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Heroic vs Astralis Tips & Predictions – IEM Katowice 2024

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30 Jan 2024
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  • Heroic vs Astralis Counter-Strike betting tips for Wednesday, January 31, 2024, in the first round of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024 (16:30 CET)
  • Heroic are priced as underdogs
  • A Danish derby
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Heroic vs Astralis Predictions


Heroic and Astralis will clash on Wednesday, January 31, in the Play-In stage of Intel Extreme Masters 2024. It'll mark their first meeting since November 2023, when Heroic defeated Astralis 2-0.
  • Heroic vs Astralis Predictions
  • Heroic Form
  • Heroic Squad & Team News
  • Astralis Form
  • Astralis Squad & Team News

Esports betting sites have Astralis priced as 1.44 favourites to defeat Heroic who enter the match as 2.62 underdogs. Astralis have recently produced some good results, in contrast to Heroic who have had their fair share of struggles over the last month, so the offered Counter-Strike odds make some sense.

  • Heroic are on a two-game losing streak
  • Astralis are 4-1 across their last five
  • The teams know each other well

Heroic Form


Heroic replaced several players in November following the departure of Martin "stavn" Lund and Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard and now field a new lineup with just two carryovers from earlier this year. The new-look roster has played in only four events since coming together and have produced mixed results.

After an early exit from  PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European Open Qualifier #1, Heroic made it through the second qualifier, only to exit PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European Qualifier B in eighth place. Earlier this month, Heroic also attended BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024, but failed to show much and exited the tournament in 13th-16th place, with defeats against Cloud9 and BIG.

Evidently, Heroic are not in good form, and most of their recent wins came against second-tier teams, which suggests that they'll struggle to accomplish much when faced with stronger opponents.

Heroic Squad & Team News


Heroic haven't made any changes since December.

  • René "TeSeS" Madsen
  • Rasmus "sjuush" Beck
  • Guy "NertZ" Iluz
  • Nico "nicoodoz" Tamjidi
  • Damjan "kyxsan" Stoilkovski 

Astralis Form


Astralis signed Martin "stavn" Lund and Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard in December and have since looked fairly solid. They placed third at PGL Major Copenhagen 2024: European Qualifier B and finished BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024 in fifth-sixth place, with strong performances against Team Vitality, Team Falcons, and BIG.

Most notably, Astralis defeated Team Vitality and played a close 1-2 series in the rematch, proving that they can compete at the highest level. This was a nice improvement from late 2023 when Astralis looked terrible and consistently struggled against lesser opponents.

Astralis Squad & Team News


No new changes for Astralis.

  • Martin "stavn" Lund
  • Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard
  • Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
  • Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
  • Victor "Staehr" Staehr

Verdict

Since this is a Danish derby, it's wise to take into account that Heroic know how to deal with Astralis and what their weaknesses are. But the same applies the other way around. Not to mention that Astralis field a better roster and are in much better form.

Heroic have the talent to do well, but they've not looked great recently, so it makes more sense to side with the favourites to win with at least four rounds to spare.

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