NA BRAIN KEKW, liquid won't be in playoffs
Gambit will get top 4 imo
Vitality will get top 8
Without Gla1ve, I wouldn't have said Astralis had a chance. Now with him and -bubzkji, I definitely expect at least playoffs from them. What I saw in Cologne from Astralis is enough to convince me of that but winning, I don't think so. When you have 4 legends playing beside you like Lucky does, I don't think the LAN environment will impact him similarly to how it didn't affect b1t in Cologne (granted without an audience).
Heroic are onliners. There's enough data for labeling them. They went from 3rd-4th in EPL to 12th in IEM Fall without a live audience. They are not reaching playoffs.
Gambit are not onliners. At least not yet. They have too good of a structure. They surely got a nerf in Cologne and that meant losses to G2 and FaZe. But I expect playoffs from them at least.
FaZe are getting a buff again. Don't think it'll be enough for semis this time but rain is regaining form and that is key. Playoffs for them.
Liquid also getting a buff. Playoffs for them.
NAVI are favorites to win but you never know with them. GFs being BO3 instead of BO5 certainly decreases their chances.
Vitality. Tough call. EPL is not a major. It will depend a lot on shox's performance. Misutaaa is getting farther and farther from his (online) IEM Summer perfomance. ZywOo can't win alone. He needs both misutaaa and shox. Otherwise group stage exit for them. Kyojin is not working. Red numbers at every event except IEM summer where they lost in semis.
NIP. Playoffs for them. I am not overrating IEM Fall but rather acknowledging that Device is back on form. REZ consistently delivers along with Hampus' already great numbers. Then I can easily see them reaching semis if not more.
G2. Group stage exit. End of the line for this iteration of the roster. A LAN buff won't save them. Hunter has been too inconsistent and NiKo can't win alone. They went from consistent top3/4 at every event to dropping maps versus anyone (even if online).
I mentioned 6 teams (or 7 depending on Vitality). The remaining 1 or 2 will likely be outliers courtesy of the Swiss seeding/group stage. Maybe VP, ENCE or something like that.
(in order from winner to quarters)
mouz/liquid (cant decide)
yes, gambit and g2 will not make it to the playoffs.