Sam Matters, CEO of Fnatic said it was frustrating that Fnatic had not been offered a place in the upcoming BLAST Premier tour. The omission of an invite from Fnatic is surprising, given that the squad is currently number three in the world.
Once BLAST Entertainment announced the team’s list, many asked why a new and unexposed category of players, such as Fnatic and mousesports, was included in BLAST Premier. Fnatic has recently seen great success and mousesports have won three out of four in 2019.
During an interview with HLTV, Product Manager BLAST Nicholas Estrup clarified that BLAST spoke to at least 20 teams, eventually picking the 12 teams involved based on “a long list of weight-bearing requirements.” Shortly after the interview had been released Both Samuelsson and Matthews responded with frustration with Estrup’s comments. Samuelsson went so far that he called the interview a “diss” both as a person and as an organization, against Fnatic.
Shortly after the official BLAST Premier had been announced, EsportsJunkie.com reached out to BLAST Entertainment but received no reply as of publishing.
Earlier in December, BLAST revealed the twelve teams involved. The main teams included were the Astralis, FaZe Clan, Team Liquid, MiBR, Team Vitality and Natus Vincere, as well as the Ninjas in Pyjamas.
Many solutions lead to outrage from both the supporters and the Counter-Strike: the whole culture of the worldwide offensive. 100 Thieves, G2 Esports, Complexity Gaming, and OG at times failed, with OG only formally announcing its first Counter-Strike on 5 December. In 2019 the scene of the tournament was uninhibited. Several people called the absence of Fnatic and mouse sports invites a snub then, and Fnatic has now given its own voice to calls from deceit.
BLAST Premier quickly contrasted the professional sports association, the team-owned league in 2016. The PEA failed as players against team owners were organized when it was revealed that they couldn’t play in ESL’s Pro League. Ironically, it’s predicted that BLAST Premier will coincide with the forthcoming eleventh season of the ESL Pro League in 2020.
The 12-team circuit league of BLAST Premier was announced at the beginning of December to finish in a final tournament two seasons a year. The BLAST Premier series will commence in London, England, on 31 January.
The BLAST Spring Finals 2020 will include teams from first to sixth. The rest of the teams will then play in the BLAST Spring Showdown 2020, a qualification for the Spring Finals.