BLAST Pro Series format changed as BO3 semi-finals are introduced

RFRSH Entertainment has announced major changes to the format of the BLAST Pro Series events with the introduction of best-of-three semi-finals.

The new format is part of what RFRSH Entertainment describes as the Front Row Experience, a series of initiatives "focussing on competitiveness, live- and viewer experience in a cut-throat entertainment format."

The first chance to see the new format at work will come next month at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, which will be held on July 13-14 at the HD Buttercup building (the event was originally due to be held at the Galen Center from July 12-13).

The entire tournament will be open to the public, with the group matches being held on Saturday, while the semi-finals and the grand final will be played on Sunday. The schedule for the round-robin stage has also been spread out as only two games will be played at a time with the exception of the final round, in which all three matches will be played simultaneously.

BLAST Pro Series to feature two more best-of-three series

The BLAST Pro Series format had been the same since the first event, almost two years ago. However, criticism had mounted in recent months, especially after Astralis decided to skip some international events while still attending BLAST Pro Series stops - which contributed to them losing their place at the top of the world rankings to Liquid on Monday.

"The format in Los Angeles will be our first tournament with BO3 semi finals, and similar to the live show, we will tweak the format as we go along during the 2019 season and build on the elements and formats that work best for us," said Jordi Roig, Executive Producer of BLAST Pro Series.

"We appreciate and will continue to listen to the – sometimes very direct – feedback we get from fans, partners, broadcasters and all other stakeholders to become the best tournament and experience we can be.

"Los Angeles will mark yet another first for us – and this one we’ve been looking forward to presenting for a long time."

In an interview with HLTV.org conducted at last year's BLAST Pro Series Lisbon, Steen Laursen, Vice President of Communications & Brand at RFRSH Entertainment, had already admitted that the company was "looking at how to improve the tournament format", stressing that the event would remain faithful to its identity.

RFRSH did not make any mention about the BLAST Stand-off, a series of 1v1 aim duels that have been held prior to the grand finals.

Tickets for BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles are on sale on the event's official website, with single-day tickets costing $99 and a weekend ticket costing $149. With the event having been rescheduled and moved to a new location, all ticket holders have received full refunds and will need to re-purchase their tickets.

Update: On Twitter, Nicolas Estrup, Director of Product & Experience at RFRSH Entertainment, has guaranteed that the BLAST Stand-off "is not going anywhere."

