The PGL Open Qualifiers is about to start, and for a lot of teams, this will be a big event.
The first three tournaments of the season, Bucharest included, will be the first time for a lot of teams to show off their post TI rosters in a LAN setting. This is a big deal for a lot of reasons; it gives us a better idea of where teams stand after making (sometimes very) dramatic changes and it makes certain peoples jobs easier. Analysts, coaches…Some writers.
All that aside, let’s waste no more time and get to the predictions for the PGL Open Qualifiers!
PGL Open Qualifiers (Europe): OG
This was kind of an easy call. OG is, at last check, the strongest team in the Qualifiers and they’re arguably better with Resolut1ion now replacing Ana in the mid lane.
The only team that could even have the gall to make an argument for taking them down is Team Secret, and they probably won’t.
While the loss of Ana might affect OG’s play somewhat, this isn’t a team that lost half it’s roster and needs to find it’s identity again. Meanwhile, OG’s projected biggest competition in Team Secret has two new players, one who’ll be moving to an entirely different role to fill the team’s needs.
That’s not to say that Team Secret won’t be any good, but they have to make a lot of changes and find a brand new identity in order to be a really strong team. You don’t change 2/5th’s of your roster, with a role swapped player and keep the same playstyle. Oftentimes, you don’t even keep the same team skill level. And no, beating SFT to a pulp doesn’t give you any points in the game against OG.
Betting: OG to win against SFT e-sports 1/10 (Bet365)
PGL Open Qualifiers (North America): Digital Chaos
“But they’re 1-1 against VGJ.Storm right now!” Yeah, we can see that, however, the game they lost to VGJ.Storm was a close 1-2, whereas the game they beat them in was the 2-0 beatdown many expected.
Digital Chaos is, strictly speaking, the strongest team coming into the NA Qualifier. To make things even more clear they currently hold a winning record against some of their upcoming competition.
They’re sitting at 3-2 against VGJ.Storm in overall games, and they totally dismantled Complexity, arguably the second strongest team at the NA PGL Open Qualifiers, in the Kings Cup.
Complexity would then go on to defeat VGJ.Storm, completing the cycle but also showing VGJ to be the weakest of the three. Well, weakest by means of the transitive property, and results based analysis, which is what we use to determine likely victors.
The Dire has huge upset potential, especially with ppd at the helm, but 3 out of 5 out of Digital Chaos’ lineup has had more time playing together while their latest additions have proven to be seamless fits.