Welcome to my pre-game analysis of the upcoming SSL Finals. WARNING: MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF OPINION! Feel free to share your own estimation in the comments!
Frosty vs Honzik1
Definitely an interesting matchup. Frosty has yet to live up to his own expectations in tournaments. Historically speaking, Honzik1 is a force to be reckoned with, especially in instagib, but Frosty should be on a par with him skill-wise. The decisive factor that might very well turn the tide in Honzik1’s favour though could be his vast tournament experience.
neon vs Fear
Can a person be up-and-coming if he has been playing the game for like 5 years already? If so, then neon is definitely and up-and-comer, at least in the effic duel scene. There he took out Honzik1 in an enthralling set of 3 maps, which proves his proficiency. But how will he fare with Fear, one of the most experienced insta players in the game? I think this is _the_ fifty-fifty matchup of the tournament and I dare not make a prediction, but if I had to I’d say neon wins this one, just because he’s been way more active lately than Fear.
Hypothetical final: Honzik1 vs neon
While I think that neon normally has superior aim, he will certainly have difficulties staying calm in such a prestigious final, especially considering Honzik1’s machiavellian cunning and tournament experience. My guess is 2-1 Honzik1.
raffael vs Lokio
I simply can’t imagine a scenario in which Lokio manages to pull off a set victory against raffael. Especially not in light of some of his recent duel results (1 2). It looks like Lokio’s main focus has been ffa lately and raffael is just in such a dominant shape at the moment (as seen in the previous SSL final vs neon) that I’ll have to go with a clear 2-0 victory for raffael here.
wtf?! vs neon
wtf?! might cause an upset on his map choice but neon’s picks will most likely go badly for him. There aren’t many people right now who can compete with neon on open maps and I don’t see wtf?! being one of them.
Hypothetical final: raffael vs neon
Last time, neon’s ambitions got shot down pretty convincingly by raffael. Maybe stagefright? Who knows, but I’m fairly positive that this time it’ll be a more even fight between these two. Outcome incalculable but I think raffael has the ever so diminutive edge over neon. My final bet: 2-1 in favour of raffael.
swatllama vs Honzik1
Not unthinkable for either one to beat the other. Since it’s ffa, a lot of it will come down to tight fifty-fifty situations and fortune. swatllama is probably well-versed in all maps in the pool, whereas Honzik1 has a certain set of maps that he has been playing for 10 years. 2-1 for swatllama since he gets the first pick.
Lokio vs raffael
FFA rematch of the effic semifinal between those two. This time Lokio keeps the upper hand. Reason: He actually plays ffa. And not even bad (or so I’ve heard it said). :D
Hypothetical final: swatllama vs Lokio
I think they’ve been playing each other a lot lately and probably know their styles really well. I’m sure most people would bet on swatllama here but it’s entirely within the realm of possibility that Lokio causes an upset and emerges victorious. My estimation: 2-0 in favour of swatllama.
vaQ’ vs RB
Tough one. RB has a lot of cunning going for them. vaQ is not really into iCTF, Fear aside. Then again, Fear Acuerta Frosty are a battle-tried team with a recent history of success, but Honzik1 degrave +third is also an equipo you don’t mess with. I’m guessing this will be a real nail-biter that only a team with nerves of steel (and no teammate blaming/raging on mumble) can win. Due to the fact that I’m in this game myself I won’t give an estimation here. That’s up to you!
.rC| vs DM
Pretty difficult to predict this one since both teams have had very variable teams in the past and the perfect line-up matters a lot. Anyway, the outcome is totally up in the air here in my opinion.
Hypothetical final: ?
While I won’t be as bold as to claim to know who’s going to make it to the final in iCTF, I do think that the upper matchup seems slightly superior. My money is on whoever wins between vaQ and RB.