Team Aster
The International 2022 playoff stage continues on Saturday, October 22nd in Singapore. Tundra Esports and Team Aster will face each other in the second game of the semifinal round in the upper bracket.
The International 2022 is the main event of the year in the eSports discipline Dota 2. This year's top 20 teams will battle it out in Singapore from October 15-30, 2022. The prize fund of the eleventh tournament is more than 16 million dollars.
Tundra Esports: The team is on the rise
Tundra Esports is a young but strong European team. It was formed at the end of 2019, and immediately began to perform well online, but Tundra Esports didn't have enough to get to TI10. Many people then felt sad that this squad was missing in Bucharest, but the Europeans have qualified to Singapore without any difficulties.
In the European regional DPC leagues, Tundra Esports players were regularly among the top three, and they even won the third round in the summer. This season the performance of this team at ESL One Stockholm 2022 is worth highlighting - the guys finished third at the end of the first major. Then there was the vice-champion title at the GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022 tournament in the UAE, but this result had no effect on their prospects at TI11. Much more important was the performance of Tundra Esports in the last major PGL Arlington Major, where the team took only 15-16th place with zero wins, not even making it out of the group.
After the major in the U.S., many experts gave up on the chances of Tundra Esports, speaking of possible replacements and their poor performance in the main tournament of the year. But it should be noted that once the games in the group started, the Tundra Esports players silenced all the haters.
Tundra Esports was the best team in Group B without losing a single BO2 series, winning 14 out of 18 maps. Furthermore, as the quarterfinals showed, all the semi-finalist teams of this tournament played in Group B. By the way, the OG players, who are rated very high at the end of this TI11, were easily outplayed in the quarterfinals.
Team Aster: The team needs a special tactic
No matter how much people idolize PSG.LGD, but in this tournament so far the most successful Chinese team is Team Aster. Many people underestimate this team, but they shouldn't, because this team is the stable top 2 team of the formidable region, and not RNG, as some people think.
For this team, The International 2022 is the second tournament of this caliber. They made their debut last year and Bucharest's experience was a disappointing 13-16th place. The pandemic is partly the reason for their Bucharest failure, but it's important that Team Aster learned the right lessons. This season was productive for them not only on the Chinese stage, but also on the international stage - they won 3rd place at the PGL Arlington Major 2022, and 2nd place at ESL One Malaysia 2022.
During the group stage of TI11, Team Aster finished in 4th place in Group B, which allowed the Chinese to play in the winner's net and beat even Team Liquid (2-0) in the quarterfinals, although few people believed in the Chinese team in this match. Team Aster should not be underestimated, but to beat Tundra Esports they will have to come up with something special, because it's impossible to beat their opponents with a simple Chinese academic dota.
Team Aster is one of the youngest Chinese teams, formed in late 2018 and it's already the top of its region. Last season was somewhat of a mixed success for the guys; if we evaluate their results within the Chinese region, they are very cool: vice-champions of the first DPC league, champions of the second DPC league, and champions of two seasons of i-League 2021. Even PSG LGD can't boast the same results in China, but on the international scene Aster played just awful: only 9-12th place in the two majors in Singapore and Kiev, an unsatisfactory result at TI10 as well - 13-16th place. One can look for excuses, such as they didn't play in full squad in Singapore, and at TI10 the whole team suffered from coronavirus, but the fact is that nobody makes concessions to the top Chinese team.
Something had to be done and the bosses of the organization made two substitutions: Ori who had moved from Vici Gaming will play at position two and Siamese.C who spent the last season in the youth team of Aster Aries took position five.
History of head-to-head encounters
These teams have played each other twice. Team Aster easily defeated their opponents at the last American major PGL Arlington Major with a 2-0 score, but in the group stage of TI11, the rivals played a 1-1 draw.
Expert Betting Tips
Tundra Esports will win the match with a handicap (-6.5) frags, odds on this are 1.89 at 1xbet.
I believe that Tundra Esports will win the match with a handicap (-1.5) on the maps, odds on this are 2.60 at betway.
Total frags in the match will be under 108.5, odds on it 1.83 at bet365.