After a year full of esports tournaments, BLAST Pro Series is finally coming to a close. The series will culminate in a LAN event featuring the best 4 teams in the circuit. This event offers $500,000 in prizes and some excellent esports betting opportunities for anyone who wants to bet on CS:GO.
Location and Dates
BLAST Pro Series Global Final is scheduled to take place in Riffa, Bahrain between December 12th – 14th.
BLAST Pro Series Global Final will be played in a double-elimination format. All matches are Bo3.
The total prize pool for the event is $500,000. The winner gets 70% of that amount, or $350,000.
BLAST Pro Series Global Final brings together 4 of the world’s best CS:GO teams.
- FaZe Clan
- Team Liquid
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
Here’s a brief analysis of each of these teams.
FaZe Clan had a fairly modest season relative to their standards. In fact, the only big tournaments they managed to win were two BLAST Pro Series events: Miami and Copenhagen. Other than that, they finished 1st at ELEAGUE CS:GO Invitational, 3rd – 4th at DreamHack Masters Dallas, 2nd at BPS Los Angeles and 3rd – 4th at IEM XIV Beijing.
At the moment, FaZe Clan is sitting at number 6 in the global rankings and is generally regarded as one of the favorites at any event. BPS Global Final is probably an exception, simply because there are only 4 participants and at least two of them are stronger than FaZe. However, the team’s first opponent will be NiP, so there’s a high chance that we will see olofmeister’s team finish 3rd or perhaps even 2nd if Liquid turns out to be out of shape.
Liquid’s year has been phenomenal overall, with 7 big trophies as well as an Intel Grand Slam title. The most recent result for the North American team was 2nd place at ECS Season 8 Finals.
Going into BLAST Pro Series Global Final, Liquid is expected to finish 2nd after Astralis, who will be their first opponent in the tournament.
They may have had a worse than expected year but Astralis still won both Majors and is once again the number 1 team in the world. In total, they claimed 5 big titles in 2019 and should in principle win their 6th at BLAST Pro Series Global Final.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
This is perhaps the most volatile and interesting team to watch at this event. NiP is currently sitting at number 8 in the global rankings, which is one of the highest ranks they’ve held in recent years. The roster has changed quite a lot since last year, with new names such as Plopski joining the team. The biggest loss for NiP in terms of talent has been GeT_RiGhT, who left recently and is currently deciding what to do for the future. Some say he’s retired, others that he’s planning a comeback.
On paper, NiP is the 4th best team at BLAST Pro Series Global Final. It remains to be seen what they can do to prove the pundits wrong.
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