We will now have a look at our picks for BLAST Global Finals favourites, challenger, and dark horse. As the outright odds for the tournament have been published we will also discuss our view on their betting value as a whole. The matchups for the upper bracket have not been released at the time of writing this article, which makes it a bit harder, and we can’t speculate for individual matchup odds. However when the odds come live we will start doing individual game previews and betting tips for them, and you can find them from our free betting tips page.
So make sure you read this one with a proper thought, and then follow the betting tips page to ensure that you don’t miss any of the juice that we are providing for you!
Astralis - 2.20 odds to win BLAST Premier: Global Final @Bet365
Here we are - a year of fans talking down on Astralis, thinking they have lost the magic, a few player changes mixing it up. Still, the Danish Dynamite remains the #1 team in the world. Dev1ce, Xyp9X, Dupreeh, Magisk and Gla1ve sure have some magic in their pocket. The best team in CS history managed to grab four big titles in 2020, and still they didn’t manage to achieve what people expected of them. That speaks more of their dominance, than the team as a whole. Coming into the new year it’s quite clear the Danes will once again be a threat to be reckoned with, and they also have a new weapon in their arsenal.
Bubzkji might have not seen a lot of play since he joined back in July of 2020, but if they can implement him the same way Vitality utilizes Nivera, they will become even stronger. Honestly, if this superteam wants to remain on the top, and the hunger is still there, they will. It really is that simple. This could have been any previous year too, so it sure looks like Astralis is the kind of team who are never happy, and they always want to improve. They enter BLAST Global Final as quite a big favourite, and while they have deserved that spot, the odds are truly not fair. With teams such as Vitality and Navi breathing down their neck, 2.20 is definitely not a price worth going for right now in our mind.
Team Vitality - 3.0 odds to win BLAST Premier: Global Final @Bet365
While it’s impossible to call the previous year a surprise by Vitality, they still managed to live up to the expectations, and a bit more. ZywOo was already a superstar coming into 2019, but he also solidified that status even further, and more than likely he will be voted the #1 player of the whole year, ahead of his Ukranian rival in s1mple. We all knew the strength of the wonderkid, but also Vitality as a whole. So what’s the surprise? One word - Nivera.
The implementation of a six man roster has been flawless by Vitality, and they managed to only strengthen their ranks with the acquisition. The main benefit has come through letting the newcomer specialize on a couple of maps, and being able to dominate them time after time. In the case of Vitality we are talking about Dust2 and Inferno, where the French look close to unbeatable. As things stand Vitality find themselves as the #2 team of the world, and they sure have deserved it. I would even like to argue they could be #1 taking some things into consideration besides raw tournament points. With all that said it’s clear that Vitality will enter 2020 as a favourite to win any given tournament, and the only question mark is how they have managed to use the Christmas break. It’s hard to imagine that a team who has just tasted the sweet gold would be getting complacent. More than likely we will see further improvements if anything, and getting 3.0 for a Vitality win in BLAST Premier: Global Final sounds rather good to me. While I will not get overly ecstatic about it, it sure is better than what an Astralis win clocks in at. If you manage to find 3.2+ or so I think we are in good value betting land.
Natus Vincere - 6.0 odds to win BLAST Premier: Global Final @Bet365
Navi started 2020 in great fashion as they took down IEM Katowice in dominant fashion, then came the pandemic. The first few months were really tough on the team, and it was just a s1mple show - nothing more, nothing less. Things would however turn to the better after summer, as Navi finally started winning series against tier 1 teams, and managed to grab two strong second place finishes against top competition. Add to that a few third places, and it makes sense to find Navi at #3 on the world rankings. However, the wins are missing, and it’s no accident.
It’s a scratchy record, but Navi still to this day relies too much on their superstar, s1mple. When he is having the series of his life they can beat anyone, but if he performs just a good game (for his level), it’s not enough. Time after time Navi had to see themselves beaten by Astralis and Vitality towards the end of the year. Against well organized teams, with firepower to match, there simply is not enough in Navis toolbag right. The Christmas break could have been an amazing time to work on these team related issues. Let us be completely honest though - looking at the past, this is unlikely to be the case. I expect a slower start by Navi, with only one weapon strong enough to challenge the best of the best. The truth is that s1mple, or any player for that matter, can’t carry a team alone against the highest level of competition. Six times the money on a Navi win might sound appealing, but I will skip it, since the fundamental issues are still too big. S1mple couldn’t win titles with Navi all by himself before, and he won’t this time around either.
The Dark Horse
G2 Esports - 21.0 odds to win BLAST Premier: Global Final @Bet365
We asked the question, but let’s re-iterate - can someone upset the favourites of BLAST Global Finals? Well, while it’s not likely, G2 could be one of those teams, and looking at the odds there could be some massive value to be had. Since the arrival of NiKo the team has improved, but always fell short when the big boys came knocking. It has still become clear that the ceiling or G2 is incredibly high with NiKo giving a completely new dimension.
For G2 to become an elite team once again it will require the Bosnian sharpshooter to rise up as one of the best players in the world again. The positive? He is already well on his way. If G2 has put in the hard work they should have during the break, they could come out swinging really hard here in BLAST Global Finals. It really is a long shot to see them take on Astralis and Vitality already, but if everything clicks this is a deadly team. Getting 21 times the money for the win in a short tournament like this feels like a great value bet to me. Obviously, keep in mind we are talking about a massive longshot still. I still believe this is the best value odds the outright market for BLAST Premier: Global Final has to offer.