The Blast Premier Fall Series resumes on Thursday with two exciting games, including Vitality, Faze and a resurgent Complexity team. Here is a breakdown of the players to consider for your DraftKings roster from Thursday’s two-game slate.
Vitality will be despondent after a 3-2 loss in the final of the DreamHack Open against Heroic. It was a one-man show for Vitality, pretty much as usual. Four Heroic players racked up over 100 kills, while only ZywOo had over 100. He went well over that landmark with 127 kills and 107 deaths, with a stunning average damage per round of 84.6. From a personal standpoint, there is no problem with form or fluency for ZywOo.
Other to consider: NiKo ($12,300)
High-priced flex options
NiKo’s DraftKings salary will be volatile. That’s because of a combination of the nature of CS:GO and Faze’s struggles this year. However, he has stood upright in the face of immense duress and a discernible lack of help from his colleagues. That’s why his price of $8,200 is so valuable. He has good rhythm going for him, particularly after a terrific game against North in the ninth-place decider at DreamHack. He had 59 kills and 44 deaths in that game.
blameF’s value lies in his long-range prowess. He can seamlessly transition between the AWP, the AK or the M4A4, depending on his in-game economy. He is slowly rising in the list of most proficient long-range players in top-tier CS:GO. He has been averaging 69.3 DKFP per game, second only to ZywOo on this slate. Expect him to a lead a new-look, stronger Complexity team with another stellar K-D show.
XANTARES’ price has risen significantly because of some impressive recent form. However, syrsoN has been more consistent over a longer duration of time. In fact, it was his form that helped BIG move up to the top of the CS:GO rankings. In BIG’s previous game against Fnatic in the fifth-place decider of the DreamHack Open, syrsoN had 32 kills and 28 deaths, which is around his average K-D, irrespective of the result.
Other to consider: XANTARES ($9,000)
Value flex options
jks has had to forcibly relocate after 100 Thieves’ CS:GO team was disbanded. He was the star of a very good team before his move to Complexity. In fact, this move might even help him flourish in a different style of play. He has averaged 64.9 DKFP per game. Usually, a player with that fantasy average should be priced a lot higher than just $7,200.
coldzera returned to some semblance of momentum when he added 50 kills against a stuttering and stumbling North team in the previous game. He is a close-range icon in professional CS:GO, capable of turning man mismatches into quad or even ace clutch wins. His average of 53.6 DKFP per game will move up slowly over the next few games, purely because of his skill in close-range situations.
Other to consider: broky ($7,400)
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Nikhil Kalro is the Founder and CEO of Altletics Esports.