BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and Finals split into regions and moved online

The BLAST Premier Spring Showdown and Finals will be split into Americas and Europe groups and played online in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers have announced.

The Showdown, where ten teams were supposed to play originally, was also expanded to 20 teams in total, with ten teams participating in each region, split into best-of-one round-robin groups of five.

MIBR, 100 Thieves, and Evil Geniuses will be joined by seven invited teams in the Americas portion, while Astralis, NiP, and Vitality will take part in the European division alongside four qualified (one from CIS Cup, two from Elisa Invitational, and one from Iberia's qualifier) and three invited sides.

The rest of BLAST Premier Spring will be played online in two divisions

As a result of the changes, the qualifying process for the Finals and the $750,000 event itself will also look different. In Europe, group winners of the Showdown will advance directly to the finals, while the remaining eight teams will play best-of-three matches to determine two more finalists.

In the Americas, no one will advance directly, but the top-four teams from each group will go through to a best-of-three stage, in which the two best teams will then make it to the four-team regional finals.

The spot distribution for each stage once again looks as follows:

Showdown (May 31-June 7)

Europe
Denmark Astralis
Sweden NiP
France Vitality
CIS CIS Cup
Europe Elisa Invitational
Europe Elisa Invitational
Europe Iberian qualifier
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Europe Invite
Americas
Brazil MIBR
Australia 100 Thieves
United States Evil Geniuses
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite
Other Invite

Finals (June 15-21)

Europe
Russia Natus Vincere
Europe FaZe
France G2
Europe OG
Europe EU Showdown
Europe EU Showdown
Europe EU Showdown
Europe EU Showdown
Americas
Europe Complexity
United States Liquid
Other Americas Showdown
Other Americas Showdown

Finally, three teams in total will advance to the Global Final from the Spring Finals; two from Europe and one from the Americas.

