Day 1 of AniMajor finished in a pretty unexpected way. On the Day 2 focus is on the lower bracket. Elimination matches are here and all the pressure is on those teams.
Team Aster @ 1.72
Team Aster was the first surprise of the playoffs on day 1. After their hard 0-2 loss vs T1 from the SEA region, Aster found themselves in a hard situation. From one of the favourites to one of the biggest losers for now. TNC is coming directly from the Group Stage where they finished in 5th place with only 2 wins and 3 draws, while they lost 2 matches on the way. Focus should be on ML here, not on handicaps because odds are so good. Overall, Aster is a more powerful team, and I hope that this unexpected loss won’t affect them too much. Aster for the win.
Alliance @ 1.59
Alliance is not heavily favoured here, such a surprise. They dropped both maps to PSG.LGD in the round 1 of the upper bracket playoffs straight away, and now they are facing elimination. So weird to see them in the lower bracket right away, but that was expected. PSG.LGD is not an easy team to face nowadays. Team Spirit is on the rise, and surely one of the hottest CIS squads right now, but I think that Alliance and Nikobaby could be a slightly too much for them. Spirit didn’t win a single series in the group stages. With 5 draws and 2 losses they took 6th place, last that leads to the playoffs. I think this should be a straight win for Alliance.
Evil Geniuses -1.5 @ 1.70
Actually, I was surprised when NoPing made a mess in Quincy Crews’s play. They did perform much better than expected. But they need to face the number 1 team from America right now, Evil Geniuses. And this won’t be easy for them. Even though they are a team that can shock quite a bit, the surprise factor is still here. Evil Geniuses will need to be careful, but if they take this seriously, they should take this series easily. They must go all in, this is an elimination match and there is no room for errors. Evil Geniuses 2-0 is my pick here.