By Colin Rhoads
TSM vs. Team Liquid (Saturday, April 10, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.)
Prediction: TL 3:2
Ah, another rematch between Team Solo Mid and Team Liquid. TL proved to be the better team after handily knocking TSM down to the lower bracket(3-1) when they met each other in week one of the playoffs. While the games were back and forth, TL’s controlled playstyle showed to be the best way to play in any fiesta TSM attempted to create. However, TSM has the momentum coming in from the lower bracket while TL has just faced a hard loss to C9. This is why the series will go to five games. But, knowing NA, it can still go either way.
G2 vs. Rogue (Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:00 am)
Prediction: G2 3:0
Most people expected G2 to dominate this split’s play-offs however Europe’s reigning champs are struggling after an extremely close five games series against Shalke and losing 3-1 to MAD Lions last weekend. Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski expressed his frustration on stream after the Shalke series as it should’ve been a quick 3-0 but instead took much longer. Much of G2’s miss plays in the MAD Lions series probably stemmed from this frustration. G2 is a team that expects themselves to win every game so when they lose this frustration turns into focus towards getting better and winning. Therefore one thing is for sure, you don’t want to play G2 after they lose. G2 hasn’t lost play-offs since 2018 which is why they will easily beat Rogue.