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The BLAST Premier Spring Final is slated to take place in Lisbon, Portugal at the Altice Arena from June 15-19, BLAST announced on Tuesday. Altice Arena is the biggest indoor arena in Portugal with a 20,000 person seating capacity.
In June, eight of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s top teams will compete for their share of the $400,000 prize pool and a spot at the World Final. The tournament will feature a double-elimination group stage followed by a single-elimination playoff. The top three teams from each group will go to the playoffs with the winner of each group advancing directly to the semifinals.
So far, six of the eight teams have qualified for the Spring Final from the Spring Groups that concluded in February. Those teams are Team Vitality, OG, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Natus Vincere and BIG. Two more teams will join the Spring Final, one from the Spring European Showdown and one from the Spring American Showdown.
This Spring Final will be BLAST’s second event to take place in Lisbon, the first being BLAST Pro Series in December 2018.
“Our previous experience with the Portuguese Counter-Strike community was incredible, so this is the perfect setting for BLAST Premier’s first arena event of 2022,” Charlotte Kenny, managing director of BLAST Premier, said. “Altice Arena, one of Europe’s biggest indoor venues, is a great place to welcome eight of the world’s leading CS:GO teams and our fantastic fanbase. We can’t wait to be back and to showcase what makes BLAST Premier so special.”
This year’s Spring Final will have a crowd of 6,000 on the final two days of the event: June 18-19. Tickets for the event go on sale starting Thursday.
BLAST Premier is one of the biggest tournament series in Counter-Strike. Up to 32 of the best teams take part in the seven BLAST Premier events across the year with a combined prize pool of $2,475,000 on the line. The year culminates with the crowning of the world champions at the BLAST World Final.
Coby Zucker is Upcomer's resident CS:GO writer. He's also played League of Legends at the collegiate level and is a frequent visitor in TFT Challenger Elo. He's a firm believer that Toronto should be the next big esports hub city.