Esports CS:GO Accumulator
G2 Esports put in a huge performance against World Number 1 Astralis yesterday, losing narrowly 2-1. That match proved that their communication problem was on the mend and they come up against an ATK side who defeated a thoroughly underwhelming North side yesterday. Given ATK’s loss to mousesports on Day 1, G2 should have no problem comfortably taking this contest if playing to yesterday’s level.
This has the hallmarks of a classic game with both teams playing at a top-class level. Natus Vincere have been dominant winners of both their matches at the tournament, with Evil Geniuses having the same comments applied to them. Na’Vi lead the head to head 3-1 and have improved since the teams last played at the Berlin Major. The vote goes to that progressive Na’Vi side, who still have a huge amount of potential and should be able to capitalize on an EG side who can throw in the odd disparaging performance.
Hard Legion’s recent form has been very encouraging, winning four of their last five, including the scalp of BIG. They’re a team largely on the upgrade and have enough quality to secure their map pick, with both Mirage and Inferno in their favour in terms of the VETO.
Team Spirit are on a winning streak of three and lead the head to head with HAVU 3-2. Although HAVU are a classy side at their best, cracks have appeared in some of their recent matches and they’ve dropped at least one map in four of their last five matches. Spirit have three maps where they come out ahead in win percentage over HAVU and it would be a surprise if they can’t convert their map pick.
Illuminar has won their last five matches and have plenty of upside in this match-up. The teams played a best of five back in October and Illuminar came out on top, with a subsequent meeting seeing Illuminar well-below their peak. Given their recent form, however, far better can be expected and they have enough advantages on the map selection to suggest they can at least take one in this series.