The beginning of the new year will not be abundant in tournaments for the world’s top tier Counter-Strike. Currently, there is a winter break for players and it will continue until the first cast at the end of January. Despite this, in the last days of the month, we will witness as many as two events, including one organized by BLAST featuring the new format. So it will be interesting. We invite you therefore to a short guide, concisely presenting upcoming events.
DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020
Already on January 24, we will witness the fight during DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020. A total of eight teams will compete, including Sprout, who became the first team to be confirmed for the first event of the year. The German organization secured a slot thanks to the triumph in the ESL Meisterschaft winter season, the German national championship. Five more participants will receive a direct invitation from the organizers, and the other two formations will be selected as part of the qualification, which will start on 10th of January.
The format of the competition will remain unchanged compared to previous tournaments in the series. In Germany, all teams will again be divided into two groups. Opening and winning matches will be played to one winning map, while all other matches will be held in the BO3 format. A total of four teams will advance to the semi-final, and the winner of the event will receive $ 50,000 and … a ticket to DH Masters Jönköping.
BLAST Premier Spring Series 2020
The first stage of the BLAST Premier spring season will begin on the last day of January. Twelve invited teams were divided into three groups. In each group, we will see the struggles in the double elimination ladder, with all matches played until two won maps. Two best teams from each set will advance directly to the world finals, and the other six will fight for this privilege during the Showdown competition. Importantly, the total prize pool of the event will be over one million dollars, of which $300,000 will go to teams fighting in its first phase.
In January, we will, unfortunately, see only two duels as part of the above-mentioned tournament. In the first one FaZe Clan will take Ninjas in Pajamas, and in the next Team Liquid will face MIBR. Group A matches will last until February 2, and five more will appear three days later. Group C will start their duels on Valentine’s Day and end on February 16, when we will meet the full six who will fight in the BLAST Premier Showdown.
|BLAST Premier Spring Series 2020 groups:|
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
Ninjas in Pyjamas
February, however, promises to be a much more packed month for the fans of competitive CS:GO. In addition to BLAST, at least three more top-level events will take place during the second month of the year. ICE London will start on February 4, followed by DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 and Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV World Championship in Katowice, Poland.