Four key storylines of BLAST Premier Fall Series

It's time to get excited about the first stage of BLAST's Fall season, and here are four big reasons why.

Whether you are one of the people who have grown tired of the scene after it became repetitive or you are still just as passionate about watching CS:GO no matter how much the pandemic has changed the industry, BLAST Premier Fall Series is a tournament you don't want to miss.

Intercontinental play is back on the menu at BLAST

The first stage of BLAST's Fall season takes the first step back to what the scene was like before the pandemic hit earlier this year, and as if that wasn't enough, there has also been big movements among some of the world's best teams and players who are about to play in the $150,000 event.

So here's a pitch for why you should keep your eyes peeled on the Fall Series:

Evil Geniuses and FURIA take on Europe

Oh yes.

After we saw nothing but regional action for what feels like an eternity by now, the time when the best teams from North America and Europe go up against each other is upon us again. That prospect alone should get anyone excited for the final two months of 2020, which will witness the return of intercontinental competition (albeit still online, at least for now) before the crazy year warped by the pandemic comes to a close.

In the BLAST Premier Fall Series, the first of a number of tournaments featuring big teams from both sides of the Atlantic, we will get a taste of what a true tier-one competition feels and looks like for the first time since IEM Katowice, with FURIA and Evil Geniuses getting ready to challenge the brunt of Europe to a battle between the two most competitive regions in CS:GO.

Europe will face FURIA's relentless leader for the first time in close to a year

Although Liquid and Gen.G won the first two regional titles in ESL Pro League Season 11 and ESL One: Road to Rio once the pandemic struck in March, every single one of seven North American titles over the last five months have gone to either FURIA or Evil Geniuses, with Andrei "⁠arT⁠" Piovezan's side boasting four of them and Peter "⁠stanislaw⁠" Jarguz's squad the other three. So who better than these two teams to represent the North American region in this intercontinental clash?

If you're a fan of other teams and aren't caught up on what's going on the other side of the pond these days, this is the time to start paying attention. There is no way a lineup as skilled as Evil Geniuses or one as unpredictable and in-your-face as FURIA doesn't ruffle some feathers over in the Old Continent, where after a year of arT-less bliss, teams might have forgotten just how obnoxious it is to find the mega-aggressive Brazilian in their own spawn 20 seconds into the round and see him do it all over again in the next.

Complexity and G2 to showcase new superstars

Historic moves have been happening in Europe lately, with two big stars of the game about to enter a new chapter. After over six years with Australia's No. 1 team, Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage has just announced his move from the now-disbanded 100 Thieves squad to Complexity, where the 15th best player of 2019 will be hoping to reach new heights and pick up the first big trophies in his career.

Everything is pointing towards this being the perfect move for the Benjamin "⁠blameF⁠" Bremer-led side. The Aussie fits into many of Owen "⁠oBo⁠" Schlatter's previous roles, and the Danish in-game leader is giving up some of his own to accommodate the new member even better, and there's no question that the lineup change, albeit sudden and unexpected, brings a serious boost to Complexity in terms of experience as well as skill.

ICYMI: jks: "I'm at the point in my career where I really just want to win a lot of things; this is the reason why I came to Complexity"

The only question is how quickly the team and jks will mesh together and reach the level of chemistry they need to consistently compete for titles. The likelihood of that happening in time for BLAST Premier Fall Series is low, with Complexity having only started practicing with the 24-year-old a week before their debut, but that doesn't mean they won't be an intriguing team to watch and a competitive one in a group with Vitality, BIG, as well as a potentially Nikola "⁠NiKo⁠" Kovač-less FaZe.

NiKo is about to be a part of another one of the biggest moves in CS:GO history

Speaking of the Bosnian's situation with his long-time team, it is not set in stone yet, but it looks increasingly likely that NiKo will complete the reported move to G2 in time for the $150,000 event. With FaZe in Group B and G2 in Group C, we might have to wait until the middle of the week to find out for sure, but we can at least muse about the possibility of the compelling new combination for now.

If François "⁠AmaNEk⁠" Delaunay is the man on the way out as expected, then this is a huge upgrade from every angle. Whether you look at experience, firepower, the X-factor, the ability to be a reliable secondary AWPer, or an additional source of ideas and calls, NiKo brings it all as one of the best to have ever touched the game. Given that he should have solid chemistry with the rest of the lineup from day one on top of that, there's a good chance G2 will go from from the disappointing performer of late to a title contender almost overnight.

