Two teams striving to achieve the success of a major win clash in the Quarter Finals of the Berlin Major this week. Both have made strides in recent times, with roster changes and role shuffles. Now its time for one of them to book their spot in the semi final.
It must be incredibly for this roster with their lack of success in recent times. They have the best player in the world on their team, S1imple, but still have struggles to go far into tournaments on a regular basis.
Their inconsistencies were exposed once again throughout their Legends Stage at this event. An overtime loss against G2 to kick things off, putting them 0-1 wasn’t ideal. They bounced back with a comfortable win against DreamEaters. Although, once again fell short in overtime this time against Mouz.
This left them with a 1-2 record and their backs against the wall. A convincing win against MiBR put them into the final advancement match against CR4ZY. A win here secured a spot in Champions Stage, a loss sent you home. NaVi found themselves 1-0 down in the series but bounced back with strong performances to win 2-1 and advance.
Well, how impressive has this roster looked at Berlin. We have to consider that they started all the way back in Challengers Stage and have now locked themselves into Champions. They finished Challengers with a 3-1 record with some shaky games. This raised some eyebrows about how they’d perform in Legends.
All questions were answered when they blitzed through the Legends Stage. With wins over Renegades, Liquid and Astralis they finished with a 3-0 record and locked in the best seed possible.
Their opening game against Renegades went down to Round 30 and one map against Astralis went through several stages on overtime. Every other map they won comfortably. Having already beaten Liquid and Astralis, arguably the two best teams at the event, they’re primed for a top finish.
I never like to write NaVi off in a series as they have the raw talent and flair to win any series. However, with how hot NRG have looked so far, it’s hard to bet against them. I think taking the 1.72 odds for an outright NRG win could be the best option. If you want to play it safer, there are alternative options available.