Gen.G, MIBR advance in BLAST Spring Showdown – Americas
Gen.G Esports and MIBR stayed in contention at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown’s Americas occasion on Friday by earning 2-1 playoff wins.
Gen.G, who edged Triumph in 3 tight video games, will oppose FURIA Esports on Saturday in among the event’s 2 “finals.” MIBR, who came from behind to defeat Cloud9 in 3 video games, will face Evil Geniuses on Saturday in the other “final.”.
The 2 Saturday winners will get berths in the four-team, $250,000 online BLAST Premier Spring Americas Finals, set up for June 16-21. The Saturday losers will square off Sunday with another spot in the Spring Americas Finals at stake.
Team Liquid already made a place in the Spring Americas Finals based upon their lead to the Jan. 31-Feb. 16 regular season.
The BLAST Premier Spring Face-off, a 10-team, $325,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion, initially was arranged for today at a site to be revealed, however plans were modified due to the coronavirus pandemic. The competition was divided into two online competitors: a 10-team, $182,500 European division and an eight-team, $142,500 Americas division.
The Spring Showdown Americas event was divided into 2 four-team groups for round-robin play. Each group video game consisted of a single map, with three points awarded for a win and one for a tie.
The winners of the 2 playoff finals will each make $35,000, and the third-place group will pocket $20,000, with all 3 proceeding 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 site to be figured out. The Global Final will likewise consist of the winners of the Fall Finals and the ESL One Rio Major, 2 teams from the European Spring Finals in addition to the top 3 groups from the BLAST Premier Circuit.
On Friday, Gen.G opened with a 16-14 win on Mirage prior to Triumph drew level with a 19-17 overtime triumph on Nuke. Triumph led 13-6 on the decisive third map, Inferno, however Gen.G declared 10 of the last 11 rounds– including each of the final four rounds– to dominate 16-14.
The United States’ Kenneth “koosta” Suen led Gen.G with 76 eliminates, including a team-best 23 on the final map, and a plus-7 kill-death differential. Another U.S. player, Michael “Grim” Wince, wound up with match-high overalls of 77 eliminates and a plus-17 kill-death differential for Victory.
Cloud9 published a 16-12 win over MIBR on Overpass before MIBR rallied to record Inferno 16-8 and Dust II 16-9.
MIBR’s all-Brazilian roster was led by Fernando “fer” Alvarenga with 58 kills, while Epitacio “TACO” de Melo and Gabriel “FalleN” Toledo had 56 eliminates each. TACO posted a team-best plus-12 kill-death differential. Josh “oSee” Ohm, a U.S. gamer for Cloud9, produced match-leading figures of 65 eliminates and a plus-17 kill-death differential.
BLAST Premier Spring Showdown – Americas prize swimming pool.