BLAST Rising groups revealed
The draw for the group stage of BLAST Rising has been concluded, with the 16 participants having been split into four different groups.
The €30,000 tournament, featuring teams outside the top 20 of the world rankings, will kick off on Monday with a double round-robin group stage, which will determine the eight sides making the single-elimination playoffs.
Heretics, who have been the surprise package of the European division of ESL One: Road to Rio, will fight for a playoff berth with AVEZ, Secret and SAW, while Movistar Riders will be out for revenge against Japaleno after being humbled by the Swedish side in the last two matches between the two teams in a group that also includes Apeks and FATE.
Flashpoint 1 third-place finisher HAVU headline Group B, which also features the new AGO team, now led by Oskar "oskarish" Stenborowski, and the veterans of Nordavind, while Endpoint are the highest-ranked team in Group A, which seems to be the most open of the four.
Below you can find the group draw in full: