After almost 2,5 years, the Danish tournament organizer, BLAST, returns to LAN in Portugal. The BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2022 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, starting 15th until the 19th of June. The best eight teams will fight for the main prize – a slot in the BLAST World Final, which will take place at the end of the year.
Here you’ll find five reasons why you should watch this tournament.
The debut of the new NAVI version
Besides the debut famous Ukrainian player somedieyoung in NAVI jersey at BLAST, electroNic will take the IGL role after the departure of Boombl4. The star player had already taken the role of in-game leader in NAVI in early 2021, but then the team rejected this idea, and Boombl4 continued to be IGL. It will be exciting to spectate how the team’s style will change after permutation in the group. As well, we should understand that electroNic’s performance will get hurt. The second question is, how will sdy feel in the tier-1 team? When NAVI often planned to make changes, sdy was on their short-list, but he became a member of the group only now. This event is significant for a Ukrainian player because his future in this team depends on it.
It is clear that no one expects NAVI to first place, but still, it is a team in which there are strong players, a great coach, and a lot of experience.
Will FaZe Clan be back on the winning road?
The best team in the world right now, FaZe Clan, also will participate in BLAST Premier Spring Finals 2022. Before IEM Dallas 2022, the international team had a promising trend: three LAN events – three victories. But the USA team lost against Cloud9 in the quarterfinals and finished in 5th-6th place. Players did not hide that they did not practice much before this tournament. And don’t blame them for that because they won a Major just a week before Dallas. It’s been a week and a half, and the players are rested and ready to conquer new peaks.
Of course, FaZe Clan is one of the favorites on the trophy. Especially their bullies from Cloud9 will not be at this tournament. In my opinion, only ENCE will be able to impose the fight in Portugal. But we will talk about them later. Overall, the main intrigue is how easily FaZe Clan will win this tournament.
OG with young talents
OG surprised the community by signing two young prospects – NEOFRAG from Sinners and F1KU from AGO. It became clear that the team decided to bet on young players and was ready to spend time to get the desired result. The new roster of OG has already made a debut in Dubai last week, where they took 3th-4th place at Global Esports Tour Dubai 2022.
In Lisbon, the international team will play with former Spirit player degster. The main sniper of OG mantuu is ill, so he is forced to miss the upcoming tournament. With a stand-in, especially like degster, OG can catch the courage and achieve the excellent result. But the most important here is an experience that new OG players will receive at this event.
This tournament will be helpful for them in the context of their development and future results.
Another ENCE attempt for the trophy
I would say that ENCE is the most progressive team this season. With the signing of maden at the beginning of the year, ENCE achieved 2nd place in HLTV Ranking. The international team finished 2nd place at EPL S15, IEM Dallas 2022, and 3th-4th at PGL Major Antwerp 2022. The next step in the development will be to win a big LAN event. ENCE could do that in Dallas, but, firstly, Cloud9 was good, and, secondly, they played with Snax as a stand-in.
I’m sure that ENCE will make a playoffs appearance here and probably will be in the grand final. But again, FaZe Clan. Interestingly, ENCE with Snax managed to win against current Major champions in Dallas, but they lost their chance to take the trophy. At previous events, FaZe Clan prevented ENCE from taking the first place. Let’s see how it goes in Portugal.
In the end, we will talk about the wonderful country of Portugal. A beautiful little country in Western Europe. There were a few CS:GO tournaments, but they were all quite memorable. BLAST already held the event in Lisbon in 2018. Then, by the way, Astralis took the trophy and won against NAVI in the final.
I’m sure the Altice Arena’s atmosphere will be fantastic, and all fans get great emotions. It will be interesting to see the show match between the team of Portuguese players against, most likely, the world team.