In the last quarter-final to take place, we witness a dominant European side face off against the rising stars of Korea. G2 had higher expectations coming into this tournament. However, following their loss in the final game of group stage and DAMWON looking strong, this tie is now wide open for either team to come out on top.
This young roster has been getting primed for this moment for quite some time now. They’ve made their way here through the Play-Ins, which isn’t something we typically see at Worlds. When you’re in a region that consists of SKT and Griffin, it’s hard to truly break through and show your true dominant potential.
It’s fair to say DAMWON smashed expectations over the past couple of weeks. They were selected in Group D alongside Team Liquid, Ahq e-Sports Club and Invictus Gaming. Coming into the event most expected the current World Champions, Invictus, to top the group. This left the idea that DAMWON would battle it out against Liquid hoping to upset them. DAMWON actually finished 1st with a 5-1 record.
It had all started so well for the European roster on home soil. They had a 50 record and were sitting comfortably in 1st place heading into their final group game against Griffin. Griffin had continually been improving as the event went on and it seemed to catch G2 off guard. G2 slipped but the loss meant they were tied with Griffin for 1st place.
This led to an immediate tiebreaker. It was clear Griffin had all the momentum as they stormed into the tiebreaker and defeated G2 once more. These two losses against Griffin seem to have swung the expectations for G2 for some reason. They are no longer favourites for this match, despite coming into the event as favourites to win the entire thing.
DAMWON have made an impressive run so far and it would be great to see the youngsters grind through to a semi-final, but I believe it comes to an end against G2. They aren’t favoured in this series meaning you can get 1.96 odds on a G2 win.