The International 2019 Semifinals Preview – Will OG go home with the Aegis of Champions for the second time round?
The International 2019 is about to enter a stage where only the best of the best are left in the race. Practically, we’re down to the final five teams and one of them will be the new TI champion.
Among the five teams that are left, four of them finished the regular season in the top six. In that regard, we can clearly see that the results of The International 2019 are not that far from what everyone would have predicted. In fact, even the fifth team, OG, was regarded as a potential dark horse at the start of the tournament, in spite of their poor performance throughout the season, simply because they are the TI8 champions.
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In the Upper Bracket of TI9, we have a repeat of TI8: PSG.LGD will be fighting for a place in the Grand Final against OG. And if everything goes according to plan, OG will probably take it. They’ve been consistently amazing at this TI and it’s hard to imagine anyone beating them in their current form.
In the Lower Bracket of The International 2019, we have Team Secret, Vici Gaming and Team Liquid. We also had Evil Geniuses but they got eliminated after losing to Liquid. Secret and Vici Gaming will have to fight for a chance to meet Liquid and based on everything we’ve seen so far, Secret is the stronger side and should be regarded as the favorite in this dispute.
The total prize pool of The International 2019 has reached ~$34 million and around $27 million of that amount is still up for grabs. In particular, the winner of the tournament will get $15.5 million, which is absolutely off-the-charts for an esports event.
Apart from the five teams that are still in the race, these are the results obtained by the other 13 competitors:
- 5th – 6th place: Evil Geniuses
- 7th – 8th place: Royal Never Give Up, Infamous
- 9th – 12th place: Virtus.pro, TNC Predator, Mineski, Newbee
- 13th – 16th place: Alliance, Fnatic, Keen Gaming, Natus Vincere
- 17th – 18th place: Chaos Esports Club, Ninjas in Pyjamas
In my opinion, OG will most likely be the winner of The International 2019 and the first team to win not just two TIs, but even more important than that, two TIs in a row. Of course, the other four teams look just as impressive, but watching OG play without a care in the world and with such unbelievable confidence, even when they’re clearly losing, makes me think that nothing can stop them. Just like last year, they entered the tournament as underdogs and they are heading for the title with little in their way to put an end to their amazing run. The power of flowers and friendship seems destined to prevail. Again.