On November 1-2, six teams will fight out for the majority of $250,000 as well as circuit points that count toward qualifying for the BLAST Global Finals to be held in Bahrain.
BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 is the final Pro Series event before the Global Finals, which will start on the 12th of December and feature a Double-Elimination bracket and Bo3 matches, a change from the usual BLAST format of Bo1 matches.
Team Liquid, Astralis and FaZe Clan have already qualified for Global Finals. While Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere and Cloud9 will be battling in Copenhagen for the final slot in Bahrain.
As per usual when it comes to BLAST events, the tournament will have a Round-Robin Bo1 Group Stage where the top two teams will advance directly to the Grand Final. Unlike the Group Stage, the Grand Final will be a Bo3 affair.
In addition, we have the traditional BLAST Pro Stand-off where the third-placed side will select a team to challenge in a series of 1v1 aim duels on a custom map for a chance to win $20,000. This will happen just before the Grand Final.
Astralis will be looking to win this event. After coming in 2nd and 4th in the two previous BLAST Copenhagen events, the Danes will be looking to put on a show in their home country. With 12,000 cheering fans in a sold-out Royal Arena, Astralis will be hoping that the 3rd time is the charm when it comes to playing in Copenhagen.
Team Liquid will be hoping to have a good showing at this event after looking very shaky since the major. For example, the NA roster recently bombed out of DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, losing to Grayhound Gaming in a Bo3. In addition, the NA squad have decided to pull out of the upcoming IEM Beijing tournament, citing the need to take a break after a intense traveling schedule.
After the acquisition of Marcelo “coldzera” David, FaZe Clan would have hoped for a change in fortune. However, the Niko/Coldzera partnership isn’t working out so far. Results and performances have been very underwhelming. For instance, they have recently lost online ECS matches to BIG and Virtus Pro. Having said that, FaZe have the lineup to cause some upsets in a Bo1 environment, so anything is possible, but I wouldn’t expect much.
On the 2nd of July 2019, Cloud9 unveiled their new roster. Nearly four months later, the team hasn’t done much. They finished 4th at BLAST Pro Series: Los Angeles 2019, lost to FURIA at the Arctic Invitational 2019, then went 0-3 in their ESL Pro League Americas Group. After these disappointing results, a decision was made to replace up-and-comer TenZ with former Ghost Gaming player Subroza, who was added on trial. I highly doubt Cloud9 will be expecting much from this event. Their best hope is to try and win at least one match and put up a good fight against the top-tier opposition.
Navi are a team that is difficult to place at the moment. When it was announced that ”Guardian” would be returning to the CIS roster, expectations were high. After a top four finish in Malmö and a 3-0 run in their ESL Pro League Group, the squad looked to be on the rise. However, they then finished dead last at StarSeries Season 8. Natus Vincere are a team where anything is possible. “s1mple” could hard carry them to Grand Final or they could fall flat once again. If Navi want to go to the Global Finals, they will need to win this event and hope Ninjas in Pyjmas finish in last place.
Ninjas in Pyjamas:
The Swedes only need to finish in 5th place and they will qualify for the BLAST Pro Series: Global Finals 2019. Since the recent addition of “twist”, the Ninjas results have been positive, so I fully expect NIP to secure the final place in Bahrain, although I don’t expect them to make the Grand Final.
In conclusion, BLAST Pro Series: Copenhagen 2019 is set to be a very interesting event. We have several tier one teams on display, but it’s very hard to rank them at the moment. Hopefully this event will give us some answers.
The opening matches are shown below, all matches will start November 1, 2019 – 19:00 CEST
WATCH STREAM A – twitch.tv/blastproseries
WATCH STREAM B – twitch.tv/blastproseries_b
WATCH STREAM C – twitch.tv/blastproseries_c
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