Vitality, OG & FaZe come out on top of BLAST Premier Spring groups

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BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022 was the first big CS:GO event since the off-season, and a test of who would start the year out strong. There were 12 teams who battled it out for nearly $200,000 USD and spots at the Spring Finals ⁠— we’ve got the full results right here.


  • OG, FaZe, and Team Vitality finish top 3 and earn 2400 points, plus top Spring Finals seeds
  • G2, NAVI, and BIG also qualify for Spring Finals through Last Chance matches
  • Bottom half of table will have to fight through Spring Showdown

The player break is over, and CS:GO is gearing up for another massive year. It was a big one to get things started, with BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022 kicking off the yearly tournament circuit.

It was a good first look at 12 big teams and how they stack up after the roster shuffle ⁠— some changes major, others much smaller. Here’s how it all went down, along with daily results as they happened.


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BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022: Recap

The big story of the group playoffs was NAVI dropping a map to Astralis in Group B, sending the 2021 Grand Slam winners down to the first round of the Play-In stage.

That wasn’t s1mple and the gang’s only hiccup though, as they also lost 2-1 to NIP during the Play-In semifinals stage. However, NAVI would get the last laugh, beating NIP 2-0 in their Last Chance match to earn a Spring Finals berth, while the Ninjas will have to play through the Spring Showdown.

Vitality, OG, and FaZe ended up finishing at the top of the table, and will receive the highest Spring Finals seeds as a result. G2, NAVI, and BIG also earned an automatic Spring Finals appearance, but the rest of the group will have to try and fight through the Spring Showdown for a chance.

This first tournament is probably too little to base a prediction about the entire year, but early struggles by NAVI just might mean there’s room opening up for another contender waiting in the wings.

One thing’s for sure though, we should have a much better idea of where teams stand following the BLAST Spring Finals.

BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022: final placements

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1-3 Team Vitality $27,500 + Spring Finals spot
OG
FaZe Clan
4-6 G2 $17,500 + Spring Finals spot
NAVI
BIG
7-9 MIBR $8,500
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Astralis
10-12 Evil Geniuses $5,666
Liquid
Complexity

BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022: schedule & results

Play-In Stage

Day 1: February 3

Quarterfinals
Match PT ET GMT
Complexity 0-2 MIBR 4AM 7AM 12PM
NAVI 2-0 Team Liquid 7:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM
Evil Geniuses 1-2 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Day 2: February 4

Semifinals
Match PT ET GMT
Vitality 2-0 MIBR 4AM 7AM 12PM
NIP 2-1 NAVI 7:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM
Astralis 0-2 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Day 3: February 5

Finals
Match PT ET GMT
G2 1-2 Vitality 4AM 7AM 12PM
OG 2-1 NIP 7:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM
FaZe Clan 2-1 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Day 4: February 6

Last Chance
Match PT ET GMT
MIBR 0-2 G2 4AM 7AM 12PM
NAVI 2-0 NIP 7:30AM 10:30AM 3:30PM
Astralis 0-2 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Group Stage

Day 1: January 28

Group A
Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket Round 1 G2 Esports 16-12 Complexity 6AM 9AM 2PM
Upper Bracket Round 1 BIG 12-16 NIP 7AM 10AM 3PM
Upper Bracket Round 2 G2 Esports 16-6 NIP 8:30AM 11:30AM 4:30PM
Lower Bracket Round 1 Complexity 10-16 BIG 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 NIP 16-9 BIG 11AM 2PM 7PM
Final G2 Esports 22-19 NIP 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM

Day 2: January 29

Group B
Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket Round 1 NAVI 12-16 MIBR 6AM 9AM 2PM
Upper Bracket Round 1 Astralis 8-16 OG 7AM 10AM 3PM
Upper Bracket Round 2 MIBR 9-16 OG 8:30AM 11:30AM 4:30PM
Lower Bracket Round 1 NAVI 17-19 Astralis 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 MIBR 9-16 Astralis 11AM 2PM 7PM
Final OG 16-8 Astralis 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM

Day 3: January 30

Group C
Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket Round 1 Vitality 16-3 Evil Geniuses 6AM 9AM 2PM
Upper Bracket Round 1 FaZe Clan 19-15 Liquid 7AM 10AM 3PM
Upper Bracket Round 2 Vitality 19-15 FaZe Clan 8:30AM 11:30AM 4:30PM
Lower Bracket Round 1 Evil Geniuses 17-19 Liquid 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 FaZe Clan 19-17 Liquid 11AM 2PM 7PM
Final Vitality 10-16 FaZe Clan 12:30PM 3:30PM 8:30PM

BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022: teams

The 12 BLAST Premier partner teams were invited ⁠— as per usual ⁠— to the Spring Groups to kick off the 2022 circuit. This included Major winners and World Final champions Natus Vincere, Major runner-up G2 Esports, as well as the new look Astralis and Vitality.

You can find the full list of teams competing in BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2022 below, as well as their new rosters following the off-season.

Team Players
Astralis Xyp9x, gla1ve, Lucky, k0nfig, blameF
BIG tabseN, tiziaN, syrsoN, k1to, faveN
Complexity JT, FaNg⁠, floppy, Grim, junior
Evil Geniuses Brehze, CeRq, Stewie2K, autimatic, RUSH
FaZe Clan rain, broky, Twistzz, karrigan, ropz
G2 Esports JACKZ, m0NESY, Aleksib, huNter-, NiKo
MIBR brnz4n, exit, WOOD7, Tuurtle, JOTA
Natus Vincere s1mple, electroNic, Boombl4, Perfecto, b1t
Ninjas in Pyjamas REZ, Plopski, hampus, phzy, es3tag
OG nexa, valde, mantuu, niko, flameZ
Team Liquid EliGE, NAF, oSee, shox, nitr0
Team Vitality apEX, ZywOo, misutaaa, dupreeh, Magisk
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