Group A is balenced with a clear favourite in PRX, a secondary option in Leviathan, and two teams with great upset potential with liquid (who always fizzle out in playoffs) and Edward Gaming (who are a top tier fracture team and may be able to pull more maps)
BTW by top tier fracture team, I mean against all of East Asia they dropped 10 rounds total (3, 3, 4) on Fracture.
Group B is WILD. Top seed NA, top seed Brazil, top seed Japan and boom is there I guess. OpTic and Loud SHOULD get out, but I can see a Zeta comeback if they play at their peak. Reminder that Zeta have a sub for Champs, since tenn took a break (I'm pretty sure on that). Boom is there I guess.
Group C is a thing? FPX, Kru, Xset, and Xerxia. I do not know how to feel about this one. FPX clearly dogs the whole group and makes it to playoffs without a map drop. But the other 3? It's a weird situation imo. I believe Kru, Xset, and Xerxia are decent teams all around the same level. Those games will probably be very entertaining, not because the teams are the best of the best, but that they are all close in skill.
I hate Group D so much. DRX and Fnatic are the high seeds against furia and 100T. This 100T roster is young and (other than asuna and coaches) has no lan experience. Furia is the worst team in Champs. Drx gets another east run into playoffs along with Fnatic. Fnatic probably take top seed, as long as none of them gets covid this time.
So, A is a very well built group, B is fucking stacked, C is odd but will be fun to watch, and D is a blowout group. All my opinion. I have big EDG hopes cause of how damn good their fracture is.
My best games of Groups :
Loud vs OpTic (bro it's Loud vs OpTic)
PRX vs EDG (EDG plays the most similar to PRX out of any team)
XSET vs Xerxia (I think this will be a 3 map absolutely BRUTAL fight, I'm ready)
Final note : It's funny that OpTic flew to Poland to boot camp, just to face no EMEA in groups but instead just face Loud again.