BLAST Pro Series Madrid viewer's guide

With BLAST Pro Series Madrid kicking off in 24 hours, we present a comprehensive viewer's guide for the $250,000 tournament.

The third BLAST Pro Series event of 2019 is set to kick off on Friday, May 10, taking place at the Madrid Arena, located in the heart of the Spanish capital. Over the next two days, six contestants will duke it out in looks to secure the grand prize of $125,000.

Consistent with previous events of the BLAST Pro circuit, the group stage will feature a best-of-one, round-robin format, with the top two sides advancing straight to the best-of-three grand final.

Astralis will look to cop their fourth BLAST title in Madrid

Currently only five contestants are known for the tournament, as the sixth will be decided in a best-of-three Iberian play-in, featuring Movistar Riders and Giants. The play-in will precede the first two rounds of the group stage, all of which will take place inside the Madrid Arena on Friday, May 10. The second, and final day of the tournament will also take place in front of a live audience on Saturday, May 11.

Prior to the start of the grand final, a bonus match called the 'BLAST Pro Stand-off' will take place, where the third-placed team of the group stage will pick another side to face in a showmatch featuring five 1vs1 aim duels. The subsequent victor of the match-up will secure an additional $20,000 in prize money.

Below are all currently-known participants of BLAST Pro Series Madrid:

United States Cloud9
Ukraine Natus Vincere
Other Winner of Iberian play-in

The full tournament schedule can be found below:

Friday, May 10

Iberian play-in
16:15 - Spain Movistar Riders vs. Portugal Giants | BO3

Round one
20:45 - United States Cloud9 vs. Europe TBD | BO1
20:45 - Finland ENCE vs. Ukraine Natus Vincere| BO1
20:45 - Denmark Astralis vs. Sweden NiP | BO1

Round two
22:15 - Sweden NiP vs. Finland ENCE | BO1
22:15 - United States Cloud9 vs. Ukraine Natus Vincere| BO1
22:15 - Denmark Astralis vs. Europe TBD | BO1

Saturday, May 11

Round three
15:00 - Denmark Astralis vs. Ukraine Natus Vincere | BO1
15:00 - United States Cloud9 vs. Finland ENCE| BO1
15:00 - Sweden NiP vs. Europe TBD | BO1

Round four
16:20 - Denmark Astralis vs. Finland ENCE | BO1
16:20 - United States Cloud9 vs. Sweden NiP| BO1
16:20 - Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Europe TBD | BO1

Round five
17:40 - Denmark Astralis vs. United States Cloud9 | BO1
17:40 - Sweden NiP vs. Ukraine Natus Vincere| BO1
17:40 - Finland ENCE vs. Europe TBD | BO1

19:00 - BLAST Pro Series Stand-off | Five 1vs1 aim duels

20:00 - Grand final | BO3

Adam Savage will once more be bringing the hype to the crowd in the capacity of stage host, while Alex "Machine" Richardson will be hosting the desk. Analysis will be brought by a talented mix of former and active professional players in Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill, Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez, Christine "potter" Chi and Noah "Nifty" Francis, with three casting pairs describing in detail all the matches.

Below is the comprehensive on-air talent lineup:

United Kingdom Adam Savage - Stage Host

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk Host

United Kingdom Frankie Ward - Interviewer

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Switzerland Mathieu "Maniac" Quiquerez - Analyst
United States Christine "potter" Chi - Analyst
United States Noah "Nifty" Francis - Analyst

Canada Mohan "launders" Govindasamy - Commentator
Canada Conner "Scrawny" Girvan - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Commentator
Denmark Anders Blume - Commentator
United Kingdom James Bardolph - Commentator
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator

The $250,000 prize pool will be distributed as per below:

1. $125,000 + 10 BPS Points
2. $50,000 + 8 BPS Points
3. $25,000 + 6 BPS Points
4. $15,000 + 4 BPS Points
5. $10,000 + 2 BPS Points
6. $5,000

