BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Dates for BLAST Premier Spring Groups have been confirmed. 12 BLAST partner teams, including five currently in the top 10, will compete from January 19-29 for a prize pool of $177,500. The tournament will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The announcement did not specify what the groups would be or the structure of the event, but it is understood that six BLAST Premier Spring Final spots are up for grabs. The event serves as an opportunity for teams to warm up for the year as IEM Katowice is just around the corner.
BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Teams, Format, Prizepool distribution, and more about the event
There is a total of 12 teams:
- FaZe Clan
- Team Vitality
- Ninjas in Pajamas
- OG Esports
- Team Liquid
- Natus Vincere
- G2 Esports
- Evil Geniuses
First tournament of 2023
🏅 Spring Groups
💥 12 teams
📅 19th – 29th January pic.twitter.com/VYff6vzy76
— BLAST Premier 💥 (@BLASTPremier) January 3, 2023
There will be a total of three stages:
- Group Stage – in this there will be three double-elimination format matches. Each group will consist of 4 teams. All the matches will be in the best-of-series one format.
- Play-ins Stage – in this you will see single-elimination format matches. All the matches will be in the best-of-series three formats. The winner from each gauntlet advances to the Spring Finals. Second and third teams from each gauntlet advance to the Last Chance Stage. The fourth team from each gauntlet advance to the Spring Showdown.
- Last Stage – in this you will see single-elimination format matches. All the matches will be in the best of series three formats. The winner from this stage will advance to the Spring Finals and the losers will proceed to the Spring Showdown.
BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023: Prizepool distribution
The total prize pool of the event is $177,498. And it is distributed in this way:
- 1st-3rd – $27,500
- 4th-6th – $17,500
- 7th-9th – $8,500
- 10th-12th – $5,666
It will also give us our first look at the newest Ninjas in Pajamas player, who is said to be Daniil “headtr1ck” Valitov. This event could serve as the debut for the young Ukrainian and will also be the debut for Astralis’ new shooter, Christian “Buzz” Andersen.