Astralis in full force again?

Changes also happened in the Astralis camp as the Danish organisation sold Patrick "⁠es3tag⁠" Hansen to Cloud9 and is set to welcome back Andreas "⁠Xyp9x⁠" Højsleth after he took a medical leave at the end of May. The Clutch Minister's reintroduction to the roster puts an end to speculation regarding his future with the Danish powerhouse and brings with it the possibility of the back-to-back-to-back Major winning roster playing together for the first time in over five months, but we still have yet to receive confirmation that that will be the case.

At least we know that Xyp9x will indeed play in Astralis' opening match of Group C against MIBR on November 2, but there's still a chance that someone else from the original five will not while Lucas "⁠Bubzkji⁠" Andersen steps into the active roster for the first time since he was put on the bench at the beginning of September, after playing just four matches.

Xyp9x is back after a long break

With Astralis staying silent about the specific roster they will use in BLAST for now and having the ability to submit all six players and swap them in between maps or matches according to the tournament organizer's rulebook, we'll just have to see in which direction they will decide to go. However, it's reasonable to assume that the Danes will return to their best possible lineup whenever they can, so you can get your hopes up — with caution.

MIBR with a whole new look

The last time MIBR were in Europe, it was just after the player break and their stay lasted only a few weeks, but in that short period their atrocious results were enough to put the final nail in the lineup's coffin and bring about a completely new era for the organization. As the phrase "out with the old, in with the new" goes, the Brazilian squad now no longer features any of their most senior members in Epitacio "⁠TACO⁠" de Melo, Fernando "⁠fer⁠" Alvarenga, and Gabriel "⁠FalleN⁠" Toledo after the first two were let go and the AWPer and in-game leader decided to step down in protest against the changes.

Last week, we finally got to learn the first step in MIBR's plan, which was to introduce Brazilian legend Raphael "⁠cogu⁠" Camargo as their new coach and manager. Just days later, it was announced that a trio of stand-ins had been brought in to fill in the gaps: Lucas "⁠LUCAS1⁠" Teles, one of the organisation's former players, and two young guns in Vinicius "⁠vsm⁠" Moreira and Leonardo "⁠leo_drk⁠" Oliveira.

The temporary lineup will make its debut in BLAST Premier, in which they'll have some tough opposition to play, with Astralis, FURIA, and G2 featured in the same group. Expectations are low for the brand new squad, but it'll be intriguing nonetheless to find out just how different the new-look MIBR will be without the influence of the old guard and with the injection of some younger talent. Surely it can't get any worse than the previous roster's final moments?

