BLAST Premier dates and format revealed for 2022
- Spring and Fall Showdowns to be split across two regions and will take place online
- First and last major CS:GO event of 2022 where no team will play more than one Bo3 match in a day
- Spring and Fall Finals and World Final to take place in an arena setting with fans
BLAST Premier will be returning for the tournament series’ third instalment this year and will see 318 hours of world class Counter-Strike played across seven events in 2022.
The tournament series will be the first and last major CS:GO event for fans to sink their teeth into this year, where no team will be required to play more than one Bo3 match in a day.
Taking place from January to December, BLAST Premier will unite all major tournaments, offer opportunities to the underdogs of the scene and be open to a wide variety of regions – while looking to crown the champions of Counter-Strike, with all roads leading to the World Final at the end of the year.
The format and structure remains largely the same with the biggest changes affecting the Groups and Showdowns. The Showdowns will be split into two regions (Europe and North America/Rest of the World) and be played online – giving more teams and territories a chance to compete in BLAST Premier events than in previous years.
BLAST Premier’s Qualifier Series will return in 2022, giving teams from all over the world, no matter how big or small a chance to compete for a spot in the regional Showdown events.
The Groups will see some format changes. Teams will initially play in three groups of four, in a Bo1 Double Elimination group stage to set their place in a group stage gauntlet. The winners of the gauntlet will qualify for Finals, second and third place in the gauntlet will battle it out in a last-chance match to decide the remaining three teams who will progress to the Finals.
BLAST Premier 2022 schedule:
- Spring Groups: January 28-February 6 ($177,500 prize pool)
- Spring Showdown: April 20-24 ($135,000 prize pool)
- Spring Final: June 14-19 ($425,000 prize pool)
- Fall Groups: August 19-28 ($177,500 prize pool)
- Fall Showdown: October 19-23 ($135,000 prize pool)
- Fall Final: November 22-27 ($425,000 prize pool)
- World Final: December 14-18 ($1,000,000 prize pool)
The BLAST Premier tournament circuit has a combined prize money of $2,475,000. The Spring Groups will take place online and the Fall Groups will be hosted in a LAN studio setting, while the Showdowns will take place online and all three Finals will be held in an arena with an audience with locations to be confirmed in the future.
The ‘Race to the World Final Leaderboard’ will return as the qualifying mechanism for the World Final and points scoring system for competing Counter-Strike teams in leading tournaments around the globe. Teams with the best six scores from each tournament earn points by winning matches and progressing as far as possible in these selected events. At least two teams will qualify for the World Final via the leaderboard due to their performances across the calendar year, while the remaining six places will be made up of winners from: Spring and Fall Final, ESL Season 15 and 16, IEM Cologne and the Major.
Andrew Haworth, Commissioner for BLAST Premier, said: “The last two years of BLAST Premier has provided fans with countless brilliant storylines, an exceptional standard of Counter-Strike and industry-leading production – we’re delighted to be back for a third year with some new adjustments to keep raising the bar higher.
“With our expanded qualifier series and split regional Spring and Fall Showdowns we’ll be able to offer more teams than ever before an opportunity to compete in BLAST Premier events and the chance to feature in one of our three arena events – the BLAST Premier Fall and Spring Finals and World Final. We’ve also listened to teams on scheduling and limited their gameplay to only one Bo3 per day.”
BLAST Premier Member Teams: Astralis, NiP, G2 Esports, OG, Vitality, NAVI, FaZe Clan, Complexity, MiBR, Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid.
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