This prediction boils down to minimizing the advantages of first seed (first pick, playing vs 8th seed in QF's which allows the alliance to become cohesive before facing tougher opponents) while maximizing the disadvantage of first seed (16th pick).
- No 2nd picks which fill in the gaps for the 1st seed are available as the 16th pick
- Theory that the first seed will likely be a team who did the 'defense agreement' too much, therefore no other captains want to be their partner since no one knows what the 1st seed is REALLY capable of
Sure I'm missing others...
Curiously, I wonder if what led to this prediction is the thought that 8th seed (or 4th/5th seed) may have the upper hand in QF's simply due to variety in selection.