As we head toward the knockout stages of the ‘A’ Division Quarterfinals, I have reclaimed my top 5 spot in the leaderboards (peak of #2 before dropping out).
As we have seen, the system favors betting on the underdogs. If you’re just below the top spots of the leaderboards I would suggest just putting it all in on the underdogs to try to catch up.
The story of the week of course has been Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) dominating win over the 80 percent-favored Republic Polytechnic squad. The team arguably also the strongest team in Group B due to Singapore Polytechnic’s relatively shaky performance.
In Group A of course; the clash of the titans between Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Temasek Polytechnic is coming this Thursday in the Winner’s Bracket matchup. NYP displayed impressive team play and coordination while TP’s star midlaner Dominic ‘Arykelic’ Loh has been popping off as expected. I expect these 2 teams to meet again in the finals regardless the outcome of their match.
June 14, Wednesday (Loser’s Bracket)
3PM – Victoria Junior College (VJC) vs. ITE College West (ITECW)
Current odds: 21.5% to 78.5%
With both teams having first round matchups against predicted finalists; Nanyang Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic respectively, their performances can be excused.
VJC exhibited decent teamplay while expected performer Hermit in the midlane did not live up to expectations. ITE however, just looked very out of sync as a team (a outcome of the team not scrimming together to practice).
For this match it should be once again the edge old story of: does the better team win or does the team with the better players (or in this case, player, in ITE Jungler ‘Penguinn’) win.
Prediction: ITE looked very out of sync against TP, but TP did have a 14-1-9 Mid Lane Taliyah popping off. I expect them to look better against less individually skilled opponents. However, the macro of VJC may punish their sloppiness.
Safer bet will be on ITE but VJC do have a chance to take this. I’m going with VJC unless the odds shift more in the favor, in which case I will swap to ITE.
6PM: National University of Singapore (NUS) vs. Republic Polytechnic (RP)
Current odds: 30.68% to 69.32%
With Republic Polytechnic getting completely trashed by the aggression of Ngee Ann Polytechnic under team captain Alvin ‘Ares’ Tan; I understand the doubts people have coming into this knockout series. However, under their coach Alan ‘Rayne’ Ang, RP look to have the best macro plays, timings and synergy out of the whole league. Their individual misplays and poor teamfighting, while punished by NP, is unlikely to get punished by NUS who play a very similar macro heavy style to them.
While NUS did show great proficiency at the team compositions that they pulled out (very wombo combo, teamfight focused) and definitely showed off some slick rotations against a sloppy Singapore Polytechnic team, I expect RP to outpace them in this area.
Prediction: Republic Polytechnic should take this if they play the same way they did against NP with fast, decisive rotations. While NUS do have a chance of taking this series. RP should be able to outpace them in the macro game while stacking up individually.
June 15, Thusday (Winner’s Bracket)
3PM: Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) vs. Temasek Polytechnic (TP)
Current odds: 73.18% to 26.82%
The clash of the ‘A’ Division titans; Both these teams seem poised to make a run at the Championship just off their dominating first games.
With them meeting in the Group A Winner’s Bracket; they should not meet again until the Finals and it’s very likely we see a rematch there (unless Ngee Ann Polytechnic pull off an upset win).
With NYP looking good on a whole as a team and TP mid laner Arykelic looking on another level, it will be up to Jason ‘Orbic’ Tang of NYP to stifle his momentum as NYP try to make cross-map plays to take the series.
Prediction: I expect this to go in NYP’s favor, but if the odds remain this skewed, bet for TP. This could go either way, to be honest.
6PM: Singapore Polytechnic (SP) vs. Nanyang Polytechnic (NP)
Current odds: 29.69% to 70.31%
With the dominance of NP’s win over RP as well as SP’s own sloppy win over NUS, these odds seem to accurately predict how this series will go.
SP need to clean up their team play (they looked out of sync in many fights), Mid Laner ‘Shashalala’ needs to stop making YOLO solo-queue plays and AD Carry ‘jkch’ needs to show up big for them to take the series against NP or I think, Ares’s squad under his leadership will be able to charge through to another decisive victory.
Prediction: If the stars align for SP they could take this. But it’s more likely than not going to be NP’s series.
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