Crystallize`s predictions for TI8 Playoffs Day 5

Dota 2 / News / 24 August 2018 — 15:18

Crystallize on The International 2018 deciding matches

The International 2018 playoffs are approaching their end point, with only five teams remaining in the race for the Aegis of Immortal. We sat down with our ua Vladislav "Crystallize" Krystanek to find out his predictions for the fifth day. Find them below!

ua Vladislav "Crystallize" Krystanek
Natus Vincere player


eu Team Liquid [2:1] eu Team Secret

The only misstep which eu Team Liquid have suffered so far in Vancouver was them falling to cn PSG.LGD. Being swift to learn from their mistakes, they are unlikely to do any of those again in today's match against eu Secret, which is why Crystallize favors Liquid heavily in this match. 

cn PSG.LGD [2:0] eu OG

A good form and serious intentions of China's most prominent representative leaves zero room for doubt. cn PSG.LGD have had an extremely convincing run so far, giving the opponents they faced no chance to succeed and therefore becoming most people's favorites to win. After seeing their games against ru Virtus.proeu Team Liquid and other teams, a different outcome for eu OG seems highly unlikely, unless the Europeans have some special tricks up their sleeve and will manage to arrange a repeat performance of what they did against us EG. 

eu Team Liquid [2:1] us Evil Geniuses

Based on Crystallize's predictions, the spot in the lower bracket final will be contested between EG and Team Liquid. The Europeans will have to fight for the second time on the same day, but Vladislav doesn't consider this factor as harmful to Liquid's performance in any way. On the contrary, he expects it to boost their morale coming into the deciding match, giving them extra confidence and concentration when entering the battle. Since EG are especially good when it comes to picks, the success at the drafting stage will play the decisive role. 

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