Team Liquid will complete the playoffs line-up of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational. The LCS champions secured their top 4 spot by dominating EU rivals G2 Esports, at the same time denying G2 their #2 seed.
TL needed one more win than Flash Wolves to make playoffs. Both teams started the day with a loss, but then Liquid came with a newfound strength in their game against G2. MVP performance from Jake “Xmithie” Puchero on Jarvan IV shut down both Martin “Wunder” Hansen and Rasmus “Caps” Winther to eliminate G2’s strongest carries from the game. Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen also showed up big on LeBlanc in his best game so far this tournament.
By winning this game, TL not only secured their semifinals finish, but also denied G2 Esports’ #2 seed — a position that protects you from getting picked by the #1 team. Now, being chosen by Invictus Gaming is a real danger for the “samurai” and could be an outcome that ends their MSI run earlier than expected, considering iG’s current form.
This is a huge break for AD Carry Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. The veteran carry had never made it past the group stage of a major international event until now and will make a run for the MSI gold in Taipei later this week.
MSI 2019 top 4 seeding
#1: Invictus Gaming
#2: SK Telecom T1
#3: G2 Esports
#4: Team Liquid
There are only two matches left from the MSI group stage, but the one between Phong Vu Buffalo and Flash Wolves is without meaning: neither team can advance and the prize pool for the 5-6th place is the same. The closing match between SKT and iG on the other hand, while not affecting the seeding, will give iG the chance to record a perfect 10-0 run through MSI and be the first team in history to not drop a game in the group stage.