Blast Pro Series Miami

Adam Boothe

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:32 AM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 7:32 AM UTC

The Blast Pro Series always presents some unique opportunities due it's format. Astralis is once more the heavy favourite, but not the only team you need to bet on!

<p>Another BPS tournament is already here! It seems they've had tremendous success and feedback from the community regarding the format and have loaded up the 2019 calendar with several more in hot-spot locations. Personally I'm not a huge fan of this setup, but if it gives us quality offline betting opportunities I can't complain!</p><p>So a reminder that the BPS format is a six team round-robin. The top two teams on points (wins and draws) will play in the finals. So there is no playoffs or round 2; round-robin, then grand final. This format does create a scenario where heading into the final set of matches some teams will only be playing for pride. For this reason I do suggest waiting until the third or fourth set of games are finished. Additionally we might be able to get an extra round on the spread for an underdog that has nothing to play for against a favourite that also has nothing to play for. One last thing with this tournament; due to the ability to tie a map (instead of overtime) and round differential being one of the tiebreakers, the + round handicap holds more value in the group stage.<b> </b></p><h2>Matches:</h2><h2><b>Liquid v Faze</b></h2><p>At the time of writing this the maps have still not been released, which can always be a big advantage when betting CSGO. However for the plays I've made now I don't believe the map will play a significant factor (provided a team doesn't play their permaban for some reason). So here's one where I had no problem taking Liquid without knowing the specific map. Faze have been on my 'fade' list for the better part of 2019 and I will likely look to do so here in Miami. It's an era where aim stars no longer can make a significant enough impact to win matches. Even a strong map, like Cache, Liquid did not struggle to roll the European stars. I took TL on the spread as it's still available at a couple books for a generous -3.5, whereas you'll see it a -4.5 at most others.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>Bet: Team Liquid (-3.5) v Faze @ 1.80 [Bet365]</strong></em></a></p><p><em><strong>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Team Liquid Tactical Tickets for &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/BLASTProSeries?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#BLASTProSeries&lt;/a&gt; Miami are still on sale!&lt;a href=\"https://t.co/So1zifOQuq\"&gt;https://t.co/So1zifOQuq&lt;/a&gt; 🎟️&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Each ticket comes bundled with a Team Liquid jersey, so you can cheer us on in style! 😊&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/LetsGoLiquid?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#LetsGoLiquid&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/GWjreE4gAp\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/GWjreE4gAp&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;β€” Team Liquid (@TeamLiquid) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TeamLiquid/status/1115064005020676096?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;April 8, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</strong></em></p><h2><b>Astralis v Natus Vincere</b></h2><p>We've known Astralis to be the best six-map team in the world for quite some time now and it can allow me to make a play without knowing the map. Navi had a great run in Shanghai last week securing the StarSeries trophy, which was kind of what was expected of the world number three. Astralis is the only team in the world that they are a significant underdog against and rightly so. Navi is the type of roster that has an occasional dominant map, but most of the time they play these closely contested matches where you don't quite know how they do the job, but they do [as favorites]. Astralis is a team that has historically punished Navi's sloppy play and if we add a potentially jet-lagged/lack of motivation into the mix it might add value to taking the Danes.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c" target="_blank" title="Esports Betting Odds"><em><strong>Bet: Astralis (-4.5) v Natus Vincere @ 2.05 [Betway]</strong></em></a></p><p><em><strong>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Our Captain &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/gla1ve_csgo?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@gla1ve_csgo&lt;/a&gt; is sharing the story on how he became one of the greatest In-Game Leaders out there ✨&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Check it out: &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/TCFtQXmOSz\"&gt;https://t.co/TCFtQXmOSz&lt;/a&gt;&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/ToTheStars?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ToTheStars&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/0Z7nn8NDHV\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/0Z7nn8NDHV&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;β€” Astralis (@astralisgg) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/astralisgg/status/1115271641674731521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;April 8, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</strong></em></p><p>Another BPS with no outrights for me. It's an Astralis versus the field situation and if they want to win, they will. Right now there's been no official confirmation whether Vertigo will be in the pool, but on HLTV Cache is listed in the tournament map page. Once maps are released will have many more wagers!</p>
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