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CSGO: BLAST Premier Fall Finals - Group Stage

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CSGO: BLAST Premier Fall Finals - Group Stage


The BLAST Premier Fall Finals will take place from November 23 to 27. It's the second-to-last BLAST event of the year, with the World Final set to take place from December 14 to December 18 at Copenhagen's Royal Arena.

The Fall Finals begin on November 23 when eight teams compete for triumph - with a grand prize of a portion of a $425,000 prize money, as well as BLAST Premier points and the opportunity to compete for even more win at the World Final tournament.

The group stage of the Fall Finals will start on November 23rd, with eight teams competing in a double-elimination bracket. The last two teams will be removed, which leaves the surviving six teams to compete in the playoffs.

The group stage games are determined by the Bo3 (best of three) rule, and the victors advance to the semifinals. In the meantime, the second-place finishers will advance to the high-seed quarter finals while the third-place finishers will advance to the low-seed quarter finals.

When the teams reach the playoffs, they will compete in a single-elimination bracket in Bo3 matches.

In addition to a share of the competition's prize money, the eight teams are vying for the opportunity to compete in the World Final, which will be held in December. The winner of each season's final will instantly advance to the World Finals, at which they'll be united by the finalists of other non-BLAST Premiers, together with the groups performed best on the BLAST Premier Global Leaderboard, which is determined by their results in the year's most important leagues and competitions.


The Fall Finals will feature eight teams divided into two groups: A and B. Group A's groups are as follows:
FaZe Clan
Ninjas in Pyjamas

FaZe Clan is among our tournament favorites and one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks. FaZe were indeed a formidable opponent in the IEM Rio Major previously this year as they were the reigning champions. Amidst great hopes, FaZe were defeated in the Legends Stage, finishing with a 0-3 record.

Heroic has also recorded a powerful recent performance and a recent setback to make up for. They came so nearly winning in Rio, trying to make it all the way to the finals. Outsiders were able to take the final win, leaving Heroic in a well-deserved second spot. Still, only time will determine whether they can triumph in Copenhagen.

NIP doesn't have the same proven record as the prior two teams, yet that doesn't mean they should be written off right away. Ninjas advanced all the way to the Legends Stage in Rio before being eliminated by Fnatic. They face a difficult opponent in their first game against Heroic, but CS:GO has seen numerous upsets this year.

OG has secured their spot in the Fall Finals by being one of the Fall Groups champions (along with Team Liquid and Natus Vincere), but do they possess what it requires to make it all the way? Their first game against FaZe Clan, who are heavily favored to win, does not work particularly well for them. Nonetheless, with a history of unexpected victories in CS:GO, they are not to be underestimated.


Group B's teams are as follows:

G2 Esports
Natus Vincere (Navi)
Team Liquid

Fluxo is a newer organization, that was established in January 2021. But besides this, Fluxo seems to have some good performances under their belt, most particularly first place in the BLAST Premier: Fall American Showdown, which earned them a spot in the Fall Finals. They will, however, be facing stiff competition as they will face reigning champions Navi in their first match on November 23.

In the meantime, G2 has a much longer history, dating as far back to 2013. G2 are strong competitors but have finished up second at Intel Extreme Masters XVI in Katowice, as well as PGL Major Stockholm 2021 and Intel Extreme Masters XVI in Cologne.

Navi are the defending BLAST World Champions, having triumphed in the Finals in both the 2020 and 2021 series. If they manage to complete the hat trick and advance to the World Finals in 2022, they will have decided to compete in every BLAST Premier World Final since the tournament's beginning in 2020.

Lastly, Team Liquid enters the Fall Finals on a high note, having won the Fall Groups stage (along with OG and Navi). They advanced to the Legends stage of the IEM Rio Major 2022 but were eliminated after back-to-back failures by Heroic and Spirit. Their first game against G2 looks to be a close one, with both teams having a good shot of winning.

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