Team Spirit and NAVI will meet in the lower group stage final of ESL Pro League Season 17. The winner will already head to the championship play-offs, while the loser will be looking for their opportunities in the Last Chance net.
Perhaps matches like this should be overlooked, as both teams are clearly playing from the mood. However, you'd automatically expect more from Born to Win than a defeat by the Chinese on the Inferno card.
In turn, the Russian team played really strongly the day before, showing a confident game against Team Liquid. And if the Dragons continue at the same pace, they can clinch a win against NAVI.
So here, given the Ukrainian team's problems and general instability, I'd take a closer look at the map from Team Spirit. What's more, the Dragons can boast strong play on several maps where NAVI definitely have problems.
Team Spirit form
Fourteenth team of the world ranking performed badly in the group stage of IEM Katowice 2023, where they managed to suffer two defeats from FaZe Clan and Team Liquid, dropping out despite beating BIG.
Then the Russian team went to CCT Central Europe Malta Finals 1 and similarly failed to make the play-offs, managing to lose to ENCE and Movistar Riders.
As for their performance in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17, Team Spirit have already left Astralis and Team Liquid with their noses in the air, but at the same time failed to outplay FORZE. Nevertheless, it feels like the boys have noticeably improved their game, with which to move on.
Team Spirit's latest results:
- A 1-2 defeat to ENCE.
- 1-2 defeat at the hands of Movistar Riders.
- 2-0 win over Astralis.
- Defeat at the hands of FORZE, 1-2.
- 2-0 win over Team Liquid.
Team Spirit's best cards:
- Overpass - 100% wins.
- Anubis - 83% wins.
It should not be forgotten that the Russian team is steadily giving up the Inferno card.
The fifth team in the world ranking played well at the recent IEM Katowice 2023 where they reached the semifinals. However, there Born to Win lost to Heroic, showing a very weak game under pressure.
As for the start to the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 17, here NAVI managed to outclass everyone at all, somehow giving up a winning game against FORZE.
Next up, Born to Win suffered a win over the Danes from Astralis, and also outplayed Rare Atom. So far, however, NAVI are looking simply awful that even with the Chinese, the team is showing problems.
NAVI's latest results:
- A 2-0 win over the Outsiders.
- A 0-2 defeat at the hands of Heroic.
- 1-2 defeat by FORZE.
- 2-1 victory over Astralis.
- Beat Rare Atom 2-1.
Best NAVI maps:
- Overpass - 86% wins.
- Ancient - 67% wins.
For their part, Born to Win continues to give up the Vertigo card.
Team Spirit - NAVI encounter statistics
The teams met once last season, with NAVI winning 2-0 in ESL Pro League Season 16.
Team Spirit vs NAVI preview
Not to say that Team Spirit looks like a contender to win - still, the team has difficulties in such matches. However, you have to understand that NAVI are a nightmare at the moment.
All in all, judging by the cards, the Dragons have a nice advantage on Anubis and Ancient, and I'd also take a closer look at Mirage. For their part, Born to Win can win and lose everywhere right now, based on what they've seen before.
So in this case, I would recommend betting on the Forum on the cards (+1.5) for Team Spirit.
NaVi are listed as the favorites of the match in the majority of bookmakers and odds on them are equal to 1.384. Team Spirit, in turn, are the outsiders of the match. Odds on their victory are about 4.692.
Team statistics in recent matches
|Last Matches||Team Spirit||NaVi|
|5 matches (wins)||2||3|
|10 matches (wins)||5||6|
We will also remind you of the statistics of matches that the teams played with each other. The participants in the battle before the meeting played 9 matches with each other. And Team Spirit won 2 times while NaVi correspondingly became the winner 7 times.