After a shaky start to The Chongqing Major, Team Secret turned the switch on in the playoffs, playing more to their usual standards and making Team Liquid look exactly like how a team playing with a stand-in should look like.
With a Top 6 finish already secured, they’re now set to face EHOME in the upper brackets, a team that, like them, isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of the game.
EHOME, a team headlined by three TI winners, including their coach, has looked the part of a contender since winning the Bucharest Minor. Their hard carry, Li “ASD” Zhiwen, has done his best in every game to help his team, posting an 8.70 KDA so far in the tournament, with Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida also proving that he remains one of the few offlaners in the world that can take over games singlehandedly if given the chance.
Unfortunately, they have one glaring weakness in their gameplay – they don’t nearly farm the lanes as much as they should.
With an over-reliance on playing as a five and a playstyle that revolves heavily around rotations and successful pick-offs, EHOME may have the most kills per game among all participating teams, but they also have the lowest GPM and last hits as a team among all four upper bracket teams.
That doesn’t bode well when up against Team Secret, a team whose greedy lineup knows how to pick their spots across the map and split enemy teams so they can’t group up as much.
While we should expect nothing less than off-meta picks to come into play as these two unconventional teams match up, Team Secret should be the ones to walk away as the winners.
Betting Tip / Prediction: Team Secret to win the match
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