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NRG vs FURIA Tips & Odds – VCT 2024 Americas Kickoff

15 Feb 2024
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  • NRG vs FURIA Valorant betting predictions for Friday, February 16, 2024, in the first round of VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: Americas Kickoff (14:00 PST)
  • NRG are expected to win
  • Both teams have made roster changes
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NRG vs FURIA Predictions


NRG and FURIA Esports will clash on Friday, February 16, in the first round of Group A at VALORANT Champions Tour 2024: Americas Kickoff. It'll mark their first meeting of the season and according to the esports betting odds, NRG should win.
  • NRG vs FURIA Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • NRG Form
  • NRG Squad & Team News
  • FURIA Esports Form
  • FURIA Squad & Team News

Valorant betting sites have NRG priced as 1.10 favourites to defeat FURIA Esports, who enter the match as 6.50 underdogs. NRG have made significant roster upgrades this offseason, so the offer isn't too shocking. However, we've yet to see the new rosters in action.

  • NRG signed some of the best players in the NA region
  • FURIA Esports added three new players
  • FURIA have yet to defeat NRG

Head to Head


NRG and FURIA have yet to meet with their current rosters

NRG Form


NRG were one of the best Valorant teams in North America last season. They started the 2023 VCT season with a top-eight finish at VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo then placed second in the Americas League and fourth at the VCT 2023: Masters Tokyo.

Unfortunately, NRG couldn't deliver at VALORANT Champions 2023, where they crashed out in ninth-12th place with a 0-2 loss against Bilibili Gaming. In a bid to find more success in 2024, NRG made three big signings.

In October, NRG brought in Jimmy "Marved" Nguyen and the former Evil Geniuses duo and the current world champions Max "Demon1" Mazanov and Ethan "Ethan" Arnold. On paper, this looks like a very scary team, and if they live up to the expectations, NRG will be the top squad of NA.

However, we've yet to see them play this season, so it's tough to make any conclusions.

NRG Squad & Team News


During the Valorant offseason NRG signed three new players in former Evil Geniuses duo Max "Demon1" Mazanov and Ethan "Ethan" Arnold, and Jimmy "Marved" Nguyen.

  • Max "Demon1" Mazanov
  • Ethan "Ethan" Arnold
  • Jimmy "Marved" Nguyen
  • Austin "crashies" Roberts 
  • Victor "Victor" Wong 

FURIA Esports Form


FURIA Esports ended the 2023 VCT season without any notable accomplishments, They placed sixth at VCT 2023: Americas League, and concluded their VCT campaign with a fifth-sixth-place finish at VCT 2023: Americas Last Chance Qualifier.

Since then, FURIA have attended and won Multiplatform Esports Game 2023, placed second at Superdome 2023 – Colombia and in December, crashed out of Convergence 2023. 

Across those three events, FURIA already fielded their new roster, so at least the players had a chance to form a bond and synergy. However, all that doesn't mean much, considering FURIA have not looked even remotely good.

FURIA Squad & Team News


FURIA Esports added three players in October, including Ilan "havoc" Eloy, Vitor "kon4n" Hugo, and Felipe "liazzi" Galiazzi. kon4n already served as a substitute for FURIA.

  • Khalil "Khalil" Schmidt
  • Leonardo "mwzera" Serrati
  • Ilan "havoc" Eloy
  • Vitor "kon4n" Hugo
  • Felipe "liazzi" Galiazzi

Verdict

NRG are priced as massive favourites for this match. And even though we’ve yet to see NRG’s new roster in action, it’s very tough to find a reason not to back them in this spot.

First games of a new season tend to be more unpredictable, but we know that FURIA are not good and that NRG field arguably the best roster in North America, featuring two reigning world champions. So unless NRG blunder heavily on Friday, they should secure a comfortable win against the shaky Brazilian squad.

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