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BLAST Premier Spring Final 2023 Tips - Team Vitality to take the prize?

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Last updated: 06 Jun 2023
Jonah Baker 06 Jun 2023
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  • BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 kicks off on Wednesday, June 7
  • The tournament will feature four of the current top six CS:GO teams in the world
  • Team Vitality are priced as the favourites to win the tournament
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BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 Predictions


BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 is an upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament scheduled to take place on June 7-11 in Washington D.C., United States. It'll mark the second Big Event of June, following Intel Extreme Masters Dallas 2023, which concluded on Sunday, June 4.
  • BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 Predictions
  • BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 Odds
  • Leading Favourites
  • Dangerous Outsiders

BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 will welcome eight Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams who'll compete for the lion's share of the $425,000 prize pool, BLAST Premier points, and a direct bye to BLAST World Final. The winners will take home $200,000 in tournament winnings, with the rest of the prize pool divided between all eight teams based on their placement.

The upcoming competition will welcome some of the world's top teams, including the reigning Major champions Team Vitality and three other top-rated teams in Heroic, FaZe Clan, and G2 Esports. Besides the leading four, we'll also see two dark horses in Cloud9 and Astralis and two complete outsiders in Complexity and Imperial.



Complexity weren't supposed to compete at BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 but got invited after Natus Vincere had to withdraw from the event due to visa issues. The absence of NaVi has made BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 field a bit weaker, but it'll be competitive nonetheless.

BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 Odds


The latest BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 betting odds are set as anyone would expect, with the reigning Major champions, Team Vitality (3.50), priced as the leading favourites, followed by Heroic (4.00), G2 Esports (4.50), and FaZe Clan who are priced as fourth-favourites, at 5.50.

Behind the leading four, we have Cloud9 (6.50) as the only remaining team at single digits, with Astralis priced at 13.00 to go all the way and Complexity and Imperial as two complete outsiders, at 51.00 and 67.00, respectively.

Leading Favourites


According to the latest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive odds from Picklebet, Team Vitality (3.50), Heroic (4.00), G2 Esports (4.50), and FaZe Clan (5.50) are the leading favourites to win BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023, which sounds fair.

Those are some of the highest-rated CS:GO teams in the world, and they've all earned the right to be considered serious threats to win any Big Event. However, while those are all stacked rosters, that comes with an asterisk

FaZe Clan looked very strong early into the season when they won ESL Pro League Season 17, but they haven't accomplished much since. They qualified for the Major via the EU RMR Decider but couldn't make it further than the quarterfinals at the Major.

A month before that, they finished IEM Rio 2023 in ninth-12th place and, most recently, crashed out of IEM Dallas 2023 in the semifinals. So even though this is still a very strong team, their form is not excellent, which is a good reason why it's fair to doubt their chances to win BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023.

G2 Esports suffer from the same problem – poor form. They were very strong early into 2023 when they won IEM Katowovice 2023 and were considered by far the best team in the world, but just like FaZe, G2 Esports haven't won anything over the last couple of months and were very disappointing at the Major, which G2 finished in 12th-14th place.

Heroic are arguably the best team results-wise over the last 12 months, which might sound like a bold take considering they haven't won a tournament in 2023. However, they have placed top four in every Big Event except for ESL Pro League Season 17.

Since April, Heroic were second at IEM Rio 2023 and added two semifinal appearances at BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 and IEM Dallas 2023. That is no small feat, but seeing a team consistently produce deep tournament runs only to fall apart in the final stages is a bit worrying.

Lastly, we have the leading favourites, Team Vitality, who are the complete opposite of the other four teams. They haven't achieved much early into the year but recently found traction and claimed IEM Rio 2023 and BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023, so evidently, they're in great shape.

But how much weight can we put on Vitality's Major title knowing that all other top dogs struggled to deliver? It's still a major accomplishment, but it's fair to say that Vitality would have likely struggled to win the Major had G2, FaZe, Heroic, NaVi, and Cloud9 played better.

Dangerous Outsiders


Besides the leading four, just two other teams have a realistic chance to win BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 – Cloud9 and Astralis. They have the needed talent to be viewed as one of the world's strongest CS:GO squads, but neither have shown much this year. 

Cloud9 placed second at ESL Pro League Season 17 and won BetBoom Playlist. Urbanistic and Brazy Party, and made the semifinals of IEM Rio 2023. However, they fell apart at IEM Dallas 2023 last week, again missing a chance to win a trophy.

Astralis have achieved even less this season, but they have been improving, with a strong performance at Brazy Party (2nd) and an unfortunate fifth-sixth place finish at IEM Dallas 2023. However, even though Astralis finished IEM Dallas in fifth-sixth place, their only defeats came against the two finalists in MOUZ and ENCE, so maybe they deserve some slack.

The main question we have to ask ourselves is whether Astralis and Cloud9 have a realistic chance to win BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023, and they probably do. The upper echelons of competitive CS:GO is extremely volatile as there is no single team we could consider to be the best.

Team Vitality look like they're in the best shape, but outside of the French squad and Heroic, all other elite teams struggle with consistency. And with just eight teams attending BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023, a couple of slip-ups from the top dogs is enough for one of the outsiders to go all the way.

Verdict

Based on what we've seen in big CS:GO events over the last couple of months, it's tough to say how BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2023 will go, mainly because most of the best teams are struggling with consistency. G2 Esports and FaZe Clan, while very strong, are playing poorly, and unless they improve overnight, I don't see them winning the whole thing.

Heroic look like a good pick, but their history of choking in the latter stages of any big event is concerning. So out of the leading favourites, Team Vitality look like the safest choice.

I wouldn't say that they're undeniably the best team in the world, but at least Team Vitality are in excellent form and are a solid bet at 3.50. I also like Astralis to reach the finals at 6.50.

Admittedly Astralis have not produced enough this year to be viewed as an elite team, but they're improving and considering how much G2, FaZe, and Cloud9 have been struggling, this could present the Danes with a perfect opportunity to achieve something.

Outright Pick: Team Vitality To Win Outright @5/2 at picklebet - 2 Units
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