BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 Event Preview & Team Storylines
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to yet another CSGO event preview! There’s no lack of events these days; good events, mind you. At the moment, we have Flashpoint and IEM XV Beijing to watch and talk about. Next week, BLAST Premier Fall Showdown jumps into the spotlight, bringing forth two more tickets for the December-bound Fall Season Finals.
BLAST Premier Fall Regular Season is all done and dusted. The six best teams are already through to the Season Finals. There are two tickets left, so let’s see which of these 16 participants have the best shot at snatching one.
BLAST Premier Fall Showdown | Interesting Facts
Let’s start with the talent. We finally got the talent announcement, following a week of anticipation. James Banks is going to be hosting the desk, as you’d come to expect. Maniac and Pimp will analyze the action for us, as always. Freya is the go-to interviewer, and the good old – Anders, Semmler, Iaunders, and Crawny – commentator duos will be there to spice things up for everyone watching the action live.
BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 action starts on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with the first batch of opening matches. It ends on Sunday, Nov. 29, meaning it will last for just six days. One last thing – there’s $150,000 in prize pool money, with the two bracket winners each getting $25,000, plus the tickets. We can’t forget about the tickets!
This event features a single-elimination bracket from start to finish. The bracket itself, however, is separated into two portions. Let’s call them first and second bracket. The winner of each bracket gets $25,000 in prize money and a ticket to the Finals. All matches are best of three. There are no second chances. A loss equals elimination, as simple as that!
Here’s a quick look at the six teams who’ve earned their tickets through the regular season:
- G2 Esports
BLAST Premier Fall Showdown | Team Storylines
As I’ve said earlier, only two out of these 16 teams will come out of this event with a hefty prize – tickets for the December-bound Season Finals. That said, here’s a closer look at the five teams people expect to reach far into the bracket:
What’s FURIA’s deal lately? They’ve been a force to be reckoned with in NA, having won IEM XV New York, ESL Pro League S12, and DreamHack Open Summer. However, as soon as they traveled across the pond, their form got lost halfway through the Atlantic. They got stomped on BLAST Premier Fall regular season and will be looking for redemption. Fall Season Finals will be a massive event – FURIA has to find a way to get that golden ticket.
Luckily for them, yuurih and HEN1 are in great shape. The Brazilian duo leads the charge for FURIA. They make for a lethal duo with excellent dueling ability and great game sense, whether we’re talking about good old trading or calculated executions.
Talking about luck, FURIA will be playing against Isurus in the first round. It’s another South American team with high hopes. Realistically, though, they are the weakest link on this event and should serve as an aiming practice for FURIA. Anything other than that will be a massive surprise.
Assuming FURIA defats Isurus, they’ll be playing against the better of Virtus.pro vs. Spirit in the semifinals. From there on, anything can happen and it’s way too early to talk about concrete predictions.
Virtus.pro has been near the top of the CIS scene for quite a while now. They crowned their excellent results with the IEM XV New York CIS title. However, as far as bigger events go, they had no luck at all. They played on ESL Pro League S11 and IEM XIV World Championship, and that’s about it. They had a couple of unsuccessful qualifiers, which must’ve left a mark on their overall performance.
However, they might just be making a massive comeback. As mentioned in the intro, Flashpoint Season 2 has just started. Virtus.pro is having a proper blast out there. They defeated Cloud9 in round one and Gen.G in round two. That’s enough for a spot in the playoffs, though VP will get a chance to fight for first place in group C. They’re in excellent form, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they clinch their third consecutive win.
As for BLAST Premier Fall Showdown, Virtus.pro is going up against Team Spirit in the opening round. It should be a fine match, though I reckon the CIS side is the go-to underdog. FURIA should be VP’s round-two opponent. That match is going to be quite the treat, no doubt about that!
NiKo is no more! This is the post-NiKo era of FaZe Clan, but I’m sure the Bosnian legend discussions will follow FaZe Clan for years to come. Oh, the history they could’ve made while he was onboard. Oh, the stories they could’ve written with him. That’s all past tense now. We need to focus on the new FaZe Clan and their upcoming BLAST Premier Fall Showdown campaign!
As you may know, Olofmeister is back! The Swedish CSGO legend is back in FaZe Clan’s starting roster. Realistically, he’s the best player they could’ve signed after NiKo’s departure. He’s been a part of that team for quite a while, which means he’ll need no extensive sync up time to settle in, and that’s what FaZe Clan needs right now.
Even though they’re looking fine on IEM XV Beijing, the toughest matches are ahead of them. I believe it’s only a matter of time before they crumble to pieces. There’s no way they get their hands on the tickets here. They’re going up against MIBR in the opening round. I wouldn’t be surprised if they lose right away. If they happen to win, Team Liquid (or even MAD Lions, for that matter) will give them a nasty wake-up call.
We’re rounding off this section of our BLAST Premier Fall Showdown with two NA sides – Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses. First off, let’s talk about Intel Grand Slam winners! Team Liquid will want to forget about 2020 as soon as 2021 comes knocking on the door. This year kept bringing heartbreak after heartbreak for the boys in blue.
Everything culminated with Nitr0’s departure to 100T’s Valorant team and Grim’s arrival from Triumph. The 19-year-old US prodigy (whose birthday is coming up in just a couple of days) settled in nicely with his Liquid colleagues.
However, Stewie2K is still at the bottom of the fragging charts, which should prompt another roster alteration. I’m not hating on poor Stewie, but I think Liquid would be better off with someone else. I wouldn’t be surprised if Liquid finally addresses the issue, assuming they don’t do anything noteworthy on this event.
They should be able to wiggle past MAD Lions, but FaZe or MIBR will put them to the test in the second round, not to mention the horrors that might await in the grand finals. Yep, FURIA is the most likely contestant, and we all know the history between these two.
Finally, Evil Geniuses. EG has come a long way since their 14-match winning spree, which ended mid-September. Since then, FURIA took them by surprise on four occasions, asserting their dominance and taking the “best NA team” title from Brehze and the EG boys. Ideally, EG and FURIA should go through to the Season Finals since they’re the highest-ranking teams here… but things don’t always go according to plans, especially in CSGO.
The only thing that could jeopardize EG’s road to the golden ticket is CeRq. Yep, the Bulgarian beast has been unimpressive. He’s been in solid form for the majority of 2020, but he’s far from that at the moment. On the bright side, Ethan has stepped up for the occasion. He’s going all the hard work these days, together with Brehze, of course.
Endpoint is EG’s first opponent. It should be an easy match; a walk in the park, some would say. However, things will get complicated quickly with GODSENT or Mousesports coming forth in the second round. Come to think of it; I believe CeRq will have to make a comeback if EG is to fulfill fans’ expectations.
BLAST Fall Showdown 2020 Schedule (CET)
Last but not least – here’s a quick look at the BLAST Premier Fall Showdown schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 24
- Complexity vs. Sprout – 1.30 p.m.
- Team Spirit vs. Virtus.pro – 4.30 p.m.
- FURIA vs. Isurus – 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25
- Mousesports vs. GODSENT – 1.30 p.m.
- NiP vs. Cloud9 – 4.30 p.m.
- FaZe Clan vs. MIBR – 7.30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 26
- Team Liquid vs. MAD Lions – 4.30 p.m.
- Evil Geniuses vs. Endpoint – 7.30 p.m.