The first premiere CS:GO Event of 2022, pun fully intended, is finally here in BLAST Premier Spring Groups. The 12 BLAST partner teams have been split into three groups of four, and each has a chance to finish in the top half and earn an early spot at the BLAST Spring Finals in June.
This year’s spring group stage will be extraordinarily exciting and should be a good start to another important year of competition CS:GO in 2022. Here’s everything you need to know about the BLAST Premier Spring Groups.
BLAST Premier Spring Groups format
Each of the three groups will compete in their own GSL format double-elimination round consisting solely of best-of-one matches, which will determine the seeding for the play-in phase.
The play-in stage consists of three single-elimination gauntlets with best-of-three matches, with staggered starting points determined by seeding from the previous group stage. The winner of each Gauntlet Tournament will receive 1,600 BLAST Premier Points and advance directly to the Spring Finals.
The second- and third-place teams from the play-in stage will be seeded into last-chance matches and will each play a single best-of-three, with the winner advancing to the Spring Finals with 800 BLAST Premier points.
The losers of the Last Chance matches and the 4th place teams from the play-in stage advance to April’s Spring Showdown event with 600 and 400 BLAST Premier points respectively.
BLAST Premier Spring Groups Teams and Brackets
Group A consists of G2 Esports, Complexity, BIG and Ninjas in Pajamas. G2 will debut its revamped roster with young AWP prodigy m0NESY, famed IGL Aleksib and trainer XTQZZZ. Complexity’s new NA line-up will also make their BLAST debut, with talent like Extra Salt, Liquid and FURIA. NiP will continue to play without Superstar dev1ce, who has extended his sick leave. BIG is looking to rebound after a lackluster end to 2021.
Group B consists of Natus Vincere, MIBR, Astralis and OG. Na’Vi return as the consensus favorite, looking to continue their winning streak after a great 2021 campaign. A MIBR roster looking to prove themselves will face a daunting opening match against the reigning BLAST champions. Astralis will try to shrug off a tough showing at Funspark ULTI and continue to find form with their new lineup, while OG will look to find success with the new IGL Nexa after trading Aleksib with G2.
Group C consists of Team Vitality, Evil Geniuses, FaZe Clan and Team Liquid. All four teams are debuting with new players or even completely new lineups and will surely be the group that draws the most attention. Just weeks after Vitality’s LEC super team stumbled out the gates, the organization is legendary on paper CS:GO Kader tries to avoid the same slow start. You face a potential new power in North America in the new roster of Evil Geniuses. On the other side of the bracket, ropz will make his FaZe debut against his new teammate Twistzz’s former team in Liquid, who will debut oSee and Shox.
Play-In stage mount
Here is the bracket for the play-in phase. The only remaining team from each of the three brackets will advance to the BLAST Premier Spring Finals.
Here is the full BLAST Spring Groups schedule. All times are CT and are subject to change. Each game will be updated to include its result upon completion.
Friday January 28th
- 8 AM CT: G2 16-12 Complexity (Nuke)
- 9 a.m. CT: NiP 16-12 BIG (overpass)
- 10:30am CT: G2 16-6 NiP (Inferno)
- 11:30 am CT: BIG 16-10 Complexity (Nuke)
- 1 p.m. CT: NiP 16-9 BIG (Nuke)
- 2:30pm CT: NiP 22-19 G2 (Mirage)
Saturday January 29th
- 8 am CT: MIBR 16-12 Na’Vi (Dust II)
- 9am CT: OG 16-12 Astralis (Ancient)
- 10:30am CT: OG 16-9 MIBR (Ancient)
- 11:30 am CT: Astralis 19-17 Na’Vi (Mirage)
- 1pm CT: Astralis 16-9 MIBR (flyover)
- 14:30 CT: OG 16-8 Astralis (Inferno)
Sunday January 30th
- 8:00 a.m. CT: Vitality 16-3 Evil Geniuses (Inferno)
- 9am CT: FaZe 19-15 Liquid (Inferno)
- 10:30am CT: Vitality 19-15 FaZe (Inferno)
- 11:30am CT: Liquid 19-17 Evil Geniuses (Inferno)
- 1pm CT: FaZe 19-17 Liquid (Inferno)
- 2:30pm CT: FaZe 16-10 Vitality (flyover)
Thursday February 3rd
- 6 PM CT: MIBR 1-0 Complexity (MIBR 16-13 Complexity on Nuke, LIVE on Ancient)
- 9:30 a.m. CT: Na’Vi vs. Liquid (Play-in Stage Round One)
- 11:30 a.m. CT: BIG vs. Evil Geniuses (Play-in Stage, Round One)
Friday February 4th
- 06:00 CT: Vitality vs. Complexity/MIBR Winner (Play-In Phase Round Two)
- 9:30 am CT: NiP vs. Na’Vi/Liquid Winners (Play-in Stage, Round Two)
- 11:30am CT: Astralis vs. BIG/EG Winners (Play-in Stage, Round Two)
Saturday February 5th
- 6:00 am CT: G2 vs. Round Two Winners (Play-In Stage Finals)
- 9:30am CT: OG vs. Round Two Winner (Play-in Stage, Final Round)
- 11:30 am CT: FaZe vs. Round Two Winners (Play-in Stage Finals)
Sunday February 6th
- 06:00 CT: Last Chance Game
- 9:30 am CT: Last chance game
- 11:30 am CT: Last chance game