BLAST Premier, but there's no crowd

Gijs Verhoeff
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Illustration by NovaH

Hey look who it is! Your favourite character from 2020, 2021, and possibly 2022: It's corona!

We were set to end the Counter-Strike year with an absolutely banging tournament featuring all your favourite teams. A shot, a frag, a 0.001 second defuse, and the crowd goes WIL- except they don't.

Due to the little round guy with protein spikes we mentioned earlier (He-who-must-not-be-named), BLAST have decided to hold their last event of the year in their state of the art studio, instead of an arena with a crowd.

And it makes sense, and we're fine with it, but man is it a bummer.

Someone's NAVI is going to win $500,000, and there's going to be no crowd to cheer for them, or boo them if they win against Astralis.

After all this time with lifeless online CS, we'd just started to get our taste for that peculiar feeling back, after the PGL Major and BLAST's very own Fall Final, had treated us to the full-on crowd experience.

After these amuse-bouches as anyone on Vitality would say, we were ready for the main course: Regular crowds at events again. But it seems we'll just have to wait just that little bit longer.

That, tiny, tiny, bit longer.

December 2, 2021

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