Playoffs of the Singapore Major are here. Today we are following upper bracket round 1.
Evil Geniuses @ 1.49
Those are the two teams that were placed directly into the playoff bracket. They skipped the first two stages, they were scouting and analysing other teams and players until now. Both teams did the same, so they have 0 intel on how they play since they didn’t play any matches lately. Both teams were really strong and dominant in their regions, but this is it now. North America vs SEA. My money is on Evil Geniuses as I do believe they have the quality and they are a much stronger team overall. Everything is on their side, even the format which is best of 3.
Invictus Gaming @ 1.72
I do believe Invictus Gaming are the heavy favourites here, even bigger than the odds shows it. They were the most dominant team in China in recent months, and they really raised their gameplay and teamplay. Vici is strong too, but they were struggling in the Group Stage of the tournament. Only 2 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses are not exceptional results for them. They failed to impress us all. This is Chinese derby and those types of matches tend to be very uncertain. However, I do give a 60% chance to IG to take this series.
Team Secret @ 1.36
We could write a couple of pages about Thunder Predator’s performance in this tournament so far. South Americans came to this tournament as a heavy underdog and most probably one of the weakest teams of them all. However, they proved everyone wrong, they finished 1st in the Group Stage with 5 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses. Yes, you heard that right. They’ve only lost 2 maps out of 14 they’ve played. Superb performance from Peruvians, but sadly for them they need to face Team Secret now. Even though they surprised many teams and shocked everyone with their amazing plays, I doubt that they can do that to Puppey and the rest of the company. They are just too experienced and too strong for this. Secret is one of the main favourites of the tournament. Thunder Predator can surprise Secret with a map, but I highly doubt that they can take a series off mighty Secret.
PSG.LGD @ 2.15
This is probably the most even match of the day. Even though by the odds, VirtusPro are favourites on most sportsbooks, I doubt it will be so easy for them. PSG.LGD warmed up nicely. 1st place in Wild Card stage of the tournament, 2nd place in the Group Stage of the same tournament. Their only 2 losses were vs Liquid and Thunder Predator, and I do think those matches could have ended up in a different way. Chinese are very strong this season and I think they have everything they need to beat one of the best young EU squads. My money is on PSG.LGD as odds are amazing. More than a double return.