It’s back to school for fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. After two months without an official match, the best teams in the world return to competition this week, with the group stage of the autumn BLAST tournament in Copenhagen. A recovery tournament which should make it possible to gauge the changes made during this long break, since several structures, including Vitality, took the opportunity to replace players in their five majors.
Great debut for Spinx
Taking the place of Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier, Lotan “Spinx” Giladi, made official by Vitality last Monday, will put on the yellow and black jersey for the first time this Friday, against OG (1 p.m.). With this ambitious change, the French structure hopes to solve the synergy problems that have spoiled its start to the season. For this week, it could be a bit tight, since the Israeli has not yet had time to learn all the strategies of the team, after a training camp of only a few days in France.
“I don’t have a quantified objective, but I want us to be in the play-offs more often, to improve in training and tournaments, explained Danny “zonic” Sorensenthe team’s coach, earlier in the week. I don’t expect us to come in and destroy everyone from the start, but I do expect us to be much better. » For Vitality (world No. 5), which has only three top 8 this year and has just experienced enormous disappointment on League of Legendshowever, a rapid upturn would be welcome.
Vitality against the gratin
A priori, Mathieu “ZywOo” Heurbaut and his teammates will have a lot to do, since the world’s gratin will be gathered in Denmark. In addition to OG (n°16), they are indeed placed in the group of Ninjas In Pajamas (n°9) and Astralis (n°4) and will later be able to cross paths with the two teams which crush the circuit for a few months: FaZe (#1) and NaVi (#2). So many clubs that have not made any changes to their squads during this player break.
The tournament will also be an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the new face of G2, which will play without a Frenchman for the first time since 2016. After having thanked Audric “JACKZ” Jug and Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen, the European structure recruited Justin “jks” Savage at the beginning of August and especially Rasmus “HooXi” Nielsen, who will have the heavy task of assuming the captaincy of the team.