The group stages have come to an end and now we find ourselves in a single elimination playoff bracket. Griffin and Invictus clash in the opening quarter final match. Korea’s #2 team seeded team against China’s #3 seeded team, this is a surprise quarter final to say the least.
The Korean roster of Griffin came into Worlds this year with a lot to prove. They missed out on the tournament last year which caused many questions to be asked about the true quality of this team and organisation.
Griffin answered these questions without a doubt during group stage. They were paired in a group against G2, Cloud9 and Hong Kong Attitude. I think it’s fair to say they were expected to make it out, however, not as first seed. There was also the potential of Cloud9 causing more upsets on the International stage.
The seeding off the group heading into playoffs was decided on the very final match. Griffin faced off against G2 and managed to pull off the victory. This meant to two were both 5-1 and had to play a tiebreaker to see who got 1st seed. The tiebreaker took place immediately and Griffin rode the momentum to another win.
Your current World Champions had a group they were expected to come on top of, however, at a point there were questions if they would make it out at all. Invictus found themselves with DAMWON, Liquid and Ahq e-Sports Club. Whilst Ahq went 0-6 and flopped, both Liquid and DAMWON were primed to stir things up.
The young Korean roster of DAMWON who made their way in from Play-Ins were the biggest upset. Both of Invictus’ defeats came to DAMWON, which has hugely impacted the expectations of the World Champions.
With the struggles that Invictus showed in Group Stage, I think it’s very difficult to back them in this situation. Griffin has continually improved throughout the group stage and are now a strong contender to win the competition. I recommend taking the 1.61 odds on a Griffin win.