i-League 2021 Season 2 is already in the playoffs. After 4 long days of waiting, the playoffs are moving on. This time, elimination matches in the lower bracket are on. Here are my picks and predictions for two big Chinese series of the day.
Invictus Gaming -1.5 @ 1.93
This is such a hard match to predict. First of all, Invictus Gaming was the team that surprised us a lot in the group stage, negatively. They were the team from which we expected a lot and they failed. They’ve barely gone through the playoffs finishing on 6th, last place that was leading to the playoff stage. One of the losses from the group stage was a match vs Team MagMa too. MagMa took that series with a clean 2-0, which surprised all fans. Magma is not a team that should or could be a threat to the top 4 in China. In the playoffs, Invictus Gaming showed a different face as they beat Elephant with 2-0, and they lost to Team Aster in a close 1-2 series. Now they are on the edge of elimination vs a team that can always surprise, Team Magma. Somehow I believe we will watch different sides of Invictus Gaming now, compared to the group stage. They have a very strong roster, made for big things and they should easily beat Magma. However, with Magma you never know, they are unpredictable and they could pull off a map. Odds on -1.5 handicap on IG are amazing, I’m picking that.
Elephant @ 1.45
This must be the match of the day, at least in China. Elephant is one of the strongest teams in China this year so far. They are facing Royal Never Give Up, a team that is rising their form and that is growing with each month. RNG is a very dangerous team nowadays. They showed that in the group stage of i-League, where they finished in 2nd place. Teams like Aster and Elephant did fall to them. Another case where underdog did beat favourites. However, those are the playoffs now, there is no room for error anymore and I do believe Elephant will take this match seriously. I do think that generally they are a much better team overall. Loser is eliminated, and as RNG did beat Elephant once already in this tournament, it will be interesting to see how they will approach this match. RNG +1.5 handicap could be a good bet here too. Make your own choice. I do think Elephant ML is much safer in this case.