BIG vs Vitality Preview and Predictions: IEM Rio 2023

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BIG vs Vitality Preview and Predictions: IEM Rio 2023

BIG and Vitality reconvene a week after playing each other at the Paris Major 2023 European RMRs. This BIG vs Vitality matchup will decide who will play Cloud9 in the IEM Rio Semi Finals 

Vitality overcame their baptism of fire in the IEM Rio with three straight wins, while BIG will look to rise above their frustrations of missing out on a direct Semi Final spot with a convincing win against their French rivals. Vitality’s resurgence leads us to believe they are the best CSGO betting pick for this tie, but BIG will feel they have enough firepower in their arsenal to derail Dan “apEX” Madesclaire camp’s IEM Rio campaign.


BIG and Natus Vincere played out a hotly contested first round on Mirage. After two rounds of overtime, NAVI snatched away the bragging rights and punched their tickets for the final four of the competition. The Germans held on to their fighting spirit until the first half of the second round. Their shoulders dropped, however, after the interval as NAVI raced to a 16-8 win from a halftime score of 9-6. 



Johannes ”tabseN” Wodarz 

  • HLTV Rating: 1.05
  • Impact Rating: 1.21
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 69.5%
  • Average Damage Round: 84.2
  • Kills Per Round:0.73

Marcel “hyped” Köhn

  • HLTV Rating:1.10
  • Impact Rating: 1.08
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.4%
  • Average Damage Round: 69.4
  • Kills Per Round: 0.71

Josef ”faveN” Baumann

  • HLTV Rating: 1.13
  • Impact Rating: 1.11
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 72.2%
  • Average Damage Round: 78.0
  • Kills Per Round: 0.73

Karim ”Krimbo” Moussa

  • HLTV Rating: 1.10
  • Impact Rating:1.04
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.9%
  • Average Damage Round:76.2
  • Kills Per Round: 0.70

Nils ”k1to” Gruhne

  • HLTV Rating: 1.04
  • Impact Rating: 1.05
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 69.1%
  • Average Damage Round: 74.6
  • Kills Per Round: 0.68

Player To Watch



The opening day defeat to OG left Vitality walking on eggshells in the remainder of the competition, but till now they have shown no signs of pressure. They recorded clean sweeps against MIBR and FaZe before picking up a retaliatory victory against OG. They can also draw inspiration from their last week’s win against BIG at the Paris Major European RMRs.


Dan “apEX” Madesclaire

  • HLTV Rating: 1.01
  • Impact Rating: 1.07
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 68.4%
  • Average Damage Round: 78.0
  • Kills Per Round: 0.70

Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut

  • HLTV Rating: 1.33
  • Impact Rating: 1.44
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 75.2%
  • Average Damage Round: 87.7
  • Kills Per Round: 0.84

Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen

  • HLTV Rating: 1.07
  • Impact Rating: 1.12
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.6%
  • Average Damage Round: 76.4
  • Kills Per Round: 0.73

Emil “Magisk” Reif

  • HLTV Rating: 1.07
  • Impact Rating:1.11
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 72.7%
  • Average Damage Round: 79.5
  • Kills Per Round: 0.71

Lotan “Spinx” Giladi

  • HLTV Rating: 1.12
  • Impact Rating: 1.10
  • Kill/Assist/Survived/Traded: 71.4%
  • Average Damage Round: 77.8
  • Kills Per Round: 0.73

Player to Watch


BIG vs Vitality Predictions: IEM Rio 2023

We expect Vitality to extend their winning streak to four matches by beating BIG. 

BIG vs Vitality Head to Head Record 

BIG 3-4 Vitality

BIG vs Vitality Maps 

  • Mirage
  • Vertigo
  • Anubis

BIG vs Vitality Score 

  • Map 1: BIG to win by +6<
  • Map 2: Vitality to win by +3<
  • Map 3: Vitality to win by +4<

BIG vs Vitality Top Fragger


IEM Rio 2023 Vitality vs BIG Match Links

BIG vs Vitality Match Time

April 21, 2023 – 11:00 ET/10:00 CST/08:00 PT

BIG vs Vitality Preview and Predictions: IEM Rio 2023
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