With the group stage of BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles finished, only Team Liquid, FaZe Clan, NRG Esports and Cloud9 remain. These four teams will face off for the championship, a $125,000 prize pool and points toward qualifying for the BLAST Pro Series Global Season Finals in December.
Team Liquid face Cloud9 in the first round of the playoffs, with the former fresh off their victory at ESL One Cologne 2019. Liquid also went undefeated during the first day of competition, including a 16-8 victory over Cloud9.
As for Cloud9, the recently formed roster slid into the playoffs over Made In Brazil. The team looked relatively strong considering what little time the players have had together. Newcomer Tyson “TenZ” Ngo proved he was a great addition to the roster with his performance, despite his young age and the shoes he has to fill. Rifler Timothy “autimatic” Ta has also been keeping up his consistent good form.
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Regardless, Cloud9 are up against the best of the best. Winning would be a long shot for any team, especially when Liquid's star-rifler Keith “NAF” Markovic has been the best player in the entire tournament so far.
On the other side of the bracket, FaZe Clan will play NRG. FaZe Clan already defeated them 16-9 during day one, but both teams are still relatively strong. NRG rifler Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte has played lights-out, and helped his team clinch victories over MIBR and Renegades. If Brehze can have a bigger impact than one of the best players in the world, FaZe's Nikola "Niko" Kovač, NRG has a chance to get their revenge and reach the finals.
BLAST Pro Series LA was ultimately a disappointment for MIBR, though expectations were low after Marcelo "coldzera" David announced he was leaving the team. Coach Wilton "zews" Prado filled in for the star player but couldn't help the team find more than a single win despite some close games. Renegades also finished with only a single win over Cloud9.
Nonetheless, BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles continues today at 11AM PST/7PM BST/2PM EDT.