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BLAST Premier Fall Series 2020 Preview

jks will be making his debut for Complexity at BLAST Premier Fall 2020. We break down the format and the form of the teams that will be looking to qualify for the finals in December.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
26th Oct, 2020·☕️ 6 min read
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The likes of FURIA and Evil Geniuses have made the travels over to Europe to fight it out in the regular season of BLAST Premier Fall.

Competition Information

Twelve teams have been invited to compete in BLAST Premier: Fall. This tournament was initially going to be divided into two regional divisions, but will now be played in Europe after the likes of Evil Geniuses and FURIA chose to make the move over the Old Continent.

There will be three double-elimination (GSL style) groups and all matches will be best-of-three from start to finish. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Fall Finals, a separate tournament set to take place in December. The bottom two teams from each group will have to settle for a spot in the BLAST Premier Showdown, which is a “second-chance” tournament of sorts where one spot in the Fall Finals will be up for grabs.

In addition to the $150,000 prize pool, there are also BLAST Circuit Points that will be awarded based on how high the teams finish.

The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • 🇺🇦 NaVi
  • 🇸🇪 NiP
  • 🇺🇸 EG
  • 🇪🇺 OG

Group B

  • 🇫🇷 Vitality
  • 🇪🇺 Complexity
  • 🇩🇪 BIG
  • 🇪🇺 FaZe

Group C

  • 🇩🇰 Astralis
  • 🇧🇷 MIBR
  • 🇧🇷 FURIA
  • 🇫🇷 G2

BLAST Premier Fall Series 2020 starts October 26 and runs through November 4th.

The Current Season

Vitality

Vitality
Record: 90 / 2 / 58
Most Played Map: Dust2 (62.2%)
Best Map: Vertigo (78.6%)
Worst Map: Mirage (50.0%)

Vitality are coming off a second-place finish at DreamHack Open Fall, where they fell 3-2 to Heroic in the BO5 final. Vitality have been one of the more consistent teams in this online era of Counter-Strike that we now find ourselves in, having made playoffs at pretty much every big event that they have participated in. Their second-place finish at DreamHack Open Fall was their fourth final at big events this year. For whatever reason, they just haven’t been able to capitalize in the finals of these tournaments.

Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses
Record: 74 / 1 / 41
Most Played Map: Inferno (81.8%)
Best Map: Inferno (81.8%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (45.5%)

Evil Geniuses have made the move over to Europe and will be playing from their boot camp in Serbia, a country which has become a popular destination for teams during the global health crisis. It has been a while since we saw the NA teams compete in European soil, so it is going to be interesting to see how they stack up against the competition. They have looked very good in NA, winning tournaments like ESL One Cologne and BLAST Premier Spring American Finals.

FURIA

FURIA
Record: 93 / 0 / 46
Most Played Map: Inferno (62.5%)
Best Map: Mirage (86.4%)
Worst Map: Nuke (55.6%)

FURIA have been on FIRA recently, winning the North American divisions of IEM New York and ESL Pro League. Their aggressive style of play has made them a fan favourite, with arT being at the heart of that aggression. Just like Evil Geniuses, FURIA have decided to boot camp in Serbia. They have received a decent group which features a completely revamped MIBR roster, Astralis, and a G2 side that is reportedly only moments away from signing NiKo from FaZe. With MIBR being the weakest team in the tournament on paper, they are in a good spot to qualify for the Fall Finals.

Astralis

Astralis
Record: 36 / 0 / 15
Most Played Map: Dust2 (75.0%)
Best Map: Inferno (81.8%)
Worst Map: Overpass (57.1%)

Astralis are coming off a third-place finish at DreamHack Open Fall, where they fell at the hands of the finalists, Vitality and Heroic. Xyp9x is now back on the main roster after having taken a break from the game, and he will be replacing es3tag who has been transferred to Cloud9. Astralis did play really well with es3tag, but personally, I think that getting Xyp9x back will only make them stronger. He may be a bit rusty, but they have received a very favourable draw here with MIBR in the first match.

NiP

NiP
Record: 40 / 2 / 44
Most Played Map: Train (61.1%)
Best Map: Mirage (64.3%)
Worst Map: Dust2 (16.7%)

With nawwk making his return to the team, NiP managed to grab fourth- place at DreamHack Open, defeating the likes of fnatic, OG and FaZe. They will go up against NaVi in the first round, a team that had to forfeit their matches at IEM New York after Perfecto was diagnosed with Covid-19. NiP have shown that they should not be understimated as they have enough individual quality to really challenge the top teams.

Complexity

Complexity
Record: 123 / 0 / 80
Most Played Map: Mirage (63.5%)
Best Map: Dust2 (67.5%)
Worst Map: Inferno (38.1%)

Complexity have just signed jks from 100 Thieves. The Australian replaces oBo on the team and will be making his debut for the team at this event. This will be his first tenure with an all international roster after having spent his career playing for Oceanic teams like 100 Thieves, Renegades and Vox Eminor. jks has always been one of the biggest talents in the world, so it is exciting to see how he will perform on Complexity. oBo did a fantastic job, but jks has the potential to take this team to new heights.

Betting Tips

It is worth noting that EG, Vitality and Complexity have already qualified for the BLAST Global Final, so with “only” prize money up for grabs, these teams will have a bit less to play for if they were to make it to the final of their respective groups. Out of the top teams, Astralis have the most to play for and I like their chances to grab the top spot in Group C with Xyp9x back on the roster.

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