MSI 2019 question

How come NA's Team Liquid only got placed in "Play In Knockouts", whereas EU's G2 is placed directly in the main groups stage? I always thought the two regions, NA and EU, were viewed as equals from a competitive standpoint - regardless of what fans from said regions had to say on the matter (we all know the memes). I haven't been able to follow most of the matches in Play in stage for groups A and B, and i don't think it was mentioned yesterday when Liquid and Flash Wolves took on Phong Vu Buffalo and Vega Squadron. I would be very grateful if someone could explain this to me.
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