eSports Betting: Counter Strike BLAST Premier Group C
Mybookie’s free Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting preview and predictions focus on two Group C fixtures at BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2021, slated for Friday, February 12. Check out our preview for Natus Vincere vs MIBR and FaZe Clan vs Team Liquid so you can bet against their Counter Strike odds.
2021 BLAST Premier Spring Groups – Group C Betting Preview
Natus Vincere vs MIBR – Friday, February 12 – 16:30 CET
Natus Vincere will enter this match high on morale after their dominant (2-0) victory over the current no.1 team in the world Astralis in the grand finals of the BLAST Premier Global Final 2020 two weeks ago. As per usual, NaVi started the tournament slow and lost against Team Liquid in the first round but then went on to win five in a row against the likes of Complexity, G2, Liquid, Team Vitality and Astralis to claim their first tournament title of 2021 and US $600,000 in tournament winnings.
Even though NaVi managed to defeat Vitality and Astralis, I’m not ready to rank them as the best team in the world, since they rely too much on their star player Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev to do all the heavy lifting. They are still a good team that can defeat anyone, but it seems like they can do so only when everything goes their way.
MIBR lost their team twice in a span of only a couple of months, and have only recently formed a stable squad with the signing of four ex-BOOM Esports players, who teamed up with Daniel “danoco” Morgado from Sharks. Although MIBR now fields a somewhat competitive team, their current roster still lacks international experience, so we can’t expect any remarkable results from them early on.
NaVi are a much stronger team, but as mentioned above, they’re known to start tournaments slow and there is a chance that might happen here. They’re also set to face a team of “unknowns”, which will make it difficult for NaVi to forge the right strategy to use against the Brazilians.
I expect NaVi to win, simply because they are objectively stronger, but at the current betting odds, there is value in siding with MIBR with a map handicap.
Prediction: MIBR +1.50 Maps
FaZe Clan vs Team Liquid – Friday, February 12 – 19:30 CET
Team Liquid have freshened up their roster just over a month ago when they parted ways with Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken and replaced him with an experienced Brazilian in-game leader Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo. Twistzz has since joined FaZe Clan, meaning this will be his first meeting with his old teammates, albeit on the opposite side of the battlefield.
Team Liquid have played only one tournament this year and they have pleasantly surprised with what they have shown. In four games. Liquid swept Natus Vincere (2-0) and Evil Geniuses (2-0), but then went on to lose against Team Vitality and a rematch with NaVi who eliminated them from the tournament. Considering BLAST Premier Global Final was their first tournament with FalleN, Liquid performed well and if they can continue on this path, they can easily emerge as one of the top-three teams in the world.
FaZe’s decision to sign Twistzz and bench Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye was a solid move in our book and if the rumors – that suggest Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer will get replaced by Finn “karrigan” Andersen – prove to be true, FaZe just might become a very strong team. Even though FaZe’s future looks bright, they’re currently in a bad spot and in poor form.
Until FaZe Clan complete their planned roster changes, they will continue to struggle against most top-tier teams, especially teams like Liquid who seem to be on the upward trajectory. Expect a straight-forward win for FalleN and his crew.
Prediction: Liquid -1.50 Maps