New dates for BLAST Pro Series Istanbul announced

May 16th, 2018 13:34

Due to an overlap with the Turkish presidential elections, the dates of BLAST Pro Series Istanbul will be changed, with the tournament now taking place on September 28-29.

The second stop of the BLAST Pro Series was announced for Istanbul back in February, with the initial dates for the tournament being June 22-23. Due to an overlap with a big number of university exams, the organizer adjusted the schedule accordingly, moving it one day forward to June 23-24.

The tournament will take place after the summer break

However, in April, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called a snap election and dated it on June 24, which once again put the tournament in a tough situation. At the time, RFRSH, the company behind the BLAST Pro Series, commented that they were evaluating their alternatives, and have now presented their solution.

BLAST Pro Series Istanbul will be moved to a date after the player break, September 28-29. However, those dates overlap with another big tournament, ESL One New York, which will result in some of the teams previously confirmed for the event no longer being on the team list.

Cloud9, FaZe and SK were originally amongst the confirmed teams, but are currently not on the team list that RFRSH revealed. Cloud9 and FaZe have already been confirmed at ESL One New York, which means they would be forced to pull out of the event in the United States to play at BLAST.

Meanwhile, RFRSH added to the team list, with the last two teams currently not confirmed. In the announcement, one team is noted as "Reserved slot (TBA)", while the other is referred to as a "New international top team with a yet-to-be-announced line-up".

The team list looks as follows:

