BLAST Fall Final 2022 - Preview
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BLAST Fall Final 2022 - Preview

Heroic will look to build on their strong form and add a trophy to their cabinet in front of the home crowd in Denmark, but they face strong competition from the likes of Natus Vincere and FaZe Clan.

Author: Valle
Valle
Freelance Esports Writer
23rd Nov, 22·☕️ 6 min read
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The end of the year draws closer, but we still have some great CS:GO to look forward to. The BLAST Fall Final will be the last event before we close out the year with the World Finals in December.

As is tradition, this event will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in the Royal Arena. The field is a strong one, with the likes of Heroic, FaZe, Natus Vincere looking to claim the $200,000 first-place prize and a spot at the World Finals in December.

The BLAST Fall Final starts November 23rd and runs through November 27th.

Format

The eight teams will fight it out in two GSL (Double-Elimination) format groups, with BO3s in all matches. The top three in each group will advance to the playoffs, with the group winners getting a Bye to the semi-finals.

Group Stage

  • 2 Double-Elimination (GSL) Groups
  • BO3
  • 4 teams in each group
  • Top 3 advance to the Playoff Stage
  • 1st Place Advance to the Semifinals
  • 2nd Place Advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
  • 3rd Place Advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds

Playoffs

  • Single-Elimination bracket
  • BO3

Groups

Group A

  • 🇪🇺 FaZe
  • 🇩🇰 Heroic
  • 🇸🇪 NiP
  • 🇪🇺 OG

Group B

  • 🇧🇷 Fluxo
  • 🇪🇺 G2
  • 🇺🇦 Natus Vincere
  • 🇺🇸 Liquid

Cheat Sheet

FaZe

FaZe
Record: 88 / 0 / 49
Most Played Map: Inferno (66.7%)
Best Map: Ancient (52.9%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (50.0%)

FaZe had a disastrous Major in Rio, going out 0–3 after losses to Vitality, Cloud9 and Bad News Eagles. As a result, they have plummeted down to №8 in the World Rankings. Before that, they were considered to be among the world’s elite, perhaps only second to Natus Vincere. They should be in with a good chance to bounce back at this event, but it could be a bumpy ride. They take on an OG side in the opener that beat them at BLAST Fall Groups in August. It is a tough matchup for them, as OG perma-bans their best map in the pool. 

Heroic

Heroic
Record: 38 / 0 / 25
Most Played Map: Inferno (60.0%)
Best Map: Vertigo (50.0%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (0.0%)

Heroic are coming off a 2nd place finish at the Rio Major and the Danes will have a chance to play in front of the home crowd in Copenhagen. In the opener, they take on an NiP side that beat them at both IEM Cologne and BLAST Fall Groups earlier in the year. This has been a tough matchup for Heroic due to NiP’s map pool. It is similar to theirs in the sense that they both do not play Dust2. This has allowed NiP to ban Nuke against them, giving NiP the upper hand in the veto. After two straight losses and plenty of time to prepare, you would think that Heroic have had a chance to come up with a plan against NiP, but this is worth keeping in mind regardless.

Ninjas in Pyjamas

NiP
Record: 8 / 0 / 5
Most Played Map: Vertigo (80.0%)
Best Map: Nuke (100.0%)
Worst Map: Inferno (33.3%)

NiP are in a bit of a weird spot right now. They have decided to put their star rifler REZ on the AWP after es3tag failed to impress in that role. At the major, this resulted in a dire 0–3 record with losses to Sprout, fnatic and Outsiders. The AWP has been a weakness and a long curse for NiP, who have now lost device to Astralis after the Dane spent months on the sidelines without playing. This fact makes NiP hard to back despite the fact that they match up quite well against Heroic in the opener.

OG

G2
Record: 34 / 0 / 23
Most Played Map: Mirage (41.7%)
Best Map: Ancient (80.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (41.7%)

OG failed to make the Legends Stage at the major after losing out to Vitality in the deciding match. However, a positive sign is that degster was brilliant once again on the AWP. In terms of form, you would have to say that he is the strongest individual in this group. This alone could give OG a chance despite their underdog status. As mentioned previously, they do have a fighting chance in the opener against FaZe due to the map pools of the two respective sides.

Fluxo

G2
Record: 34 / 0 / 23
Most Played Map: Mirage (41.7%)
Best Map: Ancient (80.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (41.7%)

Fluxo qualified for this event by beating MIBR, 00Nation and Evil Geniuses. The Brazilians have been excellent on their side of the pond, but now they face a much tougher challenger all together. In a group such as this one, with a BO3 format, they really should be in for a rough ride. Their best chance at the upset in the opener against NaVi would perhaps be on Inferno, where we saw NaVi struggle at ESL Pro League earlier in the year.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere
Record: 40 / 0 / 22
Most Played Map: Mirage (65.0%)
Best Map: Dust2 (87.5%)
Worst Map: Ancient (28.6%)

NaVi finished in 8th place at the major after losing to the Brazilian home favorite FURIA in the quarter-finals. Rumours are now circulating that there could be a roster move on the horizon for NaVi, as sdy is rumoured to leave the team. How will this affect NaVi and specifically sdy’s performance? Tough to say. What is certain is that they have a very nice opening match against Fluxo which gives them a better chance of advancement than G2 and Liquid.

G2

G2
Record: 19 / 0 / 12
Most Played Map: Mirage (37.5%)
Best Map: Nuke (100.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (37.5%)

G2 were devastated to miss out on the major and they have been sitting on the sidelines preparing for this event. Personally, I am not that convinced that it was the right move to remove Aleksib in favour of HooXi and it remains to be seen if they will see any real improvement. The talent on display at G2 is undeniable however, and it can carry them to wins against just about anyone. 

Liquid

Team Liquid
Record: 39 / 0 / 22
Most Played Map: Inferno (76.9%)
Best Map: Mirage (88.9%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (40.0%)

Liquid came up just short at making the playoffs at the Major after losing to Spirit in the 2–2 deciding game. Before that, they beat Natus Vincere, Sprout and lost to MOUZ in BO1s. So far they haven’t had much success with this lineup, but I personally feel that YEKINDAR was a big upgrade for them and it would not surprise me at all if they surprised at this event.

Betting Tips

Out of the opening matches, there are a couple of games that stand out. NiP and OG could be in with a chance to make things competitive in the position of an underdog. They both match up well against their respective opponents in terms of the map veto and should get a set of maps where they have a fighting chance. As such, the handicap markets are worth looking at for these.

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