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Esports: CS:GO BLAST Premier Fall outright

Just over a week ago, Outsiders were crowned champions of the IEM Rio Major and Counter Strike: Global Offensive fans have not had to wait long for the next big event in Esports.

On Wednesday, the CS:GO BLAST Premier Fall finals get underway in Brazil with eight teams split across two groups.

Six of the teams competing qualified by virtue of the Fall Groups earlier this year, while Heroic and Fluxo booked their places with victories in the European and American showdowns respectively.

At the end of the competition's group stage, only one team will be eliminated from each group with the top three in each advancing to the playoffs. The top teams in each section progress directly to the semi-finals.

The winners of the event will take home $200,000 in prize money and will secure a spot at the BLAST Premier World Final.

What: CS:GO BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2022

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

When: Wednesday 23rd November - Sunday 27th November 2022

How to watch: BLASTPremier Twitch channel

Odds: Natus Vincere +275, Heroic +300, FaZe Clan +400, G2 Esports +550, Team Liquid +650

NAVI hard to oppose in Copenhagen

The most recent major event in the world of CS:GO - the IEM Rio Major - threw up a number of surprises with big teams such as FaZe Clan faltering early.

Despite this, Natus Vincere still managed to progress from the Legends Stage of the event with a 3-2 record before crashing out at the quarter-final phase of the Champions Stage.

A team with such a strong winning mentality would have hoped for more in Rio but their first knockout opponents were a FURIA team making the most of home support in Brazil and that 2-1 quarter-final loss could have swung either way.

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Looking at the bigger picture, NAVI are still the big hitters on the CS:GO world scene.

They looked comfortable in the BLAST Premier Fall Groups, winning Group B with a 16-4 defeat of Team Liquid in the final, and in the summer they finished as runners-up in the IEM Cologne and PGL Major Antwerp either side of their BLAST Premier Spring Final triumph.

They are a picture of consistency and possess arguably the best player in the world in Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev.

At +275, there is still plenty of value in the team who are fourth in the HLTV world CS:GO rankings to go the distance in Denmark and they are the best bet.

Expect another strong performance from Heroic

Heroic were one of the most eye-catching teams at the recent IEM Rio Major and expectations surrounding the team will be high as they prepare for the BLAST Premier Fall Groups in their home country.

The Danes entered the IEM Rio Major at the Legends Stage and immediately posted three wins from four matches to make the playoffs.

And in the Champions Stage, they swatted aside Team Spirit 2-0 in the quarter-finals before a huge victory over FURIA, who were playing in front of a home crowd, in the semi-finals.

They made the Grand Final but fell at the final hurdle against Outsiders, who prevailed 2-0.

Nonetheless it was an incredible tournament from the Danes, who are up to second in the HLTV world CS:GO rankings.

They have not been hoovering up trophies this year by any means but they showed class in the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Europe and won the Pinnacle Cup Championship back in June.

It would be asking a lot of them to go the distance in Copenhagen but they can make the most of home comforts to at least top Group A ahead of FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas and OG. They are +150 to do so and that looks a great bet.

Tough to get behind out-of-form FaZe Clan

It does not seem that long ago that FaZe Clan were jostling with NAVI for supremacy in the world of CS:GO but the European outfit have been on a rapid decline in the second half of the year with only the SteelSeries Nova Invitational to their name since the end of July.

They entered the recent IEM Rio Major at the Legends Stage but barely laid a glove on any of their opponents, losing all three of their matches and finishing bottom of the standings.

As a result, they have slipped down to eighth in the world rankings and they are +400 to come back with a victory in the BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

But given their section features red-hot Heroic and a handy Ninjas in Pyjamas, it is hard to envisage them even winning the group and another disappointing tournament could await them.

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