After an exhilarating journey through the Challengers and Legends Stage, the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023 has reached its Champions Stage. Only eight teams remain in the battle for CS:GO’s last Major Championship. The Accor Arena will be the epicenter of this intense showdown, hosting thrilling matches from May 18th to 21st. Let’s take a closer look at the opening quarterfinal matches and offer some intriguing betting predictions.
The Underdogs Rise
The Legends Stage witnessed the rise of underdog teams, leaving behind some of the biggest names in CS:GO. G2, fnatic, NAVI, and Ninjas in Pyjamas were among the notable absences in the playoffs. Counter-Strike is a game where only the best performances prevail, and these teams fell short. Now, the remaining eight teams are determined to prove their worth and claim the prestigious title of BLAST.tv Paris Major Champions.
1. Heroic vs. FaZe Clan: The Clash of Titans
Heroic and FaZe Clan kick off the quarterfinals in what promises to be a grand finals-worthy matchup. With a close match history, Heroic holds a slight edge based on recent form. We anticipate Heroic to take this three-map thriller over FaZe Clan, showcasing their dominance. However, a bet on Over 2.5 Maps (Odds 2,00*) would not be bad in this case, as we still expect a close matchup.
2. Monte vs. GamerLegion: Battle of Underdogs
Monte and GamerLegion, both surprise entrants in the champions stage, face off in a highly unpredictable match. With no previous encounters to draw upon, both teams have proven their resilience. While Monte holds a slight advantage due to their victory over NAVI, this clash could go either way.
3. Team Vitality vs. Into the Breach: Home-field Advantage for ZywOo and co.
Team Vitality, the crowd favorites enter the quarterfinals in exceptional form. Their flawless performance in the Legends Stage (3-0), coupled with home-field advantage, makes them a clear favorite against Into the Breach. We expect apEX’s troops to continue their dominant run and secure a comfortable victory. A bet on -1.5 Maps for Team Vitality would be a good pick (Odds 1,60*).
4. Team Liquid vs. Apeks: Major Experience vs. Upset Potential
Team Liquid, boasting Major experience and pedigree, faces Apeks, a team that has defied expectations throughout the tournament. While Apeks has shown their mettle with impressive performances, Team Liquid’s track record and best-of-three format favor their advancement. However, an upset cannot be ruled out entirely. We strongly believe that the squad of Apeks will be able to take home at least one map of the series. Bet: +1.5 Map for Apeks to Odds 1,55*.
As the BLAST.tv Paris Major enters its thrilling quarterfinal stage, the remaining teams vying for the coveted title and a share of the $1,250,000 prize pool. The Accor Arena will witness fierce battles, where underdogs strive to upset established powerhouses. With each match presenting its own unique dynamics, CS:GO enthusiasts can expect an enthralling conclusion to the last-ever CS:GO Major. Stay tuned for the semifinals and the highly anticipated Grand Final on May 21st, where history will be written.
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