Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 18:20 CET
Natus Vincere will take on North this Tuesday in Group B of ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe.
NaVi have made no roster changes in 2019 so far, but we are certain this will be “Edward” Sukhariev and Danylo “Zeus” Teslenko’s last year with the team. These two are pretty much the only reason why Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev hasn’t won a Major yet and we are confident saying a good IGL could do wonders for this team in the future.
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NaVi played at the BLAST Pro Series Madrid 2019 about two weeks ago. The results were quite meagre. Getting beaten 16-4 by ENCE in the first match probably didn’t do wonders for their morale. They bounced back to win 16-7 against Cloud9 and came quite close to beating Astralis on Dust II. In the next match they managed to destroy Giants, but in the end, NaVi were eliminated 16-9 by Ninjas in Pyjamas.
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Their ESL Pro League Season 9 Europe campaign started with a 2-1 win over Windigo, followed by a loss to G2 and another win against Fnatic. The loss to G2 was quite an unfortunate one, as s1mple managed a 1.50 HLTV rating across three maps and was clearly the best player on the server that day. Still, that was not enough for NaVi to win.
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North have made two roster changes this year. In February they replaced their coach Alexander “ave” Holdt with Torbjørn “mithR” Nyborg. About a month ago, they swapped out Casper “cadiaN” Møller for Jakob “JUGi” Hansen from OpTic Gaming, while Valdemar “valde” Bjørn took over the role of in-game leader.
The decision to install “valde” as IGL has raised a few eyebrows. We have seen before that tasking your star player with another role is never a good idea. How it works out is something we will have to wait and see, but we have our doubts about it.
NaVi vs North H2H record
This will be the seventh match between these two teams, with North winning eight maps and NaVi only three maps.
The last time they met was at the GG.BET ICE Challenge, where North emerged victorious 2-0 in a BO3 match. Both maps ended quite close with a final score of 16-14 on Dust2 and 16-12 on Nuke. It is worth noting that at the time, North had cadiaN instead of JUGi in their starting lineup.
The only reason why North won that match was due to the impressive performance of valde, who had a 1.37 HLTV rating across both maps. With that in mind, it will all come down to his performance once again.
NaVi vs North betting predictions
We have to side with North here. The match looks like a toss-up and North being priced around $3.50 looks like an amazing opportunity. Sure, NaVi still have two amazing players in their ranks, but their form is not the best, which is why the high odds on North are too good to pass on.
Prediction: North to win – Best odds at Betway