BLAST release World Final opening matchups

The action starts on Wednesday, December 14 with the first two matches of the group phase.

BLAST have announced the initial matchups for BLAST Premier World Final 2022, the tournament which will bring their 2022 circuit to a close. The event will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and will host eight teams competing for the lion's share of $1,000,000 between December 14-18.

The opening matchups were based on teams' seeding, which was determined by teams ranking each other ahead of the tournament.

BLAST Premier World Final will be the last big event of 2022

The eight teams will be evenly divided into two double-elimination groups from which three teams will advance to the playoffs. The unbeaten squads from each group will earn a ticket directly to the semi-finals, while the second and third-placed participants will battle it out in the first round of the knockout stage.

BLAST confirmed that the World Final will be played on CS:GO's latest patch, meaning that spectators will see the effects of the changes to the M4A1-S and AWP in tier-one Counter-Strike, as well as the new active duty map, Anubis.

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The first match will see Liquid take on current Major champions Outsiders, setting up the first-ever matchup between Mareks "⁠YEKINDAR⁠" Gaļinskis and his old teammates. FaZe vs G2 will be the second fixture from Group A, with Finn "⁠karrigan⁠" Andersen's men looking to continue their resurgence after a grand final appearance at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

Heroic will take on OG in Group B's first match. The Danish squad will play the event without their star player Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund as the 20-year-old takes some extra time off and will be substituted by Kristian "⁠k0nfig⁠" Wienecke.

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The day will end with Natus Vincere's matchup against Vitality, and everyone's eyes will be focused on the Ukrainian core's use of substitute player Andrii "⁠npl⁠" Kukharskyi as an active sixth member of the squad.

The opening matchups for BLAST Premier World Final 2022 are:

Date Matches
BLAST Premier World Final 2022
14/12/2022
07:00
Match
14/12/2022
11:20
Match
14/12/2022
15:15
Match
14/12/2022
19:25
Match
Ukraine Andrii 'npl' Kukharskyi
Andrii 'npl' Kukharskyi
Age:
17
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
63
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
2079
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
Denmark Martin 'stavn' Lund
Martin 'stavn' Lund
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1189
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.68
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1595
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
Latvia Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Mareks 'YEKINDAR' Gaļinskis
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1160
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.70
#1
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England pumk1n1
another ez event win for heroic
2022-12-06 16:22
13 replies
#3
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Brazil flytw4tp
G2 finna win
2022-12-06 16:22
11 replies
#5
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England pumk1n1
who?
2022-12-06 16:23
1 reply
G2
2022-12-07 18:01
Navi get the worst team in the tournament as a starting match, nice
2022-12-06 16:23
6 replies
#77
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Brazil GsV
Navi isn't playing G2
2022-12-06 17:38
2 replies
He means the hardest team, not the weakest
2022-12-06 18:59
1 reply
POG
2022-12-08 15:48
Og is objectively the worst team, not vitality
2022-12-06 17:44
2 replies
2022-12-06 19:00
#147
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Brazil GsV
OG at least was at the major
2022-12-07 23:47
G2 and winning tournaments kekw
2022-12-06 16:33
let's hope
2022-12-06 16:34
#63
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Europe Khanan
Nothing is ever “easy” for heroic 😂 they have a chance and that’s it. Nothing more.
2022-12-06 17:20
#2
JACKZ | 
United Kingdom hzdd
EZ for G2
2022-12-06 16:22
Liquid win it all
2022-12-06 16:22
9 replies
+1
2022-12-06 16:28
1 reply
+1
2022-12-06 17:08
+1
2022-12-06 16:34
+1
2022-12-06 17:05
3 replies
#65
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Europe Khanan
Name 😂
2022-12-06 17:23
2 replies
Are u still mad
2022-12-06 18:12
1 reply
#102
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Europe Khanan
At what? 😂
2022-12-06 18:17
+1
2022-12-06 17:08
+1
2022-12-06 19:32
#8
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Asia BzeeL
ez 4 outsiders
2022-12-06 16:24
#9
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Sweden Tomper
cool
2022-12-06 16:24
#11
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Finland aleksiii
I get to watch one match per day because of these times
2022-12-06 16:26
1 reply
#68
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Europe Khanan
Vods are your friend
2022-12-06 17:26
#14
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United States Trotzdem21
Why is G2 in the hard group? Switch them to group b please!
2022-12-06 16:27
ok now open fantasy
2022-12-06 16:27
#21
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Ukraine SwissRolls
faze to win it all
2022-12-06 16:29
#23
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Brazil _Awper
Worst match times ever, even China had better times.
2022-12-06 16:31
1 reply
+1
2022-12-06 16:32
#33
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Estonia void1337
really bad times, wtf...
2022-12-06 16:36
1 reply
It's in Abu Dhabi what do u expect?
2022-12-07 13:26
WTF OG is doing there?
2022-12-06 16:36
1 reply
To farm stats
2022-12-06 16:41
G2 and Og last place incoming
2022-12-06 16:37
17 replies
nt
2022-12-06 16:38
16 replies
They are worse than every team in their group Niko haters always win
2022-12-06 16:41
15 replies
honestly tthey are not worse than outsiders and faze didnt won a signle bo3 gainst niko this year, g2 is faze kryptonite
2022-12-06 16:51
14 replies
FAZe kryptonite JajajJkaajJJajJjaJjaJjaJjajqjjajjakaajaJajajajaj
2022-12-06 16:58
13 replies
yes just like liquid is cloud9's kryptonite
2022-12-06 16:59
12 replies
hi jonty
2022-12-06 17:43
11 replies
go to sleep
2022-12-06 17:43
10 replies
gyazo.com/d334cbd10db0dd725245fab91253a2.. i will when sharks take a map
2022-12-06 17:44
9 replies
people lowkey commit suicide after losing a bet on t3, good luck
2022-12-06 17:47
8 replies
i am so good at betting and u know it
2022-12-06 17:47
7 replies
yes i remeber how you were malding after 9z 00nation game at the major
2022-12-06 17:49
6 replies
no way
2022-12-06 17:48
hltv.org/matches/2360556/the-union-vs-fu.. yesterday won easy +1.5 also waiting for BJ today at night at 1.26 when odds already 1.01
2022-12-06 17:49
4 replies
BJ from who?
2022-12-06 17:54
3 replies
what u mean
2022-12-06 17:54
2 replies
kkkkkkkkkkkkkk i misunderstood i thought bj = otsoso
2022-12-06 17:55
1 reply
lmao
2022-12-06 17:55
Should be a great tournament, let’s hope cheatroic gets eliminated early without stavn!
2022-12-06 16:41
2 replies
+1
2022-12-06 17:08
#70
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Europe Khanan
-2
2022-12-06 17:27
#45
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Vietnam _Liam_
FaZe will win
2022-12-06 16:50
#46
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Russia mshkoda
8:00 what a pleasure^^
2022-12-06 16:51
Ez for hooxi
2022-12-06 16:51
#49
 | 
Germany Teuton1813
OPEN FANTASY PLEASE
2022-12-06 16:53
#51
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India 10_HAZ
the tournament will be in the arena from QFs, right?
2022-12-06 16:59
So many Europeans crying bc of time zones lmfaoooo
2022-12-06 17:06
7 replies
Hahahaha
2022-12-06 17:08
i mean Europe kinda carries the scene, i think its justified even tho idk why people care so much about a outsiders liquid game, acting like Americans wouldn't complain if the nba playoffs were held in Europe and the matches started at 7am or 11 on a working day lol
2022-12-06 17:34
4 replies
#89
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Brazil GsV
"Europe carries the scene" but the best tournaments are always outside Europe KKKKK
2022-12-06 17:51
3 replies
what best tournaments i know ur not trying slip the rio major in there lmao,afaik cologne,katowice and blast lans are mostly in EU, and you didn't seem to understand i was not even talking about crowd but viewership but ok kkkkk
2022-12-06 17:55
0/8
2022-12-06 17:57
0/8
2022-12-06 18:09
#98
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Germany tilted_up
Will check the vods like any tournament that is held in timezones whicu are hard to follow
2022-12-06 18:09
#59
 | 
United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Got to love the s1mple vs ZywOo opener. ^^
2022-12-06 17:11
faze with another easy groups as always, its hilarious
2022-12-06 17:16
poor time zones aswell as having the event in a sportwashing-country. Real highpoint to end the year
2022-12-06 17:23
#69
Snax | 
Europe Jezynt
Death group for g2 💀
2022-12-06 17:26
Group A looks stacked af
2022-12-06 17:31
#75
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Portugal dracø
OG are to EU what EG are to NA. Waste of spot, shouldn't be in most of the tournaments they are due to the level of play they show, but €€€€€€€. Other than that, banger tournament inc
2022-12-06 17:35
2 replies
Banger tournament that no one is going to watch because of the times XD
2022-12-06 19:02
1 reply
#110
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Portugal dracø
true xD
2022-12-06 20:00
whos gonna bet that OG is out first?
2022-12-06 17:36
#78
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Brazil GsV
Outsiders and Lulquid 3AM choke clan vs 1 bot, two good players and a retired player 6AM nice tournament to watch on YouTube highlights
2022-12-06 17:44
#96
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CIS Laggy
rip g2
2022-12-06 18:04
No amount of money should incite TO's to host tournaments in nations where it starts at 07:00 CET, and the second bo3 starting at 10:00 CET. Especially on a random Wednesday in the middle of the week. The viewership for those games are gonna be absolutely dogshit.
2022-12-06 18:05
1 reply
#117
honda | 
Congo, Democratic Republic of zne_
15k max
2022-12-06 21:17
EZ4NAVI
2022-12-06 18:14
What are these for times?? Well... At least I don't have to watch any CS because of work...
2022-12-06 19:01
O-3G
2022-12-06 20:20
yawn
2022-12-06 20:32
#115
 | 
France wasprick
Outsiders Final for sure dude !
2022-12-06 21:01
some good openers!
2022-12-06 21:39
Vita vs NAVI to fight for the worse team with the best player award
2022-12-06 22:23
FInally, Good timezones for us aussies!
2022-12-07 01:27
#123
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Aruba defoliant
FInally G2 will win something...
2022-12-07 02:54
#124
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Europe Nomarosa
bad times
2022-12-07 03:16
probably will be the best event of the year
2022-12-07 04:54
Finally some good viewing time
2022-12-07 05:32
1 reply
#129
arT | 
Asia ke1fu
yes finally no need to sacrifice sleeping time to watch
2022-12-07 09:03
#127
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Indonesia rerhea
thats craaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy
2022-12-07 07:10
Probably a Heroic win but should be very interesting
2022-12-07 07:42
Not sure who wins this but OG sure as hell is in last place.
2022-12-07 09:27
1 reply
#132
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Greece Fangu1
They will compete with g2 for the last place
2022-12-07 09:33
Let's see if outsiders can prove that their win was not a fluke
2022-12-07 11:10
KEKW why is G2 even qualified? They could find random 100 elo players and get better results.
2022-12-07 12:48
#141
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Sweden Akoulad
Matches are so early wtf
2022-12-07 13:51
7 AM games are gonna be a pain in the ass to follow but it is what it is
2022-12-07 23:51
Awful matches start times for NA, pretty much matches are going to be played while NA is going to be asleep. 1st match is at 1AM, 2nd at 4AM... But good for EU I guess... GL
2022-12-13 15:40
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