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IEM Hanover Preview & Predictions

posted by Dieser_Wombat, 1 year ago
In less than 24 hours IEM Hanover will kick off with some amazing world class teams showing off their skills. The current World Champions from ru Gambit Gaming have to fight againt teams like the kr CJ Entus teams as well as their European rivals from eu Fnatic RC. Other teams will join the fight for the crown and the title of the World Champion. Opinions and predictions on who has the best chances of winning the whole thing are discussed in this article.



Group overview:



Match overview:


Click here for group stage matches


Match analysis:


ru Gambit Gaming vs. eu Fnatic RC

This game is a straight rematch of last week's LCS 'Super Week' and overall the third time that both teams fight it out since the LCS has started. Both of the previous matches were won by ru Gambit Gaming, thus making the Russians the highly favoured team in the eyes of the experts, fans and betting platforms alike. Nevertheless eu Fnatic RC is considered to be one of the best teams amongst the participants of IEM Hanover, so the game might be closer than most people expect.

eu Fnatic RC took a major hit during the 'Super Week', which could be interpreted as a decline of the team's performance. Despite being consistent throughout the first few weeks of LCS, they lost the important games to teams such as dk Copenhagen Wolves, which came into the match as the clear underdogs. The exact opposite can be said for ru Gambit Gaming. They used to go through an episode of hardship, but showed a good and stable performance recently. ru Gambit Gaming wins


ru Gambit Gaming vs. kr CJ Entus Blaze

The Russians come into the tournament as the current title holders and this game is the first one for them to prove that they deserve it. The match is also regarded as an indicator for the strength of the European scene in comparison to the Korean's. While ru Gambit Gaming played many competitive matches over the course of the last weeks due to them being in the LCS, the Koreans last tournament was the OGN Club Masters, which was somewhat different from regular tournaments as the members of every team had to be exchanged after each game.

Depending on the point of view, this can be interpreted as an advantage or disadvantage for any of those teams. ru Gambit Gaming might have gotten more and better training, but their strategies were exposed to the public as well. kr CJ Entus Blaze surely come to the tournament with extensive preparation under their belts. With their sister team kr CJ Entus Frost they have Korea's second best team to scrim with. Their advantage is that their strategies are hidden from the public, which might prove decisive in such a high profile match. kr CJ Entus Blaze wins


eu Fnatic RC vs. kr Incredible Miracle

eu Fnatic RC is one of the strongest teams in the European LCS and their competitors from Korea are rather average. The question here is how strong the Korean or the Asian scene in general are. Does being average in the Asian scene compare to being average in the European scene? Past experiences have shown that there are definitely differences in the overall skill! We will have to see how this one plays out.

What is known, is that LGIM won the last IEM in Sao Paulo vs. some average European and South American teams such as pl Anexis and pl Meet Your Makers. Disadvantageous is the loss of their star player kr 'Ring Troll' just days ago. It is questionable if the Koreans had enough time to practice with their new player, which means that their decision to replace kr 'Ring Troll' might backfire in this important game. eu Fnatic RC wins


eu SK Gaming vs. eu Evil Geniuses

While Group A is packed with exciting teams and matches, Group B seems rather boring. kr CJ Entus Frost will most likely advance without any problems and both Polish teams will have a hard time trying to win a single match. So only eu Evil Geniuses, eu SK Gaming and kr SK Telecom T1 are fighting for the last two spots. This game will probably decide who will get one of the two spots.

Both teams already met two times during this season resulting in one win for each of them. So this game can be seen as the final match of a best-of-three between them. It will also decide if be 'Krepo' has to give back the scarf of es 'Ocelote' or if he wins another one. In the past week eu Evil Geniuses seemed rather weak and disorganized, while eu SK Gaming showed a decent performance, so it seems likely that es 'Ocelote' will get his scarf back.
eu SK Gaming wins


Other predictions:


WinVs.Lose
ru Gambit Gaming vs. kr Incredible Miracle
eu Fnatic RC vs. kr CJ Entus Blaze
kr CJ Entus Blaze vs. kr Incredible Miracle
kr Incredible Miracle vs. eu Millenium
eu Millenium vs. br paiN Gaming
kr SK Telecom T1 vs. eu Evil Geniuses



You might also want to check out what ru 'Alex Ich' thinks about the upcoming IEM in his recent interview with pl 'Carmac' for ESL TV. You can find the video below. Have fun watching it and tell us in the comments what you think of the upcoming games and the IEM in general.