Denmark Astralis Sweden NiP
Poland Turkey Space Soldiers
Other Invite Other Invite
Poland ShymiX 
2018-05-16 13:34
Turkey emiliosantos 
pasha loves turkey. turkey loves pasha. np
2018-05-16 13:36
2018-05-16 13:34
Right after ESl One NY
2018-05-16 13:35
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Poland ShymiX 
ence XD
2018-05-16 13:56
woxic | 
Finally <3
2018-05-16 13:35
Sweden Unluko 
:/Reply needs to have actual content
2018-05-16 13:35
Hahahaha wat
2018-05-16 13:36
Malaysia byaIi 
big teams
2018-05-16 13:36
No ESL New York for those teams :o
2018-05-16 13:36
Yeah lmao 2 tier1 events same time They could just move date 1 day earlier like before Arent they stupid Nomad
2018-05-16 13:50
it will only be a blast when PKK joins the event :>
2018-05-16 13:36
Denmark EricoviC 
Well then You Can join their funerals.
2018-05-16 14:26
September 29-30 lul
2018-05-16 13:37
Poland Marcines 
vp getting free invites
2018-05-16 13:37
ez VP
2018-05-16 13:38
byali | 
Poland MrTikul 
2018-05-16 13:38
"New international top team with a yet-to-be-announced line-up" Tempo Storm already revealed their lineup!! Kappa
2018-05-16 13:38
>Tempo storm >Top team If they actually were talking about tempo storm I'll shut my pants
2018-05-16 15:13
virtus pro top teams
2018-05-16 16:46
2018-05-16 13:40
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
literally VPdogan
2018-05-16 13:40
Turkey Thunderball 
VP wtf fuckin blast
2018-05-16 13:42
LOL, they fucking do the event in september and VP is invited, definition of a tier 3 event
2018-05-16 13:47
Thank Mr. Erdoğan
2018-05-16 13:47
paz | 
Sweden daboxD 
invite mouz and G2
2018-05-16 13:51
Brazil Doador 
g2 kkkkkk it must be a joke ?
2018-05-16 19:16
shox | 
Canada wun_teps 
Why vp
2018-05-16 13:48
2018-05-16 13:50
lul rip this event
2018-05-16 13:50
Erdogan 200iq, removed best teams from the tournament to increase SS chance of winning
2018-05-16 13:50
Brazil Dickzera 
2018-05-16 14:22
2018-05-16 14:29
Omg ahahaha
2018-05-16 14:34
Turkey Mustafa- 
lmao erdogan 300 IQ
2018-05-16 15:08
Brazil Doador 
2018-05-16 19:16
Poor Tarik Feelsbadman
2018-05-16 13:51
Germany Very_Nice_Guy LUL
2018-05-16 13:53
Myanmar almighty_so 
“President” I thought it’s a dictator
2018-05-16 13:54
2018-05-16 13:59
Korean cant think i suppose
2018-05-16 14:14
Denmark EricoviC 
He Got elected so he must be a President.
2018-05-16 14:27
Turkey xxx_xxx9 
its not
2018-05-16 15:37
Stfu dog eater
2018-05-16 16:24
Myanmar almighty_so 
Nt pork eater
2018-05-16 16:39
i do not eat your food, the animal eating the scum is inedible.
2018-05-16 18:06
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
nice name lmao, typical erdogan supporter
2018-05-16 18:42
Saying by Luxembourg ? ROFL go play tetris.
2018-05-16 19:37
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
much more developed than Turkey
2018-05-16 20:08
Denmark EricoviC 
Devoloped in which Way?
2018-05-16 22:31
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
in pretty much every way
2018-05-17 09:10
Denmark EricoviC 
Give few examples
2018-05-17 12:13
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
12 times GDP per capita of Turkey Human Development Index in general Technology is better Crime Index is much lower want any more?
2018-05-17 12:23
Denmark EricoviC 
Well I want some sources of the technology and crime rate.
2018-05-17 12:31
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
I forgot education system up there as well Here is the comparison of crime rates in both the biggest cities I cant really show a source on technology but I am pretty sure it is better than what it is in Turkey, you might disagree because you want to defend your arguement Dont ever enter an arguement that you know you will lose
2018-05-17 13:52
Germany MrFr0stie 
I agree on what youre meaning but I belieave Istanbul is way bigger than amsterdam so I think its just natural that crime rates are higher
2018-05-17 16:07
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
well, he asked for the crime rates and I gave crime rates :D it is Luxembourg btw so it is even smaller but whatever who cares :P
2018-05-17 17:34
Brazil $anji 
turks, when will they learn?
2018-06-11 21:43
Turkey Mr_Fuccboi 
I guess, I loved your rekt btw :D
