MLG World Finals: Event Predictions
*Note that these are predictions and opinions from the ESN staff
Pool Play Predictions
In a mixture of formats from previous UMG events, there will be four pools, consisting of four teams, with a fifth team being added into each pool after escaping from the open bracket. According to the MLG website, “teams will play one match against each of the other teams in their pool,” which is standard, but different from the original plan of a double-elimination bracket within each pool. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the Winner’s Bracket, while the rest will move to the Loser’s Bracket. A loss in the Winner’s Bracket sends a team to the Loser’s Bracket, while a loss in the Loser’s Bracket sends a team home.
For more information on when Pool Play and Bracket Play will start, check out our Event Preview.
Group A: OpTic Gaming, Team Kaliber, XGN Competitive, Team Infused, Open Bracket #1
- 1st: OpTic Gaming (Scump, Formal, Crimsix, Karma)
- 2nd: Team Infused (MarkB, Zer0, Peatie, Urban)
- 3rd: Team Kaliber (Sharp, Neslo, Theory, Apathy)
- 4th: XGN Competitive (PHiZZURP, KiLLa, FeLony, StuDyy)
- 5th: Open Bracket #1
Match to watch: Team Infused vs Team Kaliber
The players on OpTic should have no problems here and should easily clinch first, but then it gets interesting. Team Infused, a European squad, is sure be playing all out to show up for the EU teams, and Team Kaliber hasn’t shown much recently to prove that they can win that match. XGN Competitive is completely a wildcard team, as egos reign supreme and players struggle to work together. The team has talent, but it doesn’t seem like they’ll be working out their problems anytime soon. Without predicting which Open Bracket team will be in this pool, we have to leave them as a wildcard and put them in last place, but a good team like Team JusTus or Thrust Nation could do some serious damage here.
Group B: FaZe Clan, OpTic Nation, iSolation eSports, Vitality.Storm, Open Bracket #2
- 1st: FaZe Clan (Clayster, Zooma, Enable, Attach)
- 2nd: iSolation eSports (Dedo, SiLLY, Havok, LlamaGod)
- 3rd: Vitality.Storm (Tommey, Swanny, MadCat, Joee)
- 4th: OpTic Nation (MBoZe, Ricky, MiRx, Nameless)
- 5th: Open Bracket #2
Match to watch: iSolation eSports vs Vitality.Storm
As long as the guys on FaZe play the way we all know they can, this pool should be a breeze. iSolation eSports should be able to take OpTic Nation without much of a struggle, but the European players on Vitality.Storm may have some fight in them. OpTic Nation has just been characterized by inconsistent, mostly bad, play throughout Advanced Warfare. Again, without knowing which Open Bracket team makes it here, we have to have them as a wildcard and put them in last, but OpTic Nation is safe from no team right now.
Group C: Denial eSports, Epsilon eSports, Rise Nation, Millenium, Open Bracket #3
- 1st: Denial eSports (SlasheR, Huke, Temp, Classic)
- 2nd: Epsilon eSports (Nagafen, Remy, AquA, Parasite)
- 3rd: Rise Nation (Chino, Whea7s, Burnsoff, ACHES)
- 4th: Millenium (Gotaga, Moose, Rated, Reedy)
- 5th: Open Bracket #3
Match to watch: Rise Nation vs Epsilon eSports
Denial may actually struggle a bit to stay on top of this group of death, but this roster has been solid for some time and should come out as the top seed here despite their recent change. Rise coming in as the other team to make the Winner’s Bracket may surprise some, but Aches is the factor. He can make a team top-three, or he can make them one of the worst teams in the tournament. Only time will tell which Aches shows up to Worlds, but we think it’ll be the guy who isn’t quite as good as he should be. Millenium simply has too much to compete with here, and a solid Open Bracket team could make things even more interesting.
Group D: Team eLevate, Team EnVy, Team Orbit, Citadel Gaming, Open Bracket #4
- 1st: Team eLevate (Slacked, Saints,TJHaly, Octane)
- 2nd: Team EnVy (Loony, JKap, Jurd, Goonjar)
- 3rd: Team Orbit (Faccento, Happy, TcM, Replays)
- 4th: Citadel Gaming (Hoju, DizmuLL, Lakie, Carry)
- 5th: Open Bracket #4
Match to watch: Team eLevate vs Team EnVy
Two of the best North American teams are set to duke it out after Sam “Octane” Larew left EnVy to join eLevate, and it will surely be a spectacle. Team eLevate’s recent success, coupled with the addition of Octane, should be enough to ensure their victory. There’s no way to not be blunt about this: the Orbit squad is one of the worst professional teams in North America, but they’ve also showed some promise and added Advanced Warfare World Champion Chris “Replays” Crowder to the team. That should be enough to lift them over Citadel, who are frankly a very unknown team from Australia. We’re only doubting them because we don’t have a ton of information on them, but who knows, maybe they’re the perfect team to come in and surprise the world.
Overall Top 4 Predictions
- 1st Place: FaZe Clan
- 2nd Place: OpTic Gaming
- 3rd Place: Team eLevate
- 4th Place: iSolation eSports
OpTic could certainly regain dominance and the iSolation eSports pick is a little bold, but FaZe is looking extremely good right now and the guys on iSolation have been improving slowly but surely almost every event, and now is their time to prove what they can really do, or they’ll continue being just a decent team. Advanced Warfare couldn’t end on anything other than an OpTic vs FaZe Grand Final, and really it’s a coin toss at this point, but FaZe’s recent form, as well as James “Clayster” Eubanks and Dillon “Attach” Price being Advanced Warfare World Champions should give them the edge.
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