OGN APEX playoff bracket drawn

Today the eight top teams in OGN APEX Season 1 were decided and the playoff bracket was drawn. The group stage saw 16 teams - 12 Korean and 4 Western - play in four round-robin groups for a spot in the bracket and a slice of $178,000. The top two teams from each group advanced to the playoffs, while the bottom teams in each group had to play to avoid relegation.

Following the conclusion of the group stage today, the eight top teams are:

1st Seeds

  • Rogue
  • BK Stars
  • Lunatic-Hai
  • REUNITED

2nd Seeds

  • Afreeca Freecs Blue
  • KongDoo Uncia
  • Team EnVyUs
  • Luxury Watch Blue

OGN implemented a group draw system, which saw the 1st seed teams pick their place in the bracket and then their opponent from the 2nd seed teams. In order to determine order, the captains of Rogue, BK Stars, Lunatic-Hai, and REUNITED pulled balls out of a bowl randomly.

The choice for their place in the bracket also made a difference to the day of the Quarter Final match, with teams in the bottom arm of the bracket playing on Monday rather than Friday, giving them an extra weekend to practise the new patch.

Lunatic-Hai got first pick, and chose to play on the bottom arm of the bracket against KongDoo Uncia. BK Stars followed and chose to play in the top arm of the bracket, possibly to avoid Lunatic-Hai, opting for Luxury Watch Blue as their opponents.

With EnVyUs and Afreeca Freecs Blue left, and the choice between playing on Friday or Monday, Rogue stepped up to pick. They chose to play on Monday, allowing them extra time to practice on the new patch, and then surprisingly chose EnVyUs in their Quarter Final game. This means they must beat nV and then Lunatic-Hai to get to the Grand Finals.

In light of Talespin stepping down from EnVyUs, this choice now makes a lot more sense. aKm alluded to practise and visa problems for EnVyUs as their reason for the choice, and they will now have an opportunity to take out the top North American team before they have a chance to practice with the replacement on a new patch.

OGN APEX Season 1 Playoff Bracket

OGN APEX Season 1 Playoff Bracket. Image credit: Liquipedia

#1
4 Frags +

I liked how they let the first seeds pick their matchups

did rogue know about talespin leaving envy when they were picking their matchup?

I liked how they let the first seeds pick their matchups

did rogue know about talespin leaving envy when they were picking their matchup?
#2
1 Frags +

Seems so, yes.

Seems so, yes.
#3
1 Frags +

Better the beast you know

Better the beast you know
#4
6 Frags +

Better the injured, crippled, beast with half a leg hanging off you know.

Better the injured, crippled, beast with half a leg hanging off you know.
#5
1 Frags +

Yeah, it seems Rogue knew about Talespin leaving when they picked Envyus. Good choice!

Yeah, it seems Rogue knew about Talespin leaving when they picked Envyus. Good choice!
#6
2 Frags +

even if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?

even if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?
#7
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alfaeven if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?

They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.

[quote=alfa]even if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?[/quote]
They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.
#8
1 Frags +
runokealfaeven if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.

You realize those teams scrim each other probably a lot right? They know their strengths better than me or you so it would only make sense they pick enVy based on said criteria.

[quote=runoke][quote=alfa]even if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?[/quote]
They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.[/quote]

You realize those teams scrim each other probably a lot right? They know their strengths better than me or you so it would only make sense they pick enVy based on said criteria.
#9
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alfarunokealfaeven if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.
You realize those teams scrim each other probably a lot right? They know their strengths better than me or you so it would only make sense they pick enVy based on said criteria.

True, but if you didnt know every team plays different in tournaments.

[quote=alfa][quote=runoke][quote=alfa]even if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?[/quote]
They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.[/quote]

You realize those teams scrim each other probably a lot right? They know their strengths better than me or you so it would only make sense they pick enVy based on said criteria.[/quote]

True, but if you didnt know every team plays different in tournaments.
#10
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alfarunokealfaeven if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.
You realize those teams scrim each other probably a lot right? They know their strengths better than me or you so it would only make sense they pick enVy based on said criteria.

I don't think they chose nV on anything other than the weak roster. They've rolled AF Blue the last two times they played them, but if they pick AF Blue then nV have a decent chance of making it to the final on the opposite side of the bracket and have time to practice and get good with the replacement. They may also not want to play against BK Stars without having a read on them.

[quote=alfa][quote=runoke][quote=alfa]even if they didn't know, they would probably rather play a team they can consistently have good games against and know well rather than korean gods who know the meta in and out no?[/quote]
They had 1 official game with EnVyUs which ended 3-2 in the last 3 months and they crushed Afreeca Blue (their second possible choice) two times 3-1 and 3-0 recently.[/quote]

You realize those teams scrim each other probably a lot right? They know their strengths better than me or you so it would only make sense they pick enVy based on said criteria.[/quote]

I don't think they chose nV on anything other than the weak roster. They've rolled AF Blue the last two times they played them, but if they pick AF Blue then nV have a decent chance of making it to the final on the opposite side of the bracket and have time to practice and get good with the replacement. They may also not want to play against BK Stars without having a read on them.
#11
0 Frags +

Wouldn't it be better to pick EnVyUs and play on Friday if they know Talespin isn't going to play? NV would either have random sub after a day or forfeit. The weekend gives time for NV to practice with the new line up.

Wouldn't it be better to pick EnVyUs and play on Friday if they know Talespin isn't going to play? NV would either have random sub after a day or forfeit. The weekend gives time for NV to practice with the new line up.
#12
0 Frags +

Their sub is already practising with them in Korea, arrived recently. I assume Rogue wanted to practice themselves to avoid an upset based purely on unfamiliarity with the new patch.

Their sub is already practising with them in Korea, arrived recently. I assume Rogue wanted to practice themselves to avoid an upset based purely on unfamiliarity with the new patch.
#13
1 Frags +

So who is it? Gods? was already in korea... already has visa...

So who is it? Gods? was already in korea... already has visa...
#14
-3 Frags +

It is a very strange choice. People are gonna be wtfing all day.

It is a very strange choice. People are gonna be wtfing all day.
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