The Shanghai Major looks nothing like what anyone expected. All the Chinese teams have been eliminated, Alliance and the defending Major Champions OG are out, and NA and SEA are performing far better than they normally do compared to the other regions. Say what you will about the production value and the drama surrounding this tournament, but make no mistake — the games have been fantastic.
As we get into the top 6, things get more and more difficult from here on out. Experience and nerves will kick in at this late stage of the competition, so it’s up to teams to keep their composure if they want a shot at the title. Let’s take a look at the fixtures for tomorrow.
Team Liquid (13/10 bet365) v Team Secret (8/11 Skybet)
With the impressive showing Team Liquid had against previously-undefeated MVP Phoenix, it’s clear that they deserve to be in this spot right now. Their hard work as a team over the last several months is finally paying off, and should they defeat Team Secret here they will punch their ticket into the grand finals. We think it’s definitely possible.
Team Secret, on the other hand, had to beat Evil Geniuses to get here — something which isn’t easy to do at all. Considering all the doubts surrounding them prior to the tournament, they seem to have shrugged those off almost completely. In all honesty, they look just as capable of beating Liquid. This fixture will be exciting but hard to gauge if you think about all the teams both of these squads had to go through to get to this point, but we’re going to go with the better value here.
Evil Geniuses (2/9 bet365) v CompLexity Gaming (14/5 Betway)
CompLexity really impressed everyone yesterday by knocking out Alliance, a team which was favoured to win the whole tournament given their results in this patch. They looked absolutely elated when the cameras focused on them after their victory, and they had every right to be happy. Taking Alliance out in a best of 3 was not an easy task. Now, however, they’re faced with an even bigger problem.
EG needs no introduction at this point. As one of the most consistent teams in the world, they are a threat wherever they may be found. Thing is, they lost to a team they should have beaten yesterday: Team Secret. This is proof that even they aren’t invincible, and that relatively weaker teams can take them down. This is why we think the odds on CompLexity justify themselves several times over in this fixture. If CoL can bring their usual brand of midgame domination against laning phase-dependent EG, they might have a better chance than bookmakers think they do.