Highly anticipated BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Series is in full swing and so it’s time to take a closer look at groups and key storylines of the $150,000 tournament.
The first stage of the massive event is the first to bring us back EU vs NA rivalries after they were torn apart in spring due to global pandemic. Now, three American and twelve European teams are battling it out in a double-elimination (GSL) group stage full of exciting games.
Teams are split into three groups of four, with the top two teams out of each group advancing straight to the Fall Finals, while the rest will have to go through Fall Showdown knockout stage to earn their seeds in the Finals.
Without further ado, let’s discuss group compositions and point out favorites of the tournament.
Teams: Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Evil Geniuses, OG
The first group has already been resolved and we've seen a few surprises by the hand of the underdogs of the tournament. That being OG winning matches against EG and NaVi and quickly securing a leading position in the group together with a spot in Fall Finals, followed by NaVi.
Evil Geniuses probably also didn’t expect elimination from an outsider that NiP currently is. Both teams are now waiting in Fall Showdown together with Team Liquid, who decided to skip regular season.
Teams: Vitality, BIG, FaZe Clan, Complexity
Group B is the only one that doesn’t feature an NA team. Even though Complexity is an American organization, the team is temporarily located in Europe and when it comes to their roster, it’s mostly European. They recently suffered a massive blow, losing their star player Owen "oBo" Schlatter, who decided to go back to the States. No need to lose hope for Complexity though, his place was taken by Justin "jks" Savage, former 100 Thieves player. Australian lurker is a valuable addition to the team and he seems to be a perfect fit. However they had only a week for practice and we have to wait a bit longer to see how it works out for them. Definitely a team to watch!
Looking at the performance, Team Vitality is the favorite of this group. The No.3 team in HLTV’s world rankings has been tirelessly trying to take a trophy this year, always finishing incredibly close. Will they finally see their victory? All we can say is that we can expect to see them in the Fall Finals.
Even though FaZe Clan did win IEM XV New York last month, the rest of their season wasn’t too shiny and their track records against their opponents aren’t great either. On top of that, they recently part ways with Nikola "NiKo" Kovač who left FaZe for G2 and also their coach Janko "YNk" Paunović. Things are not looking good for FaZe Clan.
Teams: Astralis, FURIA, MIBR, G2 Esports
Highly exciting group to watch! Two Brazilian and two European opponents against each other, with Astralis on board? Say no more.
As usual, there are high expectations from Astralis and no wonder why. They are set to play with their legendary roster, including Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth, who is back from a temporary medical leave. Plus, there is no Heroic to put them in danger.
Let’s not jump into conclusions though, because there are also leaders of NA region FURIA, who won most of the competitions that took place in the US this year. FURIA is for sure aiming to remind the Europeans of their destructive force.
The expectations from the rest of the group are not very high, but it’s still worth paying attention to. MIBR will show off their brand new roster and G2 will debut their first match with FaZe Clan’s NiKo, who could potentially push G2 out of the disappointing phase they’re in right now.
Don’t forget that it is an online event, which in terms of CS:GO gameplay tends to be quite chaotic. It’s a very important factor to be considered when it comes to betting. LAN events have an optimal environment for competitive gaming and also a healthy dose of crowd pressure, while online events lack both and involve technical issues instead. Teams are performing differently and we see more upsets than usually, so be mindful with your bets.
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