Here we have two teams trying to pull themselves back in contention as one of the best in the world. Navi have recently made roster changes, hoping that this will lead to some more regular success for the roster. Meanwhile, G2 lost Shox to French rivals Vitality and are trying to rebuild.
NaVi are currently the reigning StarSeries & i-League Champions. They came out on top back April against Fnatic in the grand final. At Season 7, they had a shock start following a loss against Vici Gaming. However, this loss seemed to flick a switch on, and they started performing as expected.
They finished Group Stage with a 3-1 record and then held close games against both ENCE and Renegades before defeating Fnatic 3-0 in the final. They recently made roster changes with the aim of providing more consistent results. This will be their first real test.
I’m sure G2 still have a sour taste in their mouth after losing their star player, Shox, to French rivals Vitality. The French CS scene has seen a resurgence recently which has been led primarily by Vitality but also with strong performances from G2.
Whilst the core of the roster remains French, they have acquired two eastern European players to complete their new team; Nexa and Hunter. It will be interesting to see how the team operates with this new dynamic. A positive note for them is that KennyS appears to be once again finding consistent form which could aim them at this event.
Between the two I believe NaVi have won in regards to the roster changes, but expect this to be a crazy back and forth game. I think NaVi will close this one out on top, despite a shaky start. However, the best odds would be a +1.5 map handicap in favour of G2 at 1.61 odds.