After nearly a week-long group stage and a breakout match, we’re finally down to just eight teams who will battle it out in front of a live LAN audience at the DAC 2018 playoffs.
Virtus.Pro looks like they’re still well ahead of the pack, winning every single game during the DAC 2018 group stage. Meanwhile, Mineski are starting to look like they are better than ever after coming in 2nd place of Group B. On the flip side, the other Southeast Asian team in the tournament, TNC Pro Team, turned a lot of heads with their performance during the group stages. The All-Filipino squad went 4-0 during the tiebreakers to notch the top seed in Group A.
Judging by their performances so far, these three teams are THE teams to beat at the DAC 2018 playoffs. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Grand Finals ended up featuring two of them squaring off. Especially now that Team Liquid aren’t looking as good as many people expected after welcoming back Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi into their lineup and with Team Secret and their off-meta ways already out of the tournament, courtesy of ViCi Gaming.
Having said that, let’s get right on with our picks for the DAC 2018 playoffs.
LGD Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
Match Schedule: April 4, 2018 (Wednesday 10:00 CST)
Chinese teams are stubborn. REALLY stubborn. That’s why there are only two of them playing at the DAC 2018 playoffs after entering the tournament six-strong. They failed to adjust accordingly, became predictable and got punished accordingly. But it doesn’t look like LGD Gaming will suffer from the same pitfalls that led to the downfall of their brethren.
With the right mix of veteran leadership and players on the up-and-up determined to prove themselves, LGD Gaming are looking strong right now and with Evil Geniuses looking mighty predictable, a fact belied by their dominant win against Newbee where the TI7 runner-ups were even more predictable, it feels like this is going to be a one-sided affair going the way of LGD Gaming.
Betting: LGD Gaming to win 2-1 at 3.6 odds (GGbet)
Team Liquid vs Virtus Pro
9 times out of 10, Team Liquid should be the pick here. But, something just feels off with the reigning TI champions. With Virtus.Pro’s playstyle just being the right fit for the meta and them surging at the right time, they could very well win steamroll their way to win against Team Liquid en route to winning a third straight Major title and fourth overall for the season.
Betting: Virtus.Pro to win 2-0 at 2.6 odds (GGbet)
Mineski vs OpTic Gaming
Now, this is where things get slightly hard. OpTic Gaming are a good team. Great, even. The only problem is their consistency. The same goes for Mineski, who, before their 6-1 run this tournament, had found themselves struggling to make it out of the Southeast Asian Regional Qualifiers as TNC Pro Team and Fnatic have started giving them a good run for their money.
Ultimately, I’ll have to pick OpTic Gaming to win this series. Not because they’re least inconsistent of the two, but because of the strength of the competition they have faced and how they fared against it. Plus, the team is incredibly versatile, capable of running unique team compositions with pocket picks and players who are capable of switching positions.
Betting: OpTic Gaming to win at 2.15 odds (10bet)
TNC Pro Team vs ViCi Gaming
If there’s ever a dark-horse pic to win the entire tournament at the DAC 2018 playoffs, it’s TNC Pro Team. Already known for their incredible team chemistry which leads to solid team play, the All-Filipino team seems to have found the proverbial next level and have since taken things up a notch with Carlo ‘Kuku‘ Palad having carved a niche as an unusually aggressive and greedy position 5 support after making the switch from the middle lane to accommodate the team’s acquisition of Armel Paul ‘Armel‘ Tabios.
TNC Pro Team are already 5-1 against Chinese teams in this tournament alone. Expect that record to go 6-1 once tomorrow ends.
Betting: TNC Pro Team at 1.7 odds (GGbet)