BLAST Premier Fall Final has begun and eight teams are competing for $425.000, lots of BLAST Premier points, and the chance to qualify for BLAST Premier World Final.
The tournament takes place between November 23-27 and features some of the best teams in CS:GO. Its location is Copenhagen, so it is easy to watch the matches if you’re from Europe.
BLAST Premier Fall Final format
The competitive format of the tournament is identical to the one that was used for the Spring Final. The eight teams are divided into two groups of four and the top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs. The winners go to the semifinals while the second and third place teams go to the quarterfinals.
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These are the teams that are taking part in BLAST Premier Fall Final:
- FaZe Clan
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- G2 Esports
- Natus Vincere
- Team Liquid
The first four of these teams compete in group A while the bottom four compete in group B.
In group A, the favorites are Heroic, FaZe Clan, and NiP, although OG may cause some serious upsets. We still don’t know whether FaZe Clan have psychologically recovered after the humiliating elimination they suffered at IEM Rio Major, where they didn’t win a single match.
Redemption starts here. 🧗♂️
— #FaZeUp (@FaZeUpdate) November 23, 2022
The team’s potential is very high, but in CS:GO a lot depends on the mental state of the players and their willingness to train hard. The difference between success and failure is usually made by very small things, so a lack of focus can easily be disastrous.
Heroic, given their second place result at IEM Rio Major, should do well in this group. It shouldn’t be hard for them to beat opponents like NiP, but perhaps they will struggle against FaZe if Finn “karrigan” Andersen’s team proves to be in great shape.
In group B, the situation is very unpredictable. Every competitor is strong and although Natus Vincere are probably the favorites, Liquid, G2, and even Fluxo have the capacity to beat them. If we rely purely on statistics, then we must conclude that Na’Vi will win, while Liquid and G2 will qualify for the quarterfinals.
Liquid’s early exit from IEM Rio Major probably left a scar on Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski’s soul, who cried after the final match. Did he go back to practice more determined than ever? Or did he reconsider his dedication to the game? We will find out very soon.
In G2’s case, their failure to qualify for the Major must have caused a change in attitude. If they don’t win something soon, their roster cannot remain intact for 2023.