Don’t let the series scores fool you, Fnatic and Team Liquid’s previous matches, against VGJ.Storm and TNC Predator, respectively, was a lot closer than the 2-0 line indicates. Both teams had a much harder time than initially thought taking down obviously inferior opponents. Although, of the two, it’s Team Liquid who seems to be in pretty rough shape.
Whether it was the communication barrier starting to rear its ugly head, or just Chu “Shadow” Zeyu recovering from the effects of the food poisoning he suffered earlier in the tournament, Team Liquid are starting to look more like a team playing with a stand-in. In fact, if not for monster games from Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen and Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov, we would’ve been looking at a Southeast Asian brawl between Fnatic and TNC Predator.
Up against an all-star Fnatic lineup that’s really starting to come together, Team Liquid can’t afford to keep on relying on big games from its players, especially when Fnatic have players who can take over games by themselves.
While we expect this series to be tightly contested, featuring close games and likely going down to the wire, we do believe that Fnatic can have the skills and necessary to edge out this limping Team Liquid lineup.
If Fnatic can draft Team Liquid into a corner and force them to play a composition that requires precise team fight coordination and communication, Team Liquid will have no choice but to be content with a Top 8 finish in their first Major appearance of the 2018-19 Dota Pro Circuit.
Betting Tip / Prediction: Fnatic to win the match
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