Do FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas stand a chance to win at the Blast Pro Series final?
Astralis and Team Liquid have been dominant forces in the CS:GO scene this year, so it’s no surprise that most eyes are focused on them at the Blast Pro Series Global Final. However, the two other teams at the event, FaZe Clan and Ninjas in Pyjamas, have also been looking good recently.
Since the addition of Coldzera, FaZe have risen from No. 21 to No. 7 in the world rankings. In addition to this, they have also had some impressive results – placing third at IEM Beijing and also winning Blast Pro Series Copenhagen, where they even managed to best Astralis 16-2 on Inferno, one of the Danes’ best maps.
The map veto will be crucial for FaZe if they are to do well in Bahrain. They’ll want to play at least two of Dust2, Inferno and Nuke, their most-played and highest win-rate maps (especially Dust2 at 66.7 percent). It should also be remembered that FaZe have some of the best players in the world. Superstar NiKo looks revitalized since Coldzera joined, putting up a rating of 1.16. Even more impressive has been Coldzera, whose rating is at 1.19 in the past three months. If they keep it up, FaZe could beat anyone at this event.
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Ninjas in Pyjamas
Ninjas in Pyjamas have been inconsistent the past few months. This isn’t helped by rumours of discord within the team and the possibility of f0rest leaving to join Team Dignitas.
Nevertheless, like FaZe, they’ve experienced a surge in the rankings recently, going from No. 17 to No. 8. They came second to FaZe at Blast Copenhagen, and have continued to be extremely impressive on Train, where they’ve lost just once in the past three months. The real test will be the matchup against Astralis, who also like to play the map. By no means do NiP have an easy road, but with the right players turning up, they could do damage.
F0rest has been looking as impressive as ever with a 1.12 rating and a great opening kill rate of 0.11. There is a chance that the rumors of him leaving could put a damper on things, though. For NiP, this could be the best chance of keeping him.
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