One of the last Dota 2 competitions before The International 7 will be Galaxy Battles. The event will take place at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Stadium in Shenzhen, China. This will be a very tough competition for all teams, especially for those who secure their spots in the playoffs.
Organizers have announced that the entire action of the group stage will take place on the first day of the competition. The following day will already feature the first matches of the playoffs round of this tournament. The schedule of the competition reveals that four series will be played at the same time in the group stage, with two series from each group.
For those fans who are unable to attend the Galaxy Battles live in Shenzhen, organizers have secured the live stream of the matches. There will be streams in different languages, including Chinese, Spanish, and Russian.
Galaxy Battles: Group A
After teams from group A had been announced, everybody concluded that Group A could be characterized as the group of death. It will feature some of the biggest favorites for winning the title at this event. Group A of this competition will feature Newbee, TnC, VG, and Mousesports. At first sight, it might seem that there is no clear favorite in this group.
However, Newbee has been improving their form just in time. Considering that they will also be the crowd favorites at this tournament, they should have great chances for topping the Group A but also for winning the title at this event in general. With Newbee most likely taking the first place in Group A, the fight for the second place will be more than interesting.
All three teams will have their opportunities to finish in the second place. However, out of all teams, it seems that Mousesports and VG are at a slight disadvantage because of their recent form which has not been great at all. Because of that, TnC will try their best to secure the second place in Group A as only two teams will be advancing to the next stage of the competition.
For many, Group B is completely opposite from Group A. This group features Planet Odd who should be absolutely the biggest favorite for the first place. But, considering that they have disappointed a lot in their previous tournament in Moscow, they will have to be very careful. At the same time, former Team Dignitas and former Thunderbirds roster will have the opportunity to play their first good tournament.
Besides them, Group B will also feature HappyFeet, Infamous, and Invictus Gaming Vitality. It seems that the biggest fight for the first place in the group will be between Invictus Gaming and Planet Odd. In that matchup, Planet Odd should have better chances for the win which leaves Invictus Gaming Vitality the biggest favorite for the second place in the group.
Even before the start of the competition in Group B, it is already clear that these two teams will take the first two positions. Other teams from the group, HappyFeet and Infamous, are simply not on the level in where they can match the game displayed by much more experienced teams.