RIP
2020-04-01 12:38
#5
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Albania blizaardyks 
first
2020-04-01 12:38
#40
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Turkey veyron99 
fuck corona mens(((
2020-04-01 12:59
#49
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Albania blizaardyks 
Just flu
2020-04-01 13:12
fluke virus
2020-04-01 15:11
f u. i was the first
2020-04-01 12:39
gg
2020-04-01 12:46
rip :(
2020-04-01 12:38
#23
pm | 
France ProfNori 
lul nt
2020-04-01 12:47
:'( sad
2020-04-01 12:47
#3
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Austria Klefschpeer 
f5
2020-04-01 12:38
#4
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Sweden ADAMAS_ 
LOL BRO
2020-04-01 12:38
#6
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Australia Boostral 
Not the same ):
2020-04-01 12:38
Trash
2020-04-01 12:39
sad
2020-04-01 12:40
#10
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Russia Praeter 
nice
2020-04-01 12:40
April fools
2020-04-01 12:40
Let's be honest, this whole cs season could be irrelevant
2020-04-01 12:41
#13
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Switzerland x676 
ez for Riders
2020-04-01 12:41
#48
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Portugal eilzinho 
Iberian qualifier odds are like Riders 70%, sAw 30%, because it's online. If it was LAN it would be sAw 90%
2020-04-01 13:11
#116
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Portugal hugofilipe10 
like last time
2020-04-02 13:38
#117
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Switzerland x676 
Last time Riders had 2 bots, now they are solid tier 2, but if sAw manages to win I will give credit to them, they are a good team in fact, althought they are what they are mostly due of individualities. Also sAw are lucky that it will be online, if it was LAN I would have no doubts that Riders wouldn't let go a single map.
2020-04-02 16:10
#118
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Portugal MCDOUG 
Portuguese are known to play better on lan than online, Giants (3 sAw player's) won last year against them to win a spot on blast Madrid. And sAw have already won online against Movistar this year. They won 2 days ago against Heretics that qualified for the Minor. sAw are playing very well. This iberean qualifier is good news for them.
2020-04-02 17:43
Nice onliner era
2020-04-01 12:42
#15
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Germany grabke 
Now invite Fanatic and Mouz and its going to be a banger even online.
2020-04-01 12:42
even if they get invite for showdown. only 2 teams can qualify for the spring finals.
2020-04-01 12:45
4 for eu tho
2020-04-01 12:51
#33
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Slovakia xaboff 
Did you read this? They expanded it to 4
2020-04-01 12:52
oh really? very good decision.
2020-04-01 15:10
#16
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Russia NorthRussian 
Tuberculosis (3k deaths/day)-pfffff Flu(Top 2 virus)-pfffff Coldy[or Chill] (Top 1 virus,>100 million infected)-pffffff COVID-19(860 thousand infected)-ALARM!PANDEMIC!LETS PANIC!
2020-04-01 12:45
#29
s1mple | 
Russia h3x0r 
yasno, clown
2020-04-01 12:49
#34
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Russia NorthRussian 
Explain
2020-04-01 12:53
yes? braindead
2020-04-01 12:54
incredible, that they are still people who aren't understanding it
2020-04-01 12:56
#41
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Russia NorthRussian 
I'm burning about calling corona pandemic,not about providing safety to stop corona
2020-04-01 13:01
there is never going to be a flu pandemic. this fucking virus is a newly, mutated version of Sars. OFC the fucking dumb WORLD and the cancer known as the media are ONLY talking about it. I mean I fucking hear and see 24/7 this fucking Corona bs...
2020-04-01 13:06
how is it not a pandemic though?
2020-04-01 13:55
#81
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Russia NorthRussian 
Because this "pandemic" suffers against real ones such as Black Death or Spanish flu
2020-04-01 14:19
"A pandemic (from Greek, pan, 'all' and , demos, 'people') is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents, or worldwide. A widespread endemic disease with a stable number of infected people is not a pandemic." not to mention that: 1.)It has only been a month while you compare it to pandemics that lasted years. 2.)You compare diseases that happend in an age without proper medical technology to modern diseases stop being a retard now ty
2020-04-01 14:24
#87
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Russia NorthRussian 
OMG you pressed ctrl+c on wikipedia!Well,I can do same. 1.Spanish flu infected 8 million people in 1 month ONLY in Spain,without taking UK,France,USA and others.Corona infected 860k in 2 months,and only 600k currently have corona. Ok,following your termin,why no one calls chill pandemic?Or HIV?They have way more infections and deaths,and they spread to the whole world. 2.in XX century flu was quite discovered.And the main reason of spreading corona is people's no brain,government said them sit home for safe BUT NO!"Lets travel,lets go to cinemas,concerts and so on(Its reason why corona turned from local to global). Stop being a paranoid alarmist ty
2020-04-01 15:05
#67
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Canada Sharkey3322 
Flag checks out.
2020-04-01 13:40
You are braindamaged
2020-04-01 14:20
#115
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Russia NorthRussian 
Read my replies before commenting
2020-04-02 01:33
#17
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Europe ipufosenia 
Expected
2020-04-01 12:44
If Fnatic isnt invited now, something is seriously wrong.
2020-04-01 12:44
And mouz
2020-04-01 13:05
yes!
2020-04-01 15:20
#20
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
Lets go sAw lets win the Iberian Qualifier
2020-04-01 12:45
ez for sAw, the best finnish igl, go HAVU
2020-04-01 12:48
#32
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Spain Jbc12301 
sorry ez for riders
2020-04-01 12:52
#50
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Portugal PortugueseFan 
Lets see man sAw core usually beat Riders but will a close game for sure
2020-04-01 13:14
#55
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Spain Jbc12301 
true but i think s2v or cream can win saw too
2020-04-01 13:20
#91
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Portugal aljordam 
the saw won the riders in a qualifier and still had only 2 weeks of training, the saw played twice against the heretics and won both times
2020-04-01 15:19
#53
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Portugal eilzinho 
Remember Madrid last year? If it was LAN it would be ez for sAw, but since it's online I say 70% Riders 30% sAw
2020-04-01 13:19
#21
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Argentina Chief02 
