NaVi vs Astralis

NaVi vs Astralis Blast Pro Series Miami Group Stages 2019

Match: NaVi vs. Astralis (Blast Pro Series Miami Group Stage) | Format: Best of 1 | Prediction: NaVi +6.5 (round handicap) | Odds: 1.56 | Bookmaker: GG.Bet | Match start: 2019-04-12 23:30 BST

Preview

This round 2 game in group stages has the potential to be the grand final of the event. Both teams won the last event they attended. Astralis won the previous Blast Pro Series, NaVi won StarSeries Season 7 this past weekend.

NaVi

This is a roster full of passion and individual raw skill. When they’re working together, they’re unstopping and can beat any team in the world. However, when their internal arguments start, they risk the chance of falling apart and struggling in every game.

They’re one of the longest standing and most successful organisations within the Counter-Strike scene, and they’ve continued this success in recent years. In 2018 they won four events and made numerous final appearances.

Without a doubt, their star factor is s1mple. He’s arguably the greatest Counter-Strike player of all time, and right now is the best in the game. He is closely followed by members of the Astralis roster. S1imple just has the potential to clutch a round and swing the entire series in NaVi’s favour.

Astralis

They’ve set the standard this past year, that’s for sure. In 2018 they won 14 events out of the 23 that they attended. That’s a truly impressive record. They even managed to pick up the Intel Grand Slam for winning 4 Majors in one year. This rewarded the team with an extra $1,000,000 in prize winnings.

So far in 2019 they have attended three events and won two of those. They fell short against Liquid in the opening event of the year; iBUYPOWER Masters IV. Since then they’ve won both Katowice and Blast Pro Series Sao Paulo.

My Prediction

I’m not going for anything too bold quite yet. I think NaVi will be one of the few teams in the world that can challenge Astralis in a series, however, it’s hit and miss if they’ll show up in the right frame of mind.

NaVi have odds of 3.39 to win the series, but it is a big risk. I’d recommend looking at a round handicap in this case. You can find odds of 1.56 for NaVi to have a +6.5 round handicap. Meaning they only need to win ten rounds in the actual match for you to win your bet.

Matt Dixon
Matt Dixon
Matt has been involved in Esports for the better part of 5 years now, more commonly known by those in the scene as Fozzii. In the past, he has competed at a high level in Esports and also managed teams and organisations, some of which went on to win a Championship. Esports is his passion and it's fair to say he's a fanatic.