The Na’Vi versus MIBR match took place on Jan. 29 in a Group B best of one between the two teams. It likely accrued the highest viewership for a couple reasons. Notably, Na’Vi and MIBR are both popular teams, with Na’Vi being the current world No. 1 and MIBR being the sole Brazilian team at the event. The game, which took place on Dust II, also ended in the favor of MIBR, which was a massive upset. The Brazilians won 16-12 in what was their first Tier 1 showing with their new roster.
Na’Vi was the most-watched team at the event, with 5.04 million hours watched. They were followed closely by Ninjas in Pyjamas, though the Swedish team did face Na’Vi in two best of threes. Na’Vi also averaged the highest viewers. The top five matches with the highest viewership peaks were all Na’Vi matches.
Across the whole BLAST Spring Groups tournament, there were 28,180,124 views and 18,406,067 hours watched. The event averaged 262,944 viewers across the 70 hours of airtime.
The BLAST Spring Groups was the first S-Tier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event of 2022. It concluded on Feb. 6 as six teams booked their tickets to the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals in June. The six teams to qualify were Team Vitality, OG and FaZe Clan in joint 1-3 place; and G2 Esports, Na’Vi and BIG in joint 4-6. The remaining six teams — Astralis, Complexity Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, MIBR and NiP — were relegated to the Spring Showdown.
With the BLAST Spring Groups finished, the Showdown will be the next CS:GO event organized by BLAST. It will run from April 20-24, 2022 and take place in North America and Europe. Only two more teams will qualify through the event for the Spring Finals.
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.