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I'm not even sure who I'd rate third in group B, prolly Secret? Newbee and Secret are definitely in the pool of teams that can loose to anyone else in the group, but I'd still rate their top top level higher than everyone but VP and maybe VG.
I'd argue that getting top 4 is way harder in group A but getting last is way easier in group B.
Feels like there's going to be only a few game difference between the last place finishers here, so we'll have to see if some of the underdogs can get off to a good start.
Also I'm curious to see how the top 3 teams compare to the rest of the pack. If I had to guess, they won't all look to be well above the rest and instead we'll see some other teams step it up.and also compete for the top spots.
Group B will be fun only if CN teams actually show up. China teams do better than usual every TI, hopefully this year isn't an exception either. Every year without fail, a chinese team that went through china qualifiers will end up top 6 at least. China qualifiers is a trial by fire. I'm hoping Serenity will be that team that do so this year with their crazy playstyle.
Pretty clear TL/LGD & VP/Secret as favorites to come out of their groups. Rest is actually pretty open.
The big question is how the Meta goes, since there hasn't been a lot of games on this patch. Always fascinating to watch the first few days, as it moves so fast.
EG (they're not getting far in brackets though)
LGD (still winning TI though)