BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2021 Kicks off June 15
Amidst all the ongoing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments, eight of the strongest teams already have their eyes set on their next competitive endeavor – the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2021. The tournament will kick off on Tuesday, June 15, and the bookmakers have already provided us with betting odds.
$425,000 on the Line for Eight CS:GO Juggernauts
The BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2021 will run from June 15-20, featuring $425,000 in the prize pool. It will mark the third BLAST-organized event of the year, succeeding BLAST Spring Groups and the Spring Showdown.
The tournament will feature only eight of the best-performing teams from Spring Showdown. These sides will duke it out for the largest slice of a $425,000 prize pool, BLAST Premier Points, and a ticket leading to the BLAST World Final.
Attending the event are; Natus Vincere, Gambit Esports, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, BIG, and Complexity Gaming.
Out of the eight participants, only six earned a direct bye after finishing top-six at the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals. Those teams are Natus Vincere, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, Ninjas in Pyjamas, BIG, and Complexity Gaming.
G2 Esports, and Gambit, on the other side, had to fight their way through the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021. There they beat the likes of OG, Spirit, Heroic, and FURIA.
The field features five out of the top-10 teams in the world, with no team ranked worse than 22nd. The team rankings will likely change before June, but it doesn’t seem like BLAST Spring Finals will lack top-quality squads.
BLAST Premier: Spring Finals Format
The BLAST Premier: Spring Finals will use the standard double-elimination bracket. The matches will be played as best-of-three (Bo3), including the grand finals, scheduled for Sunday, June 20.
All eight teams will get seeded directly into the upper bracket quarter-finals. The winners will advance into the next stage, whereas the losing teams drop down to the lower bracket.
Both sides of the bracket will use a Bo3 format for all games, including the opening quarter-finals bouts and round one fixture in the lower bracket.
The champions will pocket $225,000 in tournament winnings (50% of the prize pool) and a ticket for the BLAST Premier: World Final 2021. The prize money will be distributed as follows:
The BLAST Premier: World Final 2021 will be the season-culminating event that is scheduled for December 2021. It will feature eight teams and a $1,000,000 prize pool.
The field will consist of champions of both BLAST Finals events, the winners of the PGL Stockholm Major, champions of ESL Pro League S14, top three teams from the BLAST Premier Global Leaderboard, and Heroic as the champions of ESL Pro League S13.
Who Will Win the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2021?
The esports bookmakers have already provided betting odds on the tournament. And while those odds will likely shift in the weeks leading to the competition, we don’t expect any drastic changes.
Gambit Esports (+200) enter the tournament as the main favorites to go all the way, which seems fair. The Russian squad are the reigning IEM Katowice champions and have made it to the finals of the ESL Pro League Season 13.
There they faced Heroic, who edged them out 3-2 in one of the closest grand finals series of the season. Due to their success in April, Gambit are currently ranked world no.1.
Natus Vincere (+250) are priced as the second favorite to win BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2021. Although the Ukrainian squad haven’t won any big tournaments lately, they are the reigning BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 champions.
Complexity (+400) are priced as third and Ninjas in Pyjamas (+500) as the fourth favorites to win the title. Although the Swedish squad aren’t as successful as they were in the earlier days of CS:GO, they recently shocked the world with the signing of Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz.
Whether fielding a four-time Major champion and two-time Major MVP will be enough for NiP to reach for the starts is up to debate. But it definitely makes their chances to succeed much higher.
Behind the three main favorites sit G2 Esports (+900), BIG (+1400), FaZe Clan (+1700), and Evil Geniuses (+2400). Although most are viewed as huge underdogs, these are still some of the best CS:GO teams in the world.
Odds for BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2021
Odds courtesy of BetOnline Sportsbook:
- Gambit Esports +200
- Natus Vincere +250
- Complexity +400
- Ninjas in Pyjamas +500
- G2 Esports +900
- BIG +1400
- FaZe Clan +1700
- Evil Geniuses +2400