T1 v G2 Pick
T1 vs G2 Predictions
Underdogs G2’s Chance To Shred Pre-tournament Favourites
Fans have been licking their lips in anticipation. This match is being dubbed “the clash of titans”. It offers T1 a chance to pull one back on GE Esports, who beat them at the Major in 2019. G3 came in third place after the Rumble Stage, and they went on to win this tournament.
They’d gladly take a loss if history repeats itself and they go on to win MSI 2022. Teams think different at the planning stage. G2 will plot against T1 just as any other team on Friday.
Everyone knows that despite their favorable record against T1, they are in trouble. They have a chance to upset the T1 apple cart.
G2 have had a great run thus far. Except for one match against EG, where they almost lost following a period that was dominant, all their other games have been successful. Their younger players like Targamas the rookie botlaner, have shown an incredible ability to fight back against tougher opponents, while Flakked and Flakked are supported by their more experienced counterparts. They are doing well.
Brokenblade has also rediscovered his magic touch and they are gradually revving up. Caps and Jankos, the veterans who were part of the squad that beat T1 in 2019, will be looking to channel the magic from three years ago to replicate the same. Although it’s not an easy task, it is possible.
T1’s Tried and Tested Formula T1 have an incredible win streak. They have won a mind-boggling 26 matches across all competitions, and have not lost a single series since the start of the 2022 season. This doesn’t mean they are dominating. The early games of T1 have been quite impressive.
You get the impression they are robotic. They know how to do things, and they have a process. They have a system that they use and don’t change it. The logic is why fix what’s broken.
Top laner Zeus was a steady performer, along with Faker who has served as the flag bearer for the team’s long history. Keira and Gumayusi have been stars they know. They are distinguished by their ability to shut down rivals. G2 cannot afford to lose momentum too early. It will be an exciting clash.
G2 vs Royal Never Give Up Pick
G2 vs Royal Never Give Up Predictions
Can G2 Overcome Fatigue Factor?
G2 must be accurate because they will face one champion team in the draw format hours after the T1 champions.
This game sets up G2’s tournament, regardless of the outcome. They will be able to turbo-start their quest for the final if they defeat RNG and T1. G2 have managed an undefeated 20-0 score line so far in the competition.
Their future looks bright because they did it with a younger group. Their group performance was outstanding, but it was not expected that they could surpass Order and Evil Geniuses at one level. This is an extremely difficult task in so many aspects.
Technical Disqualification No deterrent for RNG
RNG. They have made it to this point despite some technical shortcomings. The group stage started with three wins, but the games were abandoned due to technical difficulties. All the games had to be replayed.
This may have not worked out for them. They defeated all their opponents and left the stage undefeated. Overall. In five meetings, RNG beat G2 twice.
Evil Geniuses vs Royal Never Give Up Pick
Evil Geniuses vs Royal Never Give Up Predictions
EG Follow A Predictable Path
There has been an air of ruthlessness to Evil Geniuses, especially against the smaller teams. They beat Order last week to reach the Rumble stage. Their performance against G2 was the bigger problem. They won every game in their group stage and reached this point with an 8-0 record. In comparison, EG only had a 50% success rate. This means that G2 is immediately in their favor.
Last week, they lost in 39 minutes to G2 but quickly rebounded from the loss to put it past ORDER in just 23 minutes. EG surged to a 10k gold within 15 minutes and maintained that position to eventually secure a comfortable win. They’ve demonstrated a willingness to rebound against opponents who have the same skill level as them. They will be facing RNG (the overwhelming favourites) in this match. Can they make the same?
RNG Rise Above Adversities
RNG surged to a 6-0 rout to top their group. They demonstrated that adversities were not going to stop them from achieving their goal. They could have easily been smug at not being able to win three games. But, the game had to be replayed.
It’s one thing to accept it, and then go out to beat their opponents in a convincing manner to show a point.
This is enough evidence that they are hungry to succeed. Their approach to this game may be influenced by their last game. RNG will also be facing off against EG. This will put their mental resources to the test.
