All You Need to Know Before BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals

by Phirex

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans have some top quality action to look forward to as the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals are set to get under way.

Held online rather than in person in Moscow due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, four esports organisations will face off in order to try and win the event.

The VTB Arena had been set to host the tournament but with the pandemic making global travel impossible for esports teams it was decided to move the event and regionalise it as well.

This means that alongside the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals, the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals are also set to be held in the coming days.

Four teams will take part with a total prize pool of $250,000 up for grabs. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals.

When and where is BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals taking part?

Action starts on June 16 – the day after the first matches at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals – with the event set to come to a close on June 21.

Online play is likely to have an impact on the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive stars potentially set to try out a different range of tactics than when they compete at in-person events.

The esports world is still adapting to the difficulties and challenges that are posed by playing online but it adds an extra element of intrigue for those who enjoy watching and playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Hopefully in-person esports tournaments will be deemed safe to return sooner rather than later, but at least with the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals about to get under way, fans have something to look forward to over the coming days.

What is the format for BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals?

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BLAST Premier Spring is going to be hotly contested

The BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals will see matches played under a best of three format, while a double-elimination bracket is also being used for the tournament.

Terms of the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals are therefore the same as the European finals that will be taking place at the same time – also online.

Last place will receive $10,000 in prize money as well as 400 tournament circuit points for taking part. The team that ends up in third will get 600 points and $15,000 while second place will get $65,000 as well as 800 points towards their tally.

The winner of the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals will scoop the top prize of $160,000 while there are also 1,600 tournament circuit points up for grabs to the victors.

Betway, EPOS and CS.Money sponsor the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals.

Who are the top teams and players at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals?

Here are the four esports entrants for the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals:

  • Team Liquid
  • FURIA Esports
  • MIBR
  • Evil Geniuses

Apart from Team Liquid, all teams earned their spot at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals by qualifying through the Americas Showdown esports event.

Liquid have been dominant in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive of late and they are likely to start the tournament as the favourites. Among their key players are nitr0 and Stewie2K, who will face off against his old MIBR team-mates.

Brazilian team MIBR are running under a new coach with dead at the helm, while trk has joined the organisation from Team One, bumping meyern down to the bench as a result.

Another Brazilian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, FURIA, will be coached by guerri at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals. Their in-game leader is arT, who shone during the recent BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Showdown to qualify for a spot.

Lastly, Evil Geniuses complete the lineup for the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals. CS:GO fans will be looking forward to seeing how tarik performs under new coach zews.

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