Welcome to the final stage of BLAST Premier 2021: BLAST Premier World Final! Out of the yearlong competition, eight teams made it to this last tournament and will fight to get their share of the $1,000,000 prize money. If you are looking to see which teams are participating and what the format is, this is the right place for you.
Eight best teams: Gambit Esports, Heroic, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Team Vitality, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Astralis and Team Liquid. Some of them qualified by winning various tournaments in 2021 -hey, NAVI- and some qualified by performing well in those tournaments and getting a good place in the BLAST Premier’s Global Leaderboard.
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Meet the teams
Three teams came here by winning a tournament: Gambit Esports, Heroic and Natus Vincere. Gambit Esports won BLAST Premier Spring Finals to get here, defeating Natus Vincere in the finals. This was back in June, but Gambit managed to stay relevant for the rest of the year. They won IEM Fall CIS, V4 Future Sports Festival, IEM Summer and IEM World Championship this year. They look quite strong.
Heroic won ESL Pro League Season 13 to qualify for the BLAST World Final directly. However, although their places are high on the tournaments they attended, they couldn’t win anything else in 2021.
Natus Vincere is inspecial form, they’ve won three tournaments that give automatic World Final spot: ESL Pro League Season 14, PGL Major Stockholm 2021 and Fall Finals. If you want to find out more about their journey, check out our article about s1mple.
Let’s have a quick look at the rest of the teams: G2 Esports with NiKo has been increasing their performance all year long. Team Vitality isn’t what they were in 2020, but ZywOo is still a beast and they are still good. Ninjas in Pyjamas, led by dev1ce is one of the strongest candidates to take NAVI’s place in 2022, but I believe they are still not quite ready.
Astralis and Team Liquid, although they stayed relevant this year, have been disappointing their fans. They have to get their game on a much better level if they want to keep up with NAVI, G2 and VIT. Astralis haven’t won anything this year, and TL could only win cs_summit 8, a North America only event.
Format and schedule
BLAST Premier World Final will follow a double elimination bracket between December 14 and December 19. All games will be best of three, including the grand finals. Find the first matchups below. You can easily click on the images to find the match pages, or visit Luckbox’s CS:GO matches page to find out more.
You can find the full schedule of the event on this tweet from BLAST:
After these first matches, losers will have a second chance in the lower bracket. BLAST Premier World Final is one of the few tournaments left before 2022, you should definitely tune in and follow the action here.