BLAST Premier World Final 2021 Picks, Predictions, Odds December 15
- G2 Esports will rely on NiKo, Hunter
- NiP will remain without Device, who is still recovering from health issues
- Vitality, Zywoo will start as favorites against Astralis
G2 Esports vs Ninjas in Pyjamas Pick
G2 Esports to Win
G2 Esports vs Ninjas in Pyjamas Predictions
Both teams have had unavailability concerns in the lead-up to this tournament, which could hurt their fluency in a high-profile tournament.
However, G2 Esports have been in fantastic recent form, which will aid their rhythm and confidence going into the Blast World Final.
The proficiency of NiKo
NiKo’s acquisition from Faze has been one of the best signings in recent history. Not only because of NiKo’s own stellar production but also because he fits in beautifully with the rest of the G2 Esports roster.
Let’s take a quick look at his recent stats. He has generated 0.86 kills per round in the last three months, which is spectacular as an individual stat. However, accompanied with a low death rate of 0.65 per round, NiKo’s productivity becomes stellar. He has also managed an average damage per round of 95.7.
He will be accompanied by Hunter in the use of long-range weapons, including the AWP if required. It will be crucial to NiKo to help G2 add some silverware after his acquisition. Hunter has chipped in with 0.76 kills and 0.64 deaths per round in the last three months of action, with an average damage per round of 82.3. As standalone metrics, these are sensational by any measure considering he is not the top
NiP Without Device
Ninjas in Pyjamas will continue to be without a Device for this fixture as he recovers from his health issues. The device, who plays as designated AWPer for NiP, even missed the IEM Winter tournament that preceded the Blast Premier Final.
He will be replaced by Phzy for this competition. He has already returned a negative Covid-19 test. In his absence, NiP will be complete without Hampus and Rez, who have both managed to produce 0.71 kills per round in the last three months of CS:GO action.
Hampus has managed an average damage per round of over 80, which basically means his pure, intrinsic value is a lot more than his colleagues because he has produced a higher degree of damage.
Vitality vs Astralis Pick
Vitality to Win
Vitality vs Astralis Predictions
There are plenty of reasons to back Vitality in this matchup. Some of them include Vitality’s incredible rise to No. 2 in the CS:GO rankings and Zywoo’s spectacular performances in the last few years.
Astralis have not quite matched up well after the departure of Device but have managed to stay inside the top 10. Astralis are now No. 9 in the world presently and as a result, may not be able to stay abreast with Vitality.
Vitality relying on Zywoo
Zywoo has played a total of 24,291 rounds in his professional CS: GO career. In that period, he has managed 20,655 kills and just 14,964 deaths at a startling K/D ratio of 1.38. To maintain that level of efficiency on both ends is enviable.
He has been the top player in the world for several of the last few years. He has maintained a headshot rate of over 40 percent (41.4%) and an average damage per round of 88.8.
His recent proficiency has been so strong that he could single-handedly help Vitality stay in the early game against Astralis, who are lacking experienced long-range proponents. That is a matchup that Astralis will not particularly enjoy, especially considering Zywoo’s recent form.
Vitality’s strong recent record
Vitality are currently on a three-match winning streak, which includes BO3 victories against NiP, Virtus.pro, and Gambit. In the head-to-head between these two teams, Vitality has dominated with six wins out of nine matches.
These two teams met even in the Blast Premier Fall Final, which Vitality won 2-1 after dropping the first map in Nuke 16-12. Vitality came storming back with comfortable wins in Inferno (16-11) and Mirage (16-7).
How to Watch Blast Premier World Final 2021
|Blast Premier World Final Information|
|Teams||G2 Esports vs Ninjas in Pyjamas, Vitality vs Astralis|
|Location||Copenhagen, LAN event|
|Time||Wednesday, December 15 at 11.00 AM EST onwards|
|How to watch||Blast’s Twitch and YouTube channels|
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