While we are preparing for the holidays in the competitive scene of CS:GO, BLAST is looking forward to next year. In broadcast on its official Twitch channel, BLAST announced the split of the first phase of BLAST Premier, their new circuit for 2020.
In Group A, Team Liquid is the main attraction of a group consisting of FaZe Clan, Pajama Ninjas and MIBR. Many people agree that this group should be straightforward, based on each team’s performance in the last five events. MIBR can have difficulties throughout the group stage, especially with recent performances at cs_summit 5 and the ESL Pro League season 10 finals.
Group B features the powerful Danish Astralis, Natus Vincere, Team Vitality and Complexity Gaming. The number one team in the world is expected to dominate this group right away, as usual, but there are some strong teams that can cause some inconvenience and drive the group into chaos.
And finally, Group C may be the most balanced. Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves, G2 Esports and OG Esports can all lead this group, but it all comes down to the consistency of each team in running the game.
The #BLASTPremier Spring Season groups:
— BLAST Pro Series (@BLASTProSeries) December 19, 2019
In total, this tournament will be one of the most competitive of the year, with many good teams distributed across the 3 groups. With a prize pool of $ 300,000, the Spring Series will begin on January 31 at 3 Mills Studios in London. The top two teams in each group will advance to the eight-team spring finals, where another $ 750,000 will be at stake.
Teams that do not qualify for the finals will compete with four teams for the $ 325,000 Showdown stage, where the last two places will be available in the spring finals. BLAST will give any team a chance to compete in the Showdown phase through open playoffs, which will be announced later.