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BLAST Premier Spring 2020: Final Placements and Results

Published: 16/Feb/2020 22:45 Updated: 16/Feb/2020 22:46

by Scott Robertson

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The first Spring Series of the 2020 BLAST Premier is done and dusted, with six teams already locked into the Spring finals later this year. Here are the final results, as well as placement, and prize pool/Premier points distributions.

The landscape of CS:GO has changed dramatically heading into the new decade. With the upcoming debut of the B Site League, the premiere of the newly formatted ESL Pro League, and with BLAST moving from hosting weekend tournaments to full-blown league, it’s an exciting time for players and fans alike.

In September 2019, BLAST Premier was announced for 2020. The new structure two regular seasons in the Spring and the Fall, as well as Showdown events, finals for each season, and another Global Final. Across all of their 2020 events, the organizer intends to distribute $4.25 million in prize pool winnings.

The BLAST Premier Spring 2020 season began on January 31 and concluded on Februry 16.

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Recap

In Group A, FaZe Clan look like they’ve reached the final form they had in mind when Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David arrived. They didn’t drop a single map during the three-day event, and closed out both of their dominant 2-0 wins over Liquid with one-sided maps, (16-5 on Inferno, and 16-2 on Dust II). The new NiP roster looks potentially promising with a comeback win against MIBR, and a close series loss against Liquid.

Although Natus Vincere would top Group B, the story of the ‘group of death’ was the juggernaut performance of Complexity. The NA-European hybrid roster put together by Jason Lake stunned fans and teams, winning 2-0 against Astralis and Team Vitality to secure a Spring Finals spot. The lackluster play by Astralis, who went into the event considered number one in the world, was also stunning.

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Na’Vi battled through Astralis, Vitality, and Complexity in a lower-bracket run in London to win BLAST Premier Spring Group B.

During a weekend which saw G2’s LoL team struggle in the LEC, the organization’s CS:GO came alive, beating 100 Thieves and OG 2-0 to secure their finals spot. But OG would withstand the loss and deliver two victories in separate back-and-forth series against Evil Geniuses, before G2 finished off their weekend with a third victory to top the group.

Final Placements and Prize Distribution

Place Team Prize Money BLAST Points Advances to
1st-3rd FaZe Clan $50,000 1600 Spring 2020 Finals
1st-3rd Natus Vincere $50,000 1600 Spring 2020 Finals
1st-3rd G2 Esports $50,000 1600 Spring 2020 Finals
4th-6th Team Liquid $35,000 800 Spring 2020 Finals
4th-6th Complexity Gaming $35,000 800 Spring 2020 Finals
4th-6th OG $35,000 800 Spring 2020 Finals
7th-9th Ninjas in Pyjamas $10,000 600 Spring 2020 Showdown
7th-9th Team Vitality $10,000 600 Spring 2020 Showdown
7th-9th Evil Geniuses $10,000 600 Spring 2020 Showdown
10th-12th MIBR $5,000 400 Spring 2020 Showdown
10th-12th Astralis $5,000 400 Spring 2020 Showdown
10th-12th 100 Thieves $5,000 400 Spring 2020 Showdown

Schedule & results

GROUP A (Jan 31 – Feb 2)

DATE – ROUND MATCH PT ET BST
Jan 31 – Semifinal #1 FaZe Clan 2-0 Ninjas in Pyjamas 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Jan 31 – Semifinal #2 Team Liquid 2-0 MIBR 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM
Feb 1 – Lower Bracket Round 1 MIBR 1-2 Ninjas in Pyjamas 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 1 – Upper Bracket Final Team Liquid 0-2 FaZe Clan 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM
Feb 2 – Lower Bracket Final Team Liquid 2-0 Ninjas in Pyjamas 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 2 – Grand Final FaZe Clan 2-0 Team Liquid 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM

Final Results:
1st – FaZe Clan (advanced to Spring Finals)
2nd – Team Liquid (advanced to Spring Finals)
3rd – Ninjas in Pyjamas (advanced to Spring Showdown)
4th – MIBR (advanced to Spring Showdown)


 

GROUP B (Feb 7 – Feb 9)

DATE – ROUND MATCH PT ET BST
Feb 7 – Semifinal #1 Natus Vincere 0-2 Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 7 – Semifinal #2 Astralis 0-2 Complexity 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM
Feb 8 – Lower Bracket Round 1 Natus Vincere 2-1 Astralis 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 8 – Upper Bracket Final Team Vitality 0-2 Complexity 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM
Feb 9 – Lower Bracket Final Natus Vincere 2-0 Team Vitality 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 9- Grand Final Natus Vincere 2-0 Complexity 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM

Final Results:
1st – Natus Vincere (advanced to Spring Finals)
2nd – Complexity (advanced to Spring Finals)
3rd – Team Vitality (advanced to Spring Showdown)
4th – Astralis (advanced to Spring Showdown)


 

GROUP C (Feb 14 – Feb 16)

DATE – ROUND MATCH PT ET BST
Feb 14 – Semifinal #1 100 Thieves 0-2 G2 Esports 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 14 – Semifinal #2 Evil Geniuses 1-2 OG 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM
Feb 15 – Lower Bracket Round 1 Evil Geniuses 2-0 100 Thieves 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 15 – Upper Bracket Final OG 0-2 G2 Esports 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM
Feb 16 – Lower Bracket Final OG 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 3:30 PM
Feb 16 – Grand Final OG 1-2 G2 Esports 11:10 AM 2:30 PM 7:30 PM

Final Results:
1st – G2 Esports (advanced to Spring Finals)
2nd – OG (advanced to Spring Finals)
3rd – Evil Geniuses (advanced to Spring Showdown)
4th – 100 Thieves (advanced to Spring Showdown)

 

Teams & rosters

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The 12 teams competing in BLAST Premier.

