After China’s successful time at Worlds this time last year, a Chinese team is guaranteed to make a return to the grand final this year. The two remaining Chinese teams clash in the best of 5 semi-final this Saturday.
The current World Champions, hoping to keep their crown, will have to overcome the team that took #1 seed in China from the regular season in 2019. After they just about scraped through the group stage, a lot of questions were being raised about this team.
The slip-up in groups meant they got landed with 2nd seed in their group which meant their run to the grand final became even harder. Last week they faced off against Griffin in the quarter-final and were by no means favourites.
After Invictus had some signs of weakness in groups, the odds started to tilt towards Griffin. Invictus Gaming came into the series needing to make a statement and they did. They took a commanding 2-0 lead and eventually took the series 3-1.
Another team expected to dominate and just about surviving group stage, yes, that was FPX as well. FPX were fully expected to finish groups 6-0 with dominating performances. Despite still finishing 1st in their group they only did so with a 4-2 record. To put into content, J Team came 3rd with a 3-3 record which meant they didn’t reach playoffs.
FPX got pitted against Fnatic, one of the home favourites at Worlds this year, meaning the crowd were not going to be in their favour. Fnatic had an excellent final day of groups and with the shaky performances from FPX, this set up a potentially epic quarter-final.
The series didn’t fully live up to its hype. All games were finishing relatively quickly. On a positive note, there was a fast and effective pace from both sides. FPX ultimately won the series 3-1 to advance.
Overall the odds are tilting towards Invictus Gaming at this point but it is a risky series to lump on an outright winner. I would recommend looking at the +1.5 map handicap for FPX that has 1.54 odds.