The BLAST Premier World Final is the year’s final Major tournament in CS:GO, so don’t miss our betting predictions as we close out 2022. With five different qualifiers leading up to the event, it is safe to say that all roads have led to it. The tournament will take place in two stages from December 14th to December 18th in Abu Dhabi. There is a cool $1,000,000 prize pool up for grabs and the clout to match. Everything considered the BLAST Premier World Final 2022 is looking poised to close out the competitive year in style.
There are eight total teams participating, including the five qualifying teams and three of the top teams from the BLAST Premier World Leaderboard 2022. Looking at the teams participating surprisingly it’s Heroic, FaZe Clan, and Outsiders who are the main favorites. On the other side of the spectrum, we’ve got G2 Esports and especially OG as the complete outsiders.
Kicking off BLAST Premier World Final 2022 will be the group stage, and rest assured that our CS:GO betting predictions will cover every featured match.
BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 Grand Finals Predictions | Day 5
Team Liquid vs. G2 Esports
G2 Esports have finally managed to get it going, with their clean sweep over FaZe earning them a place in the Grand Finals. NiKo & Co will be going up against Team Liquid who have gotten the better of them in their last two matches. G2 Esports are entering the match as the slight betting favorites, but expect nothing less of a brutal slugfest between these two teams. While team play has been the name of the game for Liquid lately, G2 proved that they can be just as good at it. Still, G2 will most likely be banking on m0NESY and NiKo to carry them to victory. Liquid on the other hand has played some really beautiful Counter-Strike at the tournament. Most importantly, they’ve seemingly managed to overcome their biggest issue – mental fortitude.
Looking at the potential map picks, G2 is going to take Overpass off the board, while Liquid should go for Nuke. While G2 will be missing a big part of their arsenal with Nuke’s ban, Inferno should be their go-to pick. Liquid on the other hand looks poised to pick Mirage. The kicker could be Anicent.
All in all, we’re giving a slight edge to G2 Esports in this case. But expect this series to go to all three maps.
BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 Semifinals Predictions | Day 4
FaZe Clan vs. G2 Esports
G2 prevailed in their grudge match against Vitality, setting themselves up for a Semifinals showdown against FaZe. FaZe is justifiably the betting favorite heading into the match. Both teams previously faced off during the inaugural day of play, with FaZe taking the win after three matches. The key difference heading into the match could be m0NESY’s form. The Russian prodigy has almost singlehandedly carried G2 during their last two matches. G2 on the other hand will be fearful of ropz, who absolutely demolished them in the first match.
From the map picks, expect little to change compared to the first outing.
Considering FaZe and m0NESY’s current form, we expect G2 to pull a surprise upset in this match.
BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 Quarterfinals Predictions | Day 3
Team Liquid vs. Na’Vi
Team Liquid is somewhat surprisingly entering its Quarterfinals matchup against Na’Vi as the underdogs. While Liquid has shown us that they are here for good reason, Na’Vi has completely struggled to adjust to its new six-man rotation. Moreover, Liquid seemingly has Na’Vi’s number, considering they won the last two matchups. The biggest problem for Na’Vi is s1mple’s shaky form. Sadly for the Ukrainians, the world’s best CS:GO player has failed to make his mark at the BLAST World Finals so far. With Na’Vi seemingly struggling to find their identity, they will be entering their quarterfinals matchup on the backfoot more than ever.
Team Liquid on the other hand doesn’t depend on its star YEKINDAR as much. NAF has so far been Liquid’s standout player of the tournament. All in all, the whole Liquid team has so far functioned as a coherent unit. While Na’Vi has b1t and electroNic to pick up s1mple’s slack, their performance has been far too inconsistent.
Starting off with the map bans, Liquid is bound to take off Nuke, with Na’Vi doing the same with Vertigo. Liquid’s pick will likely be Inferno, while Na’Vi could change it up and go with Mirage. Out of the rest of the maps, Anicent is looking like the most likely to be left over.
In short, there is huge value bet potential on Liquid. While there is a chance we could see them 2:0 Na’Vi, we’re going with the safer option.
Team Vitality vs. G2 Esports
The second quarterfinals matchup brings with it one of the biggest grudge matches in the scene. Vitality will face off against G2 Esports for the eighth time this year. Vitality is leading the head-to-head, albeit barely with a total of four victories compared to G2’s three. The last time these two teams met was at ESL Pro League S16, where Vitality got the clean sweep over G2. The odds between the teams are almost dead even, as the match is looking more like a pick ’em. G2 especially will be feeling themselves following their 16-1 annihilation of Outsiders on Mirage.
