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Natus Vincere vs Astralis Tips & Predictions – BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024

11 Jun 2024
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Tit Krajnik 11 Jun 2024
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  • Natus Vincere vs Astralis Counter-Strike betting picks for Wednesday, June 12, 2024, in the group stage of BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024 (14:30 BST)
  • Astralis are priced as favourites
  • Natus Vincere are not in good form
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Natus Vincere vs Astralis Predictions


Natus Vincere and Astralis are set to meet on Wednesday, June 12, in the first round of Group A at BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024. The two teams last met in August 2023, when Astralis won, and according to the esports betting odds, Astralis should win again.
  • Natus Vincere vs Astralis Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Natus Vincere Form
  • Natus Vincere Squad & Team News
  • Astralis Form
  • Astralis Squad & Team News

Counter-Strike bookmakers have Natus Vincere priced as 2.10 underdogs to upset Astralis, who enter the match as 1.61 favourites. Considering how solid Astralis have looked over the last couple of months – relative to Natus Vincere – this offer makes sense.

  • Astralis reached top-seven on the Counter-Strike world rankings
  • Natus Vincere are higher-rated but haven't looked great recently
  • A proper test for both sides

Head to Head


Astralis and Natus Vincere have yet to meet this year.

Natus Vincere Form


Natus Vincere have a weird set of results to their name this season. They won BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024 in January and the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024 at the end of March. However, NaVi's results in other bigger events were far less inspiring.

Since their title run at the PGL Major Copenhagen 2024, Natus Vincere have participated in ESL Pro League Season 19 and Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2024, where they didn't make it very far. In Malta, NaVi exited the tournament in ninth-12th place and emulated that run in Dallas with another early exit.

The sudden dip in form is concerning, and it explains why Natus Vincere aren't expected to defeat Astralis – even though the Danes also had a few poor showings recently.

Natus Vincere Squad & Team News


No changes for Natus Vincere.

  • Valerij "b1t" Vakhovsjkyj
  • Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen
  • Justinas "jL" Lekavicius
  • Ivan "iM" Mihai
  • Ihor "w0nderful" Zhdanov

Astralis Form


Astralis have not had a very good start to the season and missed top placements in BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2024 and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2024, with fifth-sixth and 21st-24th-place finishes. To top it all off, Astralis also missed the Major by ending the European RMR Decider in fourth-sixth place.

After a two-month break, something clicked within the team, and Astralis went on a run of four consecutive semifinal appearances at IEM Chengdu 2024, ESL Pro League Season 19, CCT Season 1 Global Finals, and YaLLa Compass 2024.

The improvement is very noticeable, albeit it's not like Astralis have shown enough to be considered one of the world's top teams. Especially after their shaky run at YaLLa Compass, where Astralis had a couple of close calls against weaker opponents - which culminated with a 1-2 loss to the eventual champions, The MongolZ.

Astralis Squad & Team News


No changes for Astralis.

  • Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
  • Victor "Staehr" Staehr
  • Martin "stavn" Lund
  • Jakob "jabbi" Nygaard
  • Alexander "br0" Bro

Verdict

Natus Vincere are the reigning Major champions, but their results since winning the prestigious trophy have tanked – so much that it's fair to start wondering whether their title run was a fluke. Astralis have been pretty consistent with their performances since April and have, over that stretch, beaten some of the highest-rated teams in the world.

But among those strong performances are also some less convincing displays, as Astralis regularly dropped maps against weaker sides.
 
This is still Astralis' game to lose, but they're not consistent enough to believe it'll be a straightforward victory.

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