 

TEAM ROSTER
100 Thieves AZR, jks, jkaem, Liazz, Gratisfaction, kassad (coach)
Astralis dev1ce, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, zonic (coach)
Complexity oBo, blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, poizon, keita (coach)
Evil Geniuses Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, stanislaw, ImAPet (coach)
FaZe Clan rain, NiKo, olofmeister, coldzera, broky, YNk (coach)
G2 Esports kennyS, JaCkz, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, maLeK (coach)
Team Liquid nitr0, EliGe, Twistzz, NAF, Stewie2K, adreN (coach)
MIBR FalleN, fer, TACO, kNgV-, meyern, zews (coach)
Natus Vincere flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1ad3 (coach)
Ninjas in Pyjamas REZ, Lekr0, Plopski, twist, nawwk, THREAT (coach)
OG NBK-, Aleksib, valde, ISSAA, mantuu, casdueh (coach)
Team Vitality apEX, RpK, ZywOo, ALEX, shox, XTQZZZ (coach)

 

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IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals preview

Published: 24/Feb/2021 18:21 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:02

by Andrew Amos

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IEM Katowice 2021 has already served up some amazing matchups, and now the quarterfinals are upon us. With CIS supremacy sweeping the CS:GO server, Astralis stand as the lone force to try and stave the three Russian squads away.

Six teams have qualified for the playoffs at IEM Katowice 2021, and four of them are from CIS. Gambit, Natus Vincere, and Virtus.pro are hungry for quarterfinals success, while Spirit awaits one of them in the semifinals.

It’s put more pressure now, more than ever, onto two stalwarts of their respective scenes ⁠— Denmark’s (and Europe’s) Astralis, and North America’s Liquid. The latter looks reinvigorated with Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo in the squad, while the former are struggling to reach their peak online.

Ahead of this weekend’s action, let’s take a look at the two quarterfinals ⁠— Gambit vs Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro vs Astralis ⁠— and what you should expect.

Gambit vs Natus Vincere

The battle for CIS supremacy will reign on in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice when Gambit takes on Natus Vincere. This has been a historically Na’Vi-sided matchup, to the surprise of absolutely no one.

Gambit went on a lower-bracket tear to make it to the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice, and they won’t let their rivals stand in their way. Young gun Dmitry ‘sh1ro’ Sokolov is really trying to make a name for himself as CS:GO’s next big AWPer, trying to reach the heights of idols like Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Vastyliev.

Natus Vincere Socios s1mple

Seeing the two face off will be a treat in this quarterfinal, but don’t expect the reigning champions to take it easy. Na’Vi are really finding their stride now, and despite losing to Team Liquid to find themselves in this position, you can’t keep them down for long.

Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov and s1mple are bouncing off each other better than ever, and it really feels like a repeat of IEM Katowice 2020 is on the cards. Na’Vi didn’t make it easy for themselves there in groups, before proceeding to demolish Liquid, Astralis, and G2 Esports without dropping a single map in playoffs.

Gambit’s going to have to be prepared for a Na’Vi they’ve never faced before. It’s the biggest stage this matchup has happened on, and while the potential for an upset is there, you’d have to back Na’Vi to finish strong at Katowice.

Thrive Props

  • Ax1le: 28.5 total kills
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Hobbit: 43.5 total deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points
  • Electronic: 6.5 total assists
    • Over = 95 points
    • Under = 105 points
  • Flamie: 18.5 total headshots
    • Over = 105 points
    • Under = 95 points
  • S1mple: 75.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points

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Virtus.pro vs Astralis

Virtus.pro and Astralis marks the first rematch of the StarLadder Major Berlin 2019 final. Back then, Astralis were decimating anyone in their patch, and VP (then Avangar) were collateral as the Danes took home their fourth major. However, it’s funny how things change in 18 months.

Astralis’ experimentation with six and seven-man rosters has led nowhere, and with the core five back together, they’ve been struggling to get back into gear. Virtus.pro, on the other hand, has started 2021 on fire with a win at cs_summit 7 (where Astralis didn’t play).

One also has to look at how far Virtus.pro has come since then. “Jame Time” might still be the slogan, but everyone from Timur ‘buster’ Tulepov to Mareks ‘YEKINDAR’ Galinskis have been pulling their weight. The team isn’t as reliant on Jame’s AWP to win as they once were, and he’s taken to the IGL role like a fish to water.

If there is one time where Virtus.pro could get their revenge, it’s now. VP have taken down Vitality and FURIA ⁠— two of the best teams in the world ⁠— to get here, and Astralis have been hot and cold to start off the year. The tournament remaining online likely doesn’t help Astralis either.

However, you can never count out the Danes. Much like Gambit vs Natus Vincere, the real big ticket matchup will be Jame vs Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz. The AWPers will once again prove to be the deciding factor in this matchup, and if history is anything to go by, it should be explosive.

Thrive Props

  • Buster: 45.5 total kills
    • Over = 115 points
    • Under = 85 points
  • Sanji: 32.5 total deaths
    • Over = 80 points
    • Under = 120 points
  • Magisk: 9.5 total assists
    • Over = 100 points
    • Under = 100 points
  • gla1ve: 13.5 total headshots
    • Over = 90 points
    • Under = 110 points
  • Device: 88.5 total kills and deaths
    • Over = 110 points
    • Under = 90 points

The IEM Katowice 2021 quarterfinals get underway on February 26.


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