After some tough losses in the Rio major open qualifiers, and being on the wrong end of jokes from the community, Complexity’s new ‘juggernaut’ roster pulled off one of the greatest CS:GO upsets of all time against reigning 3x major champions Astralis.
If there was to be a 2-0 result in a best-of-three between Astralis and Complexity, few would expect the all-Danish side to be the ones on the losing end.
But that’s exactly what happened as the first day of Group B play at BLAST Premier Spring in London came to a close, as the new international roster competing under the Complexity banner stunned Astralis in the opening round.
An ecstatic Complexity roster celebrated their monumental win, with organization owner Jason Lake coming on stage to join his players in celebrating. He had been loudly cheering throughout the whole series as his team won on Dust2, then surprised Astralis on their own pick of Vertigo.
Lake and his team will now get to experience some relief from the string of jokes that had been aimed at the roster and the organization since the end of the StarLadder Berlin major.
After a disastrous showing at that major, the owner stripped completely dismantled his NA lineup and declared to his goal of building a ‘juggernaut’ roster.
I love our players as individuals but these results won’t be tolerated.
If you’re a Tier 1 player looking for a fresh start at the best facility in the world, HMU. I’ll pay your buyout and give you the world’s highest salaries.
Let’s build a juggernaut.
Spread the word.
— Jason Lake (@JasonBWLake) August 25, 2019
Complexity’s current lineup of Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke, Valentin ‘poizon’ Vasilev, Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer, Owen ‘oBo’ Schlatter, and Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba isn’t exactly what one would call a juggernaut, but their win over Astralis proved that they have the potential to exceed expectations.
Expert analyst Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who was on the broadcast desk while watching the match, said it was potentially one of the greatest upsets in CS:GO history.
His fellow desk analyst, Chad ‘SPUNJ’ Burchill, credited Complexity for their “long con” of baiting Astralis into picking a map they could win.
The best thing about this entire upset is the vertigo long con from complexity. Hiding it from Astralis to bait them into the pick is next level.
— Bad Churchill (@SPUNJ) February 7, 2020
The upset could also prove to be a turning point for the roster’s goals of making the Rio major, after coming up short in two open qualifier tournaments just before BLAST. There are two more open qualifier chances left for them to take advantage of and the momentum from this victory might carry them one step closer to Brazil.
This result means that Complexity move to the second round of Group B, where they will face Vitality on February 8 for a guaranteed spot in the Spring Finals. If they do make it to the Group B grand final, there’s a chance they could face Astralis again, whose path to redemption begins against Na’Vi in the lower bracket.
The two teams who make it out of this bracket will join FaZe Clan and Team Liquid and two more teams from Group C in the Spring Finals.
You can follow all of the competitive CSGO action by visiting our BLAST Premier Spring 2020 hub, which includes livestreams, the full schedule, scores, and more.