BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles: Front Row is a new concept placing the audience closer to the action.
In LA the fans can meet some of the best players and teams in the world, including the best team of them all: Team Liquid, who returns to US after winning the massive Intel Grand Slam in Cologne.
This is a guide with everything you need to know about Front Row. It will be different!
Coming straight from a winning streak in their four most recent tournaments winning the Intel Grand Slam at ESL One Cologne, the American superstars from Team Liquid will be roaming the halls of Front Row. They’re undisputedly the best Counter-Strike team in the world right now and Front Row will be your biggest chance to meet and hang out with the legends in person.
Meet Twistzz and the rest of historic American team, Team Liquid, at Front Row. Closer than ever before.
BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles: Front Row on July 13-14 is a brand new concept from BLAST Pro Series. Front Row will put you right next to the players in an old school, yet exclusive and premium, LAN party feeling.
Whether you’re new to BLAST or you’ve joined us in the past, things are going to be a bit different. Here’s a compiled guide to Front Row that’ll take you through the new and exciting elements of the tournament.
This guide includes:
- What is Front Row?
- Information about the teams attending
- Talent crew
- Match schedule
What is Front Row?
Front Row is the debut of an exciting concept from BLAST, introducing open production area with studios, stages and exclusive team zones where fans are much closer to all the players, talent, media and production crew. Major changes to the format include two BO3 semifinals after the five initial group stage rounds. Only two games will be played simultaneously during the group stage matches except for the fifth and final round where three matches will be played like usual. The prize pool remains a staggering $250,000.
Fans are basically invited into the engine room of a premier Counter-Strike tournament. It gives an insight into the thousands of interesting things going on during a tournament that a fan will never see otherwise.
This includes exclusive access to:
- Stage- and player zones
- Talent Studios
- Open production area
- Open Media Zones
- Caster’s boxes
- Intimate stages
- Photo opportunities and special guests
The set-up planned for Front Row will be a more compressed version of the BLAST Pro Series you’re used to, but a priority has been to maintain the feeling of a premium Counter-Strike tournament, so consider it a high production-value LAN tournament with some of the best teams in the world attending and walking around side-by-side with the fans.
The teams coming to BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles: Front Row
Team Liquid (US)
The best team in the world is coming to LA, not only to further establish their era but to win in front of a home crowd. Team Liquid is the undisputed team to beat at BLAST Front Row having just won ESL One Cologne and the Intel Grand Slam. The North-American superteam recently dethroned Astralis as the best team in the world and have continued to display utter dominance in the global Counter-Strike scene. Local fans can be assured to show up and cheer with an incredible amount of confidence for this world-class team. As a US fan of this superteam, your chance to meet the legends is right around the corner.
Eric “adreN” Hoag, Coach
Jonathan “ELiGE” Jablonowski, Rifler / Entry Fragger
Nicholas “nitr0” Cannella, In-Game Leader / AWP
Jacky “Stewie2k” Yip, Entry Fragger / AWP
Russel “Twistzz” David Van Dulken, Rifler
Keith “NAF” Markovic, Rifler / AWP / Lurker
Look out for:
ELiGE who’s been playing phenomenally for the last few months.
Read more about Team Liquid here.
Cloud9 has been through a lot of changes since winning the Boston Major last year. Started off by losing Stewie2k to MIBR, and later tarik left as well. Ever since then Cloud9 have tried various options and none of them has been successful. They have now faced the consequences and realized they need to rebuild from scratch with a completely new roster with only autimatic remaining from the old squad. It’s difficult to say anything about their current form but they might surprise at Front Row.
James “JamezIRL” Macaulay, Coach
Timothy “autimatic” Ta, AWP / Rifler / Lurker
Damian “daps” Steele, In-Game Leader / Rifler / Entry Fragger
Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas Colocho, AWP
Kenneth “koosta” Suen, Rifler / AWP
Tyson “TenZ” Ngo, Rifler / AWP
Look out for:
Cloud9 have brought in three AWP’ers in their new squad of which two of them, mixwell and koosta, have lots of experience playing at the top level and are deadly once they get momentum.
Read more about Cloud9 here.
FaZe Clan (EU)
The team consisting of some of the most skilled players in the scene has recently undergone some roster changes so things are a bit up in the air at this point. The notorious US organization will be playing with a substitute, Filip “NEO” Fubski, who is one of Counter-Strike’s most famous veterans - so the team has, by no means, gone down in experience. FaZe Clan reached the quarter- and semifinals in their two most recent premier tournaments, not counting Cologne which was a failure for the team, but if they’re able to reset and find their groove with NEO, they could prove a tough contender at Front Row.
Janko “YNk” Paunović, Coach
Håvard “rain” Nygaard, Rifler / Entry Fragger
Nikola “NiKo” Kovač, Rifler / AWP
Ladislav “GuardiaN” Kovács, AWP
Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson, Rifler / Lurker / AWP
Filip “NEO” Kubski, In-Game Leader
Look out for:
NEO has had a swinging performance in the team. He will have to lead the team but also boost his individual performance a bit.
Read more about FaZe Clan here.
The legendary Brazilian team is going through an experimental phase these days. They recently benched longtime member João "felps" Vasconcellos and are instead taking in some young blood, the incredibly talented Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles. They will need some of the old, raw power to overcome the other teams at BLAST Front Row, but the new addition to the team is a scary addition to an already frightening team.
Wilton “zews” Prado, Coach
Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo, In-Game Leader / AWP
Fernando “fer” Alvarenga, Rifler / Entry Fragger
Marcelo “coldzera” David, Rifler / AWP
Lucas “LUCAS1” Teles, Rifler / Support
Epitácio de Melo “TACO” Pessoa Filho, Rifler / Entry Fragger / Support
Look out for:
LUCAS1 had a slow start to Cologne but seemed to slowly get into the rhythm. Despite MIBR being eliminated quite early, LUCAS1 gave us a glimpse of what he can bring to MIBR.
Read more about MIBR here.
The Los Angeles based team have a large repertoire of teams in different esports, especially prevalent in Rocket League. But NRG also has a great Counter-Strike team with legendary basketball player Shaquille O’Neal backing the organization as an investor. NRG has been popping up at big tournaments recently and puts up a challenge for even the best teams. NRG are making their BLAST debut in LA and is arguably North America’s biggest contender for an upset win at Front Row.
Chet "ImAPet" Singh, Coach
Vincent “Brehze” Cayonte, Rifler
Cvetelin “CeRq” Dimitrov, AWP
Ethan “Ethan” Arnold, Rifler
Tarik “tarik” Celik, Rifler / Entry Fragger
Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz, In-Game Leader / Rifler
Look out for:
NRG replaced daps with stanislaw to bring in more firepower to the In-Game Leader role and are arguably the dark horse of the tournament with big upset potential.
Read more about NRG here.
Renegades is living proof that if a team sticks together long enough, they can do great things. Renegades have always been a good team, but recently they have been a great team. The Australian team qualified for the Berlin Major, winning the Asia Minor Championship. Renegades will be making their BLAST debut and will fit in perfectly given them being an incredibly exciting team to watch when they start having momentum.
Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović, Coach
Aaron “AZR” Ward, In-Game Leader
Justin “jks” Savage, Rifler
Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad, Rifler
Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas, Rifler / Support
Sean “Gratisfaction” Kaiwai, AWP
Look out for:
Liazz had a rough tournament in Cologne. He needs to perform for Renegades to have a chance at the trophy.
Read more about Renegades here.
Aside from the teams, fans at BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles: Front Row will also be rubbing shoulders with the incredible talent coming. Most notably, world-famous Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere who will be returning to BLAST Pro Series after her Counter-Strike debut in São Paulo.
Showhost: Tres “stunna” Saranthus
Deskhost: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere
Reporter: Frankie Ward
Analyst: Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert
Analyst: Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill
Analyst: Christine “Potter” Chi
Analyst: Sean “seang@res” Gares
Sjokz made a huge name for herself in League of Legends with close to 1.5 million followers across social media. The talented desk host is ready to take on the world of Counter-Strike again at Front Row.
Jason “moses” O’Toole
Mohan “Launders” Govindasamy
Daniel “ddk” Kapadia
It will be possible to experience first hand how the desk, caster boxes and hosts work, and it will be possible to meet some of the most famous esports talents.
The doors open at 10:00 AM PST on Saturday, July 13, to a day with five BO1 group stage rounds being played. You’re guaranteed to watch your favorite team play and you’ll be closer to them than ever before, so make sure you bring your jersey and show your support to the players.
Sunday, July 14, will include two BO3 semifinals for the first time in BLAST history, followed of course by the entertaining BLAST Stand-Off match and the Grand Final.
The fanfest will include a load of activities, including photo ops with players, so being there from the doors open might just be the best plan.
Saturday, July 13
11:00 AM PST - 12:00 PM PST (20:00 CEST - 21:00 CEST)
(Round 1) MIBR vs. Renegades
(Round 1) FaZe Clan vs. NRG
12:30 PM PST - 1:30 PM PST (21:30 CEST - 22:30 CEST)
(Round 1) Team Liquid vs. Cloud9
(Round 2) FaZe Clan vs. Renegades
2:00 PM PST - 3:00 PM PST (23:00 CEST - 00:00 CEST)
(Round 2) Team Liquid vs. NRG
(Round 2) MIBR vs. Cloud9
3:30 PM PST - 4:30 PM PST (00:30 CEST - 01:30 CEST)
(Round 3) NRG vs. Renegades
(Round 3) FaZe Clan vs. Cloud9
5:00 PM PST - 6:00 PM PST (02:00 CEST - 03:00 CEST)
(Round 3) MIBR vs. Team Liquid
(Round 4) Cloud9 vs. Renegades
6:30 PM PST - 7:30 PM PST (03:30 CEST - 04:30 CEST)
(Round 4) FaZe Clan vs. Team Liquid
(Round 4) MIBR vs. NRG
8:00 PM PST - 9:00 PM PST (05:00 CEST - 06:00 CEST)
(Round 5) MIBR vs. FaZe Clan
(Round 5) Team Liquid vs. Renegades
(Round 5) Cloud9 vs. NRG
Sunday, July 14
11:00 AM PST - 2:30 PM PST (20:00 CEST - 23:30 CEST)
(BO3 Semifinal #1) TBD vs. TBD*
2:45 PM PST - 6:15 PM PST (23:45 CEST - 03:15 CEST)
(BO3 Semifinal #2) TBD vs. TBD*
6:30 PM PST - 6:50 PM PST (03:30 CEST - 03:50 CEST)
(BLAST Stand-Off) TBD vs. TBD
7:00 PM PST - 10:30 PM PST (04:00 CEST - 07:00 CEST)
(BO3 Grand Final) TBD vs. TBD*
*The two semifinals and the Grand Final are best-of-three matches and the timing is subject to change depending on previous tournament results and whether the third map will be necessary.
See you in LA!
The concept of BLAST Pro Series Los Angeles: Front Row is part of a plan to develop the BLAST Pro Series format throughout the 2019 season. Just like when we tried out a local qualifier in Madrid, we are certain the Front Row will be a success and we can’t wait to share it with you. Welcome to Front Row.