Who are the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023 favorites? Here are the top three teams that we believe can go all the way in Copenhagen
The CS2 era is well underway, as IEM Sydney 2023 and CS Asia Championships 2023 embraced the game's latest iteration. The Counter-Strike community is now eagerly focusing on Copenhagen, where eight teams are set to engage in intense competition, vying for a substantial $200k prize and an exclusive invitation to the prestigious BLAST Premier World Final 2023. Stay with us as we reveal our insights on the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023 favorites.
We're just two weeks out from the Fall Final in Copenhagen, don't miss out on your chance to attend the first Tier 1 CS2 LAN in Europe!
— BLAST Premier 💥 (@BLASTPremier) November 8, 2023
BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023 Favorites
We have narrowed down our top picks for the coveted BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023 crown to three teams. Here they are:
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Keep an eye on Complexity Gaming as they enter the spotlight for the upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023. Despite facing challenges in the past and not being the favored choice based on their recent season performance, this time around, there's a twist in the tale. The North American team has shown considerable improvement since adopting CS2, and this positive shift is evident in their current global ranking of 6. Their impressive IEM Sydney Grand Final run establishes them as one of the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023 favorites.
The BLAST Premier Fall Final stands as a potential turning point for Complexity, offering a prime opportunity for them to secure a trophy with their North American lineup. Unlike the turbulent European scene, currently in the midst of a major reshuffle with the advent of CS2, Complexity's roster remains remarkably steady. This stability could prove to be a valuable strategic asset in the Danish capital later this month.
Over the past three weeks, Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski and company have been steadily climbing the rankings, fueled by their remarkable showing at IEM Sydney 2023. Despite an impressive performance, they narrowly succumbed to FaZe in the grand final, securing a commendable second place. This accomplishment has catapulted the team to sixth position in the global rankings, placing them a mere two spots away from reaching the organization's historical peak.
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After maintaining the top position in the HLTV world rankings for nearly two months, Vitality lost the coveted spot in mid-October. The team faces challenges with reports indicating the potential departure of Emil “Magisk” Reif to the Saudi organization Falcons. The task of replacing the esteemed coach Danny “zonic” Sørensen with Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam further complicates their current circumstances. Despite these setbacks, the Paris Major champions will fly to Copenhagen with title aspirations.
— Team Vitality 🐝 (@TeamVitality) November 10, 2023
Team Vitality still boast three of the best Counter-Strike players globally, and they are currently performing at their peak. While IEM Sydney was a nightmare experience for the French titans, the squad possesses the quality needed to orchestrate a remarkable comeback, with betting odds strongly favoring their success. The team has also made a significant addition by bringing in former Fnatic IGL William “mezii” Merriman, a move that could potentially turn out to be an excellent signing for the team.
A new addition to Vitality has been announced in place of Magisk.
Is 🇬🇧 mezii the right choice for Vitality? pic.twitter.com/cNztpaBnWm
— PATH2PRO.GG (@PATH2PROgg) November 9, 2023
Vitality concluded the CSGO era as the top team globally, showcasing their dominance in the competitive scene. While transitioning to CS2, they faced challenges in carrying over the same level of momentum immediately. Despite the initial hurdles, the pedigree of Vitality and the resilience of their players suggest that a resurgence may be on the horizon as they adapt to the dynamics of CS2. Dan “apEX” Madesclaire’s men, therefore, are one of the hottest contenders for Fall Final glory.
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FaZe Clan are undoubtedly the most in-form Counter-Strike team in the world right now, having won all CS2 tournaments they have played in so far. The North American side secured victory at the CS2 Asia Championships 2023 on November 12, sweeping MOUZ 2-0 in the final. This achievement marked their third successive LAN event triumph, maintaining their flawless start to the CS2 era. As a result, the reigning Intel Grand Slam champions are the ultimate favorites for the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023.
3 for 3 🏆 pic.twitter.com/S290pzpbxX
— FaZe Clan (@FaZeClan) November 12, 2023
With the CS2 Asia Championships 2023 title, FaZe Clan continue to solidify their dominance in CS2, notching another prestigious trophy to their collection after triumphant victories at IEM Sydney and the Thunderpick World Championship. This latest win adds another accolade to their impressive record and extends their remarkable winning streak to an impressive 15 games.
Petition to keep Twistzz in FaZe.
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— fazeclan.cs (@FaZeClanCSFP) November 13, 2023
Despite FaZe Clan's overall success, there are concerns brewing in the camp. Persistent rumors connecting Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken to Team Liquid are gaining strength day by day. Losing their star rifler would undoubtedly deal a significant blow to the team. It also raises the question: could this impending departure serve as motivation for FaZe to rally and provide Twistzz with a fitting send-off by clinching another LAN event title? We will have to wait and find out.
Honorable Mention: Cloud9
Cloud9 was considered one of the favorites heading into IEM Sydney 2023. The CIS juggernauts failed to live up to the hype, nonetheless, and dropped out of the tournament before the playoffs began.Cloud9 exhibited signs of improvement in their recent tournament, securing a spot in the top four at the Thunderpick World Championship 2023.
Cloud9 defeat BIG to make Thunderpick semi-finals https://t.co/u0GY1LO6KX
— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) November 3, 2023
The champions of the BLAST Premier: Fall European Showdown 2023 appeared as a more cohesive unit and are now setting their sights on claiming their first title in the CS2 era.
As the BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023 approaches, the stage is set for an intense clash among the top CS2 teams. FaZe Clan are the frontrunners, aiming for their third consecutive CS2 title and holding the status of the biggest BLAST Premier Fall Final 2023 favorites. They, however, face stiff competition from formidable challengers like Complexity and Vitality. Cloud9 also appear strong enough to mount a title challenge and add the first piece of CS2 silverware to their cabinet.