BIG announced as BLAST Premier Member Team

The German organization fills in the slot left vacant by 100 Thieves' withdrawal from Counter-Strike.

The 12th BLAST Premier Member Team has been unveiled ahead of the start of the 2021 season, with BIG joining the elite group of organizations. Johannes "⁠tabseN⁠" Wodarz and co. will therefore participate in the upcoming BLAST Premier Spring Groups, set to start on February 4.

The list of BLAST Premier Member Teams includes the likes of Astralis, Vitality, Natus Vincere, and Liquid, with 11 out of 12 member teams currently residing within the top 20 of the world rankings. Across 2021, BLAST Premier tournaments will have a combined prize pool of $2,475,000.

BIG will be invited directly to the upcoming BLAST Groups

"We undertook an in-depth and extensive process when selecting BIG for our latest Member Team," Robbie Douek, CEO of BLAST said in a statement. "The scope and level of interest and investment for this final slot is testament to the incredible growth and success of BLAST Premier over the last 12 months."

The highest-ranked team that is not a BLAST Premier Member Team at the moment is Heroic, who are placed sixth in the world, while other notable omissions are FURIA, fnatic and mousesports. Those teams will therefore have to earn their spots at the Spring and Fall Finals through the cutthroat Showdown events, while Member Teams are handed invites to the Groups.

BIG's CEO Daniel Finkler added that this acquisition indicates the organization's "outstanding development in the past years", and thanked the company's investor for the opportunity to become a BLAST member after a contested bidding stage for the 12th slot.

"At this point, we want to thank our investor Marc Staperfeld, who shared our ambition and supported us tremendously with the buy-in fee during the highly competitive bidding process," BIG's CEO added.

100 Thieves was one of the founding BLAST Premier Member Teams when the circuit was unveiled at the end of 2019, but the spot was left vacant after the organization's withdrawal from Counter-Strike.

The following organizations are currently BLAST Premier Member Teams:

