Will the BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Finals dethrone NaVi?
The BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Final is just around the corner. In six days the best teams from the Regular Season and Showdown events will clash for the Spring Season trophy. Sadly, the promised Moscow finale was cancelled, but at least we still get to witness the greats battle for the trophy online.
After an abysmal performance this past few months, Natus Vincere the #1 global seed is under threat in all three relevant ranking systems. Both the ESL Rankings, the HLTV Rankings and the BLAST Premier Circuit may end up with a new king in just 10 days.
How did we get here?
Strange events have caused the destiny of two teams to intertwine and stumble upon each other at the top of the rankings. NaVi can of course be faulted for letting their points drop heavily after dominating the early part of the season. They crowned themselves kings at both the Blast Premier Spring 2020 Regular Season and IEM Katowice, but the rest of the spring season however did not go as planned.
A horrendous performance at the ESL One Road to Rio CIS event left then with only 45 circuit points. They previously narrowly missed a good point payout at the ESL Pro League Season 11 after finishing 4th with an identical match score as Astralis and Mousesports but with worse match results.
The online play formats of course contributed to every team facing challenges and burnouts. Astralis players have been most vocal recently about the need to adjust competitive settings and calendars on top of everything else going on recently.
Astralis and Fnatic have also both declined in performance over the past two months. Both barely scraping by and having serious inconsistencies.
A new challenger approaches – G2
The recent performance of the “global elite” has opened the flood gates for teams to climb the rankings. The most serious contender currently is G2 with a shot at claiming the lead in all three rankings over the next 10 days. The roster is having an amazing season. They finished as runner-ups at both IEM Katowice and ESL One: Road to Rio – Europe behind NaVi and Astralis respectively. They also matched FaZe and NaVi at the BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Regular Season and are now within point reach of #1 global ranking.
The determining matches are happening the following days at DreamHack Masters Spring 2020 and the upcoming Blast Premier Spring 2020 Finals.
Over at DH Masters, G2 already dominated the bracket and secured themselves the final this Sunday. They also sent NaVi packing to the lower bracket where they are set to meet MAD Lions today June 11, 2020 at 14:00 CEST. If S1mple and the bois lose today they will bring thmselves one step closer to being replaced at the top of the standings.
While DH will rock the standings the nail in the coffin comes next week.
Blast Premier Spring 2020 Finals Europe & North America
The Spring Finals were supposed to be the 2nd headline event of the season held at the VTB Arena in Moscow. But due to everything going on recently, the event was split into two regional events with online finals taking place in each region. The strength of competition of course suffered as the North American teams are forced to play in isolation from their European counterparts. The adjustments to the event also creates a different point division system for the teams and it all results in how the rankings are determined.
With both the EU and NA Showdown events complete. All the finalists are set in both regions. Well except for NiP and MAD Lions who are set to battle for the final spot at the event on the 15th.
With no North American challengers to mess things up, it all comes down to NaVi, FaZe and G2 to determine the top of the global rankings after the event. FaZe Clan is not that much a challenger as they are a threat to ruining G2’s or NaVi’s standings. They are also playing with a relatively inexperienced player in Olofmeister’s substitute Aurimas “Bymas” Pipiras.
Additionally, one should always keep an eye out for Vitality as they have historically performed well against both G2 and Natus Vincere.
In the end, by the end of the Blast Premier Spring Season the global standings at ESL, Blast and HLTV might shift to have a new leader in G2. The following two weeks are a heaven for CSGO bets especially considering the outright and exotic CSGO betting odds that are currently listed.
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