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CS:GO BLAST Pro Series Global Finals Odds & Preview

Matthew Hempstead

by Matthew Hempstead in eSports

Dec 9, 2019 · 12:20 PM PST

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Astralis fans cheering on their team at the ESL Pro League Finals. Photo By @astralisgg (Twitter)
  • The 2019 BLAST Pro Series concludes with the Global Finals from December 12 to 14
  • Astralis remain the favorites despite a disappointing placing at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals
  • Team Liquid will look to finally overcome the Danish favorites after several recent losses to them

The BLAST Pro Series Global Circuit comes to an end with the Global Finals on December 12th to the 14th. Only the top four teams from the global circuit qualified for the BLAST Pro Series Grand Finale in Bahrain.

BLAST Pro Series Global Finals Odds

Team Odds
Astralis -125
Team Liquid +212
FaZe Clan +434
Ninjas In Pyjamas +701

All odds taken Dec 9

Is Astralis in Trouble?

Normally Astralis enters a CS:GO tournament with a lot of confidence and as heavy favorites. They’re definitely favored to win, but all of a sudden there are questions. Normally mimicking the supernatural, Astralis looked human at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals. Their first signs of weakness came against G2 Esports. They were one map away from being sent to the lower bracket early on. But in typical Astralis fashion, they battled back to force overtime, and then eventually they won the series.

Although they survived that scare, mousesports would push Astralis over the edge in the semifinals. It was a very close series, but for the first time in a long while, Astralis were denied from the grand finals. With that said, Astralis is still the best team at this tournament and I’d expect a major bounce-back performance from them.

Team Liquid Burnt Out

Team Liquid suffered a similar fate to Astralis at the ESL Pro League Season 10 Finals. However, it’s hard to take their results from this tournament too seriously. Several teams had suffered from jet lag and burnout, but Team Liquid’s first match of the tournament had to be delayed because they literally had just gotten off the plane. Despite that, Team Liquid actually put together a strong effort against Astralis. Liquid won the opening map and played Astralis tough on Dust 2.

By December 12th, Team Liquid should have gotten ample rest and could finally overcome Astralis.

The Fading Faze Clan

No team was more lackluster at the ESL Pro League Finals than Faze Clan. In late September, Faze added Coldzera and broky to the roster, and although they were able to win BLAST Copenhagen, clearly this roster hasn’t fully come together yet. Right off the bat, Faze dropped their opening match to MIBR. They were then nearly taken down by Tyloo before 100 Thieves put them out of their misery.

There’s just no reason to have confidence in Faze Clan here.

Any Hope in the Ninjas?

And then there’s the Ninjas In Pyjamas. This team was unable to qualify for the ESL Pro League Finals and have yet to break through with their new roster. The squad did show a little bit of potential at the ECS Season 8 Finals. In their Group A decider match, they played Evil Geniuses incredibly close and narrowly lost out on going to the playoffs.

Although we’ve yet to see their best CounterStrike, I doubt it’ll come against the likes of Astralis and Team Liquid.

There’s no real dark horse here, it’s essentially just a pick’em between Astralis and Liquid. Astralis might seem weak after a loss to mousesports, but expect a quick resurgence at the BLAST Pro Series Global Finals. I think Astralis blows everybody out of the water here.

Pick: Astralis (-125)

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