LoL MSI Playoffs 2019 | The Last Chapter Closes this Weekend
The time has come for the most important League of Legends tournament of May to conclude and the top four teams are still standing. The MSI Playoffs 2019 finals are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, with the semifinals taking place on Friday and Saturday. Invictus Gaming have cruised through the tournament and they are the main favourites to lift the trophy, but the Chinese team will encounter serious opposition. SK Telekom denied them the chance to finish with a perfect record, but they will have a hard time winning against G2. It is the Europeans and the Americans that start with the second chance in these MSI Playoffs.
Over the course of four days, the group stage matches were played in a best of one series, yet things are about to change. The MSI Semifinals 2019 are played in a single elimination bracket with up to five matches needed to determine a winner. The two teams who fail to qualify to the MSI Finals will have to settle for $100,000 each, while the runners up will receive twice as much. MSI Playoffs 2019 winners will collect the lion’s share, as the first prize consists of a whopping $400,000, nearly half of the prize pool.
MSI Playoffs pit Invictus Gaming against Team Liquid
The first of the two MSI Semifinals takes place on Friday afternoon and this match has a clear favourite. Invictus Gaming has won nine out of 10 matches in the group stage and only lost to SKT, when they were certain to have advanced from the first position. The winner of the group stage has the prerogative of choosing the semifinal opponent between the third and fourth placed squads. Invictus chose to play against Team Liquid, an opponent they have defeated in both games at the MSI Finals 2019.
The Chinese team is also the reigning League of Legends world champion and the main favourite to lift the trophy at the end of the MSI Playoffs. ArcaneBet offers dismal odds of 1/40 on Invictus Gaming to prevail at the end of the MSI Semifinals, while pricing the Americans at 10/1. There is a huge gap between these two teams, as suggested by their results during the MSI Group Stage. Invictus looked nearly invincible, while Team Liquid have barely qualified to the MSI Playoffs 2019 from the fourth place.
SK Telekom Seek First Win over G2 Esports at the MSI Playoffs
SKT have started the MSI Playoffs as the main favourites, slightly ahead of their Chinese rivals. They are, however, credited with the second chance after a slow start and they won’t have an easy task in the MSI Semifinals 2019. As the team finishing in the second place, they had no choice, but to play against G2 Esports, the strongest League of Legends squad from Europe. To make matters worse, the Europeans have defeated them in both matches played in the group stage and are not to be underestimated.
The South Korean players are finally performing as a team, which explains the relatively low odds offered by Rivalry on this MSI Finals match. Punters can only expect odds of 1/4 on SKT to advance to the finals, even though they are yet to defeat G2 Esports. Faker is once again dominant on the middle lane and the entire team is playing around him, so this is the player to watch in the MSI Semifinals 2019.
G2 Esports took the foot off gas once it was obvious that they will finish in the third place and this explains their poor performance in the final day of the MSI Finals 2019 group stage. They are still a force to be reckoned with and as long as the odds revolve around 4/1 at Betway, they should be taken seriously. What is particularly important for punters is the fact that they have already defeated SKT twice and they know precisely what to expect from this decisive match played in the MSI Playoffs.
Possible Scenarios for the MSI Playoffs 2019 Final
Enthusiastic punters and League of Legends fans will have to wait until late Saturday to see the best esports odds for the MSI Finals 2019. Only after both MSI Semifinals have concluded will bookmakers be able to publish the odds on the main markets and special ones. There are, however, a couple of things to consider ahead of the semifinals and we make a few educated guesses about how the MSI Finals will look like.
Invictus Gaming are almost certain to qualify at the end of the best-of-five series against Team Liquid in the MSI Playoffs 2019. North American fans can take a leap of faith with their favorite team to win at least one match and enjoy odds about even value on this outcome at Pinnacle. At the end of the day however, we are likely to see the Chinese team celebrating their presence in the MSI Finals 2019.
The MSI Semifinals 2019 will end with the match between SKT and G2 Esports and the outcome here is more difficult to predict. A stellar performance from G2 Esports should see them through and in the matches played before the start of the MSI Playoffs 2019 they have proven their worth. This should be a tightly contested series, probably decided by one victory, but SKT is more likely to reach the MSI Finals.
This brings us to the rather predictable conclusion of SKT and Invictus Gaming advancing from the MSI Semifinals 2019. The match between these two teams was also the last one to be played in the group stage and the Chinese were favourites. GG.bet priced their victory at odds of 1/2, but we expect higher value in the finals after SKT won the group stage match. Punters should take advantage of this final chance to bet on the MSI Playoffs and back the reigning champions to win, before the odds inevitably drop.
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