2018-06-11 21:44
Brazil $anji 
ty man :D
2018-06-11 21:44
JW | 
Belgium Lienbel 
vp lmaaaaaaaaaaaooooooooooooooo
2018-05-16 13:57
no more events in turkey until erdogan goes away
2018-05-16 13:58
2018-05-16 14:05
Denmark EricoviC 
2018-05-16 14:27
Cuz he is yarrakhead
2018-05-16 14:33
2018-05-16 15:52
2018-06-11 21:41
he is the reason why elections were set in an earlier date
2018-05-16 17:59
Denmark EricoviC 
Well you can't blame him, since MHP and CHP wanted it in first place.
2018-05-16 19:03
they wanted because erdogan is a shit leader also mhp is a party which does what erdogan tells them to do, so
2018-05-16 19:55
Denmark EricoviC 
Then I understand MHP, but Why CHP? CHP is the opponent of AKP and Erdogan. Even doe Erdogan had giving CHP an order, they wont listen. The thing I dont understand Why You are trying to make Erdogan looking bad, is it because You hate and he isn’t following Ataturks Way to control Turkey?
2018-05-16 22:16
2018-05-16 13:59
No events in turkey please... You saw what happened....
2018-05-16 14:00
Brazil 1DrK 
What a mess. They are waiting for so long a tournament there and some of top teams aren't confirmed. Considering it they should invite NaVi and Mouz.
2018-05-16 14:03
Shox new team has to be the (new top international team with a yet to be announced lineup right???) this event right after major to so and apparently the current G2 was given till the major too prove themselves so makes sense cuz who else would it be?
2018-05-16 14:03
ntc under sk/fallen and the gang under mibr perhaps?
2018-05-16 16:05
ropz | 
Poland zector 
2018-05-16 14:04
Brazil Doador 
other invites:SK and Faze
2018-05-16 14:05
Turkey Agir 
they were accepted ESL NY
2018-05-16 14:26
Terrorist Delay Series changing their date 3 times before putting it right in the same time as ESL One NY. Very gucci brain
2018-05-16 14:06
Poland misioneos 
yeeeeah vp invited xDDDD
2018-05-16 14:08
Europe KRiSEF 
World class yet to announce lineup - G2?
2018-05-16 14:10
Luxembourg alex24 
unfortunate choice of words there: Istanbul=BLAST=KABOOM
2018-05-16 14:13
Denmark EricoviC 
Turkey is more safe than germany and many other european countries, when it comes to terrorism.
2018-05-16 16:37
Luxembourg alex24 
say that again... but now stop looking around for kamikaze kurd bombers...
2018-05-17 06:45
Denmark EricoviC 
Only on the south Eastern part of Turkey
2018-05-17 12:12
Wait VP??? Dont do this please i beg you!
2018-05-16 14:21
EZ for VP EZ for crowd that will come only because VP play
2018-05-16 14:23
there are only two players that would attract Turkey crowd: kennyS and Scream. But unfortunately their teams are shit.
2018-05-16 14:26
not true add pasha
2018-05-16 14:30
2018-05-16 14:27
Btw another delay confirmed. WHY VIRTUS PRO , RIP FAZE C9 SK
2018-05-16 14:28
Lmao they should just cancel it now that Tarik can't come
2018-05-16 14:27
Erdogans fault
2018-05-16 14:33
vp LUL
2018-05-16 14:34
invite navi and mouz
2018-05-16 14:35
United States Shadow272 
Lol Faze c9 sk having to pull out bc of New York
2018-05-16 14:41
paz | 
Turkey onuRRRR 
t3 event
2018-05-16 14:42
Sweden carlssonfja 
thanks erdogan
2018-05-16 14:45
cyx | 
China kazuk1 
vp lol
2018-05-16 14:46
Finland Arv1 
-vp +fnatic
2018-05-16 14:48
one team is noted as "Reserved slot (TBA)", while the other is referred to as a "New international top team with a yet-to-be-announced line-up". wtf
2018-05-16 15:04
Germany Vini_1337 
NTC or new shox team
2018-05-16 16:19
Turkey mambaism 
Invite mouz and Navi. SK and C9 arent necessary they are tier 3 team atm
2018-05-16 15:05
niceeee Invite fnatic and NaVi please
2018-05-16 15:10
This is cryptic as fuck
2018-05-16 15:10
Turkey Rjea 
LOL thanks Erdoğan
2018-05-16 15:11
invite mouz or riot
2018-05-16 15:16
invite Ago xDD
2018-05-16 15:16
omg event in country with dictator? i hope they will be safe there. i'll be glad if teams refuse to participate
2018-05-16 15:22
Denmark EricoviC 
Safe? I Think Turkey is more safe than Germany, Sweden and many other European countries, When it comes to terrorism. Can’t see anything else dangerous than that. Well I can conclude after seeing your comment, you haven’t visited Turkey, and accusing Turkey for not being safe.
2018-05-16 22:36
Turkey SG^^ 
