BLAST Premier Fall combined into one region; BIG, FURIA replace 100 Thieves, Liquid in first stage
100 Thieves are excluded from the event after the United States-based side, one of BLAST's twelve long-term partner organizations, announced its exit from CS:GO, which will come into effect at the conclusion of IEM New York later this week.
Meanwhile, unlike Evil Geniuses who will make two separate trips to Europe to take part in the entire BLAST Premier season as well as in the North American division of IEM Beijing, Liquid will skip the first stage and will only begin their campaign in the Fall season in the Showdown tournament, which will run from November 23-29.
BLAST's decision to de-regionalize the first two stages of the Fall season comes as little surprise after HLTV.org reported earlier this month that several North American teams were deciding on making a trip to Europe for the end of the 2020 season, with the Denmark-based organizer being one of the main driving forces behind the plan.
The move will make BLAST Premier Fall Series the first tournament to pit multiple of North America's best teams up against the brunt of European competition since the coronavirus pandemic struck in March and left tournament organizers with no option but to separate their events into regional divisions.
The Fall Series now comprises ten out of the top twelve teams according to HLTV.org's World Ranking from October 12, as well as NIP (No. 16) and MIBR, who are currently unranked as they only have two players on the roster after placing Fernando "fer" Alvarenga, Epitacio "TACO" de Melo, and Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo on the bench in mid-September.
The team list for BLAST Premier Fall Series, which will take place on October 26 to November 4, now looks as follows: