After an exciting first day of Blast Premier Spring the nex is right ahead of us, and once again I will present you my thoughts and favorite picks.
To begin with I have to discuss the fact, that I, but also many others were not aware of the fact that no overtimes will be played but the games end as a draw at 15:15. This changes the way of stacking teams for sure, so now we are all aware of it.
As the tournament is still fairly new to all of us, I will once again write down what the difference of this tournament to others is.
I don’t know how I should evaluate the format in this article as I hate it for the quality of CS:GO but it certainly could be interesting fantasy wise.
All games of the group stage will be played in a best of 1, which means just 1 map decides on who wins and who loses. I can tell you that we will see even more upsets than we see now as a good start on a map already wins you half of the map.
On top of it the fantasy tournaments will change, as BO1 are being played. There are no straight map bonuses as we are used to and there are also no points for net rounds won. This makes every team pickable and just the individual performance of the players will matter, which I actually like.
I will write a preview article everyday while this tournament goes on, so make sure to check out the FanTeam blog everyday.
Other than at the tournaments we already experienced, I won’t be able to analyze every game in the article and explaining why I like which player, as there are 6-8 games a day with each group being covered everyday. I somehow have to short the way I present you my favorite players and I will try to optimize the way during the group stage.
The buying for today’s tournament is 10,00€ and there is a guaranteed prize pool of 10,000€, with nearly 1500€ for the first place alone. Next to it there is also a 1€ tournament today.
As the CS:GO tournaments will be played in Pursuit Fashion, which means that cheap players receive more additional points, it would be wise not to disregard cheap players as some of them might give you the edge over other players due to their bonus points.
To make sure you can take advantage of this we focus on the best value plays in these articles.
Today’s matchups are the following:
Looking at the players these are my top picks for today.
Before I begin to write my two sentences to each match, I want to clarify that BO1 are way more random than BO3. There are many more upsets happening and there will be some on Monday for sure. A fact which is leading to this is, that a good start can easily win you the whole match. As the site you are starting on will be decided by a knife round, which is 50/50 in every case, a CT start will make it even easier to get a good start and win the match.
With just one map being played, it is possible for every player to be the highest scoring of the tournament, as everyone on this level has the potential to deliver on just 1 map.
Furthermore it should be better to not stack many players of one team, as it’s not possible that many players of one team perform great on just one map, especially now as we know that there is no overtime possible.
It will be interesting to see which tactic will prove the best, but I expect cheaper players and teams with players of different teams to be the best tactic. On the first day teams with 2 players of one team actually were the most successful, but I feel like this will change in the upcoming days and nonetheless it is too early to judge.
In the following I will write a short assessment on each game and simply write down my 2 favorite picks of the teams. Keep in mind that anyone can win this games so don’t forget to vary the teams you are picking players from.
I based my picks on the theses that they are easily able to top frag the played map, but will also gets some bonus points on top of it, as I am quite sure they will be needed in order to win the tournament.
Fnatic vs Virtus Pro
To start the day we have the disappointing Fnatic facing off against a new team in the tournament, which is Virtus Pro.
As Fnatic really hasn’t been impressive the last weeks, you can’t count out anyone in a BO1. Especially not a lineup like Virtus Pro, who added the upcoming star YEKINDAR to their lineup recently. On paper they are an incredibly skilled lineup with only Sanji being the weak link. Sure, they haven’t had much time to play with their new roster, but as they needed to qualify to the Blast Premier tournament through a CIS qualifier, they already have some official game practise and aren’t coming cold into this matchup. Overall this is a 50/50 match for me.
Favorite Fnatic picks: JW, flusha
Favorite Virtus Pro picks: qikert, YEKINDAR
Vitality vs NIP
After NIP has been winning against Astralis yesterday I think many are overrating them. They have won against a team with technically 2 stand ins and you shouldn’t forget that NIP changed a player just recently as well and have looked horrible before yesterday as well. In a BO3 I would say this is a Vitality win all day long, but even with the negatives of a BO1 I think they should win this, especially as they have looked incredibly well the last couple of weeks.
Favorite Vitality picks: apEX, misutaaa
Favorite NIP picks: nawwk, twist
Dignitas vs Mad Lions
The scandinavian based match is actually one of my favorites today. Dignitas and Mad Lions both have looked great to me yesterday, even though Dignitas had to take the loss against Mousesports. Dignitas with all their experience know how to stop an agressive playstyle of young players which could favor them. Mad Lions on the other side are young guns playing against the biggest legends of the game, which will motivate them even more and I am sure they won’t let down of the W key (running forward). I won’t fade any teams players here, as I expect a close game and any of the teams can win here.
Favorite Dignitas picks: f0rest, hallzerk
Favorite Mad Lions picks: roej, bubzkji
Triumph vs Cloud9
Two different tiers of CSGO are battling of in this matchup. Cloud9 is by far the better team.
Still, some factors point in the direction of Triumph. First of all they have nothing to lose as no one expects them to win. Second of all the BO1 favors them as the underdogs as usual and thir of all, both teams matched up at the ESL one Road to Rio where Triumph actually managed to win 2:1. With this being said Sonic wasn’t even close to the form there he is in right now, but definitely don’t count Triumph out.
Favorite Triumph: curry, grim
Favorite Cloud9 picks: Sonic, floppy
Furia vs Gen.G
Furia lost surprisingly yesterday, but I wouldn’t say it wasn’t due to them playing bad, but more MIBR playing good and Furia suffering under the negatives of the BO1 format. Gen.G on the other side have done their job and it looked boring as always, as they just play fundamentally and organized Counter Strike without too many flashy plays.
I wouldn’t buy too much into yesterday matches here and rather give Furia the edge by far. I think both playstyles are heavily favoring Furia and I think we will see domination here.
Favorite Furia picks: HEN1, VINI
Favorite Gen.G picks: koosta, s0m
Chaos vs MIBR
While Chaos has been underwhelming yesterday, while MIBR surprised and they actually looked good. Sure, it was a small sample size, but with MIBR being the better team in general I think they will manage to win and carry their winning vibes on.
A factor for that was trk playing quite well, and with kNg, FalleN or fer being able to step up at any second I feel like the firepower will be too much for Chaos.
Favorite Chaos picks: leaf, Jonji
Favorite MIBR picks: kNg, trk
If you have any questions regarding the players I chose or Mondays format, you can reach me on my twitter @_thaics. Furthermore,
Good luck and Have Fun!