Over the years, the overall appearance of the tournament has changed. Nowadays, it consists of two stages – The group stage and The Grand Final. There is also a bonus stage – The BLAST Pro Standoff.
The group stage is played as Single Round – Robin format. Every match is played as BO1 and the best two teams from each group advance to the Grand Final.
The Grand Final is played as BO3 series, where two of the best teams in the tournament get the chance to determine who will walk back home as a champion.
BLAST Pro Standoff is an extra show match that has its own prize bonus, played in the format of five individual (1vs1) matches.
The 3rd ranked team in the tournament gets to choose the players from teams ranked below them and compete against them for the prize of $20,000.
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 in BLAST Pro Series
During the period of its existence, BLAST Pro Series turned out to be a home for both players and fans, providing them with the greatest Counter-Strike experience, hours of fun and excitement, crazy plays and performances and memories which will last a lifetime.
It was highly respected inside the Counter-Strike community and it served as a huge boost for the careers of young, upcoming players, as well as an indicator of quality and consistency for the older ones.
BLAST Pro Series's first event
It was a cold November in 2017, at Royal Arena, Copenhagen. Thousands of fans rushed into Denmark, hoping to see their favorite players go at each other, and they were not disappointed.
After a couple of days of tough battles, SK managed to defeat Astralis in the Grand Final by 2:1 and claim the title. The total prize pool was $250,000 (SK winning half of that), which got split between the top four teams