BLAST Premier: Fall Finals Will Be Held on LAN
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021 will return to LAN. As announced by the tournament organizers, the November event will take place at Royal Arena in Copenhagen. Denmark.
CS:GO Returns to Offline Play
As revealed by BLAST, the tournament organizers for all BLAST Premier CS:GO esports events, the BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021, will be held offline. In the announcement that surfaced on Monday, June 14, BLAST stated that they plan to bring the Fall Finals to a 12,000-capacity venue in Denmark.
The tournament will mark the first time BLAST Series event in an arena setting in over 20 months and the first time since moving away from the Pro Series format. BLAST Series tournaments have transitioned to the Premier Circuit at the start of 2020.
This, however, won’t be the first CS:GO tournament that will take place offline. In weeks leading to the BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021, the top teams will travel to Stockholm for the PGL Stockholm Major as the first CS:GO arena event since the outbreak of COVID-19.
“We have no desire in racing anyone anywhere when it is about a global pandemic,” said Nicolas Estrup, VP of Product & Executive Producer at BLAST.
“From the start, we felt like it wasn’t needed for us to be the first. If anyone beats us to, great, if not, well then it is going to be exciting that we are the first ones. But safety first, health above everything.”
BLAST Remain Optimistic
Although BLAST plans on hosting their first offline event of the year, the organizers have noted that nothing is guaranteed. While BLAST are hopeful the global health situation will improve in November, there is still a chance the event could return to online play.
Regardless, if everything goes as planned, the BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021 could utilize Royal Arena’s full capacity of 12,000 seats. In a slightly less optimistic scenario, the organizers will impose attendance limitations and allow up to 5,000 esports fans at the venue.
BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021 Format and Qualifying
The BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021 is scheduled to run between November 23-28. Over the six days, eight CS:GO esports teams will compete in a double-elimination Bo3 format for the lion’s share of the $425,000 prize pool and BLAST Premier points.
The champions will collect $225,000 in tournament winnings and 4000 BLAST Premier points. The winners will also receive a direct invite for the $1,000,000 BLAST Premier: World Final 2021, slated for December 2021.
BLAST Premier: Fall Finals 2021 Prize Pool and BLAST Premier Points
- 1st – $225,000+ 4000 BLAST Premier Points + World Final Invite
- 2nd – $85,000 + 2000 BLAST Premier Points
- 3rd – $40,000 + 1500 BLAST Premier Points
- 4th – $25,000 + 1000 BLAST Premier Points
- 5th-6th – $15,000 + 500 BLAST Premier Points
- 7th-8th – $10,000 + 250 BLAST Premier Points
As it stands now, no teams have yet to receive an invite for the tournament. Instead, six teams will have to earn their spot at the event by qualifying through the BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2021, while the remaining two will have to qualify via Fall Showdown.
The Fall Groups will run from September 16-29, featuring 12 teams. Attending the BLAST Premier Fall qualifiers are five of the top-10 teams in the global rankings, including Astralis, BIG, Complexity, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, MiBR, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, OG, Team Liquid, and Team Vitality.
The Fall Showdown will take place after the conclusion of the Fall Groups. The event will run from October 12-17, with 12 teams in attendance. Unlike the Fall Groups, the Fall Showdown will also give some lesser teams a chance to qualify for the $425,000 event.
The list of invited teams will include six Fall Groups teams and the champions of Fantasyexpo Cup, RTP Arena Cup, Nordic Masters, Calyx Dune Cup, FiReLEAGUE Latin Power. Joining the list are the top-performing sides from the Chinese, North American, and East European qualifiers.