BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022


Spencer Smith, Writer

BLAST’s first event of the new year sees 12 of the best teams in Counter-Strike compete for qualification placements later in the year. Those who successfully qualify will go on to the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, where those who don’t will fall into the qualification for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. The Spring Showdown, later in March, will see the bottom 6 teams fight it out for two more qualification spots into the Spring Finals in June. Those within the Spring Showdown will compete against 10 other teams who have qualified for the Spring Showdown through other means of qualification. The BLAST Premier Spring Circuit itself is a stop on the road to the BLAST Premier World Final, which is being held on LAN in December.

The first day of groups saw Group A end in G2 Esports winning the group, and NIP ending up in the Semi-Finals. The second day of groups saw Group B end in OG upsetting Astralis to win the group and send Astralis to the Semi-Finals. Group C saw FaZe Clan winning the group and Team Vitality being sent to the Semi-Finals as well. The Knockout Stage saw Complexity, Liquid, and Evil Geniuses being sent out of the tournament and onto the Spring Showdown. It also saw MIBR, Natus Vincere, and Astralis being sent to the “Last Chance” bracket. 

The final round of the Knockout Stage saw Vitality winning over G2, OG beating out NIP, and FaZe seeking out a victory against BIG, qualifying all of the winning teams for the Spring Finals, and sending the losers to the “Last Chance stage”. In the “Last Chance” bracket; G2, Natus Vincere, and BIG qualified for the Spring Finals over MIBR, NIP, and Astralis respectively. Those that lost these matches within the “Last Chance” bracket were sent to the Spring Showdown. In March, one of these teams will compete for a spot in the Spring Finals. Ultimately, some of these teams will probably meet again on the road to the BLAST Premier World Finals in December 2022.