The schedule for the 2022 Spring Final, which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 15-19, with $425,000 on the line for the eight teams competing, has been released by BLAST.
FaZe, Natus Vincere, OG, Vitality, BIG, G2, paiN and ENCE will compete in the Portuguese capital city for the ultimate prize.
The event will take place at the 15,000-seat Altice Arena, which held a BLAST Pro Series tournament in late 2018 and saw Astralis win at the pinnacle of their reign.
Let’s take a look at how BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 will play out.
BLAST Premier Spring Final Format
The Spring Final will begin with two groups of four teams, with the best team from each group advancing directly to the semifinals of the event, while the second and third-placed teams must first compete in the quarterfinals. The tournament will be held in a new format this year, as opposed to prior editions which employed a double-elimination bracket.
BLAST Premier Spring Final will only have its semi finals and grand finals played in front of a live audience, unlike many other events that have their whole playoffs played in front of a live audience. The action will be broadcast live from the Altice Arena in Lisbon.
- Group Stage:
- Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
- Each group has 4 teams
- All matches are Bo3
- Top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs
- Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
- Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
- Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
- Single-Elimination bracket
- All matches are Bo3
BLAST Premier Spring Final Schedule
The schedule for the opening matches are as follows:
Wednesday, June 15 (CEST)
11:00 - FaZe vs. paiN
14:00 - G2 vs. Vitality
17:00 - Natus Vincere vs. OG
20:00 - ENCE vs. BIG
BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022 Participating Teams
Between January and February, FaZe, Natus Vincere, OG, Vitality, BIG and G2 BLAST Premier Spring Groups, alongside two teams from the Spring Showdown between April and May; paiN and ENCE.
FaZe Clan is the overwhelming favourite to win this tournament. To make matters even better, they should have little trouble in their first match against paIN Gaming, perhaps the worst squad in the tournament.
|Also Read||Is FaZe Really the Best?|
Brazilian PaIN honestly has no luck in this tournament. They are not even underdogs but pariahs at this point when compared to their peers. Opening match against FaZe, tough luck.
|Also Read||paiN Gaming is coming to BLAST Finals|
Now this European mix squad is dangerous, they have legendary names on their roster such as flameZ and niko, and they already came second even beating the FaZe to the second stop in the BLAST Premier: Spring Groups 2022.
|Also Read||OG comes to BLAST Premier with a new roster|
G2 will face off against Team Vitality in the first round, and with even odds, taking into account the recent low performance of Vitality and G2’s overall meagre results, it could go either way but G2 has certainly trained more in the recent tournaments, making it further than Vitality in their series.
|Also Read||G2 in Search for a Breakthrough at BLAST Premier Spring Final 2022|
Vitality will really need to prove their mettle if they don’t want to be remembered as the fallen stars of CS:GO, recently it shows that even the best of the best ZywoO couldn’t save them.
|Also Read||Team Vitality will try to get back on their feet at BLAST Finals|
Furthermore, Natus Vincere will not be very predictable, especially after making squad changes only a week ago. They are not the same NAVI they once were, and they just fired their captain Kirill "Boombl4" Mikhailov, over reasons outside of the game that endangered NAVI’s reputation.
Team is expected to lose cohesion after this and their recent marginal performance shows that NAVI might be lost to the annals of history very soon and as quick as they had arrived at the top.
|Also Read||syd joins NAVI Roster for BLAST Premier|
BIG is considered an underdog in this competition, they are partnered with ENCE in the opening matches and it will be an answer for the what if BIG and ENCE faced off in the IEM Dallas Playoffs.
|Also Read||BIG Needs Something Special|
Last but not least, ENCE is considered a wildcard in this competition. They almost had the IEM Dallas Trophy in their grasp, even defeating FaZe at one point. The fact that they are paired with BIG two teams are partnered in the first game will serve as a testing ground for each of them, and an action-packed contest is predicted.
|Also Read||BLAST Finals is easy for ENCE|
We predict that in the end of this tournament either ENCE or FaZe will come out as the winner, but, and this is a big BUT, the fresh look OG may very well surprise and take the CS:GO esports scene by storm.
|Also Read||BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2022 Schedule & Betting Odds|
There is a first deposit bonus for those who want to try out their luck in the CS:GO live betting, by using code GLHF you can claim your bonus and see if your predictions hold out for the BLAST Premier Spring Final. Sign up below!