BLAST World Final 2022 - Preview
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BLAST World Final 2022 - Preview

We will close out the year with a bang, as the world's biggest stars have gathered in Abu Dhabi for the BLAST World Final

Author: Valle
Valle
Freelance Esports Writer
13th Dec, 22
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We will close out the year with a bang, as the world’s biggest stars have gathered in Abu Dhabi for the BLAST World Final. 

Viewers will have a smorgasbord of great matches to look forward to. How about s1mple’s NaVi taking on ZywOo’s Vitality in what is a modern classic at this point. Does it get any better than that? Add in the excellent coverage that one have come to expect form BLAST, and we are in for a treat.

Let’s have a look at the format for this event.

When & Where?

The event kicks off in Abu Dhabi on December 14th and runs through December 18th.

Format

The eight teams have been split into two groups of four. They will play through a GSL style, BO3, double-elimination bracket. The top three teams will advance to the playoff stage, with the group winners getting a bye to the semi-finals.

The playoff stage will be a simple single-elimination bracket (BO3).

Group Stage

  • 2 Double-Elimination Groups (GSL System)
  • 4 Teams in each group
  • BO3
  • 1st place teams advance to the Semifinals
  • 2nd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as High Seeds
  • 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds

Playoff Stage

  • Single-Elimination Bracket
  • BO3

Teams

FaZe

FaZe
Record: 95 / 0 / 52
Most Played Map: Inferno (68.8%)
Best Map: Ancient (57.9%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (50.0%)

It has been a great year for FaZe, who will look to close out the year with another trophy. In big events, they have been impressive this year - with wins at IEM Katowice, IEM Cologne and of course, The Antwerp Major. They were less than stellar at the recent Rio Major, but they bounced back with a 2nd place finish at BLAST Fall Final. With ropz and broky in fine form, it is hard not to put FaZe as the favourites to win this event, albeit by a pretty small margin.

Heroic

Heroic
Record: 46 / 0 / 31
Most Played Map: Inferno (47.4%)
Best Map: Ancient (75.0%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (0.0%)

Heroic are coming into this event in great form after winning the BLAST Fall Final, beating a very strong FaZe side. This was arguably Jabbi’s best tournament with Heroic after joining this summer. The 19-year-old posted a 1.08 rating at the event which is far better than we saw from him at IEM Cologne, ESL Pro League and the Rio Major earlier in the year. The Danes are in fine form and they should have a strong chance of advancement in this group, as they match up quite well against OG and Vitality. Natus Vincere has always been a tough matchup for them, however, which is worth noting.

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere
Record: 44 / 0 / 26
Most Played Map: Mirage (65.2%)
Best Map: Dust2 (90.0%)
Worst Map: Ancient (28.6%)

Natus Vincere have been in a bit of a rough stretch of form recently. 5th-6th place at the Rio Major and the BLAST Fall Final is disappointing for a team as formidable as NaVi. With the absence of results, rumours are that sdy is going to be replaced, but for now, he remains on the roster. All of this is a bit worrying for NaVi, but make no mistake, they are still dangerous. Historically, they have been a difficult opponent for both Heroic and Vitality, so they have a strong chance of advancing to the playoff stage at least. Come playoff time, you would have to favour a team like FaZe ahead of them, however. 

G2

G2
Record: 22 / 0 / 16
Most Played Map: Mirage (36.4%)
Best Map: Nuke (100.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (36.4%)

Despite having an immensely talented trio of fraggers in NiKo, huNter and m0nesy, G2 have really struggled so far this year. Bringing in HooXi and jks hasn’t really helped, as the trophies have continued to elude them. G2 will be an underdog with the bookies against just about everyone bar OG at this event due to their recent form. One could argue that they have some upset potential, however. They go up against FaZe in the opener, a team that they beat convincingly at ESL Pro League earlier in the year. Outsiders are also in their group, a team that they beat both at ESL Pro League and the Antwerp Major. 

Liquid

Team Liquid
Record: 44 / 0 / 25
Most Played Map: Inferno (80.0%)
Best Map: Mirage (90.9%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (41.7%)

Team Liquid are coming off a 3rd-4th place finish at BLAST Fall Final. This was a rather strong showing from the North American team, as they beat both Natus Vincere and G2 before falling to the eventual winners Heroic in a three-map series. The big question mark is oSee on the AWP. Does he have what it takes to go up against a field of the world’s strongest snipers? At BLAST Fall, he was worringly underwhelming, finishing the tournament as Liquid’s lowest rated player. That isn’t going to cut it when you’re going up against AWPers like s1mple, ZywOo and m0NESY. If oSee can step it up on the AWP, Liquid has a real chance to surprise, but that is a big if.

OG

OG
Record: 34 / 0 / 29
Most Played Map: Mirage (35.7%)
Best Map: Ancient (66.7%)
Worst Map: Mirage (35.7%)

The big underdog of this event will be OG. The European side will take on a scorching hot Heroic side in the opener, with heavy hitters Vitality and Natus Vincere on the other side of the bracket. They have yet to beat Heroic and Vitality this year, and Natus Vincere also got the better of them in one of two games at BLAST Spring. The big x-factor on OG is degster, who is deadly with the AWP and a killer on LAN. If he is dialed in, OG could take maps against some of these stronger teams, but a deep run is very unlikely.

Outsiders

Outsiders
Record: 48 / 0 / 26
Most Played Map: Inferno (60.9%)
Best Map: Dust2 (73.3%)
Worst Map: Ancient (50.0%)

Major winners Outsiders will look to show that their win in Rio was no fluke. The bookies like Outsiders quite a bit, but I am not too confident that they will have another great showing here. Both G2 and FaZe have beaten them this year, and Liquid is a team that they have very little experience against. In Rio, Jame had a clear edge on most of the AWPers that they went up against, but he will be truly tested here as the field includes elite talent in this department. Don’t get me wrong, Outsiders are a tough team for anyone to deal with, but I suspect that they are somewhat overvalued in the market at this stage. 

Vitality

Vitality
Record: 36 / 0 / 23
Most Played Map: Inferno (62.5%)
Best Map: Vertigo (70.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (46.2%)

With the exception of their brilliant run at ESL Pro League, Vitality have been very underwhelming. It is also worrying that Spinx, who had a great start with Vitality, is underperforming recently. They desperately need him to return to form if they want any chance of glory at this event. With three teams making it out of the group, they have a good chance of getting out, but if Spinx isn’t playing up to standards, they will find it difficult against more complete teams like FaZe and Natus Vincere.

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