One of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational Semifinal matches will see Invictus Gaming, who blitzed through the group stages with a 9-1 record, try to get an easy win over their choice opponents, Team Liquid, who are easily the worst team remaining in the pool.
After barely scrapping by with a 4-6 record, Team Liquid now find themselves tasked to do the impossible.
Below, we’ll take a look at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational Semifinal matchup between Invictus Gaming and Team Liquid.
Invictus Gaming vs Team Liquid — What Do The Odds Say?
According to the esports betting website Arcanebet, Invictus Gaming are the heavy favourites to win the series with 1.02 odds. This doesn’t really come off as a surprise to anybody. They played fast and loose for the majority of the group stages, ending up with only one loss, which came at the hands of SK Telecom T1 and in their final, non-bearing match of the group stages.
Because of their innate aggression and having some of the highest levels of mechanical play to back the former up, Invictus Gaming seems to always play for the highlight reel moments, and they almost always stick the landing.
In the group stages, Invictus Gaming played the role of the aggressor against Team Liquid. The North American representatives, perhaps partly due to the force of habit, played reactively, seeking to punish the reigning world champions’ mistakes. In both their games against each other Team Liquid found advantages with some rather shrewd midgame rotations. Despite the slight turnaround, the conclusions of both games were similar: some crucial picks or skirmishes would go well for Invictus Gaming, the game would break open with a Baron Nashor, and the game would end.
If Team Liquid could shore up their laning phase, perhaps they could do better in the mid to late game, and could possibly take a game off of the current world champions.
Anything more than a game off of is wishful thinking, however.
Predictions for the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational Semifinal
Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong has subverted expectations so far in the tournament. Instead of the weak link, he has now become Team Liquid’s most reliable member. Unfortunately, the rest of Team Liquid have suffered at this most inopportune time. On the other hand, Invictus Gaming look nigh unstoppable, with Kang “TheShy” Seung-lok dominating his opposing with ease, going for solo kills in nearly every game multiple times.
While Team Liquid have more than a couple of problems to solve, perhaps their most gloaring issue is their bottom lane. Both Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in have underwhelmed so far in the tournament. They frequently die in the 2v2 laning phase and make crucial mistakes late in the game. They play too slow to keep up with how other teams are playing, let alone the blistering pace that Invictus Gaming have played at for most of the year.
Even if Doublelift and CoreJJ somehow find their footing, it’s hard to see how Team Liquid can win. Their opponents simply outclasses them in all the lanes and it wouldn’t be a surprise if Invictus Gaming ended up taking this 3-0.
If Team Liquid can somehow polish their fundamentals and get lucky at the same time, sure, they could take a game off of the reigning World champions. However, asking for more might just be a tad too much.
Betting: Team Liquid to win at least 1 Map (NO) at 1.43 odds via ArcaneBet.