The BLAST tournaments are held at the end of each session and are considered the preliminary rounds of the World Qualifier (WQ). Each session's BLAST tournament qualifies teams to participate in the final rounds (City Championship) of the WQ. The summer and fall session 8-ball and 9-ball BLAST tournaments will qualify up to 21 teams each and the spring session 8-ball and 9-ball BLAST tournaments will qualify up to 22 teams each to participate in the final rounds of the WQ.
In order to participate in a session-ending BLAST tournament, a team must win the division standings, win the session-ending playoffs or be the highest finishing team in the division's session-ending playoffs that is not already qualified for the final rounds (City Championship) of the WQ. If a team wins the division standings or playoffs after already qualifying for the final rounds (City Championship) of the WQ, the team will be exempt from participating in the BLAST tournament at the end of that session. Members must have a minimum of 4 matches with the team during the session and must have been on the roster at the end of the session in order to be eligible to play in that session's BLAST tournament. In addition, by the end of the session, participants must have a minimum of 6 matches played in the appropriate format since joining the APA. The League Operators will conduct a blind draw in the presence of at least one member of the BOG to determine match-ups. The BLAST is a single elimination event.