The world No. 1 and 2 are back in action in a heavily-packed schedule from the ESL Pro League on Tuesday. We take a look at some teams and some props to back from these matches.
Natus Vincere (1.70)
The blockbuster matchup of the day from the ESL Pro League. World No. 1 Natus Vincere are only slight favourites against No. 5 Fnatic. Despite Fnatic’s impressive recent form, in which they have won their previous three matches at the ESL Pro League, it’s hard to bet against the pyrotechnics of s1mple and this Na Vi team.
Natus Vincere have quickly climbed to the top after a sensational run of form of their own. They will be aware of how tough it is to stay at the top. In the head-to-head matchup, there is a distinct advantage for Na Vi. Of the total 26 maps against each other, Natus Vincere have won 19 of them. These are subtle but potentially impactful differences.
Fair odds for the world No. 2 Astralis. They will be keen to put a sub-par run of games behind them and push to regain their spot as the top-ranked CS:GO team in the world. Vitality, led by Zywoo, have shown their consistency and prowess on the big stages to push themselves up to No. 10 in the world.
The matchup against Dev1ce, Magisk and Dupreeh will provide a much bigger challenge for Vitality though. Dev1ce’s stats as Astralis’ designated AWPer are fantastic, while Gla1ve and Xyp9x have effectively carried out their roles as In-game leader (IGL) and Support player respectively.
Total maps: Over 2.5 (1.85)
This is almost anyone’s game up for grabs. Both teams have been consistent on the big stages. BIG are ranked No. 18 in the world, while Forze aren’t too far behind, at No. 24. Forze have lost both their last two games and BIG have split theirs. The important take-away from that period is that three of those combined four matches went to three maps.
Come the big round, it will be hard to separate these two teams. Therefore, it’s highly likely that both teams will win at least one map, taking the total to over 2.5 maps. Odds of 1.85 aren’t representative of the likelihood of both winning a map, which makes this prop attractive.