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WePlay Academy League Season 3 – Group A turning very spicy today

The group stage of the third season of the WePlay Academy League has rolled on. Every team, apart from Spirit Academy, have played at least two games apiece. We break down predictions from Friday’s action, which includes multiple crucial fixtures from Group A.

Four teams are now sitting at equal or worse scores, and today is the day we see which team can climb up on the table and gain some security in the bracket standings.

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Astralis Talent vs BIG Academy

Astralis Talent have not started this tournament too well. They began with three straight defeats before a vital 16-13 win in their previous map against Natus Vincere Junior. This has left Astralis Talent reeling at the bottom of Group A, with a round difference of -11.

All four games have been played in Vertigo, a map in which Astralis Talent have struggled recently, having won just three of their last eight attempts. From an offensive standpoint, the team will rely heavily on Fessor and Viggo, who have been in strong recent form. Both players average over 0.70 kills per round in the last quarter of 2021.

BIG Academy were thrashed 16-4 by Na Vi Junior in their first match of the tournament but came storming back against the same opponent to win 16-5 one day later in the same map. That is the extent of their involvement in this competition so far, which has left them fourth in the Group A standings.

Considering his long-range proficiency, Krimbo will be BIG’s go-to player late in rounds. He has aggregated 4,711 kills at a rate of 0.74 per round in his career, with 4,141 deaths at a rate of 0.65 per round. He has an earned K/D ratio of 1.14, one of the highest in this competition. Evidence of his effectiveness with long-range weapons lies in his career headshot rate of 52%.

Astralis Talent will be desperate for a win but that not be forthcoming against a team that can build success around deploying a pure aggressive style. BIG Academy could be the team to back in this contest.

Fnatic Rising vs Na Vi Junior

Both Fnatic Rising and Na Vi Junior have split their matches at this competition. Fnatic Rising are currently positioned third in Group A with one win in two games while Na Vi Junior have picked up six points by winning two of their four games, with a round difference of +2.

Fnatic Rising are favored slightly more than Na Vi Junior among sportsbook traders because their core team has been around for longer, in comparison to the relatively new roster of Na Vi Junior.

Regali is one of Fnatic Rising’s young stars. He has built a stunning kill rate of 0.78 per round in the 3,138 rounds he has played in. He also has a K/D ratio of 1.21 and an average damage per round of 76.8. His low death rate is indicative he can be hard to kill, which is also effective in maintaining his in-game economy.

NaVi Junior won’t be pushed over and will likely be the best betting choice on Friday.

Looking at the CSGO Odds, we can get over 4x returns on our bets regardless of which selection we take in both matches. Just remember that NaVi wins in any scenario, and Astralis vs BIG is a tossup.

Nikhil Kalro

[Staff Writer] With an interest in strategy and mathematics, applying that to sports writing was the natural progression. A writer at night and the founder of a gaming company, Nikhil’s previous experience includes working with ESPN for five years. His specialization includes soccer, tennis and esports betting.

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