BLAST Fall Showdown will be played in CSGO as the organization plans to host its first CS2 event in November
BLAST Fall Showdown will give Counter-Strike fans one final glimpse at competitive CSGO, according to a report by HLTV. This decision follows closely on the heels of ESL's choice to continue featuring CSGO in the ongoing ESL Pro League Season 18.
Why BLAST Fall Showdown Will Be Played In CSGO?
As the countdown to the Showdown's scheduled start on October 4 enters its final week, BLAST has expressed a fundamental concern: the belief that the allotted timeframe is insufficient for the participating teams to adequately prepare and adapt to competing in Counter-Strike 2, which officially launched on the preceding Wednesday.
BLAST Fall Showdown to be played in CS:GO https://t.co/pYVbE2iG0E
— HLTV.org (@HLTVorg) September 28, 2023
The highly anticipated BLAST Premier Fall Final is set to make its triumphant return to Copenhagen's iconic Royal Arena from November 22 to 26. This marquee event is poised to be even more captivating as BLAST says that it will be played in the latest iteration of the Counter-Strike franchise, Counter-Strike 2.
It's THE one you've been waiting for. Fall Final 🍁
Tickets go on sale soon with exclusive access to BLAST tv users!
— BLAST Premier 💥 (@BLASTPremier) June 10, 2023
The decision aligns with historical instances where significant gameplay updates were introduced to CSGO shortly before major tournaments, often resulting in these events being played on outdated game versions.
Despite Counter-Strike 2 being a successor to CSGO and not an entirely new game, the older version will continue to be accessible for a limited time to serve this specific purpose.
BLAST Fall Showdown Format
The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown is slated to be an online affair, with Europe and the Americas hosting separate competitions. In each of these regional showdowns, there is a lone opportunity to secure a place in the BLAST Premier Fall Final. The roster for each region comprises eight formidable teams, with high-profile contenders such as ENCE, G2, Cloud9 in Europe, and Liquid, FURIA, Complexity, and Imperial in the Americas, adding to the competitive intensity.