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After ESL, DreamHack, and FLASHPOINT, even BLAST has decided to go online with its Spring 2020 Finals and Showdown tournaments due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Through a Tweet made by the tournament organizers, they stated that
“For the safety of our teams, fans and crew and to ensure the world-class BLAST experience remains the Premier experience in esports, the Spring Showdown and Spring Final events will be played online.”
The organizers further mentioned that due to “the strain of demanding timezones, we will have two BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and Spring Final groups split by the region,” as the participating teams will be divided in between two regions, the Americas and Europe.
BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Showdown
Apart from the 6 teams making their way into the Showdown via the Regular Season, 14 more teams will be invited for this tournament which is scheduled to take place from 31st May - 7th June, featuring a $325,000 prize pool.
These 20 teams will be equally divided inbetween the two regions,
- MIBR, 100Thieves, Evil Geniuses, and seven other invited teams will play in the Americas region.
- Astralis, NIP, Team Vitality, Winner of CIS cup, Two best teams from Elisa Invitational, Winner of Iberian Qualifier, and three other invited teams will play in the European region.
Both the regions will further witness the 10 teams being split into 2 groups of 5 teams each.
- The Americas region will witness 4 teams from each group advance onto the playoffs, following which the top 2 teams will qualify for Spring 2020 Finals.
- The European region, on the other hand, will witness the top team from each group qualify for the Spring 2020 Finals, followed by 2 more teams making their way through the playoffs.
BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 Finals
Apart from the 6 teams making their way into the Finals via the Regular Season, 6 more teams from the showdown will be joining them for the tournament. These eight teams will be divided inbetween the 2 regions as follows,
- Complexity, Team Liquid, and 2 more teams from Spring 2020 Showdown will play in the Americas region.
- Na'Vi, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, OG, and 4 more teams from Spring 2020 Showdown will play in the European region.
The tournament which is scheduled to take place from 15th - 21st June, featuring a $750,000 prize pool will witness top two teams from the European region and the winner from the Americas region, qualify for the BLAST Premier: Global Finals 2020.
With more than a month left for the tournament to begin, BLAST has already taken the logical decision of shifting their LAN events into an online tournament, considering both the safety of their staff and players while keeping in mind the difficulty associated with playing on regional online servers, smartly splitting the whole league into the two regions.
Other online tournaments like ESL Pro League Season 11 seem to be operating quite smoothly, let’s see if BLAST is able to replicate the same or even take it up a notch with their already appreciated content pieces.