FURIA, MIBR clinch berths in BLAST Spring Americas Finals
Brazilian groups FURIA Esports and MIBR each won on Saturday at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown’s Americas occasion to clinch areas in the BLAST Premier Spring Americas Finals later this month.
FURIA swept Gen.G Esports 2-0 in the very first “final,” and MIBR rallied past Evil Geniuses 2-1 in the 2nd. There is no grand last, but Gen.G and EG will meet on Sunday in a play-in match for the final berth in the Spring Americas Finals.
The four-team, $250,000 online Spring Americas Finals are arranged for June 16-21. Group Liquid currently earned a location in the Spring Americas Finals based upon their outcomes in the Jan. 31-Feb. 16 routine season.
The BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, a 10-team, $325,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event, originally was arranged for today at a website to be announced, however plans were changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition was divided into 2 online competitors: a 10-team, $182,500 European division and an eight-team, $142,500 Americas division.
FURIA and MIBR each made $35,000 for their triumphes, and the third-place team will pocket $20,000, with all 3 carrying on to the Spring Americas Finals.
The champion of the Spring Americas Finals will get a berth in the eight-team, $1.5 million BLAST Premier Global Final, set for Jan. 18-24, 2021, at a website to be determined. The Global Final will also include the winners of the Fall Finals and the ESL One Rio Major, 2 groups from the European Spring Finals as well as the leading three groups from the BLAST Premier Circuit.
FURIA remained in control nearly the entire method versus Gen.G, taking 11-4 leads at halftime of both maps. FURIA eventually won 16-10 on Train and 16-12 on Inferno, with Henrique “HEN1” Teles (plus-13 kill-death differential) and Andrei “arT” Piovezan (plus-12) leading the method in success.
MIBR had a much tougher battle versus EG, with two going to overtime and a 3rd decided by 3 points. EG survived a back-and-forth opening map on Train, taking it 19-15 in overtime, then MIBR returned the favor by the exact same margin on Inferno.
On the deciding map, Dust II, EG won seven straight rounds to take a 9-5 lead, but MIBR rallied for a 16-13 success, including winning nine of the last 10 rounds. Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo blazed a trail with a plus-20 K-D differential, while Alencar “trk” Rossato completed plus-19 with a team-high 82 eliminates for MIBR.
BLAST Premier Spring Face-off – Americas prize pool
1-2. $35,000 each, Spring Americas Finals berth– FURIA Esports, MIBR