The format of the tournaments was changed compared to the previous years. The organizers wanted to improve BLAST, so they decided to surprise the fans with some changes in the way the tournaments are held.
The first and biggest change is the most obvious one – the name of the tournament is no longer the one we got used to hearing in the past (Blast Pro Series). Instead, we will be watching BLAST Premier, an event with a spring and fall season – both of them being filled with amazing matches and entertainment.
Both Spring and Fall Seasons will consist of three weeks of action – 12 teams will be divided into 3 separate groups, something we have been used to seeing in the ESL Pro League. The first and the second-ranked teams from every group will qualify for the finals of each season where the prize pool is a staggering 750,000 USD. In addition, two more teams will be able to earn the chance to go further by winning “the showdown”.
The winner of the Spring and Fall seasons automatically qualify for the BLAST Premier: Global Finals.
Throughout the year other tournaments will be held, which all culminates at the end of the year, where the best performing teams of the year will play in a final event, to crown what BLAST considers to be the best team in the world.
The BLAST Premier: Global Finals.
As mentioned, the BLAST Premier: Global Finals is the culmination of a whole year of Counter-Strike. Not only do the winners of the BLAST Premier tournaments qualify for this tournament, but BLAST also takes into consideration who performed the best in other tournaments throughout the year.
The teams that qualify for the Global Finale are:
- BLAST Premier: Spring/Fall final winners
- The 4 overall best performing teams throughout the year
- Winners of the 2 majors held every year
This means that 8 teams in total will get to play in the BLAST Premier: Global Finals. Here they will be competing to win the trophy and the enormous prize pool of 1.5 million USD.
Sometimes the organizer will test out new concepts and formats. Therefore always check the tournament page if you would like to study a specific tournament.
Whats special about BLAST Premier
BLAST Premier is an S-tier offline tournament circuit that brings together only the most elite teams in the world.
Teams with the biggest stars of modern Counter-Strike are trying to not only win the money but also an opportunity to call themselves the BLAST Premier champions and walk away with pride attached to their names.
This tournament’s main goal is to bring all the best teams together and give the fans the best entertainment possible.
BLAST Premier's first event
The first time BLAST Premier was held was back in January 2020. Some of the best teams in the world battled it out in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Regular Season, for a chance to qualify for the Spring finals.
Teams like Astralis and Liquid dominated 2019, but this tournament saw teams like NaVi and FaZe shine, as they both managed to reach the final. Both teams showed great promise, as 2020 might be a year full of teams starting to battle for the spot as the best team in the world.
FaZe was the team who came out victorious in the end and left the others wondering if this was a showing of the old FaZe.
A great start to the year and BLAST Premier, and hopefully only just a taste of what the BLAST Premier tournaments will do in the future.