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BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 - preview

Henrieta Hyrlikova

After a month-long Counter-Strike holiday, we are finally back with the preview for the long anticipated BLAST Premier Global Final 2020, the culmination of last year’s BLAST Premier CS:GO circuit.

Professional CS:GO makes its huge return tomorrow in a battle for a share of an enormous $1,000,000 prize pool. That means not only the CS:GO action we all crave so much, but also a great deal of exciting betting opportunities. As always, Midnite’s got you covered with our tournament preview. Here’s all you need to know!

Teams

The competition will feature eight top-tier CS:GO teams, including six highest-ranked teams of the Blast Premier Circuit 2020, as well as the winners of the Spring and Fall finals.

Attending teams: Astralis, Team Vitality, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Team Liquid, FURIA Esports, Evil Geniuses, Complexity

Format

As usual with BLAST, the format is pretty straightforward. No groups this time, only a standard double-elimination bracket with all matches being best-of-three.

BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 will run between January 19th - 24th.

Image Credit: BLAST

Preview

With $600k waiting for the winners, the motivation is huge. We are surely looking at a tight competition, with all teams doing maximum to successfully wrap up the previous season before the next one kicks off, only two weeks after.

However, there’s a question hanging in the air: How has the winter break affected the teams? It’s been a whole month after all, which is quite a lot in professional esports. Are players going to come back relaxed and stronger than ever, or are they going to be a bit rusty due to lack of practice during holidays?

One way or the other, we at Midnite are pretty clear on our favorites. Click here to bet with us on the winner of the tournament.

Astralis (2.60)

Being back on top of HLTV’s CS:GO world ranking, The Great Danes enter the competition as heavy favorites. They finished the last month of 2020 with two prestigious titles - IEM XV Global Challenge and DreamHack Masters Winter 2020 Europe. Let’s not forget the fact that Astralis also won the BLAST Global Finals in 2019.

Even though the team has gone through slight turbulences last year, by now they seem to be completely recovered and back in their full power. If they show form similar to what we’ve seen in December, there won’t be many teams that could endanger them.

Team Vitality (3.65)

Looking at the competitions Vitality managed to win last year, their results are not that impressive, with only two titles won. However, if we take a closer look, we’ll see that Vitality has been nailing most of the tournaments they attended. In total, they fought in six grand finals last year, winning only IEM XV Beijing Online Europe and BLAST Premier Fall 2020.

That makes Vitality one of the most consistent European CS:GO teams. Based on how many times the trophy was at their fingertips, we can pretty much expect them in this grand final as well. And considering that their most successful tournaments took place by the end of 2020, they are more than capable of stealing another trophy from Astralis.

Natus Vincere (5.20)

Undoubtedly the best CIS CS:GO team also had a very consistent year, getting into the top four at most events they competed in. Although getting close so many times, Na’Vi managed to win only the IEM Katowice 2020 title all back in March. It’s also important to mention Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and his godlike stats, being a huge advantage for the team. All in all, Na’Vi definitely have both the potential and the drive to beat both of aforementioned favorites.

Check out the odds for upcoming BLAST Premier Global Final matches at Midnite.

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