The world’s best CS:GO team are in a bit of a rut with two losses in their previous three matches. How will they respond? We take a look with some predictions from Monday’s ESL Pro League action.
Over the years, Fnatic have remained one of the most consistent CS:GO teams in the world. They haven’t quite been able to break their level and move up towards the upper echelons of CS:GO, like Natus Vincere have. However, there is still plenty of talent and experience in their roster. It’s, therefore, no surprise that they are the fifth-ranked team in the world.
Forze, ranked 24, have been solid in this ESL Pro League but a serious concern in this matchup will be gamer for gamer. Krimz, Jw and Brollan all average over 0.70 kills per round in their last few months for Fnatic. Forze just don’t have the same level of offensive strength to stay abreast with that firepower.
This game is a lot closer than the odds suggest. North have been a steady team right through the year. They have lost two of their previous three matches but their only win in that period was a straight-maps sweep of the top-ranked CS:GO team in the world in Natus Vincere.
It’s even harder to argue against North with their head-to-head matchup. These two teams have played each other in 11 maps, with North winning eight of those. North have won three of their previous four maps, at DreamHack Open in Sevilla in December last year (19-16 in Nuke) and also at the 10th season of the ESL Pro League Europe in November.
Natus Vincere (1.32)
The return of S1mple to his former position as AWPer has transformed the way Natus Vincere approach CS:GO. It has had a direct impact on their upward ascent up to No. 1 in the world too. His form has been absolutely stunning, averaging 0.84 kills per round in the last three months of action.
Even if Complexity, ranked 17, find a way to compete against the rest of Na Vi’s confidence-filled roster, how will they find a way to keep s1mple at bay? At the Blast Premier Spring Series last month, they weren’t able to as Natus Vincere cruised to a straight-map sweep (16-9 in Mirage and 16-10 in Nuke).