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BLAST Premier Spring Final: The Top Contenders

BLAST Premier Spring Final: The Top Contenders

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
11 Jun

The BLAST Premier Spring Final is about to get underway with top 10 teams battling for glory in London, marking the tournament organizer’s return to the city after four years.

As the tournament looms, anticipation mounts for potential roster shake-ups, especially for teams like NA'VI and G2 Esports. The storyline thickens with Rasmus "HooXi" Nielsen's, who is returning to the G2 lineup. The G2 IGL faced criticism after his team's triumph at IEM Dallas without him, casting the question of G2's future and whether or not HooXi's future continues to align with it.

Though the participating teams' list is loaded with heavy hitters, the question of who will emerge as the champion and rise to the top remains a mystery.

FaZe Clan: Premier Contenders

FaZe clan Image source: ESL

Finn "karrigan" Andersen and his team have dominated the scene since the beginning of the Counter-Strike 2 era. In fact, FaZe Clan reached eight consecutive grand finals, while clinching four at IEM Sydney, CS Asia Championships, Thunderpick World Championship and IEM Chengdu.

Their contender status is rock-solid, thanks to their star AWPer's stellar performance. Helvijs "broky" Saukants has been on fire lately, even though his team bowed out in the quarterfinals of Dallas. Yet, despite a stacked lineup, some stars have struggled to shine brightly. Take Robin "ropz" Kool, for instance, who seemed off the radar until ESL Pro League Season 19, where he stormed back with a stunning impact.

FaZe running on fumes

FaZe Clan has a recorded history of unexpected losses, evidently seen in their defeat against G2 at IEM Dallas. Håvard "rain" Nygaard highlighted that the usual fire in FaZe's eyes was notably absent during that match.

“I think the fire that normally is in FaZe's eyes when we play on the stage wasn't there versus G2.” - “rain” to

“We didn't have that killer instinct that we normally get on stage. And I don't know if it was because of tiredness and low energy from all the traveling and everything, but I think there are some things we have to work on and figure out for the next season. And even just for BLAST now, we have to figure out a way to be able to stay at the top.” 

Meanwhile, it’s no secret that a tall task awaits the FaZe squad. However, when the stars align for them, a victory is certainly guaranteed.

Team Vitality

Vitality Image source: ESL

Vitality undoubtedly possesses the potential to claim victory in London. Their track record this year includes four events where they clinched back-to-back runner-up spots at EPL 19 and IEM Dallas.

Reflecting on their recent second-place finishes, it's not a matter of choking but rather sheer bad luck, facing opponents on formidable streaks. Whether it was MOUZ's unstoppable run in Malta or G2's near-historic performance with Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip, Vitality always seemed to find themselves just short of the mark.

ZyWoo: Double-edged sword?

A key factor in Vitality's potential victory is Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut, who has been consistently standing out as one of the year's best players. His ability to outshine competitors like Danil "donk" Kryshkovets, even in challenging situations, underscores his pivotal role in the team's success.

Additionally, William "mezii" Merriman, whose performance has been a question mark since joining Vitality, is finally stepping up, particularly with an impressive showing at IEM Dallas.

However, Vitality's challenges surface when "ZywOo" fails to perform at his peak, revealing their heavy reliance on his individual brilliance. Without his dominance, they struggle to capitalize on their team's collective strength, making victory rather slippery.

Team Spirit

donk with Spirit against Vitality - Strafe Esports Image source: ESL

Team Spirit has been a force to be reckoned with in the competitive Counter-Strike 2 scene recently. They've shown remarkable consistency, often dominating the group stages of major tournaments. Yet, their Achilles' heel lies in the playoffs, where they've consistently struggled to replicate their earlier success.

Despite this hurdle, the team's potential is unmistakable. With a roster filled with talented individuals, including the standout player donk, Team Spirit can overcome their playoff woes and make a significant impact in London.

Moreover, their individual talent ignites a sense of optimism, until it becomes a double-edged sword. Similar to Vitality, their star player’s impact is pivotal for the win. In fact, in their elimination matches during the last three events, “donk” underperformed. Evidently, Spirit has the lowest 4v5(%) among the top 10 teams (round win after giving the opening death) with 29.4%.

In the last three months, Spirit scored the second highest opening kill percentage with 54%, and ultimately netting them the highest 5v4% with 77.1%.

Absolutely, with each team having its strengths and weaknesses, the race to capitalize on opportunities will likely determine the event's winner. Nevertheless, the BLAST Premier Spring Final is shaping up to be an electrifying show, as teams pour their blood, sweat, and tears into every match to secure the title. For that, be sure to tune in and catch all the action.

Featured Image source: BLAST

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