The BLAST Premier World Final 2022, the last major championship this year, ended the day before. Perhaps we could dwell on the discussion of the champion, since no one expected such a breakthrough from G2 Esports . But even without that, there are many stories that are worth remembering and summing up the results of the championship. In this material, we will go over each of the participants, starting from the end.
The Danish team came to the championship without stavn, who took a forced vacation due to the anniversary of his brother’s death. As a result, Heroic came to the championship with k0nfig, who, frankly, was one of the best in the team. The main reason for the failure of the guys can and should be called fatigue.
Indeed, Heroic has been at its peak since the end of October, when it won the BLAST Premier: Fall European Showdown 2022. Then the Danes reached the final of the major, and also won the autumn finals from BLAST. However, as is often the case in big-time sports, sooner or later the peak of form subsides and regression begins. Probably, the team did not calculate their strength until the end of the season, for which they received two defeats.
On the other hand, it’s not worth burying Heroic, and next year the team will return in the same focus.
Heroic’s neighbor unfortunately shot at the very major, where he really showed an excellent game. But in a month, Outsiders has clearly lost its passion, and really didn’t come up with anything new. As a result, the team suffered two unfortunate defeats, winning only one map. The most remarkable thing is that the game Outsiders, as it seems, did not even try, because it is almost impossible to lose shape in a month.
Another noteworthy favorite who failed to prove himself. Moreover, already at the start of the championship, “Born to Win” managed to upset their fans, losing to Vitality without a chance. However, further on, NAVI managed to restore confidence in the fans by beating Heroic. However, the result still turned out to be sad – the team did not go beyond the quarterfinals.
Right now the club itself is in a difficult moral situation. It is obvious that changes in the composition are ripening. The only question is how many people will leave the team? In any case, the team tested npl at BLAST Premier World Final 2022, and, as they say, the first pancake came out lumpy. It remains only to observe the development of events, although there is a possibility of losing NAVI for a long time.
Together with NAVI, Vitality was eliminated after the quarterfinals. However, you can’t say anything about this team, since it has long been asking for cardinal replacements. In general, after ESL Pro League Season 16, the wards of zonic did not succeed at once in all major tournaments, which clearly pushes for changes.
To put it bluntly, the problem lies in the difference of opinion, namely the difference between the Danish and French scenes. And, as it seems, the organization needs to choose between two evils, since at this rate you can lose ZywOo. Speaking about Vitality’s results at BLAST Premier World Final 2022, apart from the first game against NAVI, the team didn’t show itself at all. In general, we are returning to the original, and the signing of Spinx did not justify itself.
One of the breakthroughs of the past BLAST Premier World Final 2022 is the OG team. Who in their right mind could imagine that a team that failed at the autumn finals, and also flew away from HAVU at CCT, is even capable of reaching the playoffs?
But suddenly OG decided to play with new colors to win Group B with two wins over Heroic and Vitality. However, already in the semi-final the team was stopped by Team Liquid , but even there ruggah’s wards were in the lead. In general, OG knows how to surprise, but again there are problems with stability. And there is a feeling that some of the young NEOFRAG – F1KU will have to be replaced.
Another disappointment from FaZe Clan. It is clear that reaching the semi-finals is a worthy result. But from a team that smashed everyone in a row in the first half of the season, you clearly expect more.
It is strange that the European team generally won both meetings in the group, since both times it was hanging by a thread. However, in the semi-finals, G2 Esports closed all questions and alienated FaZe Clan from IGS. Structurally speaking, the team clearly lacks fresh ideas, since the old tactics of karrigan have long been seen through. In addition, in terms of shooting, the team reached the average figures, while there is simply no clear leader.
All in all, FaZe Clan needs one point replacement. And if the team wants to dominate next year, then it is worth finding a new captain who can instill a second wind in the team.
Another championship for “liquid” with a “plus” sign. If in the autumn finals the team reached the semi-finals, now they have gone even further. Perhaps, in the grand final, the North Americans lacked a sniper, and YEKINDAR suddenly lost confidence.
On the other hand, Team Liquid played well in the group, where they lost only to FaZe Clan. In the playoffs, the team continued to build on reading opponents and clear shooting, but there weren’t enough guys for the grand final. In any case, the North American team is at a stage where a pause will not do any good. Although there is a possibility that in a month and a half the “liquid” will be able to correct their shortcomings and, perhaps, find a more reliable sniper.
The main “WOW” of the championship is already here. No one expected victory from G2 Esports; Moreover, few people saw the team in the playoffs of BLAST Premier World Final 2022. But suddenly NiKo and the company began to play like never before.
Remarkably, the tournament began for G2 Esports with a defeat, albeit close, from FaZe Clan. However, the European team accelerated further, first knocking out the Outsiders, and then rushing across the grid. As a result, the team destroyed Team Liquid without a chance in the grand final to lift the first trophy in 5.5 years.
On the other hand, it is unlikely that G2 Esports will be able to consolidate this success next year. And the figure of the captain still causes great concern among the community.
BLAST Premier World Final 2022 was held from December 14 to 18 in Abu Dhabi at the Etihad Arena. As part of the championship, eight teams from Europe, the CIS and North America competed for a total prize pool of $1,000,000.
BLAST Premier World Final 2022 results
- 1st place: G2 Esports — $500,000
- 2nd place: Team Liquid — $250,000
- 3rd-4th place: OG and FaZe Clan — $85,000
- 5th-6th place: NAVI and Vitality — $25,000
- 7th-8th place: Outsiders and Heroic — $15,000