Astralis and NAVI will play in the first round of the bottom round of the ESL Pro League Season 17 group stage. It's certainly an interesting gimmick that got out of hand.
However, it must be said that Born to Win first didn't get it done, and then began to float on the decisive map, while the Danish team acted second all game and did not oppose their opponent anything.
In general, the picture is not in favour of Astralis, as the team has obvious problems with the idea. However, NAVI did not go far, as with a game like the one against FORZE, it's a shame to show our face in public.
Thus, we have before us two teams, which, in their potential, could fight for the play-offs right away. Now, however, one of them will have to drop into the Last Chance net.
Still, the Danes haven't been impressive so far. So here I would look out for a win for the NAVI team, who usually come back from their initial failures and start playing in a mature way.
The fifteenth ranked team in the world managed to win CCT North Europe Series 3, where they performed well in the playoffs with good wins over 9INE, Copenhagen Flames and Aurora Gaming.
Next up, Astralis went to a closed qualifier for the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 Europe RMR, where they even managed to lose to LDLC. Nevertheless, the boys quickly recovered to win back a ticket to the home RMR tournament.
However, at the start of the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17, the Danish team literally ran over, not allowing them to create anything. As a result, the team lost to Team Spirit in a landslide, playing clearly below all expectations.
Astralis' latest results:
- A 14-16 defeat to LDLC.
- 16-2 win over PGE Turow.
- A 16-6 win over Viperio.
- 2-1 win over SAW.
- 0-2 defeat by Team Spirit.
Astralis top cards:
- Ancient - 89% wins.
- Nuke - 80% wins.
- Vertigo - 57% wins.
- Overpass - 50% wins.
- Inferno - 50% wins.
It's worth remembering that the Danish team doesn't risk showing up on the Anubis map.
The fifth team of the world ranking very ambiguously played in the BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023, where they twice defeated G2 Esports, but recorded two victories over Ninjas in Pyjamas. However, "Born to Win" achieved the task, getting an extremely controversial victory over Complexity Gaming.
Next Ukraine team headed to IEM Katowice 2023 and ended up in a semi-final defeat against Heroic. And already at that time it was obvious that Born to Win had begun to improve their game, but they were getting too experimental.
As for the start in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17, here NAVI managed to surpass everyone, somehow giving away the winning game against FORZE. Logically, you can't believe the logic after that, but the odds are there.
NAVI's latest results:
- A 2-0 win over Team Liquid.
- A 0-2 loss to G2 Esports.
- A 2-0 win over the Outsiders.
- 0-2 defeat at the hands of Heroic.
- 1-2 defeat by FORZE.
NAVI's best cards:
- Overpass - 83% wins.
- Ancient - 67% wins.
In turn, Born to Win has not played a Vertigo card for a long time.
Astralis - NAVI encounter statistics
The teams played three meetings within the last season:
- Astralis win at BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022 by a score of 19-17.
- NAVI win in ESL Pro League Season 15 by a score of 2-1.
- NAVI win at IEM Cologne 2022 2-0.
However, they played a different line-up at the time.
Prediction for Astralis vs NAVI
A controversial game, as both teams failed at the start of the championship. NAVI took a nosedive, but they didn't show much improvement. However, the Danish team still can't get out of the hole. And there are big questions about Astralis' shooting. All in all, logic has to come back to the chat. Therefore, in this case, I'd recommend betting on a NAVI win.
According to leading bookmakers predictions, the team NaVi are the favorite with average odds 1.22 at the moment. Respectively, bookmakers consider Astralis to be the outsider of the match with odds on a victory in the sum of about 6.044.
What are the successes of the teams in the last games
|5 matches (wins)||3||2|
|10 matches (wins)||8||5|
It will also be necessary to mention the history of face-to-face meetings between the opponents. The participants in the battle before the meeting played 39 matches with each other. In these battles Astralis got 20 victories while NaVi managed to take 18 matches.