When it comes to player predictions, methodology is going to be very similar to how Team Predictions were made, and will frequently be based on the analysis we already did in the previous part. They are probably even harder to guess correctly, but we will try our best to provide you with some reasoning behind our choices.
If you haven’t read our Team Predictions post yet, I recommend you look through it, since it will be frequently referred to in this post. We also used the most recent stats for aggregates, filtering out data older than three months.
When looking for a player with the highest kill average, firstly we need to look for the teams with the highest kill average and then look for how kills are distributed among the members of the team.
Fnatic.Abed is actually a good guess. Team’s playstyle often revolves around playmaking heroes for Abed, who creates space for Fnatic.EternaLEnVy to secure lategame. On average, Abed kills 23% more heroes in their games, compared to Envy, making for a big enough difference.
For comparison, there is less than 1% difference between the average amount of kills between Chaos.hFn and Chaos.w33 on Pain Gaming. But there was one more team we mentioned in the previous post, that can fit the “Highest Kill Average” criteria—Winstrike
The difference in kill average between TSpirit.Iceberg and Empire.Silent is almost 37%, with Iceberg frequently playing space-creating cores. Perhaps even more importantly, he is also an extremely bold player, who often trades his life if that nets his team more in return.
Going with either Abed or Iceberg are both valid options. Personally, I will be going with the latter, seeing how his average kills per game is among the highest across all professional players in all teams and not only across the teams that we expect to have longer, bloodier matches.
Following the same logic as in our Team Predictions post, we expect the player with the most kills in a game to come from a drawn-out bloodbath match between an aggressive mid-tier team and an aggressive tournament favorite. Long story short—our bet is on LGD.Maybe
PSG.LGD is the Big3 team that is most likely to have a long game with a lot of kills. Moreover, on average LGD.Maybe kills 20% more heroes than PSG.LGD.Ame, so there is a big enough disparity. And while the difference between Liquid.Miracle- and Liquid.MATUMBAMAN is even larger, at almost 23%, as mentioned previously, we do not expect Liquid to have a bloody game, since their playstyle is generally more disciplined and choreographed.
Despite average team results and a messy qualification run, TNC.Raven is easily the least dying professional player attending the International 2018. On average, he dies 2.67 times per game.
For reference, LGD.Maybe is at 4.06, Liquid.Miracle- is at 4.66 and EG.Suma1L is at 4.98. These three players also had higher winrate in their games, meaning that regardless of match outcome, you can bet on Raven to die very little.
All five players are definitely worth considering when it comes to this prediction and your choice should largely depend on how you feel about particular teams: are their results going to be better or worse on the International stage, how well will they adapt to the new patch etc.
Personally, I feel like experience will allow fy to emerge victorious in this contest—he is experienced, plays on a team that is a clear favorite and often goes for risky, but extremely stylish plays.
Following the same logic as we did in Team Predictions post, we expect PSG.LGD to have a bloodbath game and win it, hence as with previous section our money is on PSG.LGD.fy.
Longer games mean more last hits, so we are looking for a farm-oriented team that likes to stall the games, fight little and farm efficiently. VG.Paparazi from Vici Gaming looks like a good candidate. We’ve already placed Vici Gaming as the team to win the longest game and given their playstyle, VG.Paparazi is definitely a very good guess for this section.
From raw stats alone, he is actually the second in average last hits per game across all professional player attending TI8. First place, with a decent lead, is taken by Agressif, who is currently playing for Invictus Gaming.
Depending on how you feel about the current iteration of iG and whether you believe international competitors will allow them to farm as much as they did in their qualifiers run, choosing either can be rationalized. Despite being a iG.Boboka and iG fan I will still bet on VG.Paparazi, as Vici Gaming currently looks like a stronger team, compared to iG and statistics for their games comes from international competitions, so it is more similar to what will happen at TI.
Here we are looking for the longest match with farm-oriented players involved and once again, we think VG.Paparazi is going to be the king. We believe his team will win the longest match at TI, he will have the highest average last hits per game and it is only natural to believe that he will have the most last hits in a single game as well.
The only problem is that Vici Gaming don't play Anti-Mage too much, and historically an Anti-Mage game is going to result in a record-breaking amount of last hits. To be fair, no professional players play Anti-Mage much in the current meta, with a single showing from Mineski during the China Supermajor, but it is TI and there is always going to be that one game, where AM gets out of control, ruining our pubs for a week. It can be a VG.Paparazi AM, or it can be AM by someone else and if you have someone in mind, feel free to share your guess in the comment section below.
This section can be roughly translated into “which team will pick Alchemist and make him work”. Of all high caliber teams attending this TI, only OG and Pain Gaming tried playing Alchemist in the last three months: OG won one out of two games with the hero, Pain Gaming didn’t win their only game.
If you believe that Alchemist will be victorious in at least one game throughout TI, your best guess will be ana. He is well known for playing the hero and plays for a team that is definitely capable of convincingly winning against weaker teams during the group stage.
If, however, you don’t believe in either OG as a whole or Alchemist specifically, bet on FWD.Resolut1on. He has the highest average GPM among all players and has the potential to go completely out of control on many different heroes, getting kill after kill and objective after objective. Moreover, more than any other team, VGJ.Storm is reliant on their star player and generally leave him all the farm.
There are several players with exceptionally wide hero pools that are going to be attending TI. In the last three months, EG.Suma1L, Fnatic.Abed, FWD.Resolut1on, Sneyking and FWD.MSS all played more than 25 different heroes. The question to ask is which of these players is going to be in the tournament the longest.
On top of it, you can also think which team you believe to be strong enough to go deep into the tournament, but not strong enough to dictate the meta and still be forced to occasionally change their drafts and adapt to the opponents.
With this in mind, and taking into account recent The Summit 9 results, EG.Suma1L is probably your best bet. Do keep in mind, however, that FWD.Resolut1on knocked EG out of the the International for two years in a row now, so anything can happen.