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BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 Betting Odds – Watch Out For Team Vitality And FaZe Clan
- BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 is set to kick off on Wednesday, December 13
- Eight Counter-Strike 2 teams
- $1,000,000 prize pool
BLAST Premier: World Final 2023
BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 is an upcoming Counter-Strike 2 esports tournament set to kick off on Wednesday, December 13. It'll take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and it'll mark the final S-Tier CS event of the year.
BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 will welcome eight of the strongest Counter-Strike 2 esports teams in the world who've qualified for the tournament by winning previous BLAST events or ESL Pro League. Four teams, including G2 Esports, Natus Vincere, Cloud9, and ENCE, have qualified for BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 due to their standing on the global leaderboard.
Even though BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 will welcome eight of the best CS2 teams in the world, there's a clear line separating the top contenders and the rest, with Team Vitality and FaZe Clan priced as clear favourites.
But as always, there's room for upsets, and we can be sure BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 will have some in store for us.
The Main Favourites
According to the Counter-Strike 2 betting odds, Team Vitality (3.00) are the main favourites to win BLAST Premier: World Final 2023, which, considering their remarkable run at BLAST Premier: Fall Final 2023, makes a lot of sense.
Team Vitality were one of the best CS teams during the CS:GO era, and while they had a rough transition to CS2, with a 13th-16th-place finish at Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2023, Team Vitality's title run at Fall Final proves that they're still an elite team.
But while winning the final event ahead of BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 means a lot in terms of evaluating the teams' strength, we must also consider that Vitality won the tournament by sweeping FaZe Clan.
FaZe Clan (3.50) were by far the most dominant team since the transition to Counter-Strike 2. They won three straight S-Tier events and were essentially unbeatable – until they met Vitality in the Fall Final. Still, even with that defeat, FaZe Clan are 18-2 since their first bout on CS2, which includes 18-straight wins against some of the top squads in the world.
Given FaZe's dominant run through the last month, the only real reasons to doubt them are their loss against Vitality at the end of November and the departure of Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken. And that also explains why Vitality are priced as slightly bigger favourites to win BLAST Premier: World Final 2023.
Underdogs That Can Deliver
Esports betting sites have priced Vitality and FaZe as clear favourites to win BLAST Premier: World Final 2023, and that's fair. But there are other squads that shouldn't be ignored.
G2 Esports are priced as third favourites on the outright betting markets at 5.00. This looks like a fair price, considering G2 are still an elite team. However, G2 Esports haven't looked great recently.
In November, G2 Esports re-signed Nemanja "nexa" Isaković, which seemed like a solid move.
However, since the arrival of the Serbian CS2 pro, G2 Esports have won just two of their four games. Even more concerning is that all four bouts were against much weaker teams – Fluxo (2-1), Sprout (2-1), Aurora Gaming (0-2), and Guild Eagles (1-2).
Considering G2 Esports struggled against tier-two teams, it's fair to assume they won't have a good time at BLAST Premier: World Final 2023. Still, with the amount of raw talent on this roster, G2 Esports are not to be underestimated.
We can use the same argument for backing Cloud9 (5.50), who look extremely good on paper. In November, Cloud9 added a new in-game leader Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhaylov, which, in theory, made the roster much stronger. However, C9 have yet to reach their full potential.
Despite not winning a single tournament yet, Cloud9 performed well at BLAST Premier: Fall Final 2023, where they made the semifinals and narrowly lost to the eventual champions, Team Vitality. This alone proves that Cloud9 can dance with the best teams in the world, even though their price tag might not reflect it.
Four Teams That'll Struggle
BLAST Premier: Fall Final 2023 welcomes some of the top CS2 teams in the world; however, there's a clear line between the teams that can go all the way and the rest. As the CS betting odds suggest, MOUZ (13.00), Natus Vincere (13.00), ENCE (19.00), and Heroic (34.00) are not expected to do well, and there are reasons for this.
MOUZ recently lost its best player, David "frozen" Čerňanský who left for FaZe Clan and will play the tournament with a stand-in Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin. Even though Brollan is a solid player, making a roster change on such short notice can't be good.
Moreover, MOUZ haven't looked amazing in their recent tournament appearances, which is just another reason why they're not considered equal to the top contenders. NaVi are in a similar spot as a team that hasn't won much recently.
While they have enough talent to do some damage, making it past Vitality and FaZe might be too much to ask from them.
ENCE and Heroic are priced as outsiders due to major roster overhauls the teams have recently gone through. Heroic will attend the event with two stand-ins who've yet to play a game with the team, whereas ENCE replaced their coach and in-game leader.
Even though ENCE's changes can hardly be considered as bad, the main problem is the lack of time the team had to adjust to playing under a new coach and IGL, not to mention that ENCE haven't looked great across the last week.
It wouldn't be too shocking to see some of the underdogs pick up an upset win, but ultimately, it's hard to argue with the offered betting odds, which suggest Vitality and FaZe are the main candidates to lift the trophy.
BLAST Premier: World Final 2023 kicks off on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
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