Complexity shocked the world with their performance in Group B, will we get another upset this week?
Complexity shocked the world with their performance in Group B, will OG be able to pull off something similar this week? Read on as we break down Group C of BLAST Premier Spring Series.
It has been upset mania in London, with Complexity overcoming all the odds to grab second place in Group B. We now move into to final match week, where the likes of EG and 100 Thieves will duke it out hoping to qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Finals.
For those who are still not familiar with BLAST Premier, here is a quick summary of the event:
The league is hosted by RFRSH Entertainment, known for hosting the BLAST Pro Series in the past. The league has just kicked off with the regular season, which takes place at the 3 Mills Studio in London, England.
The format is the commonly used GSL system (Double-Elimination). There are three groups of four, and the top two teams from each group qualify for the Spring Finals, a separate tournament set to take place in Moscow later this year. The bottom two teams from each group will have to settle for a spot at the Spring Showdown, where the teams will get a second chance at qualifying for the Spring Finals. Unlike many of the BLAST tournaments in the past, all matches are best-of-three this time around.
The schedule looks as follows:
Group A (Match Week 1) January 31 - February 2 (Finished)
Group B (Match Week 2) February 7 - February 9 (Finished)
Group C (Match Week 3) February 14 - February 16
Evil Geniuses, formerly known as NRG, established themselves as a legitimate contender in 2019, winning tournaments such as ESL One New York and StarSeries i-League Season 8. They were already a solid team under the NRG banner, but the addition of stanislaw and tarik gave them a big boost in both firepower and swagger. The North American side had a disappointing end to the year, but it needs to be said that they had an extremely busy schedule compared to some of the other teams on the circuit. They still have one of the most skilled rosters in the world and their map pool is more than solid, making them deserved favorites to win Group C.
100 Thieves, formerly known as Renegades, are the odds on favorite to qualify alongside EG. The Aussies definitely turned some heads during 2019, with deep runs at both the Berlin major and IEM Beijing. They have yet to get a big title under their belt, but they remain a dangerous side that can upset just about any team. Much of their success came off the back of jks, who has elevated his game to a completely different level. In addition, liazz has been a bit of an unsung hero for this team, as he played a big part in their runs in Berlin and Beijing. Their weakness might be on the AWP, as Gratisfaction does not quite stack up to the likes of CeRq and kennyS in this group (Even if he does have an excellent mustache.)
G2 added huNter and nexa back in October of last year. The results have been not been great so far. They were in a good spot to win cs summit, but failed to deliver in the final against a mousesports side that had to use two stand-ins. However, they did close out the year with a title, beating out the likes of ENCE and BIG to win the Champions Cup. This roster has a ton of raw skill, but they might not have the same strategical depth of some of the other teams in the competition.
The newly formed OG roster is the big underdog of this group. They are coming off a 5th-6th finish at ICE Challenge earlier this month. OG had a decent start to the tournament, beating ENCE in what was a bit of a revenge game for OG’s captain, Aleksib, who was kicked from ENCE back in August. However, they were later convincingly beaten by both NaVi and MAD Lions. This OG roster has some promising pieces, but they definitely don’t match up with the rest of the teams in the group when it comes to individual skill.
We have seen a ton of upsets so far at the BLAST Premier Spring Series. None of the group favorites have won their groups so far, with both Astralis and Liquid dropping the ball thus far. The fact that the Top 2 teams qualify regardless of the result in the finals makes an upset even more likely. For that reason, you definitely can’t rule out an upset here. The number on OG is solid and well worth considering due to the upset factor. Personally, I think the best play is still EG at 2.50. Their record against 100 Thieves and G2 is excellent, and the numbers aren’t quite long enough for me to consider 100 Thieves or G2 here. Additionally, you will likely be in a position to hedge for profit if G2 were to make the final.