The last big event of 2021, BLAST Premier World Final would be played without an audience the TO announced via Twitter. World Final is the final tournament of the BLAST circuit as well for 2021 and has a prize pool of $1 Million. It’ll take place in a studio setting, much like IEM Cologne 2021 and IEM Fall all of which were LAN events without a crowd.
Having recently concluded BLAST Premier Fall Finals, packed with a passionate crowd at the Royal Arena, BLAST announced that the safety of the players, the talent, the fans and of course all of the staff working behind the scene was more important and it wouldn’t be viable to conduct another tournament with such a high tempo.
Fall Finals would be the last tournament in 2021 with an audience
But it doesn’t come as a surprise as the prep for the Fall finals was on for a long long time and tickets went on sale more than a month before the start of the tournament. And no such announcements were made for World Finals and the fans expected it to be a ‘LAN-lite’ tournament, and it was confirmed by BLAST later on.
IEM Winter will also be taking place in a studio without a crowd, so players and fans won’t have the true LAN experience but it will be the next closest thing.
BLAST World Final kicks off on 14th December and will feature 8 of the best teams competing for $1 million, $500,000 of which would go to the winner. The teams present will be:
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- G2 esports
- Team Vitality
- Team Liquid