The highlight of this matchup will definitely be the showdown between NiKo and ZywOo. But when it comes to overall firepower, we’re giving a slight edge to G2. While NiKo has been as stalwart as always, it was m0NESY who carried G2 to victory over Outsiders with an incredible 1.94 rating for the series. Teamplay on the other hand leans more in the favor of Vitality.
When it comes down to the map picks, G2’s Overpass and Vitality’s Anicent are the inaugural bans. Funnily enough, both teams do have very similar map preferences. Both teams favor Inferno, Mirage, and Vertigo. We have a hunch G2 might pull out a Nuke pick, while Vitality will go for either Inferno or Vertigo. Mirage should be left as the kicker.
All in all, expect a drawn-out series that’s gonna go to a third map.
BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 Group Stage Predictions | Day 2
Outsiders vs. G2 Esports
Outsiders will be fighting it against G2 Esports in the Group A elimination match. Both teams had subpar endings to their respective series. While G2 got utterly demolished by FaZe on Anicent, Outsiders failed to bounce back from a lackluster CT side on Mirage against Liquid. When it comes to G2, m0nesy failed to make his mark known. Jame on the other hand failed to show up in the series against Liquid, but could very well end up being G2’s bane. The only time these two teams faced off this year at ESL Pro League S16, with G2 taking the 2:0.
Looking at the potential map picks, Outsiders will be taking Nuke off the table, with G2 banning Overpass. Both teams are pretty proficient at Mirage, so if it doesn’t end up being Outsiders’ pick, it could be left as the kicker. As far as G2 Esports is concerned, Vertigo is looking like the most likely option. Depending on which map Outsiders pick, we could see Inferno as a potential kicker if Mirage is selected.
While Outsiders are the slight favorites, we believe they’ve got more than enough to send G2 home packing.
Team Liquid vs. FaZe Clan
Heading into the Group A Winners Match, Liquid has a tall task in front of them in the form of FaZe. Both teams won their opening matches, even though both matches went to a third map. FaZe is entering the winners match as the betting favorite. Surprisingly, the last time these two teams played against each other was at the start of the year, with FaZe winning after OT. Individually, FaZe will be looking towards ropz to carry them over the hurdle, especially considering his monstrous 1.31 rating against G2 yesterday. Team Liquid’s kill sheet is a bit more spread out, but the firepower is certainly on the side of FaZe.
For the two opening bans, expect Liquid to ban Nuke, with FaZe opting for Vertigo. The rest of the map picks are almost exactly the same. Depending on who goes first, either team should opt for Inferno and Mirage, with Anubis as the kicker.
FaZe should come out on top in this series.
Heroic vs. Na’Vi
Surprisingly, we’ve got two of Group B’s favorites fighting survival in the second day of play. Heroic lost a close match against underdogs OG, while Na’Vi got swept by Team Vitality. Na’Vi are the unlikely favorites heading into the match, but are looking dependent on s1mple to show up and carry them to victory. Their new sixth man roster has so far failed to pay dividends, and it remains to be seen if the struggling behemoths can make the proper adjustments. This will be the fifth team these two teams have faced off this year, with Na’Vi leading with three victories to Heroic’s one.
Looking at the map picks and bans, Vertigo is guaranteed to be the first ban for either team. Depending on who’s picking second, we could see either Ancient or Anubis taken off the table. Heroic could end up picking Overpass, while Na’Vi will be looking at Nuke or Mirage. Inferno is the most likely kicker.
Heroic is the better team between the two in our opinion. With the Danes being the slight betting underdogs, it just adds to the overall value in our opinion.
OG vs. Team Vitality
OG turned many heads following their upset win over Heroic. They will be looking to prove that wasn’t just a one off upset, but will face strong opposition from a Vitality squad that’s looking primed & ready. OG’s success against Heroic mostly stemmed from degster’s incredible two maps, with the Russian finishing the series with a 1.26 rating. If OG is to produce another upset, more of that will be needed, especially looking at form of Vitality’s ace ZywOo. These two teams have faced off two times this year, with Vitality taking both matches.
The opening map bans are guaranteed to be Anicent for Vitality and Nuke for OG. OG could end up feeling themselves and picking Inferno, while Vitality will go for either Vertigo or Mirage. Expect Anubis to be the most likely kicker.
While we’re not giving OG many chances, they could still pull off the upset. But in this case, we’re predicting this series goes to three maps.
