Last updated: May 22, 2023 (added final match results).
BLAST.tv will unleash their next electrifying event series featuring the world's top CS:GO talents, at the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023, starting on May 8.
Fans will be on their edge of their seats watching some of the most intense Counter-Strike matches played on the old engine before the highly anticipated arrival of CS2 this summer. This event promises to have an electric atmosphere, with a staggering prize pool of $1,250,000 up for grabs, as well as an automatic invitation to IEM Cologne 2023 and BLAST Premier World Final at stake.
There are three stages for the BLAST.tv Paris Major championship, following the format introduced by Valve in 2018.
The Paris Major will begin with the Challengers Stage and a 16-team Swiss System format between the Challengers and Contenders teams. Elimination and advancement matches will be best of three, while all other games are best of one.
The top eight teams advance to the next stage, eliminating the bottom eight teams.
The Legends Stage will feature another 16-team Swiss System format, as the winning eight teams from the previous stage and the eight Legends teams come to blows. Every game will follow the same format as the Challengers Stage.
The top eight teams from the Legends stage proceed to the Champions stage
Eight teams fight for the crown. All matches are played as best of three in a single-elimination bracket.
The venue for this year's Paris Major is the Accor Arena in Paris, France. Tickets are on sale here, starting at 35€, but grab them quickly; they're sure to sell out as the event draws nearer.
Any fans unable to make it can follow the events on BLAST.tv, the viewing platform explicitly created for the tournament. It includes detailed live stats, viewer polls, and other interactive features.
In partnership with Rivalry, popular Canadian CS:GO influencer and commentator Mohan "Launders" Govindasamy will be anchoring the iconic Launders News Network, providing in-depth analysis, betting tips, and his exclusive insights into CS:GO tournaments, including IEM Rio 2023 and the BLAST.tv Paris Major.
There is a total of 24 teams attending the BLAST.tv Paris Major, all determined by Regional Major Ranking (RMR) from various tournaments in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas.
Here are all the teams competing in this year's BLAST.tv Paris Major.
Below is the schedule for the Legends Stage of the BLAST.tv Paris Major. All times listed are in BST, and match winners will be bold.
The schedules for future matches will be added at a later date.
That's everything we currently know about the BLAST.tv Paris Major 2023! Watch this space as we update this article with new information, match results, and current standings. Remember to check out Launders News Network on our Rivalry Canada Twitter page for insider scoops!