No one thought we would see both NaVi and Astralis in the losing match on day 2. Astralis was completely overpowered by Spirit while NaVi fought an even battle against ForZe which they lost 1-2. Looking at the veto here we do see Navi as the clear favorite but they have been shaky so if Astralis comes out swinging, this will be a close call.
s1mple had a +28 K/D rating yesterday against ForZe while everyone else in his team went negative (b1t had +1). We know that he will deliver a great game but they can’t have a player like Perfect going -16. The whole team needs to step up.
we do expect the following veto:
Astralis veto Anubis
NaVi veto Vertigo
Astralis pick Ancient
NaVi pick Overpass / inferno
Astralis veto Mirage
NaVi veto Nuke
MAP: Inferno / Overpass
Mirage has always been NaVi’s pick but after the addition of npl their track record is awful. We saw them ban it against ForZe and it would be a bit of surprise to see them pick it today. We do instead think they go for Overpass or Inferno, two maps that they can utilize S1mple on very well.
If they somewhat go for Mirage it’s not bad at all and whatever happens we do see Navi as the clear favorites on all these maps and they should be able to close it out before Astralsi gets to 14 rounds. Looking at the veto this would be a 2-0 but NaVi is not in their prime and Astralis with BlameF & Device can always pop off so we will only take one bet here.
Our betting prediction for this game will be as following: