The Blast Premier: Fall Finals Gives a Sneak Peak Into The Roster Shuffles
The Blast Premier: Fall Finals is almost upon us, and this late year tournament will have the usual preview of newly constructed rosters that are testing out their recent pickups. We can expect the lineups we last saw from Team Vitality, Natus Vincere, Astralis, FaZe Clan and Heroic, but there are some rustlings about other teams that have made it to the Fall Finals.
Team Liquid has some of the biggest news, with Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski wanting to play with Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, per Richard Lewis in By The Numbers podcast. This would mean Nitr0 coming back from Valorant to help Team Liquid reach a top 10 world ranking if possible.
Nitr0 could be exactly what TL are looking for to tie everything together and make a run for next year. If Nitr0 is signed before the Blast Premier, this would be a good testing ground to see the potential of TL.
Along with this, Richard “shox” Papillon was reportedly in talks with TL, per journalist neL. This would mark TL as a superteam, but only in name value, as it’s uncertain whether these veterans can live up to their old legacies.
Evil Geniuses have been rumoured to be interested in Damien “maLeK” Marcel, former head coach of G2 Esports. This is at a critical time for EG, as they have just released Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz, Owen “oBo” Schlatter, and Michał “MICHU” Müller.
EG is clearly looking to do a semi-rebuild of their CS:GO roster, while keeping Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte and Tsvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, and with maLeK taking the mantle of the ship, it would make sense to get someone experienced and able to help construct a cohesive roster. With great starting pieces, EG looks off to a great start to help build their roster into a championship winning team for 2022.
Ninjas in Pyjamas have added Patrick “es3tag” Hansen to their lineup, replacing Linus “LNZ” Holtäng who will go back to the Young Ninjas lineup. es3stag brings a wealth of experience and can possibly push NiP to a top 3 team. He’s been a great rifler for several lineups, and should be a good addition for NiP to round-out their game.
BIG made a change of their own, signing Niclas “enkay J” Krumhorn as head coach, replacing Nikola “LEGIJA” Ninić. enkay J is coming from Sprout, a tier 2 organization. BIG’s move makes it apparent that they are looking to shuffle things around and create a new identity for their lineup, but while keeping their lineup of players. This should give a fresh perspective for the team, and with the end of the year wrapping up, this is the perfect time for the organization to do so.
The Blast Premier: Fall Finals takes place in Coppenhagen, Germany on November 24th – November 28th.
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