BLAST Pro Series Miami has seen fights between the six best Counter-Strike teams in the world for two days straight now. Only two teams stand tall as the grand finalist of the first ever US BLAST Pro Series, and fittingly enough, one of them is the home favorites: Team Liquid. To bring the victory home in front of their crowd, they have to beat FaZe Clan who seems to have gotten stronger and stronger throughout the tournament. Both teams have impressive fan followings in the US, so this grand final, aside from the 250,000 dollar prize pool, has a lot of emotions on the line.
Before going into details about the finalists, let’s have a look at the final leaderboard from the five group stage rounds:
Record: 5 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses
Team Liquid (16) vs. FaZe Clan (5)
Team Liquid (16) vs. Cloud9 (14)
Team Liquid (16) vs. NAVI (12)
Team Liquid (16) vs. Astralis (14)
Team Liquid (16) vs. MIBR (10)
The finalists from BLAST Pro Series São Paulo are back with a vengeance. Going into the grand final with a clean record, Team Liquid are looking to bring ecstasy to the US crowd in Watsco Center. Especially Team Liquid’s primary AWP’er, Keith “NAF” Markovic is putting up impressive numbers with a 1.38 rating in the tournament, second best after Nikola “NiKo” Kovač from FaZe Clan, Team Liquid’s grand final opponents.
Record: 3 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss
FaZe Clan (5) vs. Team Liquid (16
FaZe Clan (15) vs. MIBR (15)
FaZe Clan (16) vs. Cloud9 (7)
FaZe Clan (16) vs. NAVI (10)
FaZe Clan (16) vs. Astralis (5)
FaZe Clan has booked a final spot in BLAST Pro Series for the first time ever and did so in convincing fashion, beating the world’s best team Astralis 16-5 in their last match. They are by no means out of the woods yet as they still have to beat Team Liquid before they can call themselves BLAST champions. While Team Liquid are looking like the strongest team in the tournament, FaZe Clan proved in their match versus Astralis that they can definitely bring the heat. Nikola “NiKo” Kovač is the highest rated player in the tournament.
High potential for match of the year
This is the first BLAST Pro Series tournament in the US ever, and home favorites Team Liquid are in the grand final versus the American organization FaZe Clan. This has the potential to be the match of the year, so remember to tune into the historic final on Twitch. Before the grand final begins, you can catch Cloud9 vs. MIBR battling for 20,000 dollars in the BLAST Stand-Off.