NiP vs Vitality (IEM Katowice 2020 Prediction)
This game between NiP and Vitality is a great opener in Group A and will set the tone for how the later stages of the group play out. With both having competed at the Blast Premier: Spring 2020 event in recent weeks, we have been able to get a glimpse on how they look to start the 2020 season.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Overall, 2019 was a great disappoint for NiP when it comes to CS:GO. However, the did manage to find and help some younger talent breakthrough in their roster, which they will be hoping leads to succus down the line.
Other than the recent addition of Nawwk to their roster in January, the core of the NiP roster have been able to gel together for quite some time now. Their first outing in 2020 was at Blast Premier at the beginning of February.
If we were to be incredibly critical, they didn’t have the best performance and finished 3rd in their group. With this being said, their two losses came against FaZe and Liquid, two of the best teams in the world right now. They will be looking to make a statement in Katowice.
The reason I feel this matchup will be close and could have long term implications at IEM Katowice, is that Vitality seem to be on a similar level as NiP right now. The French team made an explosion last year at some events, with ZyWoo being a showcase talent. Although, it seems that finding consistency has been an issue for them.
Much like NiP, the Blast Premier event was their big opener in 2020. Vitality had a much better start than NiP, as they picked up a win over NaVi but them suffered a surprise defeat to Complexity before eventually being eliminated from the group by NaVi. This meant they finished 3rd in Group B, similar to NiP’s 3rd place finish in Group A.
This is going to be a close series, but I believe Vitality will come out on top based on recent performances. With that being said, I recommend opting for the 1.60 odds on a NiP +1.5 map handicap. This means NiP only need to win 1 map in the best of 3 and the bet will come through.