Astralis vs. K23 Preview & Prediction- Free 1/18 CS: GO

The opponents will cross paths at the double-elimination bracket of the Funspark ULTI 2021 Finals tournament this Tuesday. The event will feature eight top teams from all over the world and will offer qualifiers for teams from three different regions. The format is double-elimination bracket (best-of-three series) except for the grand finals which will be played on the best-of-five series.

Astralis Team Stats and Latest Results

Astralis is ranked 8th in the world ranking and has been among the top 30 teams for 13 weeks. The Danish team also qualified for the BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022 which begins on 29th January. The team was also part of the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 where they finished 12-14th and were awarded $17,500. They finished 3rd at the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2021 and 9-12th at the IEM Winter 2021. Out of their last 8 matches, they have won 3 games and have a win rate of 45.0%.

Map win statistics in the last 3 months shows that the team has been impressive on Vertigo (100.0%), Ancient (66.7%), and Nuke (53.8%). On the other hand, they failed to show a decent performance on Dust2 (50.0%), Inferno (50.0%), and Overpass (50.0%) but failed to impress on Mirage (28.6%). The team has a line-up that consists of gla1ve (1.00), k0nfig (1.08), Lucky (0.96), Xyp9x (0.94), and blameF (1.17).

K23 Team Stats and Latest Results

K23 is ranked 22nd in the world ranking and has been among the top 30 teams for 18 weeks. The Russian team seems to be on fire at the moment because they won all their last 9 matches and have a win rate of 75.0%. At the same time, they won the Funspark ULTI 2021 Europe Playoffs 2 (received $25,000) and won the Funspark ULTI 2021 Europe Regional Series 4 where they were rewarded $15,000. They were also part of the Pinnacle Fall Series 3 and received $3,000 after finishing 9-12th.

Map win statistics over the last 3 months shows that the team has attained an excellent performance on Dust2 (100.0%), Mirage (88.9%), Overpass (66.7%), and Ancient (57.1%). They had an average win rate on Nuke (50.0%) and Inferno (50.0%). The Russian team has maintained 1 line-up over the last 3 months that includes xsepower (1.11), n0rb3r7 (1.13), X5G7V (1.04), fame (1.10), and neaLaN (0.99).

Astralis vs. K23 H2H Record

The opponents have never met in any tournament and this will be their first H2H encounter.

Astralis vs. K23 Betting Preview

Astralis is the favorite in this matchup despite their poor performance in the last 8 matches. The Danish team has a better position in the world ranking and has a better performance on Nuke and Ancient. Nevertheless, we expect K23 to snatch at least 1 map because the game is played on the best-of-three series.

The Pick: Astralis to win/ Over 2.5 maps.

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