The new rosters debuting at BLAST Premier Fall Groups
NAVI going international, Vitality changing a piece from their Major-winning squad and Liquid's new European core are all changes to look forward to at BLAST Premier Fall Groups.
Group A will feature Vitality, where the legendary Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen, with his five CS:GO Major titles and 19 Major appearances, gives way to young blood. Shahar "flameZ" Shushan will make his debut with the world's No. 2 team after impressing in OG for two years.
That group will also be a first for Ninjas in Pyjamas with Hampus "hampus" Poser back as he returns from half a year on the bench. Complexity will show off new star player Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski to try and carry the baton for North America, while Evil Geniuses will field their former B team around Timothy "autimatic" Ta.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Natus Vincere's addition of BLAST.tv Paris Major breakouts Mihai "iM" Ivan and Justinas "jL" Lekavicius with in-game leader Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen alongside Valeriy "b1t" Vakhovskiy and Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev will probably elicit the most curiosity. They will meet Astralis in their opening match, now led by Benjamin "blameF" Bremer with up-and-comer Victor "Staehr" Staehr and Johannes "b0RUP" Borup.
BIG's Johannes "tabseN" Wodarz and Karim "Krimbo" Moussa are now flanked by academy players Elias "s1n" Stein and David "prosus" Hesse, but the entry of Polish AWPer Mateusz "mantuu" Wilczewski into the lineup means calls will now go out in English. Their first round rivals, Heroic, are the same players who on the BLAST Premier Spring Final before the summer break.
Group C's FaZe and G2 remain the same as in the first half of 2023, but the other two teams come in with big changes. Liquid, particularly, made headlines for going with a European core in place of their North American one. Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis's addition in 2022 gave way to the organization now deciding to sign Robert "Patsi" Isyanov and Aleks "Rainwaker" Petrov.
Last but not least is OG, who see the return of Nemanja "nexa" Isaković. Alongside Maciej "F1KU" Miklas, they are the only two players to have donned the OG jersey before. Former fnatic rifler Dion "FASHR" Derksen joins alongside ex-BIG player Nils "k1to" Gruhne, while AWPing duties will fall on the exciting Romanian prospect Iulian "regali" Harjău.