The BLAST Premier Spring Final event has been building up since the BLAST Premier Spring Groups event back in January. The stage is set in Washington, D.C. and the teams are ready play. Four of the top ten are joined by contenders, Complexity, Astralis and Imperial. This tournament has two groups that feature four teams, each in a double-elimination Best of three (Bo3).
Group A of BLAST Premier Spring Final is comprised of Vitality, Imperial, G2 and Cloud9. Vitality have been absent from competition since winning the BLAST.tv Paris Major, and were surely taking a well earned break. They take on Imperial in the first round, in which they are valued at 1.046*. This is an extremely one-sided affair and rightfully so. Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo’s Imperial have gone out in last place at the majority of S and A tier events they’ve played since qualifying to this event. Given the form of Vitality, and that the series will be a Bo3, it would be safe to assume the European mix will take this game.
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The other game in Group A is G2 versus Cloud9. The odds here are much closer, with Pinnacle valuing G2 at 1.598* and Cloud9 at 2.250*. The results of Cloud9 have been all over the place; they failed to qualify for the Major in Paris, made top four in IEM Rio, won Brazy Party and failed to make Playoffs at IEM Dallas. The results are a sign that change is needed, and another poor performance in Washington, D.C. could solidify that. G2 have also had some poor results for the calibre of the team, failing to make the Playoffs of the BLAST.tv Paris Major being the biggest of these poor results. Nikola "NiKo" Kovač will never get his CS:GO Major, so now he’ll look to win whatever tournaments are left before the release of Counter-Strike 2 (CS2).
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It would be difficult not to argue that Group B is the easier of the two. It features Heroic, Complexity, FaZe and Astralis. Astralis have been a surprise to all at IEM Dallas, but now they need to prove they can replicate this impressive performance at more than one S tier event. The return of Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz will be a talking point until the player break begins, primarily because he is playing like he never took a year hiatus from competitive play. Now he just needs his team mates to step up so they can stand a chance against the incredible individuals of FaZe Clan. In this first round matchup, Astralis are valued at 2.230* and FaZe are valued at 1.609* by Pinnacle. FaZe have struggled to find a consistent footing as of late, and it’s unlikely they’ll find a solution before the summer player break.
The final match is Heroic versus Complexity. It’s no surprise that Heroic are the favourites in this opening match, being valued at 1.113* by Pinnacle. Complexity are here as a replacement team and had to play IEM Dallas without their star AWPer Håkon "hallzerk" Fjærli. They are currently valued at 5.910*, however this could change if “hallzerk” is able to resolve his visa issues. Even if they get sorted, it will take a lot for Complexity to pull together and beat Heroic. The Danish side has been one of the strongest teams for the past year, but were only able to win the Pinnacle Cup Championship and BLAST Premier Fall Finals in 2022. If Heroic can break through to win one of the finals they so often find themselves in, they could finally achieve the world number one spot.
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