Brazil Leonardo 'leo_drk' Oliveira
Leonardo 'leo_drk' Oliveira
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
467
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Epitacio 'TACO' de Melo
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
1174
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.12
Australia Justin 'jks' Savage
Justin 'jks' Savage
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1022
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
Denmark Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen
Age:
22
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
747
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
France François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
835
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.13
United States Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Owen 'oBo' Schlatter
Age:
17
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
282
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1735
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.17
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
1364
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
Denmark Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1123
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1350
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Brazil Raphael 'cogu' Camargo
Raphael 'cogu' Camargo
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
89
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.11
Brazil Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Andrei 'arT' Piovezan
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
762
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.14
Brazil Vinicius 'vsm' Moreira
Vinicius 'vsm' Moreira
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
402
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1328
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
Brazil Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Lucas 'LUCAS1' Teles
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
883
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
26
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
1193
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Denmark Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Benjamin 'blameF' Bremer
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
593
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
#1
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Argentina xpl0d3
Well done, astralis best team in the world
2020-10-26 12:32
10 replies
For the last 4 years easy
2020-10-26 12:39
9 replies
for the whole cs history only Navi from 2010 can compete
2020-10-26 12:49
7 replies
2016 and 2017 SK gaming
2020-10-26 13:14
4 replies
#52
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United Kingdom pnuTblyat
flag checks out
2020-10-26 13:26
2 replies
#56
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Argentina xpl0d3
He said facts
2020-10-26 13:38
1 reply
SK Gaming in 2000s
2020-10-26 14:43
Ahh yes 3 tournaments one year when the majors were right next to each other so it was the easiest to repeat and not winning any majors in 2017. Yikes.
2020-10-26 16:22
#57
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Argentina xpl0d3
2010 navi 2011 was all SK
2020-10-26 13:39
NIP in 2013 & 2014
2020-11-06 05:39
#58
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Argentina xpl0d3
And for 2 more at least
2020-10-26 13:39
first edit: no
2020-10-26 12:32
5 replies
#5
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France Finta
Haha
2020-10-26 12:32
#7
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Germany I_car
Imagine commenting "first"
2020-10-26 12:32
3 replies
didnt imagine i did it mens)
2020-10-26 12:33
1 reply
#13
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Germany I_car
First post hunt is against hltv rules!
2020-10-26 12:36
#30
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Germany Germania
+1
2020-10-26 12:56
#3
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North America Sluttysally
Let's see if the Danish titans will clash again this time - let's hope for a good tournament!
2020-10-26 12:32
2 replies
hopefully no danes in the final
2020-10-26 13:05
1 reply
actually there is there finals and there will also be three winners and astralis cant meet a danish team this tournament
2020-10-27 14:39
w0w
2020-10-26 12:32
G2 NiKo Pog
2020-10-26 12:32
Best tournament tbh! I am dying to watch..........................................................
2020-10-26 12:33
G2 will be shit
2020-10-26 12:33
3 replies
#22
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United States nbazero
+1
2020-10-26 12:44
#33
Xyp9x | 
Europe Fridd
+1
2020-10-26 13:01
16 - 2 dust 2 talking
2020-10-26 13:19
#11
RpK | 
France pol44r
G2 niko is a thing straight out of my wet dreams lol
2020-10-26 12:34
4 replies
do you shit also while having wet dreams?
2020-10-26 12:48
3 replies
#29
RpK | 
France pol44r
Never dreamt of navi before
2020-10-26 13:00
2 replies
+1
2020-10-26 18:24
Damn they must be pretty scary to you then
2020-10-26 18:57
Lets go NA!
2020-10-26 12:36
#14
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Russia mshkoda
Another question is how quickly Perfecto will get better, and will or not Navi be able to show their good shape
2020-10-26 12:39
#15
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Germany Kit_su
ez for big
2020-10-26 12:37
#16
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Romania own420
rly want to see astralis vs furia
2020-10-26 12:37
#18
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United States MemeCrea
g2 is shit but not as bad as mibr
2020-10-26 12:39
fuck it, if mibr surprise it will be s o fun!
2020-10-26 12:41
EZ 4 COL BACK TO BACK BLAST TITLES BABYYYY
2020-10-26 12:42
G2 NiKo most hyped move of the year.
2020-10-26 12:42
14 replies
not really. He is 23 and literally wasted his career for his stupid ego. G2 will not change that. Imagine KennyS and Niko in 1 team, the tilts will never end.
2020-10-26 12:45
3 replies
Wasted 2 years, not his whole career. For such a super star like NiKo I think this is hyped AF especially bc i don’t know what to expect.
2020-10-26 13:14
2 replies
He had 1 god time cuz of Karrigan. So he literally wasted his whole time with being shit.
2020-10-26 13:16
1 reply
