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BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Finals - preview

Henrieta Hyrlikova

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown has wrapped up with FURIA and mousesports taking the last two spots in Fall Finals. Only a few hours stand between us and the final stage of BLAST’s Premier Fall series, that’s why we should inspect what are the odds this time around. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be tough.

BLAST Premier Fall Finals will feature a super packed lineup with all eight CS:GO teams ranked within world’s top 10. The tournament kicks off tomorrow, December 8th and will run until the final match on Sunday, December 13th.

It will also be the last event before this year’s BLAST Premier season concludes in Global Finals 2020, set to take place in January 2021. In other words, it’s the last chance for teams to qualify, either through one last direct seed that’s waiting for winners, or by earning enough BLAST Premier circuit points.

Format

Eight top-tier CS:GO teams will compete in a double-elimination bracket for their share of $425,000 prize pool. All matches will be best-of-three.

Photo Credit: BLAST

Teams

Looking at the lineup, all teams competing in Fall Finals are absolute top in professional CS:GO. All of these star rosters are very much capable of winning, which is what makes predictions hard and the event so exciting!

Vitality

Being current number one in the world, Team Vitality naturally enter the competition as favorites. They’ve seen some great results in recent months, including the IEM XV Beijing 2020 title. The Frenchem haven’t played a single competitive match since then, so they will surely be well relaxed and prepared to shine. The team’s excellent form coupled with fantastic Mathieu “ZywOo”Herbaut is a recipe for success, it appears.

The opening match of the tournament will be the one of Team Vitality against mousesports. If this match took place a week ago, boy it would have been a no brainer. But after what mousesports shown on DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe, and especially after their yesterday’s grand final match against Astralis, it doesn’t seem so straightforward anymore.

Astralis

Obviously, if Astralis are on the list, there is always a high chance they will come out victorious. It’s a safe bet most of the time. Especially in situations like now, when they are starting a premier tournament on a win streak, just one day after winning another prominent title. Who can stop them?

That being said, even the Great Danes have better and worse days and we’ve seen a few of those as well in past weeks. It’s not like they take each trophy, not at all. Considering the competition, which is insane on this event, it won’t be easy even for the legends.

Natus Vincere

Just like Team Vitality, Natus Vincere too have been taking a short vacation right after IEM XV Beijing, where they lost that title to Vitality. NaVi have been trying so hard since lifting their last trophy at IEM Katowice 2020, and almost even made it, finishing on stage twice. No doubt they would love to finally snatch a title for themselves, but even if they don't succeed, they can stay calm, as they already qualified for Global Finals together with Vitality, Complexity and Evil Geniuses.

NaVi start their journey at Fall Finals against the Great Danes, and well, good luck to NaVi. Not that they’re not perfectly capable of beating Astralis, but the Danes are on fire!

BIG

BIG already showed their true selves in summer when they won cs_summit 6 Europe and DreamHack Open Summer 2020 Europe. However, they weren’t doing particularly well since then. They’ve got the roster, they’ve got what it takes, they just need to find it again. If they somehow got their summer form back, they could pose a serious threat.

OG will be BIG’s first opponent, so probably a tough and super tight opening round for both sides.

OG

It’s been 12 months since the team was born and even though OG are by now considered one of the top-tier CS:GO teams (currently #6 in HLTV’s rankings), they are still waiting for their S-tier win. The Danes have been close to a title several times this year and even made it to the grand final twice. First time was IEM XV New York and very recently, Flashpoint 2.

OG have proven that they are capable of beating the best and winning the title, and their results speak for them. They just haven’t crossed that line yet, although it’s clear that they are on their way there. It could very well happen at this event, but there’s a problem. Can they roll over their Danish brothers Astralis as well? OG faced Astralis only once so far, all back in April and it’s not a shocker that they lost. If OG want a title, they need to reach two milestones at the same time.

FURIA Esports

Could it be possible that FURIA arrived in Europe to show us their true power and steal this title? Brazilian squad didn’t have the best start on the Old Continent, finishing last at BLAST Premier Fall Regular Season. A lot changed since then though, as they seemingly adapted and Europe indeed had a chance to taste FURIA’s insane approach. And it’s working, Showdown is the proof.

FURIA boys are dangerous and can make it far. Most importantly, they are a particularly exciting team to watch and bet on! Be careful with your bets though, especially in their first match. It’s against G2 and everyone who watched their last head-to-head knows that G2’s Nikola “NiKo” Kovač will want his revenge. A match not to miss!

G2 Esports

All eyes have been on G2 since they signed Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, former FaZe Clan star. What was arguably the biggest roster transfer in CS:GO history, put a great deal of expectations on the team’s heads. Almost like it was a fact, that they have a godlike power that is waiting to be unleashed. However, they don’t seem to be there quite yet. Don't stop watching, it can happen any time, at any tournament.

mousesports

We can only imagine what happened with mousesports recently, as they surprised everyone with a mind blowing play in DreamHack Masters Winter. We could barely hear about them this year, and suddenly, they were in the grand final with the Great Danes and a title at their fingertips. It was an extremely tense match, indecisive until the very end. Astralis ended up victorious after all, but it’s a great achievement for mousesports nonetheless. If the German squad will keep this tempo together with David “frozen” Čerňanský’s phenomenal performance, it might be the combecak of mousesports!

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