Natus Vincere and Fnatic were both beaten in atypical fashion on Tuesday at the ESL Pro League. Here are some predictions from Wednesday’s games.
Upsets have abounded at the ESL Pro League. On Tuesday, Fnatic were beaten in a three-map thriller by OG. Mousesports beat Natus Vincere without dropping a map, which is a stunning achievement considering Na Vi’s form. The law of averages is bound to catch up on Mousesports, who have won three matches so far since Sunday.
Fnatic are, by no means, a bad team. They probably should have beaten OG 2-0 but messed up the closing stages of the second map. They will look to correct their errors quickly and put up an important win, possibly over three maps.
Natus Vincere (1.64)
Natus Vincere will be reeling with the manner of their loss on Tuesday against Mousesports. In a map of their choice, they were thrashed 16-9 to complete a 2-0 rout. In CS:GO, a massive loss is a frequent occurrence. The best teams accept that and move forward to put out their best against their next opponent. That will be Faze, who have been decent this week.
Faze came back strongly but weren’t able to stay abreast with Astralis in the opening exchanges of Tuesday’s game. This game has a similar feel to it. I’m not sure Faze have two maps in them against S1mple and this Natus Vincere team.
Astralis put their demons behind them in their previous matchup against Faze. They started strongly and closed out the first map in overtime. This was after a period of two successive losses, to Fnatic and Natus Vincere. I’d suspect that result will buoy Device and the rest of this Astralis team as they try to reverse an underwhelming run of form in their last few games. OG won’t be pushovers and might even take them to three maps, but this Astralis team is too strong, too experienced and too skilled not to put away OG eventually.