The reigning The International champion Team Spirit qualified for the playoffs of the PGL Major Arlington 2022 from the upper bracket but will they be successful?
Today we take a look at Team Spirit's recent achievements, what they've done in the group stage, and their chances in the playoffs.
Team Spirit performed below expectation in the group stage
Team Spirit finished third in Group B, and their performance was enough for them to proceed to the playoffs from the upper bracket. Based on their recent performance, it was almost certain that they would finish top of the group.
Team Aster finished ahead of Team Spirit. While this was a possible outcome, Entity performed well above expectations and placed second.
In the group stage, Team Spirit took the win over Tundra Esports, NAVI and beastcoast. In the matches that ended in a draw, their rivals were BOOM Esports, Team Aster and Entity. Their only defeat was against Evil Geniuses.
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How has Team Spirit been performing lately?
As you know, Team Spirit, contrary to all expectations, showed a great performance at The International 2021 and became the champion by defeating PSG.LGD in The International 2021 grand final.
Afterwards, they finished first in the Tour 1 of DPC EEU and also came first in the regional final.
The second place at Riyadh Masters 2022 was their biggest achievement after The International 2021. The winner in the grand final was PSG.LGD this time.
Will Team Spirit be successful in the playoffs?
Team Spirit's first opponent in the playoffs will be Outsiders. Under normal circumstances, we would say Team Spirit is likely to win, but they seem to be just one step behind Outsiders at the moment, after the slightly below-expected performance in the group stage.
If they are defeated, they will face Royal Never Give Up. Even if they fall into the lower bracket, they will not want to give up easily.
If they beat Outsiders in the upper quarterfinals, their rivals will be the winner of Team Aster vs Fnatic. Team Aster had a very successful group stage and is a strong contender for Team Spirit. If Team Spirit can pull themselves together, they can make it to the grand final, but we will see how everything unfolds.
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