With the groups have already been drawn, the stage is now set for the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational to kick off...
Apr 29, 2019
With the groups have already been drawn, the stage is now set for the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational to kick off with its Group Stages. In Group A, we have the representatives of their respective leagues from Turkey, Vietnam, Latin America, and Oceania. All four will be facing off against each other for a shot at taking on Team Liquid, who is actually a lot more vulnerable than most people make them out to be. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the squads of Group A of the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
1907 FENERBAHÇE ESPORTS (TCL)
The Turkish Champions League, otherwise known as TCL, will be represented by the 1907 Fenerbahçe, who are looking like the top dog of the play-in teams. While the team may be more well-known to international fans for making the casters struggle pronouncing their name, they’re not half bad. This is especially true this season.After starting the Spring Split going 2-2, 1907 Fenerbahçe have not lost a single game. In fact, they are heading into the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational with a 20-game win streak. This gives them quite the hot hand. Mind you, their wins weren’t empty as well, as it included victories over Galatasaray and SuperMassive. 1907 Fenerbahçe is arguably TCL’s best chance at upstaging international competition in years, and as long as they can keep up their performance, they’ll have a legitimate shot at doing just that at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.
PHONG VŨ BUFFALO (VCS)
G2 Esports fans may remember Phong Vu Buffalo as the team that helped theirs make it out of the Group Stages of the 2018 Worlds Championships.Now, the same team is back, but arguably better than ever. As the Vietnam Championship Series’ representatives, Phong Vu Buffalo is the atypical VCS team, playing a more traditional style that led them to finishing the regular season with a 13-1 record. Along with 1907 Fenerbahçe, the Phong Vu Buffalo are considered one of the best teams in the play-ins, making Group A all the more exciting.
Isurus Gaming (LLA)
Isurus Gaming took home the inaugural LLA championship over the 10-time champions Rainbow7, beating them 3-1 on the backs of impressive play. But, while Isurus Gaming may not ring a bell to many fans, their roster is filled with veterans of the scene. Unfortunately, as good as Isurus Gaming may have performed in their region, the fact remains that they belong to one of the less competitive pro leagues. That means they have not seen higher levels of competition all that much, which makes them easy prey in a group with teams such as Phong Vu Buffalo and 1907 Fenerbahçe.As high as Isurus Gaming’s hopes might be of becoming the first Latin American team to make it through the play-in stage, we don’t really see that happening anytime soon.
With Dire Wolves struggling, the Bombers stepped up to the plate and took advantage of the vacuum vacated by the weakness of the OPL’s most historically dominant team. The Bombers finished on top of the 2019 Spring Split and capped things off with the regional title over Order, who they swept 3-0. Unfortunately, as lopsided as that score may look like, they didn’t exactly look all too great throughout the series, and that’s not good. Order were an underdog team that were expected to all but fold to the might of the Bombers. The fact that Bombers struggled to put them away isn’t a good sign, especially now that they’re going to face off against better competition at the 2019 Mid-Season Invitational.