My heart feels bad man
2020-04-01 12:45
#24
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United Kingdom whatacliche 
What a shame.
2020-04-01 12:47
#27
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Netherlands meneert 
Expected
2020-04-01 12:48
rigged shitshow budget lootbet
2020-04-01 12:48
the worst year of cs :( F
2020-04-01 12:51
good decision
2020-04-01 12:54
do blast have problem with asians or what
2020-04-01 12:56
How its possible to play online with Asia region?
2020-04-01 13:03
Sad for russia
2020-04-01 12:58
EZ44ZE anyway
2020-04-01 13:03
#44
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Germany Punico 
Why an Iberian Qualifier?
2020-04-01 13:03
#57
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
iberian region=most competitive region mens 😎 also apparently blast organisers loved the madrid tourney
2020-04-01 13:21
#59
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Sweden Lingon 
Madrid was suppose to be the location of the showdown
2020-04-01 13:22
#61
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
Source? That would have been good to know :(
2020-04-01 13:23
#62
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Sweden Lingon 
Moses said it during a Vertigo game NIP vs MIBR I think could be NIP vs TL too
2020-04-01 13:25
#63
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
ahhhh now thats sad, well, at least there's an iberian qualifier, so i'll be looking forward to that
2020-04-01 13:25
#64
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Sweden Lingon 
I think Madrid will be host for the next showdown when ever that is
2020-04-01 13:26
#78
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
prolly the fall showdown or something
2020-04-01 14:16
#58
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Sweden Lingon 
So Movistar Riders get a spot
2020-04-01 13:22
#77
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Germany Punico 
Kinda for free
2020-04-01 14:15
#79
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
nah it's sAw vs Riders
2020-04-01 14:18
#80
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Portugal andrem34 
Lmao ez for saw
2020-04-01 14:19
#96
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
not ez but yeah either riders or them
2020-04-01 15:27
#100
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Portugal andrem34 
I am jk movistar are really good i think its 50/50
2020-04-01 15:37
#104
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
slightly favoured to movistar but yeah, it'll be a great final or semifinal
2020-04-01 17:01
#106
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Portugal andrem34 
It is online so maybe but i have faith in my boys ahahah
2020-04-01 17:25
i agree mr andre costa but please stop jinxing sAw
2020-04-01 16:46
#94
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Portugal idrisgo 
Blast Madrid last year was not Riders ;)
2020-04-01 15:26
#97
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
yeah, riders pulled off a horrible performance last year
2020-04-01 15:27
#114
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Venezuela Jorge_ 
Too ez
2020-04-01 21:54
#74
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Portugal NTKPT 
Yeah it is stupid. There is only one decent team in Spain and Portugal.
2020-04-01 14:06
#76
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
nah, sAw is pretty good, wygers and S2V are decent, so I would say its pretty competitive
2020-04-01 14:14
#83
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Spain Jbc12301 
wygers no. But i like cream and kpi
2020-04-01 14:21
#98
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
F creamistar
2020-04-01 15:28
KPI > wygers
2020-04-01 14:42
#93
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Portugal aljordam 
this year the iberian scene are more competitive and we will see it at esl masters
2020-04-01 15:25
#95
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
yeah ESL masters is basically a precursor to see who will be the favourite for this
2020-04-01 15:26
#101
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Portugal aljordam 
gl hermano
2020-04-01 15:47
#105
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Spain ZephyrBruh 
ez4blastfinals for portugal or spain!
2020-04-01 17:02
Iberia rocks man Movistar Riders qualified for the Minor and sAw(mutiris rmn etc) they qualified for Blast madrid last year and even though they won only a game vs NIP they lost 14-16 vs ENCE and Cloud 9 and went "close" from qualifying to the final
2020-04-01 16:48
#111
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Germany Punico 
they qualified for Blast through the Iberian Qual, yeah
2020-04-01 20:19
Sad
2020-04-01 13:06
#51
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Finland N1ggers 
EZ FOR OG
2020-04-01 13:15
#52
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Israel geturlolon 
fnatic found a way in
2020-04-01 13:18
#54
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Russia enotik_oreo 
ty china for 1-1.5 great years
2020-04-01 13:19
fuck sakes
2020-04-01 13:20
april fools
2020-04-01 13:22
#65
Lekr0 | 
Sweden Onkov 
noooooooooooooo
2020-04-01 13:31
#66
shox | 
India iejesus 
No
2020-04-01 13:37
Invite Mousesports for Blast
2020-04-01 13:42
#70
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Poland hillock 
why coL is considered as NA team, when there are only 2 players from NA?
2020-04-01 13:58
#112
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Argentina WaSTe_D 
they are not considered as a NA team, but because the team right now IS in NA they are forced to play the Americas due to ping issues
2020-04-01 21:07
#113
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Poland hillock 
ty
2020-04-01 21:12
#71
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United Kingdom bigbbanger 
This won’t work for complexity the players live in eu?
2020-04-01 14:00
Doesn't matter, EZ4G2. G2-0 everyone.
2020-04-01 14:01
Trump says the virus will be over by Easter topkek
2020-04-01 14:06
#86
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Russia M13F 
Fuuuuci nooo
2020-04-01 14:58
Time to lose some more bucks on online games.boisss
2020-04-01 15:09
so, no APAC region?
2020-04-01 15:31
right when BLAST was starting to make good tournaments...
2020-04-01 17:26
#108
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Sweden Trkmag 
Ahaha so lame, when Astralis and Liquid starts to suck every tournament goes online and NA get easy groups every event to make Ast and Liquid drop less in rank Lucky timing with corona
2020-04-01 18:13
#109
EliGE | 
Brazil r0bben 
WTF, two months left and they already moved to online, corona destroying all tournaments
2020-04-01 19:04
Astralis calculated
2020-04-01 19:21
bump
2020-04-10 19:44
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