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  • NRG Esports vs Evil Geniuses Valorant betting tips & odds for Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 Americas League Playoffs (16:00 EDT)
  • NRG Esports are expected to win comfortably
  • Evil Geniuses have shown improvement in the latter stages of the regular season.
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NRG Esports vs Evil Geniuses Predictions


NRG Esports and Evil Geniuses will clash on Tuesday, May 23, in the first round of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 Americas League Playoffs. It’ll mark their second meeting of the year after NRG bested Evil Geniuses (2-0) in the final week of the regular season.
  • NRG Esports vs Evil Geniuses Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • NRG Esports Form
  • NRG Esports Squad & Team News
  • Evil Geniuses Form
  • Evil Geniuses Squad & Team News

Esports bookmakers have NRG Esports priced as heavy favourites (1.25) to defeat Evil Geniuses (3.75), which makes sense, considering NRG Esports already defeated Evil Geniuses. And not only that, NRG won against EG (2-0) just five days ago, so their head-to-head record holds a lot more weight for this series.

  • NRG Esports won against Evil Geniuses last week
  • Evil Geniuses with a tough task ahead
  • The winner fill face LOUD in the upper bracket semifinals

Head to Head


NRG Esports and Evil Geniuses last met on May 18, when NRG Esports won 13-9 on Bind and 13-7 on Split.

  • NRG Esports 2-0 Evil Geniuses – May 18, 2023

NRG Esports Form


NRG Esports ended the VCT 2023 Americas League regular season in third place, with a 6-3 record and a 14-7 map differential. Their only three defeats of the season happened against Leviatan (0-2) in Week 1, MiBR (1-2) in Week 3, and Cloud9 (1-2) in Week 4. 

Since losing to Cloud9, NRG Esports have won five straight games against KRU Esports (2-0), 100 Thieves (2-0), FURIA (2-1), LOUD (2-0), and Evil Geniuses (2-0), showing solid form ahead of the playoffs. And even though they’ve lost three games throughout the regular season, NRG’s late-season resurgence has put them on the map as one of the potential candidates to finish the league inside the top two.

NRG Esports Squad & Team News


No roster changes for NRG Esports.

  • Sam "s0m" Oh
  • Pujan "FNS" Mehta
  • Austin "crashies" Roberts
  • Victor "Victor" Wong
  • Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks
  • Alan "ethos" Ruan

Evil Geniuses Form


Evil Geniuses ended VCT 2023 Americas League in sixth place, with a 4-5 record and 10-12 map differential. This was enough for EG to secure a top-six finish by the skin of their teeth, placing above Sentinels purely due to their better round record (+10).

Interestingly, EG were one of five teams to end the year with a 4-5 record, so they could’ve easily placed fourth or eighth. But how good Evil Geniuses actually are?

Evil Geniuses have had their moments in the regular season, mainly towards the end, when they defeated Leviatan (2-1), Sentinels (2-0), and MiBR (2-0). But when we talk about how good Evil Geniuses are compared to NRG Esports, we have to take into account EG’s 0-2 defeat against 5 NRG last week, which should be a good form guide of what will happen on Tuesday.

Evil Geniuses Squad & Team News


Evil Geniuses have not made any roster changes since January.

  • Kelden "Boostio" Pupello
  • Alexander "jawgemo" Mor
  • Jeffrey "Reformed" Lu
  • Vincent "Apotheon" Le
  • Corbin "C0M" Lee
  • Brendan "BcJ" Jensen
  • Ethan "Ethan" Arnold
  • Max "Demon1" Mazanov
  • Kyle "ScrewFace" Jensen

Verdict

Valorant betting odds suggest that NRG Esports should defeat Evil Geniuses, and that sounds right. They've not only already won against Evil Geniuses less than a week ago, but NRG Esports also look like a much better team.

Their resurgence after a shaky start to the season was remarkable, and if NRG Esports can keep at it, they can easily finish top three, potentially even challenge Cloud9 for the VCT 2023 Americas title. We're getting 2.00 on NRG to defeat Evil Geniuses in two maps, and that's more than generous.

I'm adding an outright selection on NRG to reach VCT 2023 Americas League finals.

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