BLAST Premier 2021 dates announced
Next year's event circuit will begin in February and will culminate in the Global Finals in December.
BLAST has laid out its plans for next year's BLAST Premier circuit, which will kick off on February 4, exactly three weeks after the end of the 2020 Global Finals. According to the tournament organiser, over 100 teams will be competing in BLAST Premier 2021, including the 12 partner organisations, "through an evolved qualifier series of events and competition format."
BLAST has also reaffirmed its commitment towards building a more sustainable event schedule for teams and fans alike. It has spread its competitions throughout the calendar as it looks to minimise clashes with other tournament organisers and tackle the issue of player burnout.
“It feels great to bring positive changes to our second year of BLAST Premier as we continue to work for a better schedule for teams, players and everyone working in the circuit," Nicolas Estrup, Director of Product and Experience for BLAST, said in a statement.
"We are committed to helping decrease player burnout and ensure that players have more breaks over the course of a year and have planned our events and dates with this in mind."
BLAST Premier 2021 will have two seasons, each with three different stages: Series, Showdown and Finals. The seasonal champions and the top teams according to a ranking that also includes results from other tier-one events will qualify for the Global Finals, scheduled for December 14-18.
It is still unclear which team will be taking 100 Thieves' spot as a BLAST partner for 2021 after the North American organisation decided to withdraw from Counter-Strike just days before the start of the Fall Series, which is being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Below you can find the 2021 calendar for BLAST Premier:
BLAST Premier Global Finals 2020 - January 18-24
BLAST Premier Spring Series - February 4-14
BLAST Premier Spring Showdown - April 13-18
BLAST Premier Spring Finals - June 16-20
BLAST Premier Fall Series - August 26-September 5
BLAST Premier Fall Showdown - October 12-17
BLAST Premier Fall Finals - November 24-28
BLAST Premier Global Finals 2021 - December 14-18
Some of these dates clash with ESL events that have already been announced for next year. BLAST told HLTV.org that ESL will soon announce some minor changes to its schedule for 2021.