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CS:GO: s1mple humiliates opponent with game-winning knife kill at BLAST Madrid

Published: 11/May/2019 16:13 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 12:47

by Connor Bennett


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive superstar Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev took his own collection of highlights to the next level, pulling off a ridiculous game-winning knife at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid.

Scoring a knife kill at the top level of CS:GO is usually reserved for the pre-game warmup or a tournament showmatch, as it’s something that fans don’t get to see on a regular basis.

Even though professional players do, quite often, tease viewers with the potential for a knife kill, they end up being blasted away – leaving onlookers disappointed. However, s1mple really disappoints and even laughed in the face of an M4A4 spray down to secure a game-winning knife kill.

The Natus Vincere superstar is always good value for a highlight play.

Usually when teams take on Natus Vincere, their first concern is making sure that they know where s1mple is and just how he’s going to try and take them down. But, it’s hard to be on the lookout for him when, well, he’s actively hiding and waiting to strike.

With Na’Vi looking to close out their Dust 2 win over Vodafone Giants, the CS:GO superstar made himself pretty scarce and hid inside of a bloomed smoke grenade as his teammates took down the remaining player on the Portuguese squad.

As the final player, Ricardo ‘fox’ Pacheco, tried to salvage something by bursting out to the mid-doors, s1mple patiently let him past before sneaking behind and trying the backstab. The Ukrainian could only get one swipe in before fox fired back and realized what was happening. Yet, he was powerless to resist s1mple’s second slash as Na’Vi closed the game out with a 16-14 win.

Na’Vi still struggling at BLAST

Despite the genius of s1mple, NaVi’s faith at BLAST Pro Series: Madrid ended up out of their own hands after dropping two matches – including a devastating 16-4 loss to ENCE Esports in their opening game and a tight 16-13 defeat to Astralis.

However, they can at least take some solace in the fact that the best player in the world remains on their roster and is so easily capable of pulling out highlight plays whenever they need him too.


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.