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CS:GO: Kio, autimatic and more react as Cloud9 crash out of StarLadder Major qualifiers

Published: 14/Jun/2019 8:08 Updated: 14/Jun/2019 8:38

by Joe O'Brien


Cloud9 CS:GO were stunned in the qualifiers to reach the Americas Minor for the StarLadder Berlin Major, eliminated after suffering two massive upsets.

The qualifying process leading into the next Major is only just beginning, but already one of the biggest names in North America and a former Major winner, Cloud9, have had their hopes of playing in Berlin ended.

For those teams that didn’t reach at least “New Challengers” status at the previous Major, IEM Katowice, qualifying for StarLadder Berlin is a gauntlet that begins with online qualifiers for the regional Minors.

Teams must then hope to finish in the top two of their respective Minor for a guaranteed spot in the Challengers stage of the Major, while third-place teams get one final shot through the 3rd Place Play-In.

Cloud9 did appear at IEM Katowice and did earn a spot in the Challengers stage for Berlin with a 9th-11th finish, but due to roster changes since then no longer field the minimum three players who participated in that result.

DreamHackThe current iteration of Cloud9 has never really found its footing.

The team were therefore forced to begin their run in the online closed qualifier for the Americas Minor, but they’ve fallen at the first hurdle – quite literally, losing consecutive matches in the double-elimination bracket to open qualifier teams New Identity and The Quest to be eliminated from the competition.

In the wake of such a disappointing result, Cloud9 stars Timothy ‘autimatic’ Ta and Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba shared their thoughts on Twitter, with autimatic stating that “disappointment would be an understatement” and RUSH announcing “this is definitely the lowest point in my career.”

Twitter @autimaticTV

Former Cloud9 player Fabien ‘KioShiMa’ Fiey, who was part of the squad that competed at the IEM Katowice Major, also registered his surprise at the result.

The elimination match ended in rather spectacular fashion for The Quest, who pulled off a 2v5, which concluded with a 1v3 for Jack ‘xCeeD’ Holiman, to defeat Cloud9 and eliminate them.

The result caps off a series of underwhelming finishes for Cloud9, who have failed to achieve anything noteworthy since assembling this roster. Their results consist of fifth and sixth-place finishes at BLAST Pro Series events, failure to reach the playoffs of either the ECS or ESL Pro League, and a last-place finish at DreamHack Masters Dallas.


Mouz & FURIA win BLAST Premier Fall Showdown: final placements & results

Published: 29/Nov/2020 22:10 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:15

by Marco Rizzo


The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown 2020 has all wrapped up as Mousesports and FURIA claimed the final qualification spots for the main event at BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The event hosted sixteen teams from around the world, including invited and qualified squads alongside the teams that failed to reach top-two in their groups at the BLAST Premier Fall Series

The top two teams, Mouz and FURIA, earned $25,000 each as well as a direct invite to the main event in December and the chance to compete for $750,000.

Everything you need to know about this event can be found below, including all of the scores, finalized brackets, and the full final placements.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown brackets

Group A

BLAST Fall Showdown bracket

Group B

The tournament will consisted of two, single-elimination brackets meeting in the middle, with every match being a best-of-three. The brackets were seeded based on rankings for each team.

Some of the most anticipated games included FaZe vs MiBR, with Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David facing his old team, and Liquid vs MAD, as the North American giants returned to international competition.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown match scores

Tuesday, 24th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Complexity 2-0 Sprout 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 Spirit 1-2 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FURIA 2-1 Isurus  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Wednesday, 25 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Mouz 2-0 Godsent 04:30 07:30 12:30 13:30
Round of 16 NiP 0-2 Cloud9  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 FaZe 0-2 MiBR  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Thursday, 26 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Round of 16 Liquid 2-1 MAD  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Round of 16 Heroic 2-1 Endpoint  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Friday,  27 November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final FURIA 2-1 VP  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Mouz 2-1 Heroic  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Saturday, 28th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Quarter-final MiBR 0-2 Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Quarter-final Cloud9 2-1 Complexity  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

Sunday, 29th November

Stage Match  PT ET GMT  CET
Semi-final FURIA 2 – 1 Team Liquid  7:30  10:30  15:30  16:30
Semi-final Mouz 2 – 0 Cloud9  10:30  13:30  18:30  19:30

*There was no Grand Final for this tournament since the winners of the two semifinals tie for first place and automatically qualify for the BLAST Fall Finals.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown Final Placements

Place Team Prize Money (USD)
1-2 Mousesports $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
1-2 FURIA $25,000 + Qualify for BLAST Fall Finals
3-4 Cloud9 $15,000
3-4 Team Liquid $15,000
5-8 Complexity $10,000
5-8 MiBR $10,000
5-8 Heroic $10,000
5-8 VP $10,000
9-16 Endpoint $3,750
9-16 MAD $3,750
9-16 FaZe $3,750
9-16 NiP $3,750
9-16 Godsent $3,750
9-16 Isirus $3,750
9-16 Spirit $3,750
9-16 Sprout $3,750

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown teams

BLAST Fall Showdown 2020

The BLAST Premier Fall Showdown included a mix of European and North American teams, the latter of which traveled to Europe to get a better connection to the online tournament.

FURIA, NiP, FaZe, and Complexity found themselves here after BLAST Premier Fall Series, where they failed to qualify for the finals, placing 3rd-4th in their groups. Heroic took Evil Geniuses’ spot after the NA squad was denied travel to Europe due to health restrictions.

Mouz, Virtus.pro, Sprout, and Spirit received invites to participate in the event. While Team Liquid decided to not take part in the group stages, their partnership with BLAST landed them an invite to the Showdown.