Sources: ESLTV Youtube, IEM Webpage


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#1
TMA Deviant wrote at 05.03.2013, 17:40 CET:
carmac is evil
just sayin
#2
lolgfg wrote at 05.03.2013, 18:46 CET:
group B is weak compare to A!
#3
heox wrote at 05.03.2013, 19:02 CET:
yep. group a is stronger.
i just hope i wont see all korean finals.
#4
Bonclay wrote at 05.03.2013, 19:03 CET:
if gambit performs like in lcs they will fcking crush everyone
#5
heox wrote at 05.03.2013, 19:23 CET:
Bonclay wrote:
if gambit performs like in lcs they will fcking crush everyone


true that
#6
xshinichix wrote at 05.03.2013, 19:32 CET:
i miss TPA and WE :(
#7
floydzop wrote at 05.03.2013, 19:33 CET:
Bonclay wrote:
if gambit performs like in lcs they will fcking crush everyone


lets hope so
#8
matt5on wrote at 05.03.2013, 20:00 CET:
The game about the scarf is the best
#9
stupidfanboy wrote at 05.03.2013, 20:11 CET:
Tpa should have competed in here, it would have been a free championship for them. and free money, oh well, i guess there just gonna stay in taiwan and keep stomping Gpl teams.
#10
Noctus wrote at 05.03.2013, 21:29 CET:
How does anyone say tpa would win this easily? Anyone of these teams could beat one another. Tpa never beat fnatic for the record.
#11
rev2 wrote at 05.03.2013, 21:40 CET:
Cool analysys i agree to most of it except im not sure about sk t1 as they lost pretty much all recent games.
#12
Nalex.k wrote at 05.03.2013, 22:18 CET:
Gambit has stomped both Blaze and Frost before, lets see if they can pull it off again. Fnatic can also be one of the hopes for EU, remember they are the only ones that has taken down TPA in the last 6 months. In Ipl5 they won in a total of 4-0.

Also group A is way harder than B :/
#13
Noctus wrote at 05.03.2013, 23:03 CET:
Gambit struggles on their first day especially when they dont know the team. Koreans are always well prepared. Gambit will win if they get into a zone and not under estimate the other teams
#14
Karmadaemon wrote at 06.03.2013, 00:17 CET:
xshinichix wrote:
i miss TPA and WE :(


both would have high chances making it to the finals. Even TPAs sister team is strong as fk and could beat entus, fnatic and stuff. People tend to think asians= koreans, but its not the koreans being invincible its the Chinese/Taiwanese teams. Entus just got crushed by a second class chinese team. Its not the koreans that the europeans have to fear.
#15
stupidfanboy wrote at 06.03.2013, 20:46 CET:
Nalex.k wrote:
Gambit has stomped both Blaze and Frost before, lets see if they can pull it off again. Fnatic can also be one of the hopes for EU, remember they are the only ones that has taken down TPA in the last 6 months. In Ipl5 they won in a total of 4-0.
Also group A is way harder than B :/
ipl doesn't mean anything, no team is perfect, TPa wouild stomp fnatic now and GG, no one can win 100% of the time, sometimes you play bad and get counterpicked and played it happened to every team, losing in ipl doesn't mean much, because TPA has a perfect lan record since then, they havenn't lost a game since ipl.
#16
Karmadaemon wrote at 07.03.2013, 10:40 CET:
" kr CJ Entus Frost will most likely advance without any problems " .... or not. hurrdurr
#17
Karmadaemon wrote at 07.03.2013, 11:30 CET:
" both Polish teams will have a hard time trying to win a single match. " better get a new crystal ball.
#18
Noctus wrote at 07.03.2013, 19:16 CET:
sickproman wrote:
Nalex.k wrote:
Gambit has stomped both Blaze and Frost before, lets see if they can pull it off again. Fnatic can also be one of the hopes for EU, remember they are the only ones that has taken down TPA in the last 6 months. In Ipl5 they won in a total of 4-0.
Also group A is way harder than B :/
ipl doesn't mean anything, no team is perfect, TPa wouild stomp fnatic now and GG, no one can win 100% of the time, sometimes you play bad and get counterpicked and played it happened to every team, losing in ipl doesn't mean much, because TPA has a perfect lan record since then, they havenn't lost a game since ipl.


Lol how can you guarantee tpa would stomp both? You brushed off that fnatic beat them but you keep bringing up how they beat GG on the same tourney. Makes no sense but i know youre just a fanboy. Tpa never even faced teams outside their area. Today they faced a korean team and you know what happened. Dont get me wrong, they are still a great team.
#19
stupidfanboy wrote at 07.03.2013, 21:27 CET:
Tpa is still really good, even if they lose they can bounce back later. they had a 5-17 record in a tourny in a online tourny. but they practised and improved alot. even when they lose they can still play very well

edited by sickproman at 07.03.2013, 21:33 CET
 

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