FURIA oust Liquid in BLAST Premier: Spring American Finals
FURIA Esports survived in the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals on Thursday, edging Team Liquid 2-1 in the preliminary of the lower bracket.
MIBR and Evil Geniuses will square off in the upper-bracket last on Friday, with a berth in the Sunday last at stake. The MIBR-Evil Geniuses loser will oppose FURIA on Saturday in a showdown for the other final-round spot.
The $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event has four teams completing for a berth in the $1.5 million BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020, set up for next January.
All matches in the double-elimination event are best-of-three. Together with the spot in the Global Final, the winner will earn $160,000 and 1,600 BLAST Premier points, while the runner-up will get $65,000 and 800 BLAST Premier points.
The BLAST Premier Spring Finals, a $750,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event, was originally scheduled to be played in Moscow, but it was moved online and split into two regions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The eight-team, $500,000 European region, which began play Monday, features a double-elimination playoff bracket with all matches best-of-three. The European champ will claim $335,000, and the top 2 finishers will protect spots in the BLAST Premier: Global Final.
Liquid opened the Thursday match by grabbing a 10-7 lead on Vertigo, however FURIA declared the next 9 rounds to win 16-10.
Liquid powered to a 16-10 victory on Nuke, but FURIA retreated on the definitive 3rd map, Mirage. FURIA caught 7 of the very first 8 rounds and emerged with a 16-8 win.
All 5 players on FURIA’s all-Brazilian team signed up at least 53 kills, led by Yuri “yuurih” Santos with 60. Henrique “HEN1” Teles tape-recorded a team-best plus-18 kill-death differential.
Canada’s Keith “NAF” Markovic paced Liquid with 65 kills and a plus-12 kill-death differential. None of his colleagues had a positive kill-death differential.
BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals prize swimming pool, with cash and BLAST Premier points: