BLAST Premier Fall Final Event Review
BLAST have always had great production. From the classic pyrotechnics to the full-on panoramic camera shots, they are a tournament organizer that has all but the format to truly consider them top contenders. Often opting for a group stage bracket, they are looked at as a tournament organizer which opts in for more production value in a short span of time rather than a well constructed competitively integral circuit.
With that said, it should not take away from teams which win the tournament, and they do tend to balance out better than something like the esport League of Legends. BLAST is also one of the few in-person esports events that took place late in the esports calendar year, marking 861K viewers for the final of Natus Vincere and Team Vitality. BLAST is a great tournament to cap off the year, and truly exemplifies the pure love for esports.
Early on, favorites Natus Vincere went 2-0 against Berlin International Gaming, easily dispatching the German organization. As to no surprise, they also beat out Heroic, 2-1, and then stretched to the semifinals to play against Team Vitality, beating them 2-0.
he great thing about NaVi’s current lineup is that Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev doesn’t seem to be completely outpacing his teammates, as Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi and Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy have kept excellent pace with s1mple throughout the tournament. This tournament had proved that it wasn’t just s1mple and Co.
Team Vitality were also no slouches, handedly beating Astralis 2-1, and then doing it again in the lower bracket as they got sent down by Natus Vincere. Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut ended up with phenomenal numbers this tournament, ending at a 1.36 HLTV rating, narrowly missing S1mple’s rating of 1.39. Vitality was the likely competitor to NaVi, and many had expected that this was their chance to usurp the kings, as NaVi are fresh off of a Major win, so there might have been a complacency factor to account for.
Overall the BLAST event was successful, even if there was a bit of animosity from the crowd via Alex “Machine” Richardson and his response to their jeering. The banter was great and it did provide a great outlet for fans in the arena and viewers alike at home to revel in one of the last events on the CS:GO calendar.
Now awaits the BLAST Premier: World Final, which takes place December 14th – December 19th. The location has yet to be determined, but it’s sure to alight fans and be a proper showing for everyone.
Images via BLAST Premier.