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NRG Esports vs LOUD Tips & Predictions – Can NRG Esports Upset?

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Tit Krajnik 13 May 2023
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  • NRG Esports vs LOUD Valorant betting tips and odds for Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 Americas League on Sunday, May 14 (15:00 EDT)
  • LOUD have not lost a single game this season
  • NRG Esports are improving
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NRG Esports vs LOUD Predictions


NRG Esports and LOUD will clash on the battlefield on Sunday, May 14, in Week 7 of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 Americas League. It’ll mark their first meeting since VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo when LOUD won 2-1.
  • NRG Esports vs LOUD Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • NRG Esports Form
  • NRG Esports Squad & Team News
  • LOUD Form
  • LOUD Squad & Team News

Esports betting sites have LOUD priced as 1.44 favourites to defeat NRG Esports (2.62), which isn’t too surprising, considering how good LOUD have looked so far this season. They’ve yet to lose a series over the first seven outings and are already guaranteed a top-two finish.

However, while LOUD have achieved a lot, NRG Esports are gaining serious momentum and can potentially cause the Brazilian lineup some issues. But can NRG Esports upset?

  • LOUD are 7-0 with a 14-5 map record
  • NRG Esports are on a three-game winning streak
  • Despite not losing a game, LOUD have dropped a map in three of their last four outings

Head to Head


NRG Esports and LOUD last met in February, in the VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo quarterfinals, when LOUD won 2-1.

  • NRG Esports 1-2 LOUD – February 19, 2023

NRG Esports Form


NRG Esports haven’t looked too good early into the season, with defeats against Leviatan (0-2), MiBR (1-2), and Cloud9 (1-2). But they found momentum at the end of Week 4 when NRG defeated KRU Esports (2-0) and have since added two more wins against 100 Thieves (2-0) and FURIA Esports (2-1) to keep themselves in the race for a top-six finish.

But while NRG are still in the battle for a spot in the playoffs, they need to defeat LOUD to lock themselves in, which should inspire better showing. However, based on what we’ve seen from NRG lately, they don’t need to improve much to be competitive – the question is whether LOUD will withstand the new and improved NRG on Sunday.

NRG Esports Squad & Team News


No lineup changes have been announced by NRG, but they might utilise the entire roster.

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

LOUD Form


LOUD are billed as the strongest team from VCT 2023 Americas League, and that isn’t too far from the truth. Admittedly, they might be the second-best team (behind Cloud9), but LOUD are up there with the best.

They’ve yet to lose a game this season, which is seriously impressive, but a closer look at their recent showings unveils a different picture.

Since Week 4, LOUD have dropped a map against Sentinels (1-2), Evil Geniuses (1-2), and even KRU Esports (1-2). They looked better last week, when LOUD swept 100 Thieves (2-0), yet again nearly dropped a map as they needed overtime on Split (15-13) to come out ahead.

Undeniably a very solid team, but LOUD have holes, which NRG can exploit and hand them their first loss of the year.

LOUD Squad & Team News


LOUD won’t make any lineup changes.

  • Erick "aspas" Santos
  • Felipe "Less" Basso
  • Matias "Saadhak" Delipetro
  • Cauan "cauanzin" Pereira
  • Arthur "tuyz" Vieira

Verdict

On paper, LOUD look much stronger than NRG Esports, but the eye test would prove that the two teams are not that far apart. NRG have looked very good in their recent outings, and I was particularly impressed with their decision-making, which seems to be on-point.

Even though NRG blundered their early season, their last few games convinced me that they’re good enough to be one of the top contenders in the Americas League. LOUD are still an incredible team, but they’ve shown weakness and are known for losing maps, which should make NRG’s job much easier.

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