Spirit and Sprout will face off in the Lower bracket round 2. The winning team qualifies for IEM Katowice 2023, and the losing team is out of the tournament.
When looking at their last head-to-head meetings, Spirit has the upper hand with four wins in the last six matches against the Danish-majority roster Sprout. Sprout took a tough loss against OG in an overtime thriller in their opening match but managed to take down the North American team Evil Geniuses with a 2-0 scoreline in their match yesterday. Securing their first victory at the IEM Katowice should give the young and talented roster a huge confidence boost going into their match against the Russians from Spirit who most recently took a 0-2 loss against Ninjas in Pyjamas with Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke as a stand-in.
Both teams are relying on their firepower as they have incredible talent on both sides. It's hard to predict the outcome of the match, as both Spirit and Sprout have shown that they can take over a match and dominate their opponents in every duel they take. Spirit should have the upper hand following their recent results and their experience in tough matches. However, it's fair to say that Sprout has become a more complete roster with their newest addition of XELLOW who has been playing well since joining Sprout. We believe at Pley.gg that Sprout will keep the game close and secure themselves a map win against Spirit who hasn't been playing that well in the tournament so far.
Spirit vs. Sprout | IEM Katowice 2023 | 19:30 (CET)
Bet: Sprout to win a map