#1
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United States aust_h 
NO WAY
2019-06-05 19:06
#19
United Kingdom Ehto 
YES WAY
2019-06-05 19:08
#21
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Sweden Unluko 
POG
2019-06-05 19:08
#40
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
Wow, gonna be so ez 4 mibr now
2019-06-05 19:09
-1 hard for mibr without online and bo1
2019-06-05 19:18
#193
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Russia YML1234 
No
2019-06-06 07:41
Cry
2019-06-05 19:15
#2
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Sweden device8 
RIP Blastralis
2019-06-05 19:08
#60
Nifty | 
Latvia nauruha 
right? move from #2 to 5 mark my words
2019-06-05 19:12
Yeah for sure, the team who was dominant in Bo3 matches will move down because of this change. Not so clever from your side
2019-06-05 20:47
v c bout dat!
2019-06-05 23:53
#3
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United States 21_savage_GOAT 
still trash
2019-06-05 19:07
true
2019-06-05 19:21
#177
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Finland Faust_fSt 
+1
2019-06-05 22:00
#182
shrek | 
New Zealand is_love 
Yeah butvlesd trash
2019-06-05 22:39
#4
woxic | 
Turkey bugrazenn 
Finally
2019-06-05 19:07
Poggers
2019-06-05 19:07
Nice
2019-06-05 19:07
#7
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Brazil de_stroyed 
FINALLY
2019-06-05 19:07
#8
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Philippines nilb0g 
still sucks
2019-06-05 19:07
#9
yuurih | 
Brazil imcyrus 
Finally
2019-06-05 19:07
#10
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Canada dem0Ns 
FINALLY BLASTRALIS HAS A CHANCE LMAO
2019-06-05 19:07
Yeah, finally xD
2019-06-06 11:12
LULW
2019-06-05 19:07
thank god
2019-06-05 19:07
#13
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Europe Kilian_9047 
Pog
2019-06-05 19:07
#14
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India Noobdian1 
Nice
2019-06-05 19:07
#15
ReDWateR | 
Turkey leame 
2019-06-05 19:07
Thanks mens)))) 😎
2019-06-05 19:09
#53
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Colombia MonstarX 
ty <3
2019-06-05 19:11
#61
ReDWateR | 
Turkey leame 
i would be so thankful if you leave a like
2019-06-05 19:12
I found the real one youtu.be/zjedLeVGcfE
2019-06-05 19:31
Really that you don’t appreciate Blast Events background soundtrack?
2019-06-07 00:07
Spam on hltv lol
2019-06-05 20:23
Omega thanks, man! I searched these songs for so long! Only the o es who have already attend a Blast event know how epic and special is the atmosphere, and 90% of it is because the epic soundtrack of the event.
2019-06-06 23:18
np
2019-06-06 23:26
Needed
2019-06-05 19:07
#17
rain | 
Poland JPKson 
X D
2019-06-05 19:07
It's a great change... but...
2019-06-05 19:07
Pog
2019-06-05 19:08
#22
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Canada HansROZE 
Right after gla1ve says they don't like Bo1's ?? HMM
2019-06-05 19:08
#97
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United States WilsonDS 
Lol
2019-06-05 19:23
#141
TenZ | 
Canada Swume 
+1
2019-06-05 20:21
xD
2019-06-06 04:38
#23
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Estonia sux3ss 
ez
2019-06-05 19:08
#24
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Slovenia ArlindEl 
Pogchamp
2019-06-05 19:08
yeah
2019-06-05 19:08
#26
mOE | 
Ukraine Lbviv 
RIP Astralis
2019-06-05 19:08
then its a shitty bo3 event now no one cares please die already
2019-06-05 19:08
#35
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
everyone cares basically
2019-06-05 19:09
with this change, blast events are at a level other events were 2 years ago. BO1 group stage, BO3 playoffs. everyone cried until most TOs adapted and introduced BO3s to (at least the decider matches of) the group stage and it certainly made a difference. blast is even inferior to events two years ago because there are still three fuggin games running at the same time and teams are still being forced to attend a certain amount of them. i hope no team resigns this bullshit contract and this event finally dies
2019-06-05 19:14
#73
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
so? Still everyone seems to care what RFRSH do with their tournaments.
2019-06-05 19:16
#101
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Europe UhddiS 
maybe read the article before claiming they play 3 matches at once. It's 2 if u read and only 3 matches at a time as the final stage.
2019-06-05 19:28
#81
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
It's still a trash event. Closed circuit. They basically get the teams they want. So if Astralis loses a couple tournaments they just get some trash teams so Astralis can win and look good again. Whole event is just a joke. Even when they made that local qualifier for the Madrid one it was to get more spectators to come watch the local teams. Next event they might not do that. They might just get the teams that they've contracted. They do whatever they want. There's no competitive integrity. It's an exhibition tournament. If you want any shot at a real event you gotta increase the size to at least 12 teams, preferably 16.
