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Dota2 Betting Odds: Geek Fam $1.33 at Betway | T1 $3.08 at Betway
Dota2 Betting Lines: Geek Fam -1.5 at $2.08 | T1 +1.5 at $1.68
When: August 27, 2020 at 16:00 ICT
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Geek Fam will look to make it three wins in a row when they face T1 on the third matchday at ESL One Thailand 2020 Asia.

After winning their opening two fixtures against Question Mark (2-1) and Aster.Aries (2-0), another victory for Geek Fam on Thursday would guarantee them a spot in the playoffs and a shot at US $50,000 in tournament winnings.

The bout with Question Mark (formerly The BOX) was relatively close, as the underdogs managed to force a three-map series with an impressive performance in game two. Nevertheless, it would be fair to say that Carlo “KuKu” Palad never looked like they could lose.

Surprisingly enough, Geek Fam’s fixture with Aster.Aries was much more one-sided. While KuKu and co. came close to dropping the ball on the second map, they clawed their way to a 2-0 win thanks to a phenomenal performance from mid laner Karl “Karl” Jayme.

Geek Fam’s solid start at ESL One Thailand 2020 Asia continues a trend of good performances this year. Out of the 10 tournaments they have attended in 2020, Geek Fam won three, reached the grand finals in two, and settled for a bronze medal in three. Their worst result of the year came in April when they finished fourth at the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Online Southeast Asia.

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Shortly after T1 put together their Dota2 team in March 2019, they made it to the final round of DreamLeague Season 13 SEA Open Qualifier – quite an achievement for such a new squad. They also reached a top-four placements in the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Southeast Asia Open Qualifier and the first two iterations of ESL SEA Championship 2020 qualifiers.

After finishing seventh-eighth in Thailand Celestial Cup S2, BTS Pro Series Southeast Asia, Asia Spring Invitational and Cup Spring Series SEA from March through May, T1 went all the way at the Hephaestus Cup to lift their first Dota 2 esports trophy. They needed only a week to add more silverware when they produced a near-perfect run en route to the SEA Dota Invitational 2020 title.

Since then, T1 have run seventh-eighth at BTS Pro Series Season 2 and fourth in the ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League. Both are decent results for such a new roster, as those tournaments featured some of the best SEA Dota2 teams.

T1 split their first two games at ESL One Thailand, losing to Neon Esports (1-2) and bouncing back against Question Mark (2-0) this Tuesday. The 1-1 record keeps them in the race for the playoffs, but a loss here would put them in an unenviable position with games against Sparking Arrow Gaming and Aster.Aries still to play.


Since T1 formed their Dota2 roster, they have clashed with Geek Fam five times and failed to win a match. On a more positive note, they at least managed a 1-1 stalemate in the BTS Pro Series in June and forced a three-map series in the ONE Esports SEA League last month.

Since their last meeting, T1 let go of their captain, Lee “Forev” Sang-don, and replaced him with the experienced Samson Solomon Enojosa “Sam_H” Hidalgo. Geek Fam recently parted ways with Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto, who left for Fnatic, and temporarily replaced him with Evil Geniuses mid laner Abed Azel “Abed” L. Yusop.

With those changes, T1 look to be slightly stronger than before and should put up a solid fight. Geek Fam are still the favourites, but they tend to rely too much on Abed. A 2-1 win for GF seems like the most likely outcome, so T1 at the +1.5 line looks a solid bet.

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