PSG Talon vs Saigon Buffalo Pick
PSG Talon vs Saigon Buffalo Predictions
Hanabi’s Rise Mirrors PSG Talon’s Rise
This one is really close to call. Both sides have had outstanding results recently. PSG Talon had an incredible 2021. The year was studded by a mind-boggling 35-1 win-loss record across the spring and summer splits. They also had a great run in last year’s MSI, where they reached the final four and won a match against eventual winners RNG.
Despite all their success it was still a surprise that they had managed that feat. They now want to take RNG’s title and dethrone him a year later. They have a lot of work ahead.
Their rise to prominence is no accident. Their transformation has been made possible by Hanabi, a top laner. His experience has been invaluable at the World Championships as well as three MSI appearances.
At 21, he may be a youngster but the experience has made him a battle-hardened veteran who adds a new dimension to an already explosive outfit. He is determined to achieve the same success on an international level. This is not beyond his reach.
Saigon’s Move From Being Giant Killers
Saigon Buffalo are much different to their 2019 avatar. They are no longer the timid team who did well in local tournaments but faltered at the grand stage. The flag bearers for Vietnam’s scene are they. They’re now looking to move from giant-killers to an even more consistent team capable of winning large titles, three years after beating G2 twice.
The biggest advantage they have so far has been their consistency. They have all played only for Buffalo so far. They came together in 2021 and are still going strong. They have been supported by the team through all of it. They have the chance to repay their faith.
Saigon Buffalo vs Evil Geniuses Pick
Saigon Buffalo vs Evil Geniuses Predictions
Once again, this one is an exciting match-up that could be decided in one decisive turn in the game, because in terms of proficiency, experience and match-ups, they’re almost on level terms. Expect plenty of counter-punches and punches.
Saigon has done a fantastic job to get out of a group that had faced T1, and they have shown how they are not pushovers by beating DetonatioN FocusMe.
They knew they needed to defeat DFM several times in order to get out of this group. Their executions of each game proved that they were serious about their goals and executed them well. They have put VCS back on the LoL Map as the top wildcard area.
EG Overcome G2 Stranglehold
For a while all EG have heard is how they could get the better of G2. It should be comforting to know that they are playing another opponent. It can be very deflating for a team who has suffered through G2’s wrath in such a way.
Credit to EG for their poise and ability to rise above all the challenges they’ve faced. This is no longer an intellectual battle but a mental one. And EG has risen to the occasion and flexed their muscles against all sides. Slowly, they are regaining their old form.
PSG Talon vs T1 Predictions
PSG Talon vs T1 Picks
PSG Talon’s Chance To Fight Without Pressure
Among the biggest mismatches on Friday is the final game to close the day. PSG Talon knows they are the underdogs heading into this clash by a large margin. It’s possible to let your free spirit shine through in situations where no one expects you win. This could help them get rid of their mental clutter and make it easier to execute their plans.
This will test the resilience of PSG Talon and their handling of the “underdogs” tag. They will be overcome or they’ll fight back.
Expect T1 To Sustain Domination
How does a team approach a game they know they’re poised to win? Are they willing to give chances to new players? Are they looking for opportunities to kill? Are they trying to help young players cope with pressure situations?
T1 might ponder this, but since they are constantly playing back-to-back, it’s not easy to really think about. They seem unstoppable at this point, though one mistake on the Rumble stage might make them fall and end their great streak.
Reigning champs RNG will be waiting to take advantage of mistakes made by their rivals, which means that T1 has very little room for error even though they’re in a great position. After RNG and G2, they are the third team to finish a flawless run in the MSI Group stage stages. This run is expected to continue.
How to Watch the MSI
MSI 2022 Information Teams T1, G2, Evil Geniuses, PSG Talon, Saigon Buffalo, RNG Location Busan, South Korea Time Friday, May 20 at 4. 00 AM ET How to watch Official Twitch channel