2019-06-05 19:19
#102
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
Whole concept of Blast pro series is to give audience best CS possible. There is no way RFRSH is going to invite trash teams just to give easier opponents for astralis. You can blame other TOs for rise of RFRSH aswell. RFRSH organizes these tournament in such a good way that teams actually prefer them over classic ESL tournaments for example.
2019-06-05 19:28
#119
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
Best CS possible involves BO3 all the way along. Teams 'like' BLAST for two reasons: 1) ez money, top teams get attendance fees so even if they play like garbage like astralis and finish last it's still worth it financially. 2) they aren't allowed to say negative things about blast or rfrsh because the contract says so. Sadokist said it on twitter, pros will get sued if they criticize blast.
2019-06-05 19:49
#128
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
Teams like Blast pro series because RFRSH is like the best TO in terms of conditions for teams. Thats why so many top team attends these events. Also the fact that you only have to play in two days is better for teams. And yes, money is big thing. Cant blame anyone about that. And now when there is more bo3 games, teams like it even more. And no, there is not such a contract which says that you cant criticize Blast pro. The thing just is there is nothing to criticize about except the format, which is now better.
2019-06-05 19:57
#135
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
This whole sadokist thing is so shady tbh, cant really know who to trust.
2019-06-05 20:07
>Best CS possible >Closed circuit w/ soft exclusivity Pick one
2019-06-05 22:30
#28
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Denmark H0kto 
Unexpected
2019-06-05 19:08
POG
2019-06-05 19:08
#31
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India SupratimO8 
I can't find blastralis... hello?
2019-06-05 19:08
#32
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United States Nohj_ 
POGGERS
2019-06-05 19:08
Finally
2019-06-05 19:08
nice
2019-06-05 19:08
MORE BLASTRALIS EZ
2019-06-05 19:09
#99
NiKo | 
India Ganeshcg4 
Mera lowda b Brown h
2019-06-05 19:25
thats good. can i see it?
2019-06-05 19:48
Aja dakle Karnataka m ake Brown lowda or lowde
2019-06-05 21:41
mu me le??
2019-06-05 21:47
#37
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Turkey Zeria_ 
Finally
2019-06-05 19:09
tr
2019-06-05 19:56
fucking cookie cutters didn't have the balls to stick to their format (even though it was shit so good for them for listening to the community)
2019-06-05 19:09
#39
SileNt | 
United States rad1ey 
#FUCKBLAST
2019-06-05 19:09
for blastralis ahaha
2019-06-05 19:09
nice
2019-06-05 19:09
#44
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Turkey Fugiart 
pog nice :)
2019-06-05 19:09
BLASTRALIS :DDD
2019-06-05 19:09
+1 blast pro serues
2019-06-05 19:09
I love it
2019-06-05 19:10
Vse ravno rofloturik
2019-06-05 19:10
#49
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Sweden Trkmag 
Nice change
2019-06-05 19:10
#50
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United States fatburger 
about fucking time
2019-06-05 19:10
#52
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United States DervGuy 
WE DID IT BOYS PogChamp
2019-06-05 19:11
Still ResidentSleeper
2019-06-05 19:11
GG PogChamp
2019-06-05 19:11
Stop posting this trash tournament
2019-06-05 19:11
And the 1v1 third place decider? Is it still happening?
2019-06-05 19:12
finally END ERA ASTRALIS
2019-06-05 19:12
I guess it is kinda better, bo1 format is a bit less shit when u use it simply to seed teams rather than decide 2 final teams xddd...
2019-06-05 19:12
#63
United States Prop 
cool to hear :) introducing more chances to qualify would be another big step
2019-06-05 19:12
#64
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Brazil Capi___ 
Rip astralis
2019-06-05 19:12
#65
Xyp9x | 
Ukraine 60hzgods 
HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
2019-06-05 19:13
good call!!
2019-06-05 19:14
Nice! Now just change it from being a 6 team invite only event
2019-06-05 19:14
#112
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
why would they
2019-06-05 19:36
#70
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France FanchD 
Its still shit
2019-06-05 19:14
SHIT FORMAT IS GONE 🦀🦀🦀🦀🦀😎😎😎😎
2019-06-05 19:15
still shit
2019-06-05 19:16
Disband blast pro series already
2019-06-05 19:16
Wow its really good rn tbh
2019-06-05 19:17
#77
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Slovakia TatKo 
Still schiesse tourny. Didnt think i would say this but would rather watch cph games and gfinity lol.
2019-06-05 19:17
yes
2019-06-05 19:18
Still shitty group stage with bo1s
