Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick "Lesona" Johnson is an esports journalist with a focus on CS:GO and the OWL. His interest for esports started with CS:S and grew into a career as both an esports writer and an avid fan, giving him a unique perspective on both the casual and professional scenes. Twitter: @Lesona_

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CSGO: BLAST Pro Series LA Finalizes Teams with the addition of Renegades

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The BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles invites are finally over with the addition of Australian Counterstrike: Global Offensive team Renegades.


RFRSH has announced the final team that will attend BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles. Renegades is the final team to round out the invite list as they join North American team NRG on the roster for the fourth iteration of the BLAST Pro Series.

Renegades and NRG will join Team Liquid, MIBR, Cloud9 and FaZe Clan in competing for the $250,000 USD prize pool in mid-July. This is the first BLAST event for Renegades, who are looking to break their way back into the upper echelon of Counterstrike after falling out of the top-10 rankings in May.

At BLAST, fans will see Team Liquid compete for the top spot in the standings for the  BLAST Global Final. They currently trail Astralis by only four points, 16-20.

Blast Pro Series Los Angeles will also debut a new format for the series, which includes an in-depth fan experience and a switch to best-of-three semi-final matches. Prior to BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, all matches at BLAST events were best-of-ones, save for the Grand Final match.

The event kicks off July 13th and runs through the 14th. The event caused some frustration among fans in early June when RFRSH changed the event venue from the Galen Event Center at the University of Southern California to a new venue located at 4315 Beverly Blvd.  In addition to the move, fans were also originally required to repurchase tickets for the new venue at the higher price. On June 7th, previous ticket holders were contacted by the Galen Center Box Office and told that they were eligible for special pricing.

ED. Note. The article mentioned that fans that had already purchased tickets were required to purchase them at a higher price. This was incorrect and has been fixed. 

You can purchase tickets to the new venue here.


Image VIA: BLAST Pro Series

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