The field is set for the inaugural BLAST Pro Series, as SK Gaming will be the sixth and final team to attend the event.
“We’re excited to join the BLAST Pro Series Event in Copenhagen and to meet some of the best teams in the world,” SK’s Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo said in a statement. “I think the new format is a great way of giving the fans the opportunity to see their favorite teams.”
The BLAST Pro Series was created with input from popular caster Anders Blume, who is the executive consultant. PGL, which ran the most recent CS:GO Major, will produce the event. RFRSH owns a majority stake of Astralis, which makes Astralis’ presence in the tournament a direct conflict of interest.
The tournament will take place Nov. 24-25 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has a prize pool of $250,000, half of which will be awarded to the tournament’s champion. The format of the tournament was revealed Tuesday, with competing teams playing in a best-of-one round robin. The first two rounds will take place Nov. 24 in an undisclosed location, and the rest of the tournament will continue Nov. 25 at the Royal Arena.
The top two teams of the group stage will face one another in the grand final in a best-of-three, and teams placed third to sixth will play in the BLAST Pro Standoffs, which are $10,000 winner-takes-all matches. An added benefit for the third place team is the ability for them to choose which team it would like to face, which would then decide the other matchup.