The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2021 will start Tuesday, October 12 and continue through Saturday, October 17. The tournament will distribute $162,500 in purse money and have a single elimination bracket. Sixteen teams will compete for two available slots to qualify for the Fall Finals.
The 16 Teams
|Team Liquid||G2 Esports||Complexity Gaming||Evil Geniuses|
|Mad Lions||Movistar Riders||Dignitas||Team Fiend|
|Pain Gaming||9z Team||Lynn Vision||POGGERZ|
Top Teams to Watch
Here we’ll cover which five teams will head the tournament, taking into account different aspects. Let’s take the ESL World Ranking as a starting point. Considering it, the best five teams of the tournament will be:
- G2 Esports. The Spanish team has played very well so far this year, they were runners-up in two tournaments in 2021, and at BLAST, have the chance to vie for the championship.
- Heroic were the champions of the ESL Pro League Season 13, reaching a third-fourth place in the previous ESL Pro League Season 14. Heroic has a simple bracket, and will easily be the finalist; you can’t lose any match to the Danish team.
- Virtus.pro always has a championship contender. The Russians have performed well in every tournament this year so far, and they won the CS summit 7 at the beginning of the year.
- OG has repowered its level throughout 2021. We don’t have them as clear favorites, but as finalists of the tournament, they’re a great cohesive team.
- Finally, Team Liquid. If you’re an esports fan, you’ll always put Team Liquid as your favorite team.
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Top Players to Watch
Start with Nikola “Niko” Kovač, the rifler of G2 Esports. Niko had one of the best ratings on the team in their last tournament. And he’s always a top killer vs. the competition.
If you’re a typical player, fascinated with AWP kills, you have to watch Dzhami Jame Ali, Virtus.pro captain. In the team’s last tournament, the Awper of the Russians made the most AWP Kills in almost all his games.
For OG, you have to follow the career of Shahar “flameZ” Shushan. He’s the youngest of the team and probably of the entire tournament.
At 18 years old, flameZ has been performing at a high level, and this tournament will probably be a chance to get his name in the community.
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Our Pick: G2, Led by Kovac
Considering the current single elimination bracket, two teams qualify for the Fall Finals: Heroic and G2 Esports had outstanding matchups on their way to the BLAST Fall Showdown, giving us the confidence they’ll perform well here.
We predict G2 Esports star player Nikola “Niko” Kovač to lead his team all the way to the winners’ circle.
All matches will be best of three and take place at three different times:
- 06:30 a.m. ET
- 09:30 a.m. ET
- 12:30 p.m. ET
Watch the whole tournament on BLAST Premier’s Twitch Channel.