Nordic and CIS LAN qualifiers for BLAST Spring Series Showdown announced
Details about the qualification process for the BLAST Spring Series Showdown have been announced, with BLAST-partnered tournament organizers set to hold regional LAN qualifier events.
The two events are being held by BLAST's Finnish media partner Elisa and CIS partner Winstrike, with a combination of open qualifier teams and invited ones set to compete on LAN for slots at the BLAST Spring Series Showdown.
Elisa will handle the qualifier for the Nordic region, creating "Elisa Invitational", a LAN event that will take place on May 1-3 in Tampere, Finland.
Two teams from each Nordic country (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland) will compete at the eight-team LAN for one spot at the BLAST Spring Series Showdown, with ENCE and North being unveiled as the two invited squads. Full details about the qualification process for all countries, and potential invites, are yet to be announced.
The Elisa Invitational team list will look as follows:
On the CIS side of things, Winstrike will run "CIS Cup" on 28-31 may in Moscow, Russia. Teams will play through April and May in a range of tournaments to get their spot at the CIS Cup, from where the best team will qualify for the Showdown.
BLAST Premier Spring Series Showdown will feature the teams listed below, with only the two best squads qualifying for the BLAST Premier Spring Finals in Moscow. The final two spots at the Showdown will be given to "winners of other qualifiers", which are yet to be announced.
The BLAST Premier Spring Finals will take place on June 16-21, and feature a $750,000 prize pool. Six out of eigth teams have already been decided: