Day 1 of The International 10 playoffs went almost as expected. Teams like Undying, Aster, beastcoast and Elephant are eliminated from TI as they failed to win BO1 series against their opponents. Here are my picks and predictions for Day 2.
PSG.LGD -1.5 @ 1.50
Third upper bracket round 1 match is here. PSG.LGD will face T1, a SEA hope. PSG.LGD are one of the favourites to go all the way, to take the trophy home. And they proved that in the group stage. They won their group B convincingly with 7 2-0 wins and 1 draw result. Pretty impressive performance so far. On the other side, T1 with 5 wins and 3 losses ended up in 4th place in the group A. Solid performance for them too, but I doubt they have any chance here for this Chinese powerhouse team. I’m expecting 2-0 for PSG.LGD here.
Vici Gaming +1.5 @ 1.45
This will potentially be a very interesting match. The strongest CIS team VirtusPro is facing another China hope, Vici Gaming. Vici Gaming is so stacked on paper, but can their group B 3rd place be good enough to beat group A 2nd place VirtusPro? It will be tough for them, as it seems like VirtusPro is in amazing form. VP showed dominance in their matches vs Aster, Alliance and Evil Geniuses, but this is a high pressure match now. A kind of match that their young players are not used to. There is a possibility that they will crumble upon pressure. I was thinking to pick Vici Gaming ML as odds on their win are an instance, but for safety, I’ll be satisfied with Vici Gaming taking a map here.
Fnatic +1.5 @ 1.47
Team Spirit are heavy favourites in this one. Due to their group stage performance where they’ve achieved 5 wins and 3 losses, they are in the upper foot here. In round 1 of the upper bracket, they’ve managed to take a map off Invictus Gaming in a perfect match. Being knocked down to the lower bracket, this is to be or not to be now for both teams. Fnatic had a terrible group stage performance, but their win against Undying yesterday in the round 1 of the lower bracket was impeccable. Because of that I give them a chance for a map here. Otherwise, Team Spirit has a solid chance here.
OG -1.5 @ 1.70
And again, OG is in the lower bracket. This is their territory and they are favoured to take the series against North Americans, Quincy Crew. OG was demolished by Puppey’s Team Secret in round 1 of the upper bracket (0-2), and they are looking now for redemption throughout the lower bracket. They are capable of doing it for sure. However, they will need to adjust a lot of things before facing Quincy Crew, a very solid team that is capable of taking a map off, even vs teams like OG. This is a high risk bet, but if OG takes this seriously and plays their A game, Quincy Crew doesn’t stand a chance. Otherwise, it could go all the way to all 3 maps.