On Saturday, August 20, the group stage of BLAST Premier Fall Groups will continue. Top-tier teams battle for a prize pool of 177,498 USD and 6 slots in Fall Finals. The second day will feature Group B with Natus Vincere, Complexity, G2, and Team Liquid.
The team is currently ranked 2nd in the HLTV rankings. One week before BLAST Premier Fall Groups, the Ukrainian powerhouse announced that Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev would miss the tournament. Daniil “headtr1ck” Valitov from NAVI Junior will substitute the team’s star AWPer. Natus Vincere ended the first half of 2022 by finishing second in IEM Cologne. The team lost in the finals to FaZe. Considering the major change in the roster with electroNic becoming the captain and having Viktor “sdy” Orudzhev as the stand-in, IEM Cologne was successful for Navi. The team announced that the decision regarding sdy becoming the permanent player on the roster will be made after the major in Rio de Janeiro.
The North American team is ranked 47th in the HLTV rankings. At the start of the year, Complexity announced the new roster which had been signed from Extra Salt. The team’s main achievement in the first half of 2022 is second place in ESL Challenger #48 winning 10,000 USD. Due to poor results, Complexity announced the change in the roster benching the AWPer Paytyn “junior” Johnson. Håkon “hallzer” Fjærli will take junior’s place in the roster. The Norwegian has played 5 matches for Complexity winning the qualifier for the American RMR to IEM Rio.
Natus Vincere’s best maps for the last 3 months are Dust2 and Overpass with a win rate of 100%. The Europeans have Inferno as the worst map with a win rate of 37.5% on 8 maps. Complexity’s best map is Overpass having a 50% win rate on 6 maps. The team hasn’t played Dust2 and Ancient for the last 3 months.
The absence of s1mple will affect Natus Vincere. But electroNic, Perfecto, and b1t as the core players should guarantee the win against the second-tier team. I believe Complexity’s only hope is to take advantage of inexperienced headtr1ck. In the Bo1 lottery, the North Americans should try to force AWP maps like Dust2, Overpass, and Inferno while hoping that Natus Vincere’s core players won’t have a good day.
Natus Vincere – Complexity 1:0