Germany Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Johannes 'tabseN' Wodarz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1610
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.70
#1
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India OOFmiester
GO BIG!
2021-01-27 12:40
11 replies
#22
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Turkey piriSHIP
+1 EZ FOR JERMANS + XANTARES
2021-01-27 12:47
8 replies
#26
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Portugal MGL257
XANTARES GOD
2021-01-27 12:51
1 reply
#92
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Germany Bier
#goBIG
2021-01-27 14:44
BIG should change their flag to Turkish one because it's such a privilege to have XANTARES in team with his peaks, aiming and etc.
2021-01-27 13:37
5 replies
#76
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Turkey piriSHIP
+1 bro already Berlin Istanbul Gaming when -k1to +calyx we will change the flag
2021-01-27 13:38
4 replies
#100
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Portugal MGL257
The best turkish team would be like: XANTARES - Entry Imorr - Rifler MAJ3R - IGL Calyx - Support Woxic - AWP
2021-01-27 15:23
1 reply
#121
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Turkey TheTurks!
This team can hit top 15 easily btw
2021-01-27 19:13
#101
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Germany KongoOtto
Why would you remove k1to for Calyx? Calyx has never been in a top 10 team
2021-01-27 15:23
1 reply
calyx top tier baiter though
2021-01-27 15:38
kkkkkkkk BLAST forgot about their tournament and that they dont have 12th team luckily i created a thread and they saw it hltv.org/forums/threads/2409915/blast-11.. thank mr. german_cheaters
2021-01-27 13:16
+1
2021-01-27 17:02
nice
2021-01-27 12:39
#3
k1to | 
Germany BadBro
#GOBIG
2021-01-27 12:40
#4
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Belarus klicunami
Ok
2021-01-27 12:40
The best of the rest
2021-01-27 12:40
why mibr?
2021-01-27 12:41
12 replies
cus they paid
2021-01-27 12:42
1 reply
+1
2021-01-27 12:56
They were already a partnered team
2021-01-27 12:43
#13
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North America HUDASKz
viewers
2021-01-27 12:44
huge fanbase, thats the only reason why br teams are invited nowadays
2021-01-27 12:51
6 replies
#43
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Indonesia lumayan
+1 DAAMNNNN well said
2021-01-27 12:55
lmao
2021-01-27 13:09
You mean huge xantares fanbase?
2021-01-27 13:56
2 replies
what
2021-01-27 14:26
what
2021-01-27 19:23
Onlyfans cough cough
2021-01-27 15:28
2021-01-27 13:17
nice
2021-01-27 12:41
Undeserved
2021-01-27 12:42
6 replies
Who should have gotten the spot instead? Moviestar Raiders? xD
2021-01-27 13:08
5 replies
they deserved. but mibr, nip and faze are trash, they should invite mouz, vp
2021-01-27 13:20
4 replies
#69
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Slovakia xaboff
+1
2021-01-27 13:32
+1
2021-01-27 13:33
#123
keeN | 
Kazakhstan Dosss
+1
2021-01-27 20:37
+1
2021-01-27 21:21
#12
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Poland Astoner55
Very cool! All current top5 teams will play next week.
2021-01-27 12:44
Deserved
2021-01-27 12:44
#16
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Russia VelsVivard
Why not VP or TS...
2021-01-27 12:45
19 replies
#33
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Indonesia segopecel
i think they were bidding too but lost nevertheless, current vp will win any qualifiers
2021-01-27 12:52
1 reply
#47
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Russia VelsVivard
Agreed, great form!
2021-01-27 12:57
Big is #4 in the world. That's why, no one cares about VP.
2021-01-27 13:09
15 replies
#58
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Russia VelsVivard
You would rather say no one cares about my opinion, and you probably would be right, but what you said is just a mad bullshit. Right now VP looking much better than BIG were in a long time.
2021-01-27 13:10
4 replies
They might have, however if you are #4 in the world, compared to #10 in the world, you have done so for a longer period.
2021-01-27 14:04
3 replies
#88
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Russia VelsVivard
Your truth there, but I'm talking about this very moment... whatever though, talk of nothing. BIGs are already there, good luck to them.
2021-01-27 14:39
2 replies
and good luck to you sir
2021-01-27 14:42
1 reply
#91
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Russia VelsVivard
Likewise man.
2021-01-27 14:43
#64
mir | 
Russia M13F
This is logical, because in such tournaments as blast, the same teams play, thereby earning points in the ranking among themselves, the other teams simply do not have a chance to get there and have to earn points in less significant tournaments, with weaker teams. This list of teams is bullshit, there are stronger and more worthy teams
2021-01-27 13:17
9 replies
+1
2021-01-27 13:36
name better teams than astralis, vitality, navi
2021-01-27 14:54
7 replies
No one said anything about them. But nip and mibr, why?
2021-01-27 15:24
6 replies
can you not read? he literally said: This list of teams is bullshit, there are stronger and more worthy teams
2021-01-27 15:46
5 replies
#109
mir | 
Russia M13F
I thought you had enough brain to figure out which teams we're talking about right now
2021-01-27 16:15
4 replies
Either your english is very poor or you're retarded. You said the teams list, and if you can see the teams list consists of astralis, vitality, navi
2021-01-27 17:50
3 replies
"this list of teams is bullshit" does not imply that every single entrance in the list is bullshit, just the list as a whole. you know that, stop playing stupid.
2021-01-27 18:37
2 replies
he literally said the list referring to it as the entire list, had he meant half of the list he would of said half, failing to mention the magnitude clearly implies he was referring to the whole list, now he has been stumped he doesn't know what to say poor ruski
2021-01-27 21:56
1 reply
he said "this list", that's all. anything else is an assumption on your part which is not implied, let alone clearly. for instance, if you took the list and reversed the order, "this list is bullshit" would still apply and you wouldn't need to name ANY other teams. your premise that he meant astralis, vitality, navi is absolutely ridiculous and your insitence on it doesn't make it any less so. and you know it is. and it's "would have", "would of" makes no sense at all.
2021-02-06 11:28
BIG comes with the German Fans and that equals to more viewers in total. More viewers = more Money. With NAVI there is already a russian team, so the russian fans are already on board
2021-01-27 13:46
#17
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Europe NicoJ_
