It’s Day 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Major Main Event, and as action-packed as the first day of play was, Day 2 is just about to make things even more exciting, with a potential Ninjas in Pyjamas and Evil Geniuses rematch on the cards.
We’ll have to thank Virtus.Pro for this. It was because of them that Ninjas in Pyjamas dropped to the lower brackets. Apparently, even though they’ve not been in the best form lately, when they’re up against Peter ‘ppd‘ Dager, they’re going to bring their A game regardless. Now, if only they could treat every opponent they face going forward the same way, starting with Team Secret.
As for the potential rematch between ppd and his previous team, Evil Geniuses need to take care of a wee bit of a problem first, and by that we mean beating the The International 2018 finalists, PSG.LGD.
Both of these teams have not looked as good as their TI selves lately, and it’ll be interesting to see which of them break out of their slump tomorrow, especially when you consider their similar style of play and the exciting mid matchup between Sumail Syed ‘SumaiL‘ Hassan and Lu ‘Maybe‘ Yao.
Having said that, let us not delay any further and get right on with our picks for Day 2 of the Kuala Lumpur Major Main Event.
The Kuala Lumpur Major Main Event Day 2 Predictions
Team Secret vs Virtus.Pro
Match Schedule: November 17, 2018 — 1800H SGT
A battle between two of the best teams over the past two years (and ironically enough, the two teams who always seem to fall short at TI), expect each team to pull out all of the stops in a matchup fitting for a Grand Finals.
These two teams know each other all too well and each are capable of playing off-meta picks that can blind side their opponents — take for example, Alexei ‘Solo‘ Berezin playing a position 5 support Drow Ranger earlier in the tournament — which suggest that this isn’t going to be a battle of drafts, but rather, a battle of who is able to execute their game plan better.
Considering how Virtus.Pro seem to have had Team Secret’s number in most of their prior meetings, it makes sense to go with them on this one. However, we have yet to see Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov experiment, and as much as some of his decisions have blown up on his team’s face at times, something just feels different right now, and we mean that in a good way.
With Team Secret having one undefeated so far, smart money’s on them continuing that streak well onto the Grand Finals of the Kuala Lumpur Major Main Event.
Betting: Team Secret to win at 1.68 odds. (GGbet)
PSG.LGD vs Evil Geniuses
Match Schedule: November 17, 2018 — 1200H SGT
Evil Geniuses can beat just about everybody, except, well, PSG.LGD.
Post TI7, Evil Geniuses have squared up against the TI8 finalists five times, and they’ve only won once, and each series have always ended up in a sweep in favour of the winning team. Although we’ve seen some pretty close games played between both of these two teams, something about PSG.LGD just seem to prevent Evil Geniuses from executing their usual game plan, and it’s likely because of how they’re able to prevent the boys in blue from just flat-out dominating their lanes and snowballing from there.
PSG.LGD have the talent, skill, and chemistry to lane with the best of them, making them one of the few nightmare match ups for Evil Geniuses.
While it’s certainly possible that Evil Geniuses will walk away with a win here, especially with a grudge match against Ninjas in Pyjamas on the line, you can’t just go against history like that.
Betting: Correct Map Score 2-0 in favour of PSG.LGD at 2.45 odds. (GGbet)
All The Kuala Lumpur Major Main Event Odds courtesy of GGbet.