BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Schedule, results & how to watch

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Top-tier CS:GO is back with the BLAST Premier Spring Groups, taking place in Copenhagen. Here you can find everything you need to know about the event, including the teams, the tournament schedule, and all the latest scores.

The BLAST Premier Spring Groups will mark the beginning of the CS:GO season (at the highest level, at least), picking up where the 2022 World Final left off. BLAST’s 12 partner teams have gathered in a studio setting for a ten-day event, with almost $180,000 and six spots at the Spring Final on the line.

The tournament will feature a brand-new format, featuring only best-of-three matches and two stages, and will serve as an appetizer before the first major event with a crowd of 2023, IEM Katowice.

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dev1ce is playing his first LAN since returning to Astralis

A handful of rosters will be making their first appearance at this event after the off-season. A lot of eyes will be on the new Astralis lineup as Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz will make his first LAN appearance in over a year. The event will also mark Danyyl ‘headtr1ck’ Valitov’s debut for NIP, and Jerric ‘⁠wiz’ Jiang’s debut for Evil Geniuses.

Here are all the details you need to know about BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023, including the schedule, lineups, results, and prize money.

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BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Stream

The tournament will be streamed live on BLAST’s Twitch and YouTube channels, which we’ve embedded below for your convenience.

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Fans will also be able to follow the tournament on BLAST.tv, a viewing platform launched last year. It was developed to improve the fans’ viewing experience through a range of “innovative features”, including live stats, interactive timelines, and polls.

If you’ve missed a match, you can catch up on the action with BLAST’s VOD section.

BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Schedule & results

The BLAST Premier Spring Groups will begin with a double-elimination group stage, with the 12 teams split into three groups of four teams. The group winners advance to the Spring Final, while the remaining teams are seeded into the next stage.

The Play-In stage consists of three single-elimination gauntlets, each featuring a group runner-up, a third-placed side, and a bottom-placed side. The gauntlet winners will book spots in the Spring Final, while the other two teams will go to the Showdown tournament.

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Play-In Stage (January 27-29)

Day 1: January 27

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Round 1 Complexity 2-1 Evil Geniuses 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Round 1 BIG 0-2 Liquid 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 2: January 28

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Round 1 Astralis vs NIP 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Round 2 NAVI vs Complexity 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 3: January 29

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Round 2 Heroic vs BIG 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Round 2 OG vs TBD 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Group Stage (January 19-26)

Day 8: January 26

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B Final FaZe 2-0 OG 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group C Final G2 2-0 NAVI 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 1: January 19

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Heroic 1-2 EG 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group A Vitality 2-0 Astralis 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 2: January 20

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B FaZe 2-0 Complexity 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM
Group B Liquid 0-2 OG 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group C G2 2-0 BIG 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 3: January 21

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group C NAVI 2-1 NIP 3 AM 6 AM 11 AM
Group A U. Final EG 0-2 Vitality 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group A L. Final Heroic 2-1 Astralis 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 4: January 22

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group B U. Final FaZe 2-1 OG 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group B L. Final Complexity 0-2 Liquid 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 5: January 23

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group C U. Final G2 2-0 NAVI 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group C L. Final BIG 0-2 NIP 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 6: January 24

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A Cons. EG 1-2 Heroic 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group B Cons. OG 2-1 Liquid 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

Day 7: January 25

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group C Cons. NAVI 2-1 NIP 6 AM 9 AM 2 PM
Group A Final Vitality 2-1 Heroic 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 5:30 PM

BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Teams & players

The BLAST Premier Spring Groups will feature the 12 teams with which BLAST has partnered for its event circuit. Three of the participating teams have undergone roster changes since their last appearance at a LAN event, with Astralis being the only one to swap more than one player as they picked up superstar Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz (who has already featured for the team in online tournaments) and rookie Christian ‘Buzz’ Andersen.

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headtr1ck is about to make his NIP debut

Danyyl ‘headtr1ck’ Valitov will make his first appearance for NIP after leaving NAVI. The Swedish team hopes that the Ukrainian will help solve their chronic problems in the AWP role despite his lack of experience at the highest level. And Jerric ‘wiz’ Jiang will make his debut for Evil Geniuses’ main team, stepping into Tsvetelin ‘CeRq’ Dimitrov’ shoes on the North American side.

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On January 18, FaZe announced that Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard will miss the tournament due to the birth of his child. He will be replaced by NIP benched player Patrick ‘es3tag’ Hansen.

On January 25, NIP revealed that Hampus ‘hampus’ Poser will miss the rest of the tournament because of “unforeseen personal circumstances”.  Academy player Max ‘maxster⁠’ Jansson will play for the team in hampus’ stead.

Team Region Players
NAVI Europe s1mple, b1t, electroNic, Perfecto, nipl
FaZe Europe karrigan, ropz, broky, Twistzz, es3tag
Team Liquid Americas EliGE, NAF, oSee, nitr0, YEKINDAR
Heroic Europe cadiaN, sjuush, TeSes, stavn, jabbi
OG Europe nexa, F1KU, degster, NEOFRAG, flameZ
G2 Esports Europe NiKo, m0NESY, huNter-, jks, HooXi
Vitality Europe ZywOo, apEX, dupreeh, Magisk, Spinx
Astralis Europe blameF, gla1ve, Xyp9x, dev1ce, Buzz
Complexity Americas floppy, JT, Grim, hallzerk, FaNg
Evil Geniuses Americas Brehze, autimatic, HexT, neaLaN, wiz
NIP Europe REZ, Aleksib, headtr1ck, Brollan, maxster
BIG Europe tabseN, faveN, Krimbo, syrsoN, k1to

BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Final standings

Below you can find the prize pool distribution and the final standings.

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1-3 G2 Esports $27,500 + Spring Final spot 
FaZe Clan
Vitality
4-6 TBD $17,500 + Spring Final spot
TBD
TBD
7-9 TBD $8,500
TBD
TBD
10-12 TBD $5,666
Team Liquid
Evil Geniuses