BLAST Premier Fall Final viewer's guide

The BLAST Premier Fall Final starts on Wednesday, November 23. Here's everything you need to know to follow the first top-tier event since IEM Rio.

The dust has settled following the conclusion of the status quo-altering IEM Rio Major, where all the favorites faltered as Outsiders took the competition by surprise and lifted the coveted trophy.

A week has passed since the Brazilian event, and many of the same names who tried their luck at the Major in the first half of November are ready to return for another chance to grab silverware at the BLAST Premier Fall Final, taking place from November 23-27.

The Royal Arena will host the semi-finals and grand final on the weekend

The home team of Heroic arrives in Copenhagen with momentum behind them, having just made it to the grand final at the IEM Rio Major and climbing to the No. 2 spot in HLTV's World Ranking, becoming BLAST Premier Fall Final's highest-ranked team.

FaZe enter the event with the most to prove and with a chance to redeem themselves following their shocking winless exit from the Legends Stage just two weeks ago. Natus Vincere and Liquid had been among the teams in with a chance to lift the trophy in Rio as well, and they'll also look to the Danish event for redemption after leaving Brazil disappointed in 5th-8th and 9th-11th place, respectively.

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Both part of Group A in Copenhagen, OG and Ninjas in Pyjamas did not meet their expectations in Rio either. Nemanja "⁠nexa⁠" Isaković's team just missed out on a place in the Legends Stage after a final-round showdown with Vitality, while Ninjas in Pyjamas went 0-3 in the second Swiss phase.

Over in Group B are the only two teams in attendance who did not play at the Major. One of them are G2, who will be looking to prove their failure to qualify for Rio was just a one-time stumble, and the other are Fluxo, entering the Fall Final as by far the lowest-ranked and least-experienced team.

These are the groups of the BLAST Premier Fall Final. They will be played in a shortened double-elimination format, awarding the winning side advancement to the semi-finals — and a guaranteed Royal Arena appearance — and the second and third-placed teams a spot in the quarter-finals.

The competition will span five days, starting in a studio setting from Wednesday to Friday up to the quarter-finals before moving on stage to the Royal Arena for the semi-finals and grand final on the weekend.

Below are the opening matchups and schedule of the tournament:

Date Matches
BLAST Premier Fall Final 2022
23/11/2022
10:00
Match
23/11/2022
13:15
Match
23/11/2022
17:15
Match
23/11/2022
20:15
Match
24/11/2022
10:00
Match
24/11/2022
13:30
Match
24/11/2022
15:50
Match
24/11/2022
18:10
Match
25/11/2022
15:35
Match
25/11/2022
19:25
Match
26/11/2022
15:30
Match
26/11/2022
20:20
Match
27/11/2022
18:00
Match

BLAST broadcasts on Twitch and YouTube and has recently launched its new BLAST.tv platform, which the organizers say will help the fans enjoy the live experience through a number of "innovative" features.

The action will be brought to you by a team of 10 talent members who have been staples of the official English BLAST stream in past seasons. Regional partners will co-broadcast the event in other languages, many of which you'll be able to find on the match pages.

Stage hosts
United Kingdom James "⁠BanKs⁠" Banks
Portugal Alexandre "Archarom" Maia

Desk host
United Kingdom Freya "⁠Freya⁠" Spiers

Analysts
Switzerland Mathieu "⁠Maniac⁠" Quiquerez
Denmark Jacob "⁠Pimp⁠" Winneche
Canada Danny "⁠mahone⁠" Hsieh

Commentators
Denmark Anders "⁠Anders⁠" Blume
United States Jason "⁠moses⁠" O'Toole
Canada Mohan "⁠launders⁠" Govindasamy
Canada Conner "⁠Scrawny⁠" Girvan

Finally, the $425,000 prize pot will be distributed like this:

1. $200,000 + BLAST Premier World Final spot
2. $85,000
3-4. $40,000
3-4. $40,000
5-6. $20,000
5-6. $20,000
7-8. $10,000