2019-06-05 19:19
#129
Dosia | 
Denmark Zaerdna 
Well, then every tournament is shit according to you lol
2019-06-05 19:59
Some tournaments have bo1 opening matches, with bo3 in the next games, but I dont think there is any other big tournaments with bo1 round robin group stages.
2019-06-05 20:07
#156
Dosia | 
Denmark Zaerdna 
I don't actually think Blast pro has something called a group stage since there is no qualifier. But just like the major, you have to qualify via a lot of bo1's unless you're a returning legend.
2019-06-05 20:41
FUCK YOU
2019-06-05 19:19
Where will be located the next Blast Pro Series?
2019-06-05 19:20
Thank you mate :)
2019-06-05 19:42
#96
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
Can you read?
2019-06-05 19:23
still useless tourney imo
2019-06-05 19:20
#86
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Finland JHdash77 
Immadiately after gla1ve said he didn't like it O M E G A L U L
2019-06-05 19:21
finally lol
2019-06-05 19:21
#88
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United States @FyreCS 
Intresting that Glauve talked about how they dislike Blast because of BO1’s, then 2 hours later, Refresg announces that they changing format... isn’t rFresh a part of Astralis 🤔🤔🤔 Rigged confirmed???
2019-06-05 19:22
#130
Dosia | 
Denmark Zaerdna 
Well, it only makes sense that they would change it if the fucking team they own doesn't like the format lol.
2019-06-05 20:00
#89
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Bulgaria Omaiguudnes 
YESSSSSSSSSS
2019-06-05 19:22
#92
flusha | 
United States k3ar 
Step in the right direction at least.
2019-06-05 19:23
#93
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Finland Emvi 
Blast has gone from 0/10 to 0,1/10, congratz
2019-06-05 19:23
+1. I hope we will get good format eventually...
2019-06-05 19:31
Still shitty, still BLASTRALIS LUL
2019-06-05 19:23
how about you make it BO1 all the way so this crap takes up less time? or rather disband it altogether
2019-06-05 19:23
#98
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France Uexo 
YES nice !
2019-06-05 19:25
Still a shit format.
2019-06-05 19:28
#104
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Ukraine ksay 
so how they will fit it into 2 days?
2019-06-05 19:29
#109
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
play more bo1s in first day
2019-06-05 19:35
#105
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Brazil SK|coldzera 
That means they will play 1 group stage where everyone plays vs everyone in a bo1 and then top4 qualify further right? good change then and i really like that format :)
2019-06-05 19:30
Blastralis loses blast 2 times in a row so they change format #totallynotdoneforastralis #blastisntascamshow #freeblastfromastralisscam
2019-06-05 19:34
It is good that they change tournament and streaming format to help with viewer experience and overall quality. Still, the event is kind of fishy as they seem to tailor the event for Astralis and selected teams that have some agreement with them. Need more transparency on what they are doing with the tournament especially if they are gonna force some teams to attend and skip other events due to contract reasons.
2019-06-05 19:35
#111
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Sweden Kasidro 
Still a shitty format still a franchise bullshit league
2019-06-05 19:36
So you play round robin with 6 teams to get 4 semi finalists? lmao
2019-06-05 19:38
#123
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
They should extend it to 8 teams at the very least. With an extra match day added it could be done with this format.
2019-06-05 19:52
#116
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United States Raptorial 
Still bad for the scene OMEGALUL
2019-06-05 19:45
#118
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France J0riS 
Still it's not an excuse for making 10+ tournaments in 2020
2019-06-05 19:48
#120
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
Certainly a welcomed improvement. Hopefully the stand-off will be held between the losers of the semi-final matches and not some bullshit like the teams or the audiance decide.
2019-06-05 19:51
#150
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Russia Nikosimus 
I'd like to see #1-4 play semis (1v4 and 2v3) and 5-6 play Stand-Off as a chance to play a bit more and have fun+money
2019-06-05 20:29
The teams who played bad certainly dont deserve a chance to get more money
2019-06-05 21:24
#172
jasonR | 
Brazil clwgl 
+1 very good idea
2019-06-05 21:29
#173
Dosia | 
Hungary Joco413 
Seeing the worst 2 teams of the event once again would be the least entertaining. 3rd vs 4th is better imo
2019-06-05 21:41
#121
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United States Trump2020KAG 
MAKE BLAST GREAT AGAIN
2019-06-05 19:52
#124
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Finland NotEz4Ence 
Still trash and bad for the scene
