At the end of Mid-Season Invitational day 1, Team Liquid and Invictus Gaming lead the rankings. But that’s only a fifth of the games done, and four more days of play are on the schedule.
How will day 2 develop? Let’s see what we can expect.
iG vs. SKT — the one you can’t miss
The entire day of MSI matches will build towards the first encounter between Invictus Gaming and SK Telecom T1 — arguably the two best teams in the tournament, and consequently the world. This will be only the second time the two play each other, after iG beat SKT at 2018 Rift Rivals.
Judging by their day 1 form, iG are in good position to take the match. TheShy showed on day 1 that he can come back even after losing the lane phase, and Song “Rookie” Eui-jin has been on fire. SKT’s win over Flash Wolves was one-sided, yes, but the Wolves are far from a top form team. G2 already proved that SKT aren’t invincible and as it stands, the LPL champions are far ahead in skill compared to G2.
SKT’s key to victory involves Park “Teddy” Jin-seong popping off and running away with the game or Kim “Clid” Tae-min shutting down TheShy, LPL-style. It’s a close-to-call series, but iG still look the favorites.
Team Liquid: from 2-0 to 2-2
Without taking anything away from Liquid, they had it easy on day 1, playing the two worst teams in the tournament. On day 2, however, they not only play reigning world champions iG — a battle they will probably lose — but G2 too in the aeons-old NA vs. EU rivalry.
This is the second match to watch tomorrow, in big part for its historical significance. EU has always been the stronger region internationally, but TL might just be the best roster NA has ever fielded.
From what we’ve seen so far, G2 have the advantage of draft flexibility, while Team Liquid have mostly been playing standard League of Legends. TL also have a telegraphed playstyle, while G2 feasts on the madman that is Rasmus “Caps” Winther and the deep champion pool of Martin “Wunder” Hansen. The LEC champions can potentially throw a flurry of curveballs to confuse Team Liquid, but they have to be careful not to trip in their own fancy footwork.
The buffalo over the wolf
So far, Flash Wolves look by far the least convincing team at MSI. Granted, they played some solid teams, but getting just three kills, one tower, and zero neutral objectives in total spells some serious problems with the team.
In comparison, PVB have been fighting with a lot of spirit and a lot of fervor. They even put iG to the test, though struggled to overcome Team Liquid’s slow-and-steady pace. The latter could be FW’s way out of this series. The Wolves play a similar game to Liquid and if they can avoid early pressure and early deaths, it could be their first step to salvaging the horrible day 1 record.
Predicted MSI 2019 day 2 standings
1. Invictus Gaming (4-0)
2. G2 Esports (3-1)
3. SK Telecom T1 (2-2)
3. Team Liquid (2-2)
5. Phong Vu Buffalo (1-3)
6. Flash Wolves (0-4)