The BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals are approaching fast with esports fans eagerly awaiting one of the top dates on the calendar for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Being played online due to the coronavirus crisis, the Spring 2020 European Finals offer two teams the chance to go on and book a place at the Global Final 2020.
A $500,000 total prize pool adds extra glamour to the BLAST Premier event, which has been split into North American ad European finals as a result of the pandemic restricting travel.
Online play is likely to have an impact on the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tactics used by each of the eight teams who will be involved in the Spring 2020 European Finals.
With matches set to start in a few days, here is everything that you need to know about BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals before the tournament gets underway.
When and where is BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals taking part?
BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals had been set to take place in Moscow but that event had to be cancelled as the coronavirus crisis made it impossible for teams to travel.
As a result, the tournament will take place online with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive enthusiasts having the chance to stream all the action live on Twitch and other sites.
Action at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals will get under way on June 15 with the final matches in the competition held on June 21.
The top two teams at the event will qualify for the Global Final 2020 as well as taking home prize money. The winners of the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals will bank $335,000 and second place will receive $65,000. Third gets $30,000 with $20,000 going to fourth place.
Also up for grabs for the eight teams that reach the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals are tournament circuit points. Winners of the tournament get 2400 points with half of that figure going to the runners-up of the competition.
Some 900 points will be awarded to the team that finishes third, while fourth place will get 600 points to add to their tally. The teams that come in the bottom two places will receive 150 points as well as $10,000 in prize money.
What is the format for BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals?
Matches at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals take place in a best of three format and the tournament is laid out in a double-elimination bracket.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans can therefore look forward to a week of top quality action, though it remains to be seen how much the standard is affected by teams having to play online rather than at the VTB Arena in the Russian capital city.
Sponsors including Betway, EPOS and CS.Money have been lined up for the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals.
A sister event will take place for North American teams simultaneously as esports organisations aim to reach the Global Final 2020.
Who are the top teams and players at BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals?
The final place at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals will be decided at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown European shortly before action gets under way.
But here are the seven entrants for BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals so far:
- FaZe Clan
- Natus Vincere
- G2 Esports
- Complexity Gaming
- Team Vitality
MAD Lions and Ninjas in Pyjamas face off at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown European in order to decide who gets the last spot at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals.
Natus Vincere remains one of the top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams around but their form over the past few months has been poor. Experienced CS:GO players like flamie and s1mple offer their best chance of success, while B1ad3 is the team’s coach.
G2 has a shot of claiming top spot in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rankings in the near future if the team performs well at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals. The team’s in-game leader nexa has been in fine form of late, which bodes well for their chances.
FaZe Clan’s chances appear slim with Olofmeister missing. The team’s replacement, Bymas, is relatively inexperienced when it comes to competitive Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action.