By Colin Rhoads
Listed from best chance to worst chance:
Team Liquid looks hot right out of the gate. There were some questionable decisions and preformances week one and two of the “Lock-In Tournament” but those got drowned out almost instantly. After a clean sweep against EG in semi-finals and a decisive performance against Cloud 9 in the finals, it is scary how fast this team can improve. Team Liquid, or should I say Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-In’s team, has dominated through map control and vision control while also having arguably the best players in each role.
Yes, this is extremely controversial. While I still think Team Liquid would have beaten 100 Thieves in the final, I also believe that if 100 Thieves did not fumble game three against Cloud 9 they would have easily taken the 3-0 in semi-finals. 100 Thieves plays aggressively. They will not take their foot off the gas pedal and it has shown. If they simply clean up their high-risk high reward playstyle, they can be title contenders.
Don’t get me wrong, Cloud 9 started strong. Finishing second in the “Lock-In Tournament” is definitely something to be proud of. However, similar to Team Liquid fans, they either want the championship or nothing at all. Once Fudge shows substantial improvement and Perkz fits into the aggressive Cloud 9 playstyle this team has a lot of potential. As long as they don’t fumble mid way through the split like last season, this team should be a title contender but they are not yet.
Besides going 3-0 against Team Liquid in the “Lock-In Tournament”, Evil Geniuses showed synergy right out of the gate. Team Liquid has been at the top for some time and they still did not slow down. If they can polish up some problems Evil Geniuses is still a top team.
TSM and TSM fans alike feel the loss of veterans Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Peng “Doublelift” Yiliang. Bjersen especially has molded Mingyi “Spica” Lu into the carry-style jungler that he is now. Let’s just hope it’s enough. If this new TSM is anything like the old TSM they are going to need a lot of time especially with a brand new lineup.
Not a lot of analysts expected anything out of Fly Quest’s squad but they have proven to put up a fight taking games off Evil Geniuses and Immortals. Maybe Eric “Licorice” Ritchie has what it takes to put this team on his back.
Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming’s power ranking is a little scuffed currently, as we are still waiting for Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen’s debut on CLG. While their win against 100 Thieves in the “Lock-In tournament” showed the potential of this veteran lineup, the game was more 100 Thieves losing a game they should’ve won rather than CLG winning.
The only team Dignitas beat was Fly Quest, other than that they were handedly beaten by all other teams. We’ll have to see how the middle of the pack breaks out, but as of right now they sit near the bottom of it.
The story here is Immortal’s “god-like” intro video. If you haven’t seen this masterpiece yet check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhT23ureZ6g.
Golden Guardians sits at the bottom of the pack right now, but they definitely have potential to upset and surprise. The coaching staff and players of GG have a huge emphasis on improvement and development.
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