NAVI secure BLAST World Final spot
With their victory at ESL Pro League, Natus Vincere qualify for the event which will take place December 14-19.
NAVI not only secured the ESL Pro League title and the Intel Grand Slam with their best-of-five victory over Vitality, but also a berth at the $1,000,000 BLAST World Final. They join Heroic, who qualified with their victory at the previous iteration of ESL Pro League, and Gambit, who secured their spot with their success at the BLAST Spring Final.
There are still five spots available for the season-ending tournament, with one going to the winner of the PGL Major, and one to the winner of the Fall Final. The last three spots will go to the top-three of the BLAST World Final leader board, points for which are distributed to teams who participate in a set list of top events, with better finishes earning more points. The teams currently topping this leader board, and therefore on course to reach the World Final, are G2, NIP and OG, in that order.
Natus Vincere themselves won the previous iteration of this tournament, the BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020, which featured eight teams battling it out through a double elimination best-of-three bracket for a share of a $1,000,000 prize pool.
Last year's event took place online, and the 2021 edition of the tournament is set to return to LAN, with the location to be announced. The format for this year will follow the two previous, using a best-of-three double-elimination bracket.
The next chance for direct qualification will be the PGL Major, currently set to take place in Stockholm from October 23-November 7. The team list can be found below: