With all things going on in NiP we've a clear understanding why we might not see a proper matchup today even though Maxster is a great player we know that they won't really be praccing with him and just him reviewing some demos of Hampus and how Maxster could fill his position properly. However, k0nfig will start playing instead of Maxster & Hampus in the beginning of Katowice from the 1st of February so the team isn't really practicing with Maxster and we will probably just see a NiP that will play for a good time and of course try their best. But mainly focus on having a good time and put their focus towards Katowice. Whereas every tournament that Astralis can attend right now is very important with their roster and with the first tournament for Device back this is definitely just as important as any. However, going 0:2 against Vitality who have thus far definitely played great and then 1:2 against Heroic is a decent performance though definitely not the best. Where as NiP on the other hand lost twice 1:2 against a shaky NaVi and managed to overcome BIG 2:0. So overall they've not had the worst but at the same time not the best performance.
Either way we have the favor Astralis here. They will be attending this matchup with their full roster, has a better map pool and it's much more likely that we'll see mistakes that Astralis can capitalize on rather than Astralis making those mistakes. For example NiP's ct-side on Inferno is as of right now probably one of the worst after the player break so far. So we're definitely seeing a lot of flaws in their type of gameplay which is completely understanding based on the circumstances but also one player that we think is completely missing right now on the server is Brollan and we defintiely need the legend to step up here for NiP to even stand the slightest chance.
However, with that being said we favor Astralis a bit too much here with all the things mentioned above but also given the fact that it's a bo3 format.
So OUR betting prediction here will be: