The BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019 will mark the first time that RFRSH’s unique brand of CS:GO tournament will take place in American soil as the $250,000 tournament will take place at the Watsco Center in Miami from April 12-13.
Once again, CS:GO’s most elite teams will congregate for another BLAST Pro Series tournament. Of the six teams playing at the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019, only one ranks outside of the top nine of the best CS:GO teams in the world, as per HLTV’s latest rankings. That team is Cloud9, who, as early as last March 25, was ranked as the 12th-best CS:GO team in HLTV’s global rankings. This should guarantee that we’ll see close and exciting matches right from the get go as teams try their best to, not only take home a huge chunk of the $250,000 prize pool, but also try to dethrone the back-to-back BLAST Pro Series champions and undisputed best CS:GO team in the world, Astralis.
Another important thing to take note is that the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019 will serve as one of the last few tournaments that will still include Cache in its map pool. Valve removed Cache from the competitive map pool of CS:GO on March 28, replacing it with Vertigo.
If you have some special attachment to watching play teams Cache, then the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019 will be one of the last chances you have left.
Who Are the Heavy Favourites to Win BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019?
The start of April kicked off what’s going to be a busy next few months for competitive CS:GO.
After a relative lull period following the end of the IEM Katowice Major, there’s going to be at least one big event every two weeks or so for the next few months. The BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019 should help give us a better look at the current form of the top CS:GO teams. In particular, how well they match up to Astralis, who has, so far, been relatively uncontested for the past twelve months or so.
With that said, we rounded up the heavy favourites to win the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019, as per the odds provided by 10bet, down below.
More than a year since adding Emil ‘Magisk‘ Reif to their roster, Astralis continue to dominate and achieve heights previously unexplored in CS:GO. A loss at the iBUYPOWER Masters in January seemingly signaled the start of the end of their uncontested reign, but Astralis quickly quashed all attempts with a dominant win at the IEM Katowice Major, where they dropped only a single map (not series) en route to the title.
After bringing their third overall Major trophy, and their second straight overall, the record-setting Astralis squad won BLAST Pro Series São Paulo 2019 over a team who’s considered their closest rivals at the moment, Team Liquid.
Now, Astralis are looking to win their third straight tournament at the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019, and unless one of the five other participating teams start stepping it up, the trophy is as good as theirs already.
Team Liquid (5.00)
Playing with a full NA roster gave Team Liquid a lot of hope following their win at the iBUYPOWER Masters over Astralis. Unfortunately, it was a short-lived celebration for Team Liquid as they suffered an 0-2 defeat at the hands of ENCE in the quarterfinals of the IEM Katowice Major. Seeing as to how Team Liquid skipped media hour, it’s safe to say that the team definitely needed to keep to themselves after essentially giving away the series, as exemplified by them losing on Inferno to ENCE despite holding a 15-9 lead at one point.
We’ve seen flashes of brilliance from Team Liquid since, however.
In particular, Russel ‘Twistzz‘ Van Dulken, is starting to show signs of maintaining his level of play while filling in for the same role that the now-departed Epitacio ‘TACO‘ de Melo once had. Unfortunately, he and the rest of the team needs to be far more consistent in accommodating Jake ‘Stewie2K‘ Yip, who, by the way, has mostly been as good as advertised for Team Liquid.
If Team Liquid can make it to the grand finals of the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019 and make it just as competitive as their previous go-around with Astralis — we’re going by the assumption that the Danish powerhouse are already a shoo-in for the ultimate round — Team Liquid will have already improved over their highly-consistent 2018 lineup, if only marginally.
Natus Vincere (7.00)
So much for a one-team, eh?
If there’s one thing that we can take away from Natus Vincere’s win at the StarSeries i-League Season 7, it’s that the team seems to have lit the proverbial fire under every player on the team that’s not named Oleksandr ‘s1mple‘ Kostyliev.
We all know how good s1mple is. He is the reigning HLTV player of the year, after all. Not to mention, there probably isn’t a single CS:GO fan alive who wouldn’t tell you that he’s the best player in the game right now, and that he has been for the past year. It’s just that, as good as s1mple is, he is just one player.
Playing in Shanghai, the rest of Natus Vincere seemed to finally notice that their star player needed help.
While s1mple still took home the MVP honors by leading all players in most of the categories throughout the tournament, a different player stepped up in every match during the grand finals against Fnatic, all the while providing s1mple a lot of support the entire tournament. Even the team’s much-maligned IGL, Danylo ‘Zeus‘ Teslenko, balled out, or so to speak.
If the same Natus Vincere shows up at the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019, a grand finals matchup against Astralis should be interesting to watch.
Complete BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019 Betting Odds
- Astralis at 1.50 odds.
- Team Liquid at 5.00 odds.
- Natus Vincere at 7.50 odds.
- MIBR at 12.00 odds.
- FaZe Clan at 14.00 odds.
- Cloud9 at 26.00 odds.
Normally, we would’ve put MIBR and FaZe Clan among the favourites. However, even the oddsmakers don’t really favour their chances of winning the tournament. They’re both considered underdogs to win, and for good reason — they just haven’t performed well heading into the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019.
MIBR, in particular, have lost 11 out of the past 14 matches. Their sub 50% winrate over the past three months in LAN matches is atrocious for a team that’s supposed to be contenders. Not to mention, that winrate could go down considerably when you consider that majority of their wins came against subpar competition. That means that MIBR are far from elite, and the same goes for FaZe Clan, who, for some reason, are still keen on experimenting with Nikola ‘NiKo‘ Kovač as their in-game leader.
Given that the format for the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019 favours consistent teams, it would be a huge upset if either one of FaZe Clan, MiBR, or Cloud9, make it to the grand finals.
All betting odds courtesy of 10bet.
If there’s one thing that Astralis have proven for the past year, it’s that you shouldn’t bet against them.
But, with both Team Liquid and Natus Vincere in the pool, anything can happen. Besides, even if Astralis end up winning the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019, if any team can at least keep the series close, then it’s a sign that the rest of the field is making an effort to catch up, and in the grand scheme of things, that’s better than just watching Astralis dominate the competition.
Which CS:GO team do you think will win the BLAST Pro Series Miami 2019? Will Astralis go for their third straight trophy and third BLAST Pro Series tournament win overall in Miami? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.