According to an official press release from the organization, BLAST Pro Series semi-final matches will now be played out in a best-of-three format.
BLAST Pro Series and RFRSH Entertainment announced today that the BLAST Pro Series semi-final matches, previously best-of-one affairs, will now be played out in a best-of-three format. The change comes with the reveal of BLAST’s “Front Row Experience,” which includes a live look into the production of the BLAST Series for fans in attendance.
The largest change, the switch from a best-of-one semi-final round to a best-of-three, is something that BLAST has shied away from in the past, citing a want to keep tournaments a breath of fresh air in Counterstrike tournament circuit inundated with tournaments. The new format will debut at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles, which runs from Friday, July 12th to Saturday, July 13th.
Jordi Roig, the Executive Producer of BLAST Pro Series, hints that the BLAST team has been considering the change for some time:
“In Los Angeles, we’ll for the first time introduce semifinals in a best-of-three format between the 4 top teams from the group stage. It’s something we’ve been trying to get our heads around for a while as it’s a balance between maintaining a compact format only taking up a few days of the players’, fans and viewers time in a compact season while also securing the most competitive format possible.”
Additionally, BLAST’s Front Row Experience seems to create a Olympic Village-esque zone of esports, where attendees can mingle with talent, players and crew as they produce the event.
Tickets for the event can be purchased here, directly from BLAST Pro Series. Tickets run $99 USD a day, or $149 for both days of the event.
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