BLAST Pro Series Lisbon viewer's guide
With the $250,000 Portuguese BLAST Pro Series stop set to take place from December 14-15, we've collected all the information you need to follow the final top-tier event of the year.
As is custom for BLAST Pro Series stops, tournament action has been compressed into just one day of arena play, and as such, the format sees the six directly invited teams play each other in a round-robin format with three best-of-one matches running simultaneously.
The group stage will run on both tournament days, with nine total matches being played in the arena on Saturday. The top two teams will then face off in a best-of-three grand final in the early evening.
Before the grand final, a bonus match called 'BLAST Pro Stand-off' will take place, where the team placing 3rd in the group stage picks another remaining side to play in a match featuring five 1v1 aim duels for a chance to win the $20,000 cash prize.
Below is the full team list for the Lisbon event:
Worth noting is that two participating teams will be fielding stand-ins in Lisbon, as Ismail "refrezh" Ali will take Maikil "Golden" Selim's place in Cloud9 due to medical issues, just like Braxton "swag" Pierce has been brought in by MIBR because Fernando "fer" Alvarenga is undergoing surgery to fix his hearing problem.
As part of the BLAST Pro concept, the teams have already completed the map vetoes for the group stage best-of-ones matches. The full schedule for the event - with three matches being played at the same time in the group stage - can be found below:
19:00 - BLAST Pro Stand-off | five 1v1 aim duels
20:00 - Grand final | BO3
In Copenhagen, the crowd and viewers at home were treated with a welcome surprise, as Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat joined his old Room On Fire colleagues Jason "moses" O'Toole and Anders Blume to cast the grand final. The popular American will also be present in Lisbon, as he joins Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez and Christine "potter" Chi on the analyst's desk, which Alex "Machine" Richardson will be hosting.
The full on-air team can be found below:
Adam Savage - Show host
Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk host
Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Christine "potter" Chi - Analyst
Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez - Analyst
Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat - Analyst
Anders Blume - Commentator
Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Mohan "launders" Govindasamy - Commentator
Conner "Scrawny" Girvan - Commentator
Finally, here is how the $250,000 prize pool will be distributed among the competing squads:
BLAST Pro Stand-off winner: $20,000