The playoffs of the ESL Pro League Europe are nearing soon. There are three games scheduled for Thursday to round up pre-playoffs play. We take a look at some teams and props to back.
Natus Vincere (1.66)
Natus Vincere came back in spirited fashion on Wednesday, beating Faze after losing the first map. In the second map, they were trailing at the half 12-3 but came storming back to take the map and eventually the match. S1mple led Natus Vincere with another sensational performance that saw him accumulate 75 kills.
Against Fnatic, this Na Vi team will prove to be too strong again as has been the case in most of the other maps they’ve played against each other. They’ve played 28 maps in the head-to-head matchup, with Natus Vincere winning 21 of them. Late in March, Na Vi cruised to a straight-maps win (16-11 in Dust2 and 16-10 in Overpass).
This is quite a tricky matchup. Mousesports were blown away easily against Fnatic in their previous game on Wednesday. Astralis cruised past OG, just as they had done against Faze the preceding evening. So, form is firmly on Astralis’ side.
It was pleasing to see Device, Dupreeh and Magisk find their offensive fluency again over the last few days. Against Frozen and Ropz, that will be a hard task, but I’d back Astralis to come through this, plausibly in three maps.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (1.96)
These are compelling odds for a matchup of this scale. Faze begin this as overwhelming favourites, which is potentially unfair to OG, who have been solid right through despite not having the same depth of resources as some of their counterparts. OG were beaten quite easily by Astralis on Wednesday. Natus Vincere beat Faze in three maps.
Looking at form of both these sides, there isn’t a lot that separates the two. OG would have learnt quickly from their previous defeat to Faze as well. I’d back Faze and OG to both win a map each considering the unpredictability of the final result.