The third in RFRSH Entertainment’s series of “mini” tournaments, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 brings the action back to where it all started at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen as six teams from all over the globe battle it out over two full days action for bragging rights and a huge chunk of the whopping $250,000 USD prize pool.
Unlike other tournaments in CS:GO, BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 condenses all of the action into two full days. This means that, if you’re not careful, you might just miss out on one-heck of a tournament, where all but one of the attending teams are ranked in the Top 10 of HLTV’s latest CS:GO power rankings.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help.
Below, we’ll break down everything you need to know so you can keep up with what’s sure to be another action-packed event at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018.
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 Odds
- Astralis at 1.55 odds
- Natus Vincere at 5 odds
- MIBR at 7 odds
- FaZe Clan at 8 odds
- Ninjas in Pyjamas at 12 odds
- Cloud9 at 25 odds
If it feels like Astralis versus everyone else, well, it’s because it is. The All-Danish lineup are reaching uncharted heights as they inch closer to establishing themselves as the most dominant CS:GO team in history.
While Astralis have dropped games, even finals, every now and then, no one have yet to consistently take them down. Natus Vincere and MIBR, for example, have fallen victim to Astralis more often than not. The same goes for FaZe Clan. However, with their recent win at EPICENTER 2018, FaZe Clan might be looking to finally flip the script and reignite their old rivalry with Astralis.
While it’s not the wisest decision to bank on that happening, it’s a worthy risk, especially with Astralis being so heavily favoured to win the tournament at 1.55 odds, as per the oddsmakers over at GGbet.
All Blast Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 Odds courtesy of GGbet.
Blast Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 Power Rankings
The obvious favourite to win the tournament and defend their title, Astralis are not just one of the most talented teams in the world, they’re also the most consistent.
Often criticized for making the game look easy and “boring” because of their methodical and calculated play, Astralis head into BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 well-rested after skipping LAN tournaments the entirety of October following huge wins in September.
Will rust be an issue? Nah. Astralis are still technically playing as a team, albeit online. It’s not like they went their seperate ways for a month and are using this tournament to get back into form. Although, even if that were the case, Astralis in their worst form is arguably still good enough to beat any team in this tournament.
With IEM Chicago 2018 scheduled next week, look to Astralis to use this tournament to remind everyone that the gap between them and the rest of the world remains just as wide as ever.
2. Natus Vincere
Is Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev on a slump? That’s highly doubtful. Even though Natus Vincere failed to capture the title in front of their homecrowd at EPICENTER 2018, it was mostly because the rest of his team didn’t show up. Meanwhile, s1mple did his fair share of heavy lifting, ending the series as the only player of Natus Vincere to have a positive +/-.
At this point, it might be true that the team has plateaued and the only way to go next is down, which means, a roster change is imminent.
How they perform at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 will likely determine whether or not some shuffling will come sooner or later.
3. FaZe Clan
Apparently, all it took for FaZe Clan to finally get over the proverbial hump and regain their previous form is give the keys to Nikola ‘NiKo‘ Kovač and see signs of a potential return to form from Olof ‘olofmeister‘ Olof Kajbjer.
Winning EPICENTER 2018 likely won’t fully salvage FaZe Clan’s lack of success these past few months just yet, which is why we ranked them lower than Natus Vincere despite having beaten the CIS organization quite decisively, but it is a good start, and should they add a second straight title to their trophy case at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018, then we can finally begin discussing them as, once again, a potential rival to the historically dominant Astralis.
Once shoo-ins to win tournaments, MIBR are a far cry from the form that they showed quite some time ago. However, they’ve been on the up and up these past few months, and were actually able to come just two rounds short of beating Astralis and winning their first title in what seems like forever.
An extremely talented squad, the problem with MIBR is that no one really seems to know what issues they need to work on and how they can improve. Jacky ‘Stewie2K‘ Yip has taken the brunt of the criticism every MIBR have lost, but he’s only one piece of the puzzle, and he can’t continue becoming an escape goat when he continues to perform well in each tournament.
Considering the potential of MIBR should they all be on the same page, it only makes sense to trust them to work things out and grow, or at least, return to their previous dominant form.
5. Ninjas in Pyjamas
There’s weird, and there’s putting Ninjas in Pyjamas near the bottom. But, that’s just the reality of things. The legendary organization has not had much success lately, although they’ve been pretty much the talk of everybody for quite some time now.
No longer the dominant team that they were years ago, Ninjas in Pyjamas are in desperate need of a spark, and while there’s no indication of that happening soon, it wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility for them to work a bit of their magic and make a deep run at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 this week.
Cloud9 have won a Major. That’s something you can never take away from them. However, other than that, this team can claim nothing else. The roster is in shambles, having swapped out a player or two literally every month this year and with Tyler ‘Skadoodle‘ Latham retiring from the game completely, things are only going to get much worse for a team that many once considered to be North America’s great hope.
Only the optimistic of fans will believe that Cloud9 will be able to put up a good fight at BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018, and even then, we’re being generous.
The production quality is amazing and it’s clear that RFRSH Entertainment are on the cusp of something big here.
BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 will feature six teams fighting over a $250,000 prize pool. The tournament will kick things off with a single Round-Robin BO1 format Group Stage on November 2, with the top two teams advancing to the BO3 Grand Finals on November 3.
Which team do you think will win BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018? Do you think Astralis will be able to successfully defend their title? Or will another team pull of an upset against the historically dominant Danish squad? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.