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Europe and North America to clash again in BLAST Premier Fall Series

Henrieta Hyrlikova

BLAST comes out with great news for CS:GO, announcing the reunion of European and North American teams in the BLAST Premier Fall 2020 Series.

It's been a while since we saw EU and NA teams clash. The global pandemic has made tournament organizers split their events into separate regional divisions for a few months, but fortunately, BLAST is here to save what’s left of the season.

Twelve invited CS:GO teams will battle it out in BLAST Premier Fall 2020 series, organizer’s signature tournament, which will run from October 26th to November 4th. The reward of $150,000 will be spread among the teams, together with a seed in the next step of the championship for all participants. That will be either the BLAST Premier Fall Finals for the first 6 teams, or the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown knockout stage for the rest.

Of course, all teams must move to Europe before the tournament kicks off. That’s three American teams flying across the ocean to settle the score on which continent holds better CS:GO team: Evil Geniuses, MIBR and FURIA Esports. The European part in the mix is pretty obvious, we will see only top tier names like Astralis, Team Vitality, BIG, OG, G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan and Complexity.

Team Liquid awaits in Fall Showdown

Originally, the team composition was a bit different. The tournament organizer had to find replacements for two teams that decided to drop out.

The first is Team Liquid, who made a decision to sit out the Fall Series due to safety reasons.

“We understand and respect why BLAST wanted to gather all partner teams in Europe and reflect the global nature of CS:GO competition. Unfortunately, that choice did not align with our team’s current situation and needs. Given the evolving situation surrounding COVID, we had to consider the burden of cross-continental travel,” said the statement Team Liquid posted on Twitter.

However, Team Liquid won’t avoid the trip to Europe completely. They agreed with BLAST to be seeded straight into BLAST Fall Showdown, which will allow them to fight for a spot in Fall Finals. That’s pretty much the same as if they attended and ended up below 6th place.

This decision has made the tournament one American team shorter, because BLAST picked German team BIG as a replacement.

FURIA replaces 100 Thieves who withdraw from CS:GO

100 Thieves had to make a harder decision. Recently they announced their exit from the competitive CS:GO scene as a result of the current transition of CS:GO esports to Europe.

Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag, founder and CEO of 100 Thieves, explained in the announcement, that after discussions with players they’ve come up to a conclusion, that the best solution for the success of players would be to find them a new home in Europe. According to Nadeshot, the Los Angeles based organization is not able to provide proper support for their players in Europe and will rather find other organizations that could give them "all the things that we can't right now".

No doubt it’s unpleasant news for 100 Thieves fans. On the contrary, fans of FURIA Esports are most probably delighted to see them competing in the Fall Series instead. BLAST was straightforward with replacements, picking two teams ranked in the world's top ten.

Robbie Douek, CEO of BLAST, shared:

“We’re over the moon that we’ll be able to bring the 12 BLAST Premier Fall Series competing teams to Europe and welcome the exciting additions of FURIA and BIG – the Counter Strike scene has been crying out for both regions to renew rivalries in recent months and we’re delighted that we can deliver this for fans.”

The tournament organizer says it has worked closely with American-based teams to help facilitate safe travel, set up accommodation and create the best possible playing and training conditions ahead of the Fall Season taking place.

We are looking at two months packed with exciting CS:GO matchups. After the Fall Series conclude, the next step will be the BLAST Premier Showdown scheduled on November 23rd - 29th. The winners of both will qualify for BLAST Premier Fall Final, which will run from December 8th to 13th.

The eventual winners of the Fall Final will join Complexity, Team Vitality and Evil Geniuses in a battle for a trophy in January’s Global Final.