BLAST Premier: World Final 2022 Group Stage Predictions | Day 1
Outsiders vs. Team Liquid
Opening up the tournament we’ve got two teams who have somehow miraculously avoided facing off against each other in 2022. Outsiders are riding high following their victory at IEM Rio, which did much to raise their stock. Liquid on the other hand is always a wildcard. Despite being one of the lesser favored teams at the World Final, Liquid is a true dark horse. Heading into the series, Outsiders will rest the bulk of their hopes on in-game leader Jame. The Russian AWPer showed everyone at Rio that he is the clutches player in the world right now, delivering on a daily basis. Liquid on the other hand will be looking towards its newest addition YEKINDAR to be the edge for them.
Considering the series is a bo3, the map preferences will be crucial in determining the course of the match. Funnily enough, both Liquid and Outsiders share a similar map pool. Both teams are deathly allergic to Nuke, with the map being their consistent first ban. Nuke and a combination of Overpass or Vertigo should be banned first, depending on who goes first. Outsiders should go for the Mirage pick, while Liquid could very well end up taking Inferno. Given that both teams have avoided Anicent in the past, we believe Anubis will be left as the kicker.
Outsiders are the favorites, but considering each team’s preferences, this matchup could be even. While Liquid has value bet potential, we believe this series will go to a third map.
FaZe Clan vs. G2 Esports
Truth be told G2 has been one of the bigger disappointments of 2022. NiKo & Co have one shot to somewhat salvage a competitive year that can only be described as consistently inconsistent. Their first obstacle will be a massive one, seeing as G2 opens the BLAST World Finals against a stellar FaZe side. FaZe is entering this matchup as the betting favorite and with good reason considering the team’s form. On the flip side, G2 has shown to be FaZe’s kryptonite in their last two matches.
Looking at the matchup overall, G2 does seem to be worse off, but it’s mostly due to their macro play. While nobody can deny the talent and firepower G2 possesses, the team has struggled to find an appropriate voice to lead them in-game. FaZe on the other hand doesn’t have that issue. If one thing is for certain in 2022, it’s the fact that karrigan has asserted himself as one of the best IGLs in CS:GO history.
The map choices should not differ much from the ones we saw when these two teams last faced off at ESL Pro League S16. Overpass by G2 and Vertigo by FaZe will undoubtedly be the first bans on the table. When it comes down to the actual picks, it gets a lot harder. We feel like G2 will go for their Mirage pick, with FaZe picking Nuke. The leftover map is most likely going to be Inferno or Anubis.
All in all, this is a hard call to make. In this case, we’re once again predicting that we’ll see all three maps played.
Heroic vs. OG
OG has the unthankful task of opening its World Final against Heroic, the top CS:GO team in the world currently. Heroic is entering the matchup as the heavy favorites, with OG ultimately considered as the biggest outsider in the tournament. The two teams faced off very recently in a fairly even series at the European RMR Rio Qualifiers, with Heroic taking the win 2-1. Form-wise these two teams are worlds apart. While Heroic’s form is quite stellar, OG is struggling, and currently sit at four losses in a row.
Most of the palpable parameters are in favor of Heroic. The Danish squad has got the superior tactis, teamplay, and firepower. If OG has any chance on pulling out an upset, flameZ is going to have a monster performance.
With the removal of Dust 2 from the competitive pool, picking the map preferences will be quite harder than normal. Heroic has been notorious for avoiding Dust 2 as a whole, and they might just substitute it for an Anubis ban. OG on the other hand is bound to ban Nuke first. OG could look to mix it up and pick Ancient, while Heroic should go for Overpass. Inferno will most likely be left as the kicker.
Expect a clean sweep from Heroic.
Na’Vi vs. Team Vitality
Closing out the first day of the BLAST World Final we’ve got a clash between two behemoths. This matchup will mark the sixth time this year Na’Vi and Vitality have played each another. As it stands, it’s Na’Vi who’s got Vitality’s number, leading with four victories to one. Taking into account that both teams are in generally shaky form, it’s Na’Vi who’s entering the matchup as the betting favorites.
Both teams have their respective aces to count on, but Na’Vi’s firepower seems to be just a tad stronger than Vitalitiy’s. While Vitality’s success more or less depends on ZywOo, Na’Vi have other more dependable tools to fall back on if s1mple fails to show up.
When it comes to the potential map picks and bans, expect Na’Vi to ban Vertigo first. Vitality is bound to do the same with Ancient. Both teams will have to adjust to the absence of Dust 2 in the rotation. Considering that both teams have pretty diverse potential picks, we’re wagering Na’Vi is going to pick Nuke, while Vitality will go for Inferno. Mirage is most likely to be the kicker.
Expect a hard thought match, with Na’Vi coming out as the victors.