BLAST Pro Stand-off winner: $20,000

Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
156
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
830
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.04
United States Christine 'potter' Chi
Christine 'potter' Chi
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
119
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Noah 'Nifty' Francis
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.09
lets go
2019-05-09 15:20
No m16r, no 0-10 😎😎
2019-05-09 17:13
dank you
2019-05-09 15:20
Ez4ence
2019-05-09 15:20
#11
allu | 
Finland stabme 
EZ4ENCE
2019-05-09 15:22
#18
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Spain elskio 
ez Astralis and real csgod device
2019-05-09 15:33
0/8
2019-05-09 16:24
#21
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United Kingdom PaperthiN 
A BO3 play-in to qualify for a BO1 round robin event...?
2019-05-09 15:36
ikr
2019-05-09 18:31
So many deleted comments. Expected from young adult reddit community to write shit on HLTV. BLAST Pro Series is the best after Major.
2019-05-09 15:39
0/8
2019-05-09 15:47
My F4 comment got deleted
2019-05-09 15:53
#35
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Poland Lukovsky 
just slightly better than Dreamhack Open circuit lol
2019-05-09 16:15
Worstereded bait in the history of baits
2019-05-09 21:16
#24
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United States DervGuy 
EZ4ENCE Fuck blast btw
2019-05-09 15:40
EZ4ENCE my dudes
2019-05-09 15:46
I'm glad Sadokist is not here
2019-05-09 15:46
#54
gla1ve | 
Japan d4v41 
Sadokist won't be at any Blast events anytime soon
2019-05-09 21:13
#27
NiKo | 
Slovenia ArlindEl 
Viewers guide to watch BO1 all day xaxaxax
2019-05-09 15:46
#31
chrisJ | 
Poland Chiirs 
There will be two bo3 games. Otherwise it's almost the same as any other blast. Boring..
2019-05-09 15:53
A bunch of bo1's are pretty fun to watch ngl, but there shouldn't be 3 games at the same time live, and the format is still shit for the competition.
2019-05-09 18:33
#50
chrisJ | 
Poland Chiirs 
Good points. I actually enjoyed 2-3 blasts in a row, but then I got bored. They are basically the same teams playing over and over again. Even if they are quite decent teams there is growing fatigue. The format also doesn't help. So I stopped watching. Few weeks ago I realised that there are 6 core teams that are here to stay till the end of the year. I have so little free time when I'm at home and huge backlog of things to watch/play/read that I'm not going to waste watching similar tournaments every few weeks. Though as I said first few editions were quite good, I just lost interest recently.
2019-05-09 19:02
"I have so little free time, when I'm at home" , and you prioritize it with HLTV. Wtg
2019-05-10 15:39
#66
chrisJ | 
Poland Chiirs 
Why not? Xd also reading in toilet is hardly free time.
2019-05-14 20:39
#50
chrisJ | 
Poland Chiirs 
Good points. I actually enjoyed 2-3 blasts in a row, but then I got bored. They are basically the same teams playing over and over again. Even if they are quite decent teams there is growing fatigue. The format also doesn't help. So I stopped watching. Few weeks ago I realised that there are 6 core teams that are here to stay till the end of the year. I have so little free time when I'm at home and huge backlog of things to watch/play/read that I'm not going to waste watching similar tournaments every few weeks. Though as I said first few editions were quite good, I just lost interest recently.
2019-05-09 19:02
#29
ropz | 
Europe SadPuppet 
♥EZ4FRANKIE♥
2019-05-09 15:50
#30
Myanmar xdcc 
why give MVP for blastralis? so many bo1 and even if you watch event you will see 33% of bo1 unless you rewatch..
2019-05-09 15:52
never understood this tournament THREE matches at the same time, whole tournament is bo1's just a fan-service
2019-05-09 15:57
#55
gla1ve | 
Japan d4v41 
You answered it yourself lol
2019-05-09 21:14
#34
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African Union mikecool 
Blast pro series lives up to it's name. It's just a 'blast'. There one moment, gone the next. I also hate the fact that teams are preferring to skip events for this firework of a show. But it could have a place. Kind of like 20/20 cricket vs one day/test cricket. Csgo could have different versions too.
2019-05-09 16:03
#36
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United States Err0h 
I forgot this event was even happening
2019-05-09 16:21
Understandable when these appear left and right
2019-05-09 18:43
#64
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United States Err0h 
My point exactly.
2019-05-10 14:47
ez4GODStralis
2019-05-09 16:24
Boycotting this cancer
2019-05-09 16:38
+1.
2019-05-09 20:57
+1
2019-05-09 21:15
Astralis gonna win this one
2019-05-09 16:44
#41
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Portugal AgenteDoFox 
LETS GO GIANTS!
2019-05-09 17:07
ez4ence i guess
2019-05-09 17:11
Buck Flast
2019-05-09 17:27
#47
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
Blast LUL
2019-05-09 18:33
#48
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Spain BlaNcoW 
EZ 4 RIDERS
2019-05-09 18:41
#52
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Brazil danluchesi 
no mibr no fun, for lovers and haters...
2019-05-09 19:43
Shit Event Shit schedule Shit organizer Boycot rfrsh pls, you won‘t miss anything important either way
2019-05-09 21:15
#59
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China JackAuGustLee 
oh nifty.Long time no see
2019-05-10 00:34
#60
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Vietnam anhtuan0296 
Yay another great event, cant wait to see who's gonna be 2nd place again 😌
2019-05-10 07:18
Why is Cloud9 even involved in these still
2019-05-10 08:59
You gonna Lotion up Frankie?
2019-05-10 09:33
#63
FalleN | 
Asia fos1x 
I remember blast pro was great, a small event with huge audience ow just bunch of bo1 with ez money not display much a team skills
2019-05-10 10:23
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