With all the cancellations and postponements in the world of Esports so far this year, only two events in 2020 can point to a prize pool north of $600,000, and both of them are Flashpoint. Season 2 of Flashpoint is set to resume over the start of December, with all of the big boys left in the competition competing in the play off stages for a shot at the tournament’s $1 million prize pool, with the winners netting half of that with $500,000.
The event is sure to be hotly followed throughout the Esports betting scene, so here are some of your top picks on who to back for glory at Flashpoint Season 2’s finals.
One of the biggest names in all of Esports, Fnatic are still Counter-Strike royalty with their three Major Championship wins, and their entry into Flashpoint 2 has gone a long way in giving the event the credibility it was perhaps missing in its first edition.
The online era of CS:GO has been rough on the Swedes of Fnatic so far, dropping out of events such as the BLAST Summer Showdown and Road to Rio qualifiers, and they have generally struggled to match the heights they were hitting at the back end of 2019.
However, they seem to be on a mission to round off the year on a positive note with a strong performance at Flashpoint, potentially their last event of the year. They dropped a disappointing game against MAD Lions in the groups, but have really begun to flex themselves against the likes of Contact Gaming and Dignitas. These are teams the Esports betting odds said they should have won, but the confidence and almost arrogance they showed in those games was the closest the CS:GO world had seen to the true Fnatic in quite some time.
Having been condemned to playing in mainly localised online games against only fellow CIS orgs since CS:GO was moved to its online format, it’s easy to sleep on Virtus.Pro as a powerhouse in the making.
But Virtus.Pro could be one of the most underrated and dark horse sides left in Flashpoint to bet on. The likes of Yekindar and Jame have already managed to impress so far in the tournament, two players who never fail to get the hype rolling, and their takedowns of a much-fancied Cloud9 and Gen.G in the Tower of Babel group of death shouldn’t be overlooked.
They continued their consistency by kicking off the season’s play offs with a win over MAD Lions, Flashpoint 1 champions, and will avoid the likes of Fnatic, OG and MiBR until the upper bracket Grand Final in what is comfortably the easiest route going in the tournament.
MiBR (Made In Brazil) are one of the founding fathers of Flashpoint, but they are a completely different team now than the one that first helped launch the competition earlier this year. Having been in a painfully drawn out decline ever since the departure of Coldzera and Zews, the core of Fallen, Fer and TACO were benched in a messy break up saga, and a whole host of Brazilian players who had never played together before were hastily pulled together to compete.
However, what has followed this reshuffling is one of the most surprising and frankly unexplainable turnarounds the CS:GO world has ever seen. MiBR have risen up a whopping 201 places to sneak into the top thirty ranked sides in the world following the start of November when the roster was reshuffled, and the likes of kNgV- have really stepped up in the absence of Fallen’s steely leadership qualities.
The Brazilians might have lost twice to BIG before the play offs, but they won’t have to worry about facing the Germans again until the Grand Final thanks to their bracket placements. With the likes of OG and Fnatic standing in the way, MiBR could be the unknown element ready to throw some chaos into proceedings and make an unlikely run to the finals.