The stage is finally set for the BLAST Premier: Fall Finals, but there’s still some surprises left in store.
With the conclusion of Fall Groups, the teams competing in BLAST Premier Fall Finals are mostly decided. The $425,000 tournament will feature the absolute top teams in Counter-Strike Global Offensive on LAN. All of the competitors earned their spot through Fall Groups, and two more are on their way form the Fall Showdown.
Six teams qualified to BLAST Premier: Fall Finals via the group stage and two more will join them from Fall Showdown.
BLAST Premier: Fall Showdown is a last-chance qualifier for the main event. The event is essentially two mini-tournaments with eight teams a piece. Showdown’s 16 competitors include big names like G2 Esports, Team Liquid, and OG. The qualifier winners won’t play each other until the Finals, which puts some tension on the matchup.
The Fall Finals will bring a ton of CSGO talent to Copenhagen, but it’s not difficult to pick out the favorite.
Natus Vincere is on an absolute tear in 2021. The Eastern European squad is fresh off an Intel Grand Slam and a three-tournament win streak. Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev is the scariest CSGO player in the world, with 87.9 damage and .87 kill averages for the past three months.
Natus Vincere’s dominance doesn’t mean it’s unbeatable.
There are a couple of dark horses that could make a splash at BLAST Fall Finals. Team Vitality pushed Na’Vi to its limit at ESL Pro League Season 14 in a narrow 2-3 loss. The French squad may come for revenge at this LAN event.
Ninjas in Pyjamas looked very tight at Fall Groups. Star AWPer Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz achieved a shocking 1.50 KD ratio across the event. Either team could upset Natus Vincere, especially if the latter is still celebrating its Grand Slam.