BLAST Rising to return in May with $30,000 prize pool

The European tournament is being expanded to 24 teams and will feature 52 best-of-three clashes.

BLAST has announced the second edition of BLAST Rising, a tournament aimed at helping the development of teams outside the top 20 in the world rankings. Produced by Fantasyexpo, the company that holds the BLAST Premier broadcasting rights in Poland, the event has been expanded from 16 to 24 teams and will offer $30,000, down from last year's €30,000 ($32,450 at the time).

It remains unclear which teams will be taking part in BLAST Rising 2021 or how they will be determined, but HLTV.org knows that the organisers are hoping to attract teams from multiple territories. The event will run from May 3-23, concurrently with Flashpoint 3, the first Regional Major Ranking (RMR) tournament of the year in Europe.

BLAST Rising 2021 will kick off on May 3

BLAST Rising 2021 will kick off with six double-elimination groups, with the top two progressing to the playoffs. The third-placed teams will then compete in a knockout stage to determine the last four teams reaching the single-elimination bracket. All matches will be played in a best-of-three format.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring BLAST Rising back for a second year and offer teams outside of the world’s elite an opportunity to impress," Andrew Haworth, Commissioner for BLAST Premier and Director of Operations and Production for BLAST, said in a statement.

"Being able to broaden the CS:GO landscape to a wide range of teams and help create a sustainable ecosystem is something that is hugely important to us at BLAST."

Last year's BLAST Rising tournament was won by HAVU, who beat Endpoint in the grand final. The Finnish side have retained only two players from that team, signing Sami "⁠xseveN⁠" Laasanen and Jemi "⁠jemi⁠" Mäkinen later in 2020, and Jani "⁠Aerial⁠" Jussila only January 1, 2021.

Finland Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Sami 'xseveN' Laasanen
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1093
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
Finland Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Jani 'Aerial' Jussila
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
761
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
Finland Jemi 'jemi' Mäkinen
Jemi 'jemi' Mäkinen
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
220
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.67
Very nice
2021-04-16 16:10
2 replies
Nery Vice
2021-04-16 16:13
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Mexico Brostop
Very nice
2021-04-16 18:37
Nice
2021-04-16 16:10
#3
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Finland EnceIsSoBad
wow nice
2021-04-16 16:11
#4
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Europe PiapA
hhhh
2021-04-16 16:11
#5
sausol | 
Switzerland x676
Nice
2021-04-16 16:12
30k?
2021-04-16 16:13
nice work blast! but only 30k? try to reduce from showdown's prize pool mens
2021-04-16 16:15
1 reply
Yeah make it 100k and we Gucci
2021-04-16 18:37
Nice ez for Dignitas.
2021-04-16 16:17
is there gonna be a qualifier for au, sa, and asia or is this just gonna be another tier 3 eu event
2021-04-16 16:20
1 reply
#41
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Romania SoCate
Something like a tier 3 Blast to offer the chance for lower ranked teams to grow up!
2021-04-21 12:43
52 Bo3s holy fuck.
2021-04-16 16:21
#12
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Pakistan LoOuU2
This is great for the teams who won't be in RMR event, gj Blast! Hopefully you sure can assemble the squads from all around the world, been a long time since we last saw an Asian team in a better event.
2021-04-16 16:24
30k for 24 teams and 52 matches Gj
2021-04-16 16:30
Never heard of Blast Rising. Is it like some blast tournament for tier 3 teams?
2021-04-16 16:31
2 replies
Basically there are qualifiers instead of the classic invites
2021-04-16 16:41
1 reply
Oh, i get it. Ty
2021-04-16 17:08
nice
2021-04-16 16:45
Hopefully they'll get some Asian and NA teams there otherwise its just another snow sweet snow or nive to five cup and I'm getting pretty tired of those.
2021-04-16 16:50
2 replies
+1
2021-04-16 17:56
#32
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1 if from Asia pls invite ViCi
2021-04-16 18:42
Blast is a good Org, honestly. They contribute a lot, alongside ESL, to the CS scene. Valve practically farms free money all the time.
2021-04-16 17:12
2 replies
#23
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Brazil Anarchybr
Without Blast and ESL the CS scene would be dead
2021-04-16 17:20
1 reply
+1
2021-04-16 17:24
I remember how endpoint choked the final of the last one ahahahahahaha
2021-04-16 17:14
Free win for endpoint
2021-04-16 17:14
#22
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Brazil Anarchybr
EZ for Extra Salt
2021-04-16 17:20
nice
2021-04-16 17:22
#26
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United Kingdom pzzzz
Nice to see roman in the photo eheh!
2021-04-16 17:25
1 reply
#29
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Portugal MCDOUG
ez for rmn
2021-04-16 17:58
Nice to see this so less teams at the top stay there because no one can replace them
2021-04-16 17:28
blast is popping off with great tournaments this year
2021-04-16 19:53
30k wtf?
2021-04-16 21:00
#35
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Denmark Gehledes
Ez for HYENAS<3
2021-04-16 22:39
I spent $30k on dinner last week to secure a client in Manhattan. Sad state of affairs in eSports. Not seeing the growth that was promised.
2021-04-17 02:49
1 reply
where can youspend 30k for dining and is it worth it? I mean that makes like 6000 Pizzas in france which i could survive around 10 years with easily
2021-05-01 19:04
#38
cadiaN | 
Poland SebL
Nice, I hope some good PL team will show up on this event, it's a good chance for small teams.
2021-04-17 13:02
EZ FOR NEXUS
2021-04-20 15:12
#40
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Romania SoCate
Nice event I really think it will be a rough battle! EZ4 Nexus
2021-04-21 12:38
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