"New international top team with a yet-to-be-announced line-up" That has to be new SK line-up featuring NTC players And btw, where can I get a Poland flag and VP T-shirt :)
2018-05-16 15:24
Petra | 
Turkey ao1 
literally what the hell
2018-05-16 15:28
Sweden Daquan 
Blast Fail Series xDDDDDD
2018-05-16 15:45
Hungary HunDaniel 
invite HR, turks would like it because of woxic i would like it because of HR
2018-05-16 15:46
-VP +HR imo
2018-05-16 16:02
2018-05-16 15:50
Legends are coming to Turkey ! love it ! haters gonna hate ...
2018-05-16 15:50
When ı saw these event i said ''finally Turkey make an event about e-sports''. But erdowie good at disrupt something.
2018-05-16 16:08
Nt fakeflagging turk dog
2018-05-16 16:37
i dont care about sk and faze but its sad for tarik that he is not gonna play in his real country
2018-05-16 16:13
Yea :(
2018-05-16 16:38
Brazil digozamaral 
Nice Erdogan
2018-05-16 16:15
vp invite is a fucking joke
2018-05-16 16:21
stop inviting
2018-05-16 16:25
2018-05-16 16:52
C9 was already fcked up after Stewie left and G2 was bad form too nice to see VP hope next 2 invite would be Hellraisers and Navi
2018-05-16 16:28
btw erdogan didnt want snap elections all parties in parliament wanted it first
2018-05-16 16:29
Denmark EricoviC 
And the funny fact is that turks are blaming him for the early election. xD
2018-05-16 16:41
Actually I'm sure especially Astralis is happy about this. ESL New York is 3 days after the Major in London.. flying to the states 3 days after the most anticipated event of the year is stressful. Instead they get a 5 day break and a much shorter flight
2018-05-16 16:31
Now SS can use their full lineup unless they cant get visas to the stadium or something else as an excuse LOOOOOOOOOOOL
2018-05-16 16:32
Hungary Shiron212 
lul 8/8 :D
2018-05-16 16:35
Hungary Shiron212 
2018-05-16 16:34
Korea lulkektop 
if the tourney was in summer;I would go to istanbul ;)
2018-05-16 16:47
2018-05-16 16:47
thanks again mr erdogan
2018-05-16 16:50
If it's shox then you won't see him play before the major. And it doesn't look like shox, although Belgium and France are 2 different countries and thus a team with Ex6 and shox can be regarded as international, but I don't feel excited about it at all, SmithZz sucks so much that even NiKo and GuardiaN wouldn't carry him to a big win.
2018-05-16 17:04
Erdogan is a disciple of Stalin.
2018-05-16 17:14
Russia hesoyamx 
hz. jesus erdogan thx
2018-05-16 17:34
Denmark EricoviC 
You know as a Turk that Erdogan wasn’t the only one who accepted the early election, CHP was the first party whom wanted an early election, so can’t see why you are blaming Erdogan.
2018-05-16 22:40
2018-05-16 17:39
looking forward to visit istanbul with my turkish friend watch beatiful cs and enjoy good food.
2018-05-16 17:45
Denmark EricoviC 
Trust me Istanbul is a great city with lot of nice people, culture and food. You wont regret anything, every single year there is bunch of danes visiting cities as Istanbul, Antalya etc. :) well enjoy your journey
2018-05-16 19:06
seeing this a bit late but thanks for the good wishes. Good to hear people giving attention to istanbul which it highly deserves
2018-05-20 18:18
seeing this a bit late but thanks for the good wishes. Good to hear people giving attention to istanbul which it highly deserves
2018-05-20 18:18
"New dates for BLAST" XD
2018-05-16 18:08
haha BLAST and Istanbul... BOOOM
2018-05-16 18:49
Other Arubian 
Hellraisers will get invited. "New international team"
2018-05-16 19:08
Switzerland Alpollo 
I wish so. But it says new top team with yet to be announced lineup. HR is not new, no "top" team and the line up is not unknown.
2018-06-03 23:53
Brazil AidoNou 
Invite SK that was the champions of the BLAST last year, the way the theys passed to the final and the grand final, damn that was amazing
2018-05-16 19:15
EZ money for Astralis
2018-05-16 19:41
vp :D :D
2018-05-16 20:45
t3 tourney
2018-05-16 21:47
Invite fnatic and optic
2018-05-16 22:32
fnatic okay but optic ?? XD
2018-06-03 23:54
invite to Fnatic
2018-06-03 13:53
Brazil Gandafox 
without the sk team has no emotion! they will not win but produce adrenaline in all.
2018-06-11 21:38
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