The 2020 CS:GO competitive circuit is nearing its end, with BLAST Fall bringing one of the last elite-level events of the year. This tournament will see eight of the best Counter-Strike teams in the world battling it out to capture the fall season trophy and the lion’s share of the $425,000 prize pool.
BLAST’s Fall Finals will take place from December 8 to December 13 and will no doubt feature some of the best matches of the year. Whether you’re a dedicated bettor or just a fan, this is not one to miss.
Who’s Playing at the BLAST Premier Fall Finals?
We’ll see eight teams competing at the BLAST Premier Fall Finals, including four of the top five ranked teams, as well as some fan favorites like G2 Esports and Mousesports.
The event itself will see a standard double-elimination playoff format from the get-go, meaning it takes two losses for a team to be eliminated. All eyes will be on Vitality coming in as the favorite, although with such a high level of competition, anything could happen.
You can check out the full list of teams and their odds to win it below:
Odds as of December 7 at Sportsbook
Can Vitality Make it Back-to-Back Championships?
Vitality is definitely the team to watch this event. They’ve consistently performed throughout the year, reaching the top three at eight premier events, and finally ended their trophy drought at IEM Beijing Europe in November.
Their victory elevated them to the top spot in the HLTV world rankings and they’re looking to end the year on a very high note.
However, the big question is: Can they do it again? 2020 has been a roller-coaster for every team in CS:GO, with the last 10 big events all having different Sportsbooks. If Vitality can secure another trophy here, they may just cement their place as the best team of the year.
Natus Vincere Enters in Hot Form
While Vitality is the big favorite, there’s another team whose impressive results have flown somewhat under the radar. Na’Vi has been in incredible form over the last month, and looks to continue it at the BLAST Premier Fall Finals.
The CIS squad has lost just two matches in the last month, an anomaly loss against Complexity and a tight 3-2 defeat to Vitality in the IEM Beijing Grand Finals. Meanwhile, they’ve swept aside other top teams like world champions Astralis and G2 very easily.
Na’Vi’s only real challenge seems to be Vitality and it’s very possible that we might see the two clash in the Grand Finals once again.
Do The Underdogs Stand a Chance?
We’ve talked about the favorites, but what about the underdogs? At an event with so many elite teams, it almost feels strange calling sides like Astralis and Big underdogs. However, Vitality is no doubt the team to beat right now.
But there is still some possibility of seeing an upset. The Sportsbook match, for example, sees Vitality take on Mousesports, the lowest-ranked team at the event. You might think this is done and dusted, but Mouse have been playing incredibly well lately. Mousesports actually managed to defeat Vitality 2-0 in September, and are currently in their best form of the year, having lost just once in their last eight matches.
However, they’re not the only ones that could make some noise. Big once sat at the top of the world and is slowly regaining form, while teams like G2 and Furia have had time to build up their strategies specifically for this tournament.
It’s difficult to say exactly where the upsets will come from, but considering the strength of each team, we’ll almost certainly see an unexpected result or two.