Four teams face off in the last LAN event before TI7. DreamLeague Season 7 will feature Team Liquid, one of the six invites to TI7 along with Team Secret who qualified through the EU region. Competing against them will be Planet Odd and Vega Squadron, two teams who failed to make it through the regional qualifiers for TI. The four team brawl will take place in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) from July 21st to July 22nd in a double elimination format with $175,000 on the line. With DreamLeague taking place less than two weeks before the group stage begins for TI7 this will be the best chance for Team Odd and Vega Squadron to upset the favourites who probably don’t want to reveal too much to the rest of the teams they’ll be facing at The International.
Strong, versatile, and difficult to predict, Team Secret can easily be compared to Urien from SFV. Admittedly the connection between Team Secrets logo and Urien with the illuminati was also too difficult to ignore. Urien is capable of unleashing a relentless barrage of attacks capable of overwhelming his opponents no matter what character they may be. Similarly the constant pressure often put on by Team Secret can have even the strongest adversaries backed into a corner feeling trapped. Khezzu, Yapzor, and Puppey destabilize the enemy team while MP and MidOne then knock them out for good in a one-two punch. Secret will be facing a much smaller field in Atlanta but each of their competitors are strong in their own right even if Planet Odd and Vega will not be joining them in Seattle. Team Secret looked great coming out of the EU qualifiers and we expect them to be a big hurdle for Team Liquid, that is if the two teams are willing to show anything at all so close to TI.
We picked Guile for Team Liquid for no real reason. Guile is strong both offensively and defensively but proper execution of his abilities is essential or the risk is high to put yourself in a compromising position. Likewise Team Liquid’s drafts can be challenging to coordinate as a team. The drafts normally have a high degree of difficulty to execute but also allow them to outplay their opponents. Guile is played largely as a reactive character, patiently awaiting the enemy to fall into your trap and punishing them for it. While it would be incorrect to characterize Liquid as a team that prioritizes that kind of playstyle we have seen how quick to react they can be when Miracle is in trouble, or when MC baits people in with GH or Kuro waiting in the fog. DreamLeague will be Liquids last stop to see if they need to make any last minute adjustments before TI.
Mika used to be one of the top competitive characters in SFV but is on a bit of a downward trend. While players are still able to win with her at the highest level we’ve seen most switch to another character to main. Mika is a very agile close quarters fighter with a wide variety of regular attacks meant to create and punish openings in the opponent’s defense. Planet Odd has gone from a second place finish at TI6 to not managing to qualify out of the NA region for TI7. Like Mika, Planet Odd were quick to go on the attack but when the enemy is prepared it can be very difficult to find a way to land a successful blow. More confusing than their loss during the TI7 main qualifier is that their performance before hand at Galaxy Battles looked quite promising as they finished in 2nd place, beating TnC in the lower bracket finals. With nothing to hide going into DreamLeague Planet Odd may have a tactical edge against Team Liquid and Team Secret that they could use to secure themselves a victory before the post-TI reshuffle begins.
Kolin is a relatively new playable character to Street Fighter. Highly maneuverable with strong offensive combination attacks and unique special moves make her somewhat difficult to play but even more so to play against. Vega Squadron have the stereotypical CIS playstyle we’ve come to know and love. Vega has narrowly missed out on qualifying for multiple events lately, coming 3rd during the TI qualifiers, 2nd during Galaxy Battles qualifiers, and 2nd during the LootBet Invitational where first place got a direct invite to The Summit. The difficult position they find themselves in as they go up against Team Liquid, Team Secret, and Planet Odd is not one they are unfamiliar with. Vega Squadron is used to being treated as the underdogs even though the team itself is filled with veterans. Their advantage in Atlanta is that with such little exposure and the eyes of Liquid and Secret set on TI, the other teams might be caught completely unaware of what Vega Squadron can do.