MIBR reach BLAST Spring Americas championship
MIBR came from behind to beat Evil Geniuses 2-1 on Friday, claiming the definitive map in overtime to make a spot in the championship match of the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals. MIBR will play for the title on Sunday versus either Evil Geniuses of FURIA Esports, who will object to the lower-bracket last on Saturday.
On the last map Friday, Dust II, Evil Geniuses leapt out to a 6-0 lead prior to MIBR took 12 of the next 13 rounds for a 12-7 advantage. EG battled back to take a 15-14 lead, but MIBR won the next round to require overtime. In the extra session, MIBR took 4 of five rounds to cover up a 19-16 decision.
The match opened with Evil Geniuses grabbing a 13-3 lead on Inferno. MIBR pressed back, however EG liquidated a 16-12 success. MIBR had little trouble evening the series, capturing the final seven rounds to seal a 16-4 blowout on Train.
Fernando “fer” Alvarenga paced MIBR’s all-Brazilian team with 73 eliminates and a plus-17 kill-death differential. The United States’ Ethan “Ethan” Arnold logged 68 kills and a plus-11 kill-death differential for Evil Geniuses. The $250,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion began with 4 teams contending for a berth in the $1.5 million BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020, arranged for next January.
All matches in the double-elimination occasion are best-of-three. Together with the area in the Global Final, the winner will make $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 occasion, was originally set up to be played in Moscow, but it was moved online and split into 2 areas due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The eight-team, $500,000 European area, which started play Monday, includes a double-elimination playoff bracket with all matches best-of-three. The European champ will declare $335,000, and the top 2 finishers will secure spots in the BLAST Premier: Global Final. BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 American Finals prize swimming pool, with cash and BLAST Premier points: