Vitality, FaZe advance at BLAST Spring European Finals
G2 and ENCE will fulfill Wednesday in the very first round of the lower bracket. Earlier Monday, Ninjas in Pyjamas endured MAD Lions in the third-place match of the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Face-off to declare the final spot in the Spring Finals.
Team Vitality and FaZe Clan each won on Monday to advance to the upper-bracket semifinals at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals online occasion. Vitality swept G2 Esports 2-0, and FaZe battled past ENCE 2-1, setting up a meeting between the 2 victors Thursday. G2 and ENCE will fulfill Wednesday in the very first round of the lower bracket.
Earlier Monday, Ninjas in Pyjamas survived MAD Lions in the third-place match of the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Showdown to declare the final area in the Spring Finals. NiP will face Natus Vincere in the upper-bracket quarterfinals on Tuesday. The BLAST Premier Spring Finals, a $750,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion, was originally scheduled to be played in Moscow, however it was moved online and split into 2 regions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The eight-team, $500,000 European region features a double-elimination playoff bracket with all matches best-of-three. The champ will declare $335,000, and the leading 2 finishers will protect spots in the $1.5 million BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020 in January. The four-team, $250,000 American area starts play Tuesday, with a Global Final berth going to the champ.
On Monday, Vitality left to a hot start versus G2, taking Inferno 16-5 after winning 10 of the final 11 rounds of the map. The second map was a roller rollercoaster, with Vigor taking a 7-3 lead, then falling back 15-8 however rallying to win seven straight rounds and force overtime. The map eventually went to double overtime, with Vitality surviving 22-20 to clinch the match.
France’s Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut paced the victors with a plus-30 kill-death differential for the match. FaZe and ENCE went back and forth for the very first 2 maps, with FaZe declaring Dust II 16-14, and ENCE rallying from a 15-10 deficit to claim Mirage 19-16 in overtime. On the choosing map, ENCE jumped to a 5-1 lead, however FaZe went on a dominant run, winning 15 straight rounds to complete off the match.
Norway’s Havard “rain” Nygaard ended up with a plus-27 kill-death differential– the finest of the match by 12– including plus-12 on the 3rd map alone. None of ENCE’s players ended up even or better. In the play-in match, NiP opened with a 16-7 win on Overpass before MAD Lions rallied from 9-7 down to win Nuke 16-10. NiP jumped out to a 14-4 lead on the deciding map, Train, before closing it out 16-11.
MAD Lions lost in spite of Denmark’s Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand publishing a K-D differential of plus-27, with none of his teammates completing much better than minus-4. None of NiP’s gamers topped plus-8. The European Spring Finals continue Tuesday with NiP dealing with Na’Vi and Complexity Gaming battling OG in the other upper-bracket quarterfinals matches.