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The upcoming match between Natus Vincere and Heroic promises to be an intense battle between two top-tier teams in the ESL Pro League Season 17 Playoffs (Quarter-final). With s1mple and company from NAVI having won 18 out of 24 head-to-head, they have a clear advantage on paper. However, Heroic won the last encounter at IEM Katowice 2023 with a convincing 2-0 result with wins on Mirage (16-8) and Inferno (16-8).
NAVI had a rocky start in the group stage of the event, losing to FORZE 1-2 in the opening round of play, and immediately fell down to the Lower bracket of their group. Here NAVI strung together 3 victories and bounced back strongly. They faced a tough challenge in the first round of playoffs against 00NATION, but managed to secure a victory despite some struggles on Overpass. Their confidence-boosting victory against Jame and company from Outsiders could very well help them in this upcoming matchup.
On the other hand, Heroic has been in good form throughout the tournament, winning their group with three flawless victories to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the playoffs, with the most impressive one being against MOUZ in the upper bracket final. However, they haven’t played in the even for almost two weeks, which could turn out to be a disadvantage for them today.
Both teams have top players and are capable of delivering impressive performances. Heroic will definitely be looking to continue their impressive form and book their ticket to the semi-finals, but will they be able to overcome NAVI?
It promises to be a closely-fought encounter, and it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top. With two top-tier teams like these two, anything can happen, and the outcome will most likely depend on which team performs better on the day.
Heroic are the bookmaker favorites going into the matchup, but we believe that NAVI will be able to at least get a single map onto the scoreboard. That’s why we have picked Natus Vincere Map Handicap +1.5 to Odds 1.45.
ESL Pro League Season 17 Playoffs | NAVI vs. Heroic | 19:00 (CET)
Prediction: Map Handicap +1.5 NAVI
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