Ez 4 OG
2021-01-27 12:45
NIP and MIBR LMAOOOOOOOOO
2021-01-27 12:46
Deserved
2021-01-27 12:46
Well deserved! I wonder how high the buy-in fee is tho
2021-01-27 12:46
3 replies
lose first two maps.
2021-01-27 12:47
2 replies
hltv.org/results?event=5528 as they did here by beating #1 and #2?
2021-01-27 12:51
1 reply
yes
2021-01-27 12:53
#23
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Israel KaL1L
now invite Lambert
2021-01-27 12:48
wasted spot
2021-01-27 12:50
2 replies
#30
k1to | 
Germany BadBro
Yeah i agree every NA or SA team is a wasted spot
2021-01-27 12:51
they beat astralis and vitality in the last tourney they attended lmao
2021-01-27 12:52
Top1 incoming!
2021-01-27 12:50
#29
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Azerbaijan lDarKl
xantares with the new settings kekw probably under 1.00 rating
2021-01-27 12:51
5 replies
DuDe said he didnt switch after their ESL-Meisterschaft semi final :(
2021-01-27 12:52
4 replies
#39
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Azerbaijan lDarKl
his sensitivity so obv I downloadad a demo and looked at him his spray is not the same or crosshair placement he was spraying like a god now little bit bad crosshair same idk about resolution I mean I looked sprout vs big maybe he changed back everything, no idea
2021-01-27 12:55
3 replies
idk can only tell you what the coach said :'D
2021-01-27 12:54
2 replies
#44
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Azerbaijan lDarKl
where did he say that ?
2021-01-27 12:56
1 reply
ESL Meisterschaft Semi Final after match interview in german
2021-01-27 12:57
#35
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Norway ZennG
Deserved. Great job BIG.
2021-01-27 12:52
Deserved #vamos
2021-01-27 12:53
#38
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Azerbaijan hacizeynal
HADI QOCUM XANTARES!
2021-01-27 12:53
1 reply
Yashasin azerbaycan
2021-01-28 10:40
expected
2021-01-27 12:54
#42
Rapper | 
United States E_40
why they take BUG Clan ????????
2021-01-27 12:55
Expected, luckily clown9 didn’t waste their money going into here. Would be free win for everyone
2021-01-27 12:59
#49
smooya | 
Switzerland x676
This is unfair, these teams will be boosted the whole year in the hltv ranking because of having constant invites to these tournaments.
2021-01-27 12:59
4 replies
thats true but BIG was one team that had to earn all of their invites and still were in the top5 for half of last year. Deserved spot for sure. I still think BLAST should have like 2 non partner teams invites for teams like VP, Gambit, fnatic, Spirit, Furia, Heroic.
2021-01-27 13:17
#62
FASHR | 
Netherlands EFR89
Actually it is the most fair option as BIG is the top ranked team that was not qualified. Putting anyone below them to participate would be unfair to the higher ranked teams that would have deserved it more.
2021-01-27 13:15
#68
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Finland Khroni
This is how it has worked for a while but at least those that are complete trash like ence do still manage to lose ranking
2021-01-27 13:28
pretty sure other teams can still qualify via the showdown
2021-01-27 13:49
nip omegalul
2021-01-27 13:01
finally
2021-01-27 13:08
That's nice tbh
2021-01-27 13:09
BUG and NIP KEK
2021-01-27 13:10
4 wasted spots atleast😂😂😂😂😂gj
2021-01-27 13:14
#60
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Estonia qoznyyy
wasted spot
2021-01-27 13:14
#VAMOSBIG
2021-01-27 13:18
Wasted Spot
2021-01-27 13:33
#72
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World Beard43
Had my fingers crossed for Extremum but well deserved BIG!
2021-01-27 13:35
Great news! #GoBIG
2021-01-27 13:36
2 replies
+1 bro Happy to see big on blast Good luck my friend !
2021-01-28 10:42
1 reply
Thanks a lot! GL to Navi!
2021-01-28 15:04
A well-deserved slot for BIG
2021-01-27 13:38
EZ4NIKO NiKo #1 of all time
2021-01-27 13:59
Wow navi so good.... :O unrealz, such wow, many impressive!
2021-01-27 14:14
#84
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India hatjaMC
BIG -bottares +any other player ez tier 1 team
2021-01-27 14:15
1 reply
Maybe - xantares + an indian cheater like you??
2021-01-28 10:43
#85
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United States urm@m
No Heroic cus washed up LOOOOOOOOOOL
2021-01-27 14:25
#87
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Russia razorVJ
> At this point, we want to thank our investor Marc Staperfeld, who shared our ambition and supported us tremendously with the buy-in fee during the highly competitive bidding process So I guess who pays the most gets the membership?
2021-01-27 14:28
BIG move
2021-01-27 14:39
undeserved tbh
2021-01-27 14:46
1 reply
LOL
2021-01-27 14:47
#95
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Estonia nordjoker
since four of five players form 100 thieves are in EXTREMUM now, I guess they could've fill in an empty slot
2021-01-27 14:47
epico
2021-01-27 14:58
nice
2021-01-27 15:00
Imagine having OG and even MIBR in there but not fnatic and mouz yikes
2021-01-27 15:19
6 replies
#106
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Turkey TheKaiser
wdym, isn't og 7th on rankings?
2021-01-27 15:38
3 replies
Heroic is 5th but they are still trash
2021-01-27 22:37
2 replies
#128
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Turkey TheKaiser
But come on, og isn't that bad, are they? I don't think their performances on last tournaments can be considered bad tbh
2021-01-27 22:43
1 reply
Still no reason to give them spot right after they formed, they have no history, no achievements nothing. Just come and buy spot. So retarded and thats why they will never be famous as others. Plastic org
2021-01-28 00:53
BLAST groups is franchise league,teams buying spots to participate in it(So 6 of them get ez trip to finals with big prize pool) The ones who didn't bought slot has the only chance to participate in BLAST by going through showdown or win EPL/Flashpoint/Major
2021-01-27 16:57
1 reply
Dear god...
2021-01-27 22:37
Undeserved Bug clan sponsored by SyrsoN the master hacker
2021-01-27 15:30
#105
Jame | 
Poland SebL
I mean, the core of tabseN, syrsoN and XANTARES could be no.1 together, but this roster as a five will probably fall off soon.
2021-01-27 15:33
wow BIG News
2021-01-27 16:29
NICE pick by blast.
2021-01-27 16:36
Hope they do well :)
2021-01-27 17:00
Les go BIG <3
2021-01-27 17:01
1 reply
Lets go bto Good news Happy to see big in blast Good luck my friend
2021-01-28 10:45
f too much MIBR
2021-01-27 17:08
#118
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Hungary szia
ez
2021-01-27 18:04
mouz missing on that list
2021-01-27 18:09
1 reply
Exactly , i really want mouz and vp on the list :(((((
2021-01-28 10:45
Let's go BIG
2021-01-28 14:31
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