Hello ladies and gentleman, I would like to share my pickem with you.
TL;DR: 3:0 Avangar. 3:X Liquid,Astralis,MIBR,BIG,NRG,NAVI,ENCE, 0:3-C9
Last time i picked correct 6 of 9 teams. So i find it nothing special but i did 2 risky bets (+ fnatic)
Now i am focused on collecting five points.
Starting with 3:0 team which is Avangar, again...
In my opinion they are "safe pick", I am not sure if they will qualify but they looked really promising except first game against Renegades. They might be a dark horse of this major.
Then 0:3 I picked Cloud9
Half American-European Team which looks good but only on paper. Their IGL Zellsis had a great performance and Kio "The Solution" proofed French scene (and Faze) they were wrong. They managed to qualify to further stage however it seems to be over for them.
Go on, I chose LIQUID and ASTRALIS. I am pretty sure they are favourite to win this tournament.
MIBR with old new lineup appears exciting. It is pleasure to see coldzera and taco again in same team.
Under the lead of fallen they are able to reach at least semi's.
Going further with BIG, They are in theirs best shape, Xantares added some freshness to the team and also nex came back. They have a lot of firepower and also BIG brain aka best EU IGL GOB B.
NRG are they best NA team in this major (except MIBR). They have been fighting for it so long.
NAVI is struggling with themselves. Simple and Electronic can do anything but anyway there is something wrong with team chemistry. I hope they will fix it before major starts.
Last pick: EZ4ENCE, Allu came back with great style. Sergej must proof to Zywoo who is best young player in this major. Battle of best scandinavian team is not over.
Teams that are missing and why:
Renagades: They looked brilliant but they shown everything they had so they will do 1:3
Vitality: They did not fit the bill. We had a chance to see some good actions with AUG's but it will not be enough. Sure, they manage to qualify here from beginnings but there are better teams.
NIP: The only swedish team (Fnatic Quo, vadis) which I respect. Rez and forest did a great job but i can't say it to the rest of the team.
G2: Their last 2 games looked really impressing and it seems like they are just getting started.
But do not be blind. They will not qualify, they have luck of unpredictability
FaZe: New lineup looks awful. Replacing karrigan with Adren was a mistake. Karrigan was doing a good job and now we can appreciate it.
HellRaisers: Great CIS team. They have a lot of great players and Ange1l- Second best CIS IGL.
They have a opportunity to proof me i am wrong wrong and i hope so but maybe on next major.
Complexity with Nothing is weak team. They will probably do 0:3 but i expect great game between them and Cloud9. Thanks for reading and let me know if you want more.