Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 22:00 CET

Heroic and Berlin International Gaming (BIG) will face off this week in the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe.

BIG have made two roster changes this year. In February, Owen “smooya” Butterfield was let go and was replaced by Johannes “nex” Maget, who returned to the team after his wrist surgery. Sadly, nex’s wrist problems came back in March, so they were forced to replace him with Denis “denis” Howell, who came over from Sprout. It remains to be seen whether denis can deliver the firepower required at this level.

As for the team’s performances, BIG Clan are coming from a disappointing IEM Sydney 2019 tournament, winning only against mousesports 16-14 in a BO1 match and against Korean team MVP PK. They lost 2-0 to the eventual champions, Team Liquid, and were eliminated by mousesports.

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Considering they had to play with a stand-in, the results are not surprising. Their star player Ismailcan “XANTARES” Dörtkardeş was having visa issues, so they had to replace him with their coach, Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić.

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Heroic’s last big LAN tournament was also IEM Sydney 2019. They played a total of two matches, losing both to Fnatic (16-7 on Train) and Grayhound (2-1 in a BO3 match).

As for their performances in the ESL Pro League, they have only managed to win 2-1 against Polish team devils.one, while losing 2-1 to both FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Heroic vs BIG H2H record

This will mark the second match between these two teams, as they played against each other at the DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 Europe Closed Qualifier. BIG managed to come out victorious on that occasion, beating Heroic 2-0 in a BO3 match. The first map resulted in a pretty straightforward win for BIG, 16-10 on Mirage. The second map was Cache, a hard-fought 28-25 win for BIG. The last map had 23 OT rounds played, so it could easily have gone either way. In the end it was BIG who were lucky enough to walk away with a win.

Heroic vs BIG betting predictions

BIG are currently priced around -166.67 to win the match, which overrates them a bit. They are a tactically better team than Heroic, but their recent results seem a bit shaky. In addition, we have not yet seen how Denis “denis” Howell fits into this team.

As for our prediction, we have to go with Over 2.5 maps. BIG are too inconsistent and Heroic should be able to win at least one map against them. The odds are around -111.11 for all three maps to be played, which is enough for us to recommend a bet.

Prediction: Over 2.5 maps – Best odds at BetOnline

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