Blast Premier Betting Tips & Live Streams

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About Blast Premier

The Blast Premier is a Counter Strike: Global Offensive esports league that was first launched in 2020. 

It is organized by Blast, a Denmark-based esports media production company, who earlier used to run strategic and commercial operations for different esports organizations including Astralis, but now focus solely on the BLAST series. 

In 2023, they will organize a Valve Major for the first time, the Blast.TV Major in Paris.

The BLAST World Final is one of the biggest and most lucrative CS:GO esports events of the year, along with the Valve-sponsored Majors and the ESL Pro League. It’s the culmination of the BLAST season, which is split into two leagues over the spring and fall. 

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Blast Premier Live Streaming - Where to Watch

Most of the popular CS:GO competitive tournaments are streamed online on popular platforms and are available for free. You can use:

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The Blast Premier is broadcast in several languages. You can catch the English streams on three channels:

  • The official livestream from the Blast website
  • The official BLAST Premier channel on Twitch
  • The official BLAST Premier channel on YouTube

Streamers from different countries do their own Twitch livestreams of the Blast with commentary in their regional languages. 

For instance, bt0tv and Gaules will stream the league on their Twitch channels with Portuguese commentary, and bysl4m from Russia. WePlay Europe does a Twitch broadcast in the Ukrainian language. 

The full list of countries and channels can be found on the Blast Premier website.

Blast Premier Format

The Blast Premier league spans the course of the year, and comprises the Spring and Fall leagues. Each season is divided into the following stages:

  • Season Groups
  • Season Showdown
  • Season Final

Here’s a quick outline of how the Blast league is structured all the way up to the finals.

  • The Blast league includes teams from two major regions, Europe and North America.
  • The Spring Groups involves 12 partner teams. They’re first divided into three gauntlets of four teams each for the Group Stage, and will play out a double elimination bracket. All 12 teams will then proceed to the Play Ins, which involves three single-elimination gauntlets with the winner of each qualifying for the Spring Finals. The final leg is the Last Chance stage, another single elimination bracket. The winners of this stage will also be locked in for the Spring Finals, while the losers proceed to the Blast Spring Showdown.
  • The Blast Showdown is an intermediate tournament between the regular season and the finals. It’s divided into the European Showdown and AMerican Showdown, though for a year in 2021 this was held as a single event. Eight teams participate, and the winner from each region gets through to the Spring Finals.
  • The Spring Finals is played out across two stages, a double-elimination bracket for the Group Stage followed by a single-elimination playoffs stage, and the winner qualifies for the World Finals.

The Fall season is carried out the same way, with the winner of the Fall Finals also booking their spot in the final global event of the year. 

Blast World Final Prize Pools

The Blast league is among the most well-funded events in the CS:GO circuit. All three editions of the World Finals have a fixed prize pool of $1 million. 

However, the first edition of the league in 2020 saw the biggest overall prize pool, going up to $3 million. The tournament didn’t have a proper structure at the time, so different stages had various amounts of money pumped in. 

The Spring Showdown and Finals prize pools offered almost $1 million, while the Fall tournaments were set at around $700,000.

The next year, the league received a fixed format. The Spring and Fall Groups offered $150,000 each, while the Spring and Fall Showdowns - conducted as a single event in 2021 instead of regional ones - provided $162,500 each. The Finals of the Spring and Fall seasons gave a $425,000 prize pool each.

The prize pool in 2022 was pretty much the same as the previous year. The payout for the seasonal Showdowns was reduced slightly to $67,500 per region, amounting to a total of $135,000, a drop from the $162,500 offered last year. 

The prize pool for the Spring and Fall Groups was also marginally increased - from $150,000 it went up to $177,498 for each leg.

The total compensation for the league goes up to around $2.4 million. Here’s the award breakdown for the World Finals:

  • 1st place wins  $500,000
  • Runner up gets $250,000
  • The semifinals, or 3rd-4th place gets $85,000 each
  • The quarterfinalists, or 5th-8th place gets $25,000 each
  • The last two seeds, 7th-8th gets $15,000 each

Blast Premier Teams

There are eight teams participating in the World Finals - the winners of the Spring and Fall Finals, the winners of the two Valve Majors (in 2022, this was the PGL Antwerp Majors and IEM Rio Major), the winners of the two ESL Pro League seasons held during the year, and the three teams on top of the Global Leaderboard. 

The leaderboard is a system where teams accumulate points over the course of the year by winning or seeding well in the Valve Majors and other prestigious tournaments.

Teams can acquire a participation slot in the Blast by partnering with the league. In April 2022, Heroic became the latest partner team after replacing Immortals Gaming. Here’s the full list of partner teams:

  • Astralis
  • BIG
  • Complexity
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FaZe Clan
  • G2 Esports
  • Heroic
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • OG
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Vitality
  • Partner Team

Blast World Final Winners

Natus Vincere have been the most successful team at the Blast by a long way. They are the reigning champions, and have won both editions of the World finals. They emerged victorious at the Global Final 2020, and defended their title at the World Final 2021. 

These are the teams that have won the seasonal finals:

Season/Year
Winners
Fall Finals 2022Heroic
Spring Finals 2022Natus Vincere
Fall Finals 2021Natus Vincere
Spring Finals 2021Gambit Esports
Fall 2020 FinalsTeam Vitality