Blast Pro Series Madrid: Outright & Winning Picks

Adam Boothe

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 9:10 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 8, 2019 9:10 PM UTC

The Blast Pro Series has received some heat over the past month due to its contractual requirements of teams and very laid back LAN atmosphere. Thankfully as punters we can ignore that for the most part and focus on where the value lies!

<div><p>This iteration of the BPS has brought something novel to the table; a play-in qualifier! Two teams, which most consider to be the best of Spanish CSGO, will play a best-of-three to determine the final spot to the event. The two organisations, Movistar Riders and Giants, have played each other several times before but not in 2019 with these exact rosters. The other unique thing of note this weekend is it will be the first time we see the new competitive map 'Vertigo' on a legitimate LAN. I've watched it a few times in some online matches. It hasn't quite caught my excitement or interest so far, but I'm hoping some quality teams this weekend have put the work into it and we'll see it a few times.</p><p> </p><h2>Matches</h2><p>Giants v Movistar Riders: The last time we saw these two face on LAN the Giants as underdogs took down their countrymen in closely contested maps. MSR struggled a bit in April after the departure of Lowel, for a better offer with Hellraisers. However they seemed to be get things going by the time the Copenhagen games rolled around. Giants are a comparable level as the opponents MSR faced there and they also have the far superior map pool. Sometimes things get a bit hairy between regional opponents that are so familiar with each other, but I really like the prize on a MSR 2-0. The only map which Giants have an advantage big enough to erase the value of a MSR sweep is Dust2. However it should be the first ban from them. I expect a Nuke pick to come out of Giants in the first phase, but that's not a map Movistar are uncomfortable with. I've witnessed them putting up strong double digit t-sides on that map against both Ence and Windigo in the past few months. On a good day they can 2-0 this with little difficulty, however on a bad day they could lose it straight up! However it's there spot to throw away so in the scenario that they do drop an opening map I will take them on the series moneyline.</p><p><strong>Bet: Movistar Riders (-1.5) @ 2.0 [<a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank">Betway</a>]</strong></p><p> </p><h2>Outright</h2><p>Once again Astralis is the heavy favourite to reach the final and win the tournament. Seeing as there is no Faze, Liquid or Mibr attending this weekend there might be more value on them at 1.6 than usual. Like I said ahead of Miami, it's really just whether Astralis wants to win or not. The only outright I particularly like the value of is Ence to reach the finals. They've been relatively quiet over the past month and against the field of teams here 'should' only have to contest with Navi and Astralis for a spot in the grandfinals. That said I still would like to wait for maps to be released before betting on this one.</p></div>
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