2019-06-05 19:53
At least those 9-12 events per year wont be as meaningless as they were
2019-06-05 20:01
BLAST had no events in CIS. So racist organization.
2019-06-05 20:09
#137
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Mexico BasicN1ga 
like cs summit nice not perfect but better
2019-06-05 20:14
#138
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Sweden Lagge15 
Too little too late. RFRSH have used up all our reliabilty. They try to destroy the scene and I won't watch any BLAST.
2019-06-05 20:15
WE DID IT a little late though, would be nice to have it since the start of the year
2019-06-05 20:15
invites almost only event still bad
2019-06-05 20:17
#146
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
Its not bad, look what happened with ECS finals when all team were determined by qualifiers
2019-06-05 20:24
#155
s1mple | 
Russia fnyke 
Bcz tier 1 is overated as fuck, once a team get there they just play with one another, isolated from lower tiers. Ecs qualis showed that tier 2 can beat tier 1 ez
2019-06-05 20:40
#157
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
thats not true at all
2019-06-05 20:42
#167
s1mple | 
Russia fnyke 
On big events there are like 3-4 invited teams to 1 qulified team. Imagine opposite ratio 1 eu invite for every 3 qualifed from eu region. Tiers will soon be reshuffled. Even 50/50 ratio would be enough.
2019-06-05 21:04
ecs is only bad because their qualifiers is not very decent. blast making events almost invite only and taking up a lot of the year's schedule by making more events per yr will hurt the scene by preventing other lower tier teams from progressing. look at ence, proving themselves at the majors. if blast reduces the amount of events with proper qualis then it's gg for cs
2019-06-07 05:34
Heyyyyy finally
2019-06-05 20:21
#144
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Czech Republic Charlie13 
I am sorry but this wont help astralis get back on top but nt blast.
2019-06-05 20:24
#147
ile | 
Finland Vkims 
They dont need any help for that
2019-06-05 20:27
#148
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Russia Nikosimus 
I didint quite understand, which teams are playing semis now? Is it #1 = final, #2,3 = bo3 semi or is it #1-4 = semis (1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3)?
2019-06-05 20:28
They didn't say anything about it, but that's what makes the most sense
2019-06-05 21:08
but which one of the 2 options?
2019-06-06 11:15
1v4 and 2v3, I guess
2019-06-06 11:21
nt blast
2019-06-05 20:29
Noice
2019-06-05 20:31
finally something
2019-06-05 20:34
#158
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Hungary subzera 
n1ce
2019-06-05 20:45
BLAST BLAST BLAST BLAST ¡!!!!!!!!!!!! And its free to go?
2019-06-05 20:49
Keyword: Old
2019-06-05 20:50
#162
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
YES,THAT'S WHAT WE NEEDED !
2019-06-05 20:57
Only when Astralis lost top 1 do they change the format LUL
2019-06-05 21:01
Wow, from a garbage tier event to a slightly better garbage tier event.
2019-06-05 21:02
still shit
2019-06-05 21:03
#168
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
damage control xD
2019-06-05 21:05
#170
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United States G0rd2k 
holly fuck, about time
2019-06-05 21:21
#176
shox | 
France KR1MEZ 
Its been 84 years
2019-06-05 21:48
Won't change still fucking garbage to watch
2019-06-05 22:00
#179
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Sweden Kasidro 
At the same time they cancel already bought tickets for the old event/format and change venue while at the same time making the new tickets 5 times as expensive. Way to go blast, fucking over people who might already have paid for travel/accommodation. I sincerely hope your company goes bankrupt
2019-06-05 22:21
#181
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Europe lalt 
Still bullshit.. I can't even tell if this is improvement or not.
2019-06-05 22:35
Now add BO3 Quarters and stop forcing teams to attend events and its a decent tournament. until then, FUCK BLAST
2019-06-05 22:53
Oh shit, what a twist!
2019-06-05 23:18
#187
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Canada herocoolzzz 
BLAST CHANGE FORMAT AS THEIR TEAM BLASTRALIS STARTING TO LOSE
2019-06-06 00:14
With this kind of prices for the tickets, RFRSH are making pretty decent amount of money, especially from weekend tickets. But yeah, fairplay to them for changing format.
2019-06-06 01:48
better than nothing i guess
2019-06-06 05:35
Fuck those organisers who force teams to play 2 BO3s daily.
2019-06-06 10:29
Blast you need add 12 teams and all bo3 format 6 teams is not enough to good tournament
2019-06-06 10:35
definitely a step forward, but still room for improvement
2019-06-06 10:44
#202
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Singapore FallBlade 
Is this real life?
2019-06-06 12:18
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