Details for the BLAST Premier Fall Series have been revealed, confirming that two of its partner CS:GO teams will be replaced with substitute teams for the Europe-based tournament.
In what will be the first cross-continental CS:GO competition since the coronavirus pandemic shifted esports events online, teams from North and South America will be travelling across the pond to base themselves in Europe. They are partner teams MIBR and Evil Geniuses, as well as FURIA which comes in to replace 100 Thieves after the organisation announced this week it would be exiting Counter-Strike esports. They will join European teams Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Vitality, Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan, Complexity, and BIG, the latter of which replaces another BLAST partner in Team Liquid.
According to the announcement post, Team Liquid will not be making the trip over to Europe with FURIA, MIBR, and Evil Geniuses “to limit the amount of cross-continental travel for players during COVID-19.” Team Liquid will return for the Fall Showdown, however, which takes place a few weeks after the Fall Series has concluded.
Throughout 2020, BLAST Premier has been played with a regional split between Europe and the Americas. This sees CS:GO teams from these regions do battle for the first time since March.
BLAST also says in its Fall Series announcement post that it is monitoring the global situation closely with the intention to host the BLAST Premier Global Finals – which are slated for January 2021 – as a LAN event.
THE EU VS NA RIVALRIES ARE FINALLY BACK!😍
We are thrilled to welcome the NA teams to Europe and once again settle the score on which continent holds the best CS:GO team 💪
— BLAST Premier (@BLASTPremier) October 14, 2020
Complexity, Vitality, and Evil Geniuses have already booked their spots at the Global Finals, and the two winners of the Fall Series and Fall Showdown will face each other to become the fourth and final team to qualify.
The Fall Series will span from October 16 to November 4, with the groups being released tomorrow.