G2 and NAVI will compete for the right to get to the grand finals of group C at BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023. Perhaps the Samurai got off to a good start at this championship, although in some places they managed to sag even against the background of BIG.
In turn, "Born to Win" got a difficult victory over the Swedes from Ninjas in Pajamas, who even managed to give away their Mirage card.
Nevertheless, given the start of the season and the general problems of the teams, it is difficult for me to single out one favorite. And hardly anyone will argue with the fact that both teams can show up on their cards and play the first number.
In general, instead of picking a favorite, I'd rather see three cards. Moreover, this option is very likely to happen, given the nature of the confrontation.
The second team in the world ranking managed to fail at BLAST Premier Fall Final 2022, where they got only one victory over Fluxo and were eliminated after the quarterfinals.
And everyone at that time managed to bury G2, but the guys won the BLAST Premier World Final 2022 in some unthinkable way, silencing all the critics.
So, at the start of the group stage of BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023, the European team scored a good victory over BIG. Yes, in some places G2 gave some slack, but in general the team looked very worthy.
Latest G2 results:
- The victory over the Outsiders with a score of 2:0.
- Victory over Vitality with a score of 2:1.
- Victory over FaZe Clan with a score of 2:0.
- The victory over Team Liquid with a score of 2:0.
- Victory over BIG with a score of 2:0.
Best G2 Maps:
- Nuke - 100% win rate.
- Inferno - 80% win rate.
- Mirage - 67% of wins.
Let's not forget that the European team still refuses the Overpass map.
The ninth team in the world ranking began to show the first signs of problems in the playoffs of IEM Rio Major 2022, where the biggest failure of the season happened against FURIA.
Then "Born to Win" continued to fall even lower, failing at BLAST Premier Fall Final 2022 and BLAST Premier World Final 2022. There, NAVI took away one victory each, which, of course, was not enough.
However, at the start of the group stage of BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023, the Ukrainian team returned a little, as they managed to outplay Ninjas in Pajamas. However, it is too early to draw full conclusions, and you need to look at matches with other rivals.
Latest NAVI results:
- Lost to Ninjas in Pajamas with a score of 1:2.
- Defeat from Vitality with a score of 0:2.
- Victory over Heroic with a score of 2:1.
- Lost to Team Liquid with a score of 1:2.
- Victory over Ninjas in Pajamas with a score of 2:1.
The best NAVI maps:
- Nuke - 75% win rate.
At the same time, "Born to Win" has not yet played on Anubis, but also abandoned the Vertigo card.
Statistics of meetings G2 — NAVI
The teams played four games last season:
- G2 victory at IEM Katowice 2022 with a score of 2:0.
- NAVI's victory at PGL Major Antwerp 2022 with a score of 19:17.
- NAVI's victory at BLAST Premier Fall Groups 2022 with a score of 16:14.
- G2's victory in ESL Pro League Season 16 with a score of 2:1.
Interestingly, in each match the teams played on the Mirage map.
Prediction for the match G2 — NAVI
Perhaps NAVI needs to come up with something else besides the Mirage map. Yes, and G2 plays well on the signature map, where nothing new has been invented for about three years.
However, due to its status, NAVI deserves at least one map, and G2 hasn't played under such pressure for a long time. Beating BIG is great, but you will show yourself against the background of normal competitors.
In general, both teams are worth each other, and it is difficult to single out a favorite. Therefore, in this case, I would recommend betting on Total on cards 2.5 more.
All bookmakers have agreed that G2 Esports is the favorite. This can be noticed because odds on them are 1.38. This number in the favor of NaVi amounts 6.689. Respectively, the last ones are the underdogs of the upcoming match.
Team statistics in recent matches
|Last Matches||G2 Esports||NaVi|
|5 matches (wins)||5||2|
|10 matches (wins)||6||5|
We will also remind you of the statistics of matches that the teams played with each other. The competitors have held 34 matches. And G2 Esports won 14 times while NaVi correspondingly became the winner 20 times.