Natus Vincere vs. Heroic, Preview & Prediction - Free 9/17 CS:GO
Natus Vincere is sitting at the top of the ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe Group A with a 4-1 record, and another victory on Thursday would guarantee them a place in the playoffs. Heroic, on the other hand, is at a 3-2, and although they afford to lose here and then win the next game, the potential win would put Heroic in a commanding spot. There is no clear favorite in this Best of 3 encounters.
Natus Vincere Team Stats and Latest Results
Natus Vincere suffered a couple of defeats to Complexity and NiP at the ESL One Cologne 2020 Europe and was eliminated out of that tournament. However, they responded well at the ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe with four wins over GODSENT, BIG, AGO, and OG, and one loss to ENCE, but that loss didn’t hurt Natus Vincere’s chances to make the playoffs. They won ten of the previous 13 matches.
During the last three months, Natus Vincere displayed strong performances on Mirage (80.0%) and Nuke (72.7%), while their weakest displays came on Overpass (33.3%). Natus Vincere is playing with the current lineup since June 2020, and they appeared together on 44 maps and have a record of 27 wins and 17 losses. The lineup consists of flamie (1.01 rating), s1mple (1.27), electronic (1.13), Boombl4 (0.95), and Perfecto (1.01).
Heroic Team Stats and Latest Results
Heroic impressed at the ESL One Cologne 2020 Europe and won the tournament with a big 3-0 victory over Vitality in the Grand final. The hangover was evident in the opening two matches at this tournament as Heroic lost to ENCE and AGO, but recovered in time to beat G2, BIG, and GODSENT and improve to 3-2. The Danish team won 12 of the last 16 games.
In the previous three months, Heroic was very strong on Overpass (80.0%), Nuke (73.3%), and Train (72.7%), while they failed to impress on Dust2 (25.0%). Heroic’s currently lineup played together on 70 maps since June 2020 and has a record of 45 wins and 25 losses. The team members are cadiaN (1.05), b0RUP (1.00), niko (1.14), stavn (1.14), and TeSeS (1.10).
Natus Vincere vs. Heroic H2H Record
These rivals have met on three occasions before and Natus Vincere leads the series 2-1. The most recent H2H encounter was at the EPICENTER 2019 in December 2019 when Natus Vincere won 2-1 despite trailing 1-0.
Natus Vincere vs. Heroic Betting Preview
Heroic needs this win more than Natus Vincere, but that doesn’t mean NaVi will surrender here because they will be looking to punch their playoff ticket with a W on Thursday. I am expecting a tight duel with a lot of maps, and I wouldn’t bet on the winner. I am going with Over 2.5 Maps instead.