Live from the home of Space Soldiers – BLAST Pro Series has returned in a new location on the September 28, where eight teams will battle it out for a share of $230,000. Who are the
Quick recap: What is the BLAST Pro Series?
On September 28, BLAST will be bringing the best teams from around the world to compete in the Ülker Sports Arena in Istanbul. The tournament is split into three stages: Groups, PRO Standoff and Grand Finals. The Group stage will be Bo1 (best of one), and the Grand Finals will be Bo3 (best of three).
The PRO Standoff will be a series of 1 vs. 1’s on the BLAST Aim Map and the winning team will take home $20,000. The winners of the overall tournament will take home $125,000.
BLAST Pro Series: Istanbul 2018 odds
Astralis are the current favourites in the BLAST Pro Series odds with MIBR and NiP close behind. Below is a list of the outright odds for the tournament:
Learn more about the top contenders
Bettors can keep in mind, that the majority of teams have competed at the recent FACEIT Major. It would be beneficial to look back to see how each team performed.
Astralis (priced at 1.57* as the favourite to win the upcoming BLAST event) arrive in Istanbul in amazing form after emerging as winners from the FACEIT Major. Astralis have proven time and time again they have what it takes to win major events and with
MiBR (4.89*) are also arriving in style to Istanbul. MiBR
The highlights from NiP (7.11*) come from their success at the Europe Minor Championship – London 2018 but they suffered an unfortunate defeat at the Major. NiP should be looking to take a different approach across the CS:GO Map Pool as they’ve had little to no success over the last three months - especially on Inferno (28% win rate) and Cache (33%). The year has been an interesting journey for NiP, with
Analysing others in the BLAST Pro Series odds
It has been a bumpy ride throughout the last few events for Cloud9 (16.63*) after having success this year at the
Space Soldiers (16.63*) are the home side favourites for this event, the team all originating from Turkey. Missing the mark at the recent FACEIT Major, losing all three games back to back, Space
The year has been rough for Virtus.pro (25.43*), going from being the team to get behind now to the team that is behind. The Russian organisation have now moved into a negative K/D ratio and their early drop out in the Challenger Stage at the recent Major has added to their list of woes. They’ve had roster changes recently, with
Who to watch?
If we look at team synergy alone, then we have to look at all the teams except Astralis. Astralis have had a big share of success at all major recent events, winning them flat out or being
Even though MiBR
On the other end of the spectrum, NiP, Cloud9, VP, Space Soldiers should also be looking to change up their tactics against all of the competitors. In the past, these teams have shown they have what it takes to play with the big boys, but they have yet to do so in recent events.
VP and Space Soldiers both finished bottom of the Challenger Stage at the Major, losing all three games. Cloud9 and NiP had already qualified for the Legends Stage but Cloud9 lost three out of their four matches and NiP lost three of their five.
Some teams have more of an advantage