Canada Danny 'mahone' Hsieh
Danny 'mahone' Hsieh
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.83
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.74
Canada Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Mohan 'launders' Govindasamy
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.76
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.57
DPR:
0.76
United Kingdom James 'BanKs' Banks
James 'BanKs' Banks
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Denmark Anders 'Anders' Blume
Anders 'Anders' Blume
Age:
36
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.19
DPR:
0.58
Denmark Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
976
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Serbia Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Nemanja 'nexa' Isaković
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1302
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.63
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
35
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
Canada Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Conner 'Scrawny' Girvan
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Switzerland Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Mathieu 'Maniac' Quiquerez
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
837
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.67
United Kingdom Freya 'Freya' Spiers
Freya 'Freya' Spiers
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
Först
2022-11-21 11:55
2 replies
Can fluxo win at least 10 rounds in a Single map?
2022-11-22 01:01
1 reply
#57
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Sweden quacke
Yes, they're decent enough to not be complete shit, but they won't win a map.
2022-11-22 10:09
MANIAC GOAT
2022-11-21 11:56
6 replies
BEST ANALYST AND TALENT IN CS HISTORY
2022-11-21 12:12
5 replies
Really can’t enjoy his whining
2022-11-21 12:27
#32
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Pakistan LoOuU2
I`d say second best analyst after YNK but not too far from him for sure.
2022-11-21 15:00
2 replies
#55
wiz | 
United States 3van
ynk residentsleeper
2022-11-22 02:26
1 reply
#60
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Pakistan LoOuU2
YANKO GOATED
2022-11-22 13:15
swiss quality
2022-11-21 21:09
#4
ANa | 
Poland brochu
faze or liquid got this
2022-11-21 12:00
fluxwho?
2022-11-21 12:02
#6
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Brazil flytw4tp
G2 HYPE
2022-11-21 12:08
Spicy
2022-11-21 12:08
#8
 | 
India syedfazal08
OG blast bufff!! Lesssgooo!!
2022-11-21 12:10
1 reply
#22
 | 
Israel michnass
W
2022-11-21 13:34
#9
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Serbia pravac
ez4g2
2022-11-21 12:11
EZ FOR GOAT MANIAC
2022-11-21 12:11
REALLY LOOKING FORWARD!!
2022-11-21 12:22
Anders, moses and laundry, scrawny ewww
2022-11-21 12:34
#16
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Georgia Nickk8k_
Just don't be like Brasilian fans :) /Closed
2022-11-21 12:38
#17
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Sweden hayliN
Hey ho let’s go!!
2022-11-21 12:56
G2 in no way they can lose this. They had so much time in preparing for this event. Lose = disband plz
2022-11-21 13:04
1 reply
It's not that bad to not play for like 2 months or something. life of pros is hard
2022-11-21 13:21
"first top-tier event since IEM Rio" - I have some doubts about this statement
2022-11-21 13:20
2 replies
#44
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United States Artimedias
wdym I guess the closed circuit is a little fucky
2022-11-21 19:15
1 reply
More like top20 (tier-2) tournament
2022-11-21 20:43
#23
 | 
Israel michnass
G2 0-2 FaZe 0-2 OG win
2022-11-21 13:35
3 replies
nip 0-2
2022-11-21 17:10
2 replies
#40
 | 
Israel michnass
Flag dose not check out And I have a lot if trust in Aleksib It’s funny how they went 3-0 in rmr and people thought they were gonna win the major And now they went 0-3 and you think they will go 0-2 They will be ok
2022-11-21 17:52
1 reply
it was embarassing watching them play the major
2022-11-22 17:56
#25
EliGE | 
Netherlands Korra
Are they playing Anubis?
2022-11-21 13:46
1 reply
No
2022-11-21 14:57
Pls guide me how to watch yes!!! Cuz idk my fav team plays at 10am when normal people are at work or school.
2022-11-21 13:46
Great talent lineup. I'm looking forward to seeing if FaZe bounce back and if G2 somehow work out a way to play at tier 1 level with Hooxi.
2022-11-21 13:47
1 reply
I don't think faze will do that well here. They've already qualified for the global finals and are probably going to try new stuff or just not practice that much for this event specifically or have some other reason once they get knocked out. Nip, liquid, g2 and Og have the most to play for in this event. Liquid or g2 might take this.
2022-11-21 16:24
canada producing more tier 1 talent than tier 1 players lol
2022-11-21 14:25
2 replies
Apparently you can add Portugal to the list lmao
2022-11-21 17:00
mahone the goat frfr
2022-11-22 17:10
#29
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Croatia shinebair
easy for gigachad
2022-11-21 14:48
tier 2 event with trash teams, except Heroic.
2022-11-21 14:56
i love blast
2022-11-21 15:24
#34
 | 
Turkey HITTARES
ez4 Heroic
2022-11-21 15:27
Are they playing with Anubis or would Dust 2 still be in since it's only been a week?
2022-11-21 16:23
4 replies
As it is already linked in this news piece, hltv.org/news/35110/blast-premier-fall-f..
2022-11-21 17:59
3 replies
Thanks, do you know or think the "World Final" will? Can't wait to see that map in pro.
2022-11-21 20:52
2 replies
I presume it will depend if there is enough time for teams to prepare/adapt to the changes. Hopefully there will be clarifying news with regard to that.
2022-11-21 21:07
Yeah now they need to add breach aswell and it will be intetesting 😉
2022-11-21 22:13
my personal viewer guide: avoid watching cadian 1v1s, it seems to be out of his league for him to win those.
2022-11-21 16:26
Go Vita !
2022-11-21 18:04
blast.tv seems broken. just redirects back to sign-up after completing sign-up and you can't access any other pages. usernames keep getting locked after doing it too so not sure how many usernames i have taken now rofl
2022-11-21 18:23
Strange how the quarterfinals will be played in the studio and not in the arena with a crowd despite being a apart of the playoffs…
2022-11-21 19:20
I threw Heroic and BIG in blacklist NAVI and OG = final
2022-11-21 21:12
Freya pog
2022-11-21 22:11
g2???
2022-11-22 01:11
ok nice
2022-11-22 08:47
i like the compact talent pool. there where way too many people in brazil.
2022-11-22 11:39
#59
 | 
Norway beastin
HooXi we believe!
2022-11-22 12:30
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