The Mid-Season Invitational moves on to the second stage of the competition, the Rumble, with six teams facing each other. The bottom two are eliminated. We take a look at some picks for you to consider from Friday’s MSI games.
DWG Kia (1.76)
In six games during the group stages, DWG Kia won five, losing only one to Cloud9. They have been arguably the best team in the world for a while now. Their run to the title at the World Championships last year was proof of that statement. Even though Royal Never Give Up are coming into this game on the back of a stellar performance in the LPL, there is a discernible difference between the styles of both these teams, which will have an impact on the result.
Ghost has been in astonishing form for DWG Kia this season. He has racked up 5.17 kills and 5.17 assists per game with just one death. His prowess has been hard to stop in the bottom lane, particularly from a kill participation standpoint. Khan also has a kill participation of over 10 during this MSI (4 kills and 6.83 assists per game). Canyon has done his job fairly well too, adding a steady 3 kills to his assist rate of 7.17 per map. Four of the five DWG Kia players have a KDA of over 4.
Cloud9 will take lots of confidence from their win against DWG Kia during the group stages. They lost their first two games but came storming back to qualify with four straight wins thereafter. There is plenty of skill and confidence in that Cloud9 team to be able to withstand the attacking force of Mad Lions in this game. This will be an intense battle in the lanes, but I’d back Cloud9 to come away from those team fights largely unscathed.
Perkz has been Cloud9’s most proficient player, from an efficiency and kill participation perspective. He has averaged 5.33 kills along with 5.17 assists per map at MSI so far. With just two deaths per game, his KDA has risen to 5.25 with a creep score of well over 300. There is plenty of kill support from Fudge and Zven as well.