CS:GO BLAST Pro Series: Global Final Preview

By  Jonathan Willis

Friday, December 6th, 2019

CS:GO BLAST Pro Series: Global Final Preview

The top four teams from the four BLAST Pro Series events this year will square off one final time in Bahrain next week. FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis, and Team Liquid will meet in Riffa with a $500,000 prize pool up for grabs, but first place will take home a whopping 70 percent of that amount. The winner will earn $350,000 just before the holidays, making this one very Merry Christmas to everyone involved.

CS:GO BLAST Pro Series: Global Final Betting Odds

FaZe Clan -180
Ninjas in Pyjamas +143

After winning the Miami and Copenhagen events, FaZe Clan are the No.1 seed entering the BLAST Pro Series Global Final. However, FaZe haven’t had the best year. This team has yet to win an S-Tier event in 2019, and their last S-Tier win came in November 2018 when they beat Natus Vincere at EPICENTER 2018.

This is a much different FaZe than what we saw last year. GuardiaN and Karrigan have left to join different teams, and neither AdreN nor NEO proved to be the right fit when replacing them. That led to YNk making some moves, acquiring coldzera on a permanent basis a little more than two months ago and adding broky for a trial period.

Their early returns aren’t too promising. FaZe took part in the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals earlier this week, and they didn’t look great at that event. They lost to MIBR in their first match and were taken the distance by lowly TYLOO in their second match. FaZe fell to 100 Thieves in the second round of the Lower Bracket and were eliminated from the competition.

FaZe did defeat Ninjas in Pyjamas during the Copenhagen event though. NiP haven’t won a major event since beating FaZe at IEM XII Oakland in November 2017, and this once proud organization has fallen on hard times. They did beat Avangar at the ECS Season 8 Finals, but they were smashed by both Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses.

NiP have tried to turn things around with the acquisitions of Plopski and twist, but they have yet to find the right formula. This team has one of the most tenured players in the history of CS:GO in f0rest, but the loss of Threat, friberg, and allu really hurt this organization. That’s why it’s hard seeing them getting past FaZe next week.

Astralis -220
Team Liquid +172

It’s a shame that the two best teams in the world will be meeting in the semifinals of this event. Astralis dominated the first half of 2019. After putting together the greatest season we have ever seen in 2018, they continued to smash their opponents by winning IEM XIII Katowice in March.

Astralis weren’t great in the middle of the year, failing to win a single S-Tier tournament after Katowice until early September, but they bested Team Liquid in the ECS Season 8 Finals last week to win their third premier tournament of 2019. That has the Danish squad feeling good heading into this competition, and they are facing a team they have long dominated in Team Liquid.

Liquid have finally broken through after a string of runner-up finishes to Astralis throughout 2018. They bested Astralis for their first major title in January, beating them for the iBUYPOWER Masters IV championship, and they have won five S-Tier events in 2019. This organization went on a tear from April to July, crushing its foes rather handily, but they have run into some issues lately.

At this price, Liquid has to be the play though. While Astralis are probably the better team, this is great value for Liquid. They have proven they can beat Astralis, and you’re getting an excellent price.

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