NiKo had been around for years even before Karrigan. That time wasn’t wasted because without it NiKo wouldn’t have a career at all.
2020-10-26 13:18
even jks is a more hyped move
2020-10-26 13:05
9 replies
Be realistic. NiKo is a superstar and I don’t know what to expect from this move.
2020-10-26 13:15
8 replies
And you dont think jks is? I'd rather have jks in my team than toxic Niko, who wants to decide everything
2020-10-26 13:16
1 reply
JKS joining coL will be a different team dynamic to 100T rng. So will G2 for NiKo, so you can’t expect them to be the exact same players in completely different teams.
2020-10-26 13:25
JKS has shown more in the last 4 years as a player. JKS with BlameF is the "hypest" move this year. You know what you can expect from JKS with such a team. But Niko in g2 will end like Faze. Do some playoffs and chill your ass off.
2020-10-26 13:18
5 replies
In the last 4 years? In the last 2 years at MOST. NiKo hasn’t been IGL for 4 years so outside of 2 years he was better than JKS. You can’t tell if NiKo will end G2.
2020-10-26 13:22
4 replies
Niko was never really good. He is only a "talent" player but that doesn't make him good. JKS is easy a top 10 rifle and proves it. he is the best player from a whole continent. Niko isn't even the best from his country. Hunter had shown far better plays and actually that he can play in a team with different roles.
2020-10-26 13:28
3 replies
Ur an idiot dude really stop talking
2020-10-26 15:23
2 replies
You are an idiot if you believe in Niko. Niko leaves and olof comes back tells you everything. Olof a legend Niko a wannabe.
2020-10-26 15:24
1 reply
Ok. Just look at stats. And niko was way better then than now. Soo that tells me u have no clue about cs. So stfu
2020-10-26 15:44
good luck Jks!
2020-10-26 12:47
1 reply
+1 So excited to watch him play
2020-10-26 12:50
Ez FURIA and GOD arT
2020-10-26 12:49
#31
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Denmark pdxm
This tournament will be very interesting to watch, really hope it delivers
2020-10-26 12:58
1 reply
Noone knows what to expect from any of the the new teams So it should be the most hyped tournament since Katowice
2020-10-26 14:33
except last one i agree Any new roster also the one which has not been together for atlest a month if definetely the underdog
2020-10-26 13:01
#34
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Foxxeh
exciting tournament inc. blastralis taking it
2020-10-26 13:05
Where's the "Wanted to take blood money from the Saudis" -storyline?
2020-10-26 13:13
#38
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Australia TeBo
First time since Katowice I’m excited for a tournament. This will also be the first tournament I’ve watched in a while. Hoping for my boy Jks to smash it in CompLexity.
2020-10-26 13:13
#46
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Netherlands KendraLust
curious to see MiBR new roster (I know it's temporary ok) in action. This VSM guy it's really good, probably he will be the "next coldzera" (yes, I know the VAC ban story). Furthermore, see COGU in MiBR give me chills, if you are old school CS, you know what I'm talking about, finest player ever back in the day!
2020-10-26 13:19
#48
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Europe tete4761
MIBR Key storyline kekw
2020-10-26 13:20
yh +1 cause g2 probably gonna go down if they kick amanek cause he takes all the shit roles amd g2 and makes something out of if. they need a sports phycologist to work on their mental and them reset their mentality after a loss and need to take a break cause the amount of cs and their losing streak not good for their mental. if niko comes he's gonna demand to be a star and probably kenny or hunter gonna get relegated plus when g2 loses he gonna kick nexa from igl
2020-10-26 13:22
Ez for Faze
2020-10-26 13:28
#55
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Ukraine Dert38
Australi5
2020-10-26 13:33
#59
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Algeria Tari)))
yes
2020-10-26 14:20
blastralis
2020-10-26 14:21
EZ4FURIA
2020-10-26 14:30
#62
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Korea thr33o
Gotta love the casual style of this post. Love you Striker!
2020-10-26 14:33
#64
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Other Srmomotis
Really looking forward for Blast!!! Hope we get some bangers
2020-10-26 14:37
#66
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Poland SebL
I think both Evil Geniuses and FURIA can surprise a lot of EU teams with how well they play. I wouldn't expect to much from Complexity, and I don't think we will see G2 with NiKo in this event. I think it will be great to see Xyp9x back and I think we are going to see good CS from Astralis. I also wouldn't expect to much from new MIBR.
2020-10-26 14:51
4 replies
#71
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Europe cNap__
I agree with you on all points except Complexity. I think they can achieve more than they are supposed.
2020-10-26 18:13
3 replies
#74
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Poland SebL
Honestly I don't expect a lot form this coL roster. I don't think they will comeback to TOP 10 with this roster.
2020-10-26 18:26
2 replies
#75
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Europe cNap__
Do you think that Obo is batter than Jks? They are playing almost in the same spots and Jks is more experienced. Time will show everything.
2020-10-26 18:46
1 reply
#76
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Poland SebL
Ofc. time will tell, but I doubt this change will fix their problems.
2020-10-26 18:48
#72
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Europe cNap__
The thing is that I have great expectations from G2(with Niko), but I do not sure if they will be new Astralis or not. You know what, I would say that Faze was the best team in the world when I checked their lineup on paper, but they could not do any shit with superstars. I assume Niko will replace Jackz and their firepower will be so fu*king good.
2020-10-26 18:22
Yo les noobs from hltv, How much did blast pay you for this article?
2020-10-28 23:49
Well done Striker!
2020-10-28 23:50
NiKo is about to be a part of another one of the biggest moves in CS:GO history HAHAHHAHAHAH OMG HOW CAN THEY SAY THAT................. nIko is a bad igl..... and g2 pay low dolla for him, ,,
2020-11-04 14:28
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