BLAST Premier: Fall Groups is starting today but the opening group C matches will be played on June 14-15.
The teams that compete in this group are very exciting to watch. However, because of the recent roster changes, two of them, OG, and Team Liquid, will likely struggle against FaZe Clan and G2 Esports.
The strength difference is enormous. Liquid arguably lost one of their best players after their decision to move to Europe. With Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski gone after more than 8 years of competing for the former NA squad, Liquid will need to do some serious work to rebuild the whole game plan from the ground up.
Another important player who left was Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, and he was the IGL. The new IGL is Mareks “YEKINDAR” Galinskis, who is the best of the remaining players. But his new role will probably hinder his ability to carry Liquid and finish games with spectacular KDA scores.
In OG’s case, only two players from the old roster are left, plus the coach. The biggest loss for OG was Abdulkhalik “degster” Gasanov, who used to carry them match after match.
The new players are Iulian “regali” Harjau, Nils “k1to” Gruhne, and Dion “FASHR” Derksen. All of them are very talented but it remains to be seen what they can do when they are constantly faced with opponents of the highest caliber.
A new adventure begins today 🌱
We are pleased to confirm our roster for the upcoming season:
— OG CS:GO (@OGcsgo) June 30, 2023
Group C of BLAST Premier: Fall Groups will be a battle between FaZe Clan and G2 Esports.
FaZe have decided to continue playing with their consolidated roster, which they haven’t changed in a year and a half. That’s quite a long time but it makes sense considering the fact that 2022 was the best season in the organization’s history, at least in CS:GO.
With Finn “karrigan” Andersen still in the IGL role and superstars like Robin “ropz” Kool still on the team, it’s a bit difficult to imagine FaZe finishing lower than 2nd in this group.
G2 Esports will need to start proving themselves again. It’s been a long time since they won their last trophies. Unfortunately for them, they only dominated the CS:GO scene for three months and then immediately dropped around 10 positions.
G2 finished 9th-12th at ESL Pro League S17, 12th-14th at BLAST.tv Paris Major, 5th-6th at IEM Dallas, and 3rd-4th at BLAST Premier: Spring Final. It’s time for a good result again.