From April 12th-13th, six of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world will meet in Miami. The Blast Pro Series Miami event will be hosted in the Watsco Center, and the teams will be fighting for their share of the $250,000 prize pool. This is the second Blast Pro Series event in 2019.
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- Group Stage:
- Single Round-Robin format group
- All matches are Bo1
- Top two teams advance to the Grand Final
- Grand Final:
- The match is a Bo3 series
- BLAST Pro Standoff:
- The BLAST Pro Standoff is a prize bonus showmatch, with five 1v1 aim duels.
- The team finishing in 3rd place chooses their opponent from the remaining teams who finish below them.
- The winner of the BLAST Pro Standoffs takes home a $20,000 USD bonus prize.
Prize Pool Breakdown
- 1st = $125,000
- 2nd = $50,000
- 3rd = $25,000
- 4th = $15,000
- 5th = $10,000
- 6th = $5,000
Teams in Attendance
Below is a list of the teams that are attending Blast Pro Series Miami. I have included their odds of winning the event, and the odds are courtesy of Betway:
- Astralis at 1.65 odds
- Team Liquid at 5.25 odds
- Natus Vincere at 7.00 odds
- MiBR at 11.00 odds
- FaZe at 13.00 odds
- Cloud9 at 26.00 odds
The upset kings of recent events, ENCE, will not be in attendance at this event. Many would prefer to have them here over MiBR, due to MiBRs internal breakdowns recently. As could be expected, Astralis are clear favourites with all the bookmakers right now.
This is a fair judgment to be made. Astralis are off the back of back to back event wins; IEM Katowice 2019 and Blast Pro Series Sao Paulo. In both events they looked superbly convincing, and not many can see any team toppling them in the near future.
Liquid are the second favourites with all bookmakers, however, I’d put NaVi (Natus Vincere) as a bigger threat than Liquid. This past weekend NaVi found success at StarSeries & i-League Season 7. They overcame a slow start to lift the trophy and take home $250,000.
With it only being a 6 team event, and each of them being top tier teams right now, it’s hard to call one of them an underdog. However, if we had to pick out a team that many will right off that has the potential to do some damage, it would be Cloud9.
Cloud9 haven’t experienced an event win since the opening 2018 event, ELEAGUE Boston Major. Since then they’ve picked up a handful of 2nd place finishes and finished 9th-11th at the most recent Premier event; IEM Katowice Major.
In the past week they have released Kioshima and replaced him with Cajunb. A player who seen success in recent years on rosters such as Astralis, Dignitas and North when they were in their prime. He was previously on OpTic Gaming who struggled across the board.
The addition of Cajunb could help them improve drastically, however I think it will take quite some time before they challenge for another Championship.
Round 1 Matches – 12th April at 22:00 BST
NaVi vs. MiBR, Cloud9 vs. Astralis, FaZe vs. Team Liquid
Round 2 Matches – 12th April at 23:30 BST
Team Liquid vs. Cloud9, FaZe vs. MiBR, NaVi vs. Astralis
Round 3 Matches – 13th April at 17:00 BST
FaZe vs. Cloud9, MiBR vs. Astralis, NaVi vs. Team Liquid
Round 4 Matches – 13th April at 18:20 BST
Team Liquid vs. Astralis, Cloud9 vs. MiBR, FaZe vs. NaVi
Round 5 Matches – 13th April at 19:40 BST
MiBR vs. Team Liquid, Cloud9 vs. NaVi, Astralis vs. FaZe
Blast Pro Series Standoff – 13th April at 21:00 BST
Grand Final – 13th April at 22:00 BST
With Astralis being clear favourites to win the event, you might want to consider taking a different approach to placing bets on this event. The 1.65 odds for Astralis to outright win the event isn’t too bad, but you’d have to put a considerable amount on the bet to see a significant return.
Round handicaps will be a treat throughout this event. With every game being a Best of 1, there won’t be any map handicaps to bet on. If you keep an eye on each teams’ map pools and performances, you could be somewhat successful on round handicaps and other alternative bets that appear.
If you want any extra assistance regarding this area, keep an eye out for our predictions that will be posted this coming week. They will help you understand the best betting options on the most popular games.
I don’t think we’ll be gifted such a fantastic end to group stages like we saw at Blast Pro Series Sao Paulo. This was whenever ENCE and Liquid tied in 2nd place, and 1 round decided who went to the grand finals.
Despite this, I can see there being a good battle between Liquid and NaVi to secure that second spot for the final. I wouldn’t get any hopes up for MiBR. After reaching the semi-final at Katowice, they were embarrassed on home soil with an 0-5 record at Blast Pro Series Sao Paulo. The failures continued, as they crashed out of WESG Grand Finals 2018 early and failed to make playoffs at the StarSeries Season 7 event last week.