BIG vs Cloud9 Preview and Prediction: BLAST Fall Showdown EU Grand Final

Published: Oct 8, 2023

There’s only one spot left for a European team in this year’s BLAST Fall Finals and one of BIG or Cloud9 will be the lucky ones to survive the ruthless format of the showdown and make their way to the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

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BIG vs Cloud9 (18:00 CEST, Oct. 8)

BIG

BIG advanced through the bracket into one of the last CS:GO tournaments Grand Final in dominant fashion, not dropping a single map and conceding 10 rounds at most in the preceding series.

  • The Germans made quick work of 9INE in the first round of the event, including a convincing 16-10 win on Vertigo – a map the Poles were widely considered as the best in the world on in the past year.
  • Then, BIG made the upset happen and eliminated ENCE in the semi-final stage of the tournament, denying Snappi the chance to play in his home country in the Royal Arena.
  • Defeating the second-best team in the world with such ease bodes well for BIG’s chances in the Grand Final as well as other tournaments going forward.

Krimbo has stepped up as the team’s star player in recent months, boasting an impressive 1.46 rating after just two matches in the event so far. He will be looking to carry over his form from the early stages of the competition and be a dominant force on the server in the Grand Final.

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Read also: Liquid vs Complexity Preview BLAST Fall Showdown Americas Grand Final 

Cloud9

The Cloud9 team, sponsored by BC.Game, so far have struggled to live up to their super team reputation.

  • They failed to make the playoffs of EPL S18 and were dismantled by ENCE in the Gamers8 quarter-final in Riyadh.
  • Motivated by the lack of results they faced in recent times, they decided to transfer the in-game leadership duties from electroNic to HObbit for the duration of this event, in order to enable electroNic to get back to his best.

The IGL swap seems to be paying off so far, as Cloud9’s rise in performance saw them best Movistar Riders and G2 on their way to the Grand Final.

They’ll be keen to advance to the BLAST Fall Finals in Copenhagen since more LAN games in front of a crowd will be invaluable practice for the newly assembled roster.

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Prediction

Despite BIG being the more in-form team at the moment, CS:GO odds have Cloud9 as the favourites to take the win and book themselves a spot in the BLAST Fall Finals.

However, an interesting aspect of this matchup is the fact that both squads perma-ban the same map, Nuke. This could lead to a surprising veto and see both teams forced out of their comfort zone.

  • Prediction: BIG (1-2) Cloud9
  • Odds: BIG Win (2.2), Cloud9 Win (1.66)
  • CS:GO Betting Site: GG.Bet
Bruno Sobieraj

Since: September 16, 2023

My name is Bruno and my love for Counter-Strike was sparked when the Polish Virtus.pro was plowing through opponents from 2014 to 2018. Since then, I’ve been dreaming of working in esports and here I am.

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