BLAST have announced their newest CS:GO competitive circuit, the BLAST Premier, a new global tournament series with a massive prize pool.
BLAST is best known for the ‘Pro Series’ events, held worldwide with many of the best teams in Counter-Strike invited, but are introducing a new format for 2020.
The BLAST Premier will offer $500,000 for winners of each of the two Season Finals, with a grand prize of $1,000,000 for the 2020 Global Final. Total prizing across the series is a whopping $4,250,000.
BLAST is proudly using best of 3 matches throughout, with CEO Robbie Douek saying they have spent “months developing the right format. A format that will create the greatest entertainment product for fans at events and viewers watching across the world. We believe we have perfected that format.”
The tournament series will be played across a spring and fall season, starting with 12 teams in three groups, with a week of matches per group.
The new play-in system will allow any team to try their luck and attempt to qualify.
BLAST Premier 2020 full format
BLAST’s Pro Series events, though popular, have been subject to criticism from some fans, but Nicolas Estrup, Director of Product and Experience, says they have “taken on board the incredible feedback from our show surveys and across the Counter-Strike community.”
Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.
The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.
This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.
So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.
The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.
Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.
In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.
Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule
FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.