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FaZe, ranked number 1 in the world, will be facing paIN, ranked number 23 in the world, in the first of the group stage matches of the CS: GO BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 on 15 June, 2022, in a best of three (LAN) match.
The BLAST Premier is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in the CS: GO circuit. It’ll be taking place in Lisbon, Portugal this year and end on 19th June, 2022. The two sides have never faced each other before, which should make this a very intriguing contest.
FaZe are not just the favorites for this match but they also head into this tournament as the favorites to win it all. They’ve got the easier group and getting that number one spot will be crucial in order to make it to the semifinals directly.
FaZe, however, didn’t enter this match in the best of form. They’ve lost their last two matches and had some tough opposition in that run including world number 4, Cloud9. They’ll be well aware that they can’t take their opponents on Wednesday that lightly.
Crucial to that will be 22-year-old Estonian, ropz. He ended last year as the 21st ranked player in the world. In the last three months, he has averaged 0.73 kills per round, 0.59 deaths per round, had a KAST of 71.5% and dealt 75.3 damage. He has a highly impressive all-time K/D ratio of 1.21.
The Brazilian side have been on fire recently with three wins on the trot. A big reason for their success during this run has been 25-year-old pro, biguzera. The Brazilian has averaged 0.73 kills per round, 0.62 death per round, had a KAST of 74.7% and dealt 80.8 damage in the last three months.
PaIN will be hoping that they face FaZe in one of the maps that they’ve got a great record on. Their win rate is 71% on Overpass, 72% on Vertigo and 86% on Ancient. PaIN will do very well for themselves if they just get out of the group and it’s fairly open within the group for the other stops in the playoffs.
FaZe are a safe bet for this one. FaZe will be expected to win every game in the group stages paIN will have to play the best game of their life to get something out of this match. The odds of that are just very low.
G2, ranked 6th in the world, will be facing Vitality, ranked number 10th in the world, in the first of the group stage matches of the CS: GO BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 on 15 June, 2022, in a best of three (LAN) match.
The two sides have a long history with each, having faced 14 times in the past with G2 coming out on top nine times and Vitality doing the same five times. Their most recent meeting was earlier in the month, where they met each other twice during the IEM Dallas 2022. GW won both matches, with the first match taking place on Inferno and G2 winning 16-14. The second was on Dust2 and it was more comfortable for G2 this time, winning 16-7. G2 head into this match as the favorites.
G2 head into this match in some patchy form. They have a 50% record in their last six games and lost their last match to FURIA.
G2 will be well aware that they have a great chance to get a second place finish at the very least in this group and winning this match could be the deciding factor. G2 aren’t without weaknesses. They have got a very poor record on Ancient recently, not winning their last three matches on the map. Their record on Vertigo and Mirage hasn’t been very good in recent months either, with a win rate below 50%.
They’ll need 25-year-old Niko to go into this match with a clear head. Niko was ranked the third best player of 2021 and has had a career high rank of number 2 in 2017. He is yet to win a Major but has been awarded as an MVP seven times. He’s one of the best players in the business.
In the last 3 months, he has averaged 0.76 kills per round, 0.64 deaths per round, had a KAST of 71.5% and dealt 84.3 damage per round. He has an all-time KD ratio of 1.19.
Vitality’s last match on the CS: GO circuit was against G2 and that was two weeks ago. This goes to show that they’ll be heading into this highly important group stage match with a bit of rust. It doesn’t help that their upcoming opponents beat them fairly comfortably when they last faced each other either.
They’ll need to be firing from the start in this match and key to that will be 21-year-old ZywOo, widely considered the best player on the CS: GO circuit. He has finished in the top-two for the last three seasons and finished second in the world rankings last year.
In the last three months, he has averaged 0.78 kills per round, 0.60 deaths per round, a KAST 74.4% and dealt 79.0 damage per round. He has an incredible all-time KD ratio of 1.38.
This is going to be one of the best games of the group stages. We’ve got G2 winning this because of their recent history and all-time head-to-head.
ENCE, ranked 2nd in the world, will be facing BIG, the German side ranked 11th in the world, in the first of the group stage matches of the CS: GO BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 on 15 June, 2022, in a best of three (LAN) match. The two are facing each other in Group B.
The two sides have only faced each other three times, with ENCE coming out on top twice. The two sides met each other thrice and on the same day in the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 Challengers Stage. ENCE head into this match as favorites.
ENCE will feel a bit superior to the German side because of the head-to-head record. It’s a bit hard to read how this one will be because all their matches before were fairly one-sided. It seems like getting a good head-start and pre-match preparation is going to be the key factor in this match.
ENCE will need 21-year-old Spinx to be on his best game. He has averaged 0.77 kills per round, 0.64 deaths per round, had a KAST of 70.8% and dealt 81.7 damage per round in the last three months. He has an all-time K/D ratio of 1.14. They should head into this one knowing that they currently have the edge and use it to their advantage. Their form has been very good recently, despite losing their last match on the CS: GO circuit against Cloud9.
BIG will believe that they’re good enough to get the better of ENCE and this match is going to be crucial in how the playoffs turn out. Both teams will be expecting to make it through but this match will have a big say in just how far they go. BIG don’t head into this match with a lot of optimism. They’ve lost their last two matches and will have to turn that around quickly in the next match.
The performance of 26-year-old syrsoN is bound to be decisive. He ranked 10th last year and has an all-time KD ratio of 1.16. In the last three months, he has averaged 0.71 kills per round, 0.59 deaths per round, had a KAST of 70.7% and dealt 71.5 damage per round.
We think ENCE will have the edge over BIG in this one.
Natus Vincere, ranked 3rd in the world, will be facing OG, ranked number 24th in the world, in the first of the group stage matches of the CS: GO BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 on 15 June, 2022, in a best of three (LAN) match.
The two sides have never faced each other before and Natus Vincere are heavy favorites heading into this match.
Natus Vincere were on a seven-game winning streak before FaZe ended it. In that run, they’ve beaten NIP, G2 and Vitality, who make the top 10 of the CS: GO world rankings. Part of the reason for that is 24-year-old Ukranian, s1mple, arguably the best in the world at the moment and one of the best of all time.
He has averaged 0.88 kills per round, 0.59 deaths per round, had a KAST of 75.4% and dealt 87.4 damage per round in the last three months. That takes some beating. He also has an incredible all-time K/D ratio of 1.34. Good luck to OG.
OG aren’t expected to beat Natus Vincere and they are not really going to be expected to make it out of the group. Their task is to get as many positives as possible from this match and take it into the games that come after.
Key to that will be a 20-year-old degster. He has averaged 0.75 kills per round, 0.53 deaths per round, had a KAST of 75.5% and dealt 75.9 damage per round.
Natus Vincere are heavy favorites for this one and a very safe bet.
|Blast Premier Spring Final 2022 Information|
|Teams||FaZe vs Pain, G2 vs Vitality, Natus Vincere vs OG, ENCE vs BIG|
|Time||Wednesday, June 15 at 10am EST onwards|
|How to watch||Official Twitch channel|
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