BLAST Premier World Final 2022: G2 Esports win title

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The BLAST Premier circuit culminated in the World Final, live from Abu Dhabi. Read our recap of the event.

The CS:GO season came to a close with the BLAST Premier World Final. The event was held in Abu Dhabi as part of a three-year agreement between BLAST and ADGaming, an initiative funded by the local government to help create an “esports and gaming ecosystem” in the region.

The tournament featured eight top teams, including reigning BLAST Premier World champions, NAVI, and the current Major winners, Outsiders. But it was G2 Esports who came out on top, pocketing $500,000 after defeating Team Liquid 2-0 in the final.

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NAVI are the current BLAST Premier world champions

FaZe headed into the event as the main favourites to lift the trophy, especially after Heroic announced that they would have to attend the event without star player Martin ‘stavn’ Lund. But the PGL Major Antwerp winners were sent packing in the semi-finals after losing to Team Liquid, who were no match for G2 in the final.

The BLAST Premier World Final was the first tier-one event to feature Anubis, the community-created map that was added to the Active Duty map pool last month. You can find more information about how Anubis was created in our in-depth interview with the three creators of the map.

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Catch up with all the event info here, including the results, the qualified teams, and the prize money distribution.

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BLAST Premier World Final 2022: Results & format

The BLAST Premier World Final took place between December 14-18, with the eight participating teams split into two double-elimination groups. The group winners progressed to the semi-finals, while the runners-up and the third-placed sides advanced to the quarter-finals. The bottom-placed group finishers were eliminated from the tournament.

The playoffs featured a single-elimination bracket. All matches were played in a best-of-three format.

Playoffs (December 16-18)

Day 1: December 16

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Quarter-finals Liquid 2-1 NAVI 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Quarter-finals G2 2-1 Vitality 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM 

Day 2: December 17

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Semi-finals OG 1-2 Liquid 3:30 AM 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Semi-finals FaZe 0-2 G2 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM 

Day 3: December 18

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Grand Final Liquid 0-2 G2 2 AM 5 AM 10 AM

Group Stage (December 14-15)

Day 1: December 14

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A  Outsiders 1-2 Liquid 10 PM 1 AM 6 AM
Group A FaZe 2-1 G2 1 AM 4 AM 9 AM 
Group B Heroic 1-2 OG 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Group B NAVI 0-2 Vitality 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM

Day 2: December 15

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Group A  Outsiders 0-2 G2 10 PM 1 AM 6 AM
Group A Liquid 1-2 FaZe 1 AM 4 AM 9 AM 
Group B Heroic 1-2 NAVI 4 AM 7 AM 12 PM
Group B OG 2-0 Vitality 7 AM 10 AM 3 PM

Group A

Placement Team Record
1 FaZe Clan 2-0
2 Team Liquid 1-1
3 G2 Esports 1-1
4 Outsiders 0-2

Group B

Placement Team Record
1 OG 2-0
2 Vitality 1-1
3 NAVI 1-1
4 Heroic 0-2

BLAST Premier World Final 2022: All qualified teams

Of the eight participating teams, three (G2 Esports, OG and Team Liquid) were determined by the BLAST Global Leaderboard, a global ranking that factors in performances in a series of top-tier tournaments.

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The other five teams were invited after winning tier-one events throughout the year: NAVI (BLAST Premier Spring Final), Heroic (Fall Final), FaZe Clan (ESL Pro League Season 15 and PGL Major Antwerp), Vitality (ESL Pro League Season 16) and Outsiders (IEM Rio Major).

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The IEM Rio Major champions will attend the event as Outsiders

As Dexerto reported on November 29, the IEM Rio Major champions attended the event as ‘Outsiders’ – which has been the team’s name since the war in Ukraine broke out. And NAVI academy player Andrii ‘npl’ Kukharskyi made his first appearance for the main team.

Team Region Players
NAVI Europe s1mple, sdy, b1t, electroNic, Perfecto, nipl
FaZe Europe karrigan, rain, ropz, broky, Twistzz
Team Liquid Americas EliGE, NAF, oSee, nitr0, YEKINDAR
Heroic Europe cadiaN, sjuush, TeSes, k0nfig, jabbi
OG Europe nexa, F1KU, degster, NEOFRAG, flameZ
G2 Esports Europe NiKo, m0NESY, huNter-, jks, HooXi
Vitality Europe ZywOo, apEX, dupreeh, Magisk, Spinx
Outsiders Europe qikert, Jame, FL1T, fame, n0rb3r7

BLAST Premier World Final 2022: final standings

Placement Team Prize Money (USD)
1 G2 Esports $500,000 
2 Team Liquid $250,000
3-4 FaZe $85,000
OG
5-6 Vitality $25,000
NAVI
7-8 Heroic $15,000
Outsiders