I think it’s fair to say it’s an unexpected semi-final match-up. It’s also likely that it only came about due to the number of teams that pulled out of the event. Can the Polish squad of AGO pull off an upset over the fan favourites Fnatic?
They’re coming off the back off an abysmal showing at the Katowice Major. While WESG doesn’t weigh up in comparison to Katowice, lifting the trophy here would help heal the wounds.
However, they still aren’t firing on all cylinders. They finished group stages with a 0-2-0 record. They tied with both Windigo and Riders. Since the group stage struggles, they’ve won two rounds in bracket play. They faced off against Team Russia and OpTic Gaming, winning both series 2-0.
AGO are without a doubt going to make the most of this opportunity. They got blessed in their groups. With two teams in the group pulling out, it meant that they were automatically going to make it through. They just had one game to play against MiBR to determine seeding, which they lost.
In the Round of 16, they beat Singularity 2-0 in close matches. They moved into quarterfinals to meet Valiance, where they pulled off a 2-1 victory. This secured them a spot in the semi-final against Fnatic.
This is honestly a tricky one to predict. Mainly because Fnatic hasn’t looked overly convincing at the past two events. As could be expected Fnatic have odds of 1.30 to win the series, based on their raw talent and experience. However, if you do feel an upset coming you can treat yourself to odds of 3.20 on an AGO win.
I think a Maps Handicap bet is the best option for this series. You can get AGO at +1.5 for 1.70 odds. Fnatic has had close games throughout the tournament, so it is likely that AGO will be able to pick up a map win against them, if not win the series.