Vitality narrowly endure at BLAST Premier: Spring Euro Finals
Group Vitality pulled off a stunning reverse sweep of Natus Vincere on Saturday to survive at the BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals online event, advancing to the lower-bracket final and moving one win from the grand last. Vigor will face FaZe Clan because lower-bracket last on Sunday. The winner will deal with Complexity Gaming in the grand last later in the day.
The BLAST Premier Spring Finals, a $750,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive occasion, was initially arranged to be played in Moscow, but it was moved online and split into 2 regions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The eight-team, $500,000 European region includes a double-elimination playoff bracket with all matches best-of-three. The champ will declare $335,000, and the top 2 finishers will secure areas in the $1.5 million BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020 in January.
The four-team, $250,000 American region started play Tuesday, with one Global Final berth up for grabs. On Saturday, Vigor opened with what appeared like a devastating very first map on Inferno. After grabbing a 10-5 lead over Na’Vi at the half, Vigor failed to score a point in the 2nd half, getting outscored 11-0 and losing 16-10. But Vigor responded on Overpass, scoring the very first four points in the map and grabbing a 12-3 lead at the break en path to a 16-6 win.
Vitality was on fire in the early going of the choosing map, Nuke, scoring the very first 11 points. However Na’Vi then scored 8 of the next 9 indicate close within 12-8; nevertheless, Vigor hung on for a 16-11 win. Dan “pinnacle” Madesclaire of France led Vigor with a match-high 64 eliminates and match-best plus-20 kill-death differential. Earlier in the day, Intricacy advanced to the grand final with a sweep of FaZe Clan in the upper-bracket last. After falling behind 3-0 on Nuke to open the match, Intricacy scored 9 of the next 11 points and went on to win 16-11. In the second map, Dust2, Complexity dropped the first point then scored the next 9 prior to FaZe clawed back. But with FaZe within one at 15-14, Intricacy scored the map’s final indicate win 16-14.
American Owen “oBo” Schlatter led Intricacy with 43 kills and a plus-16 differential. Colleague Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke of Denmark was close behind with 42 kills and a plus-12. BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals prize swimming pool, with cash and BLAST Premier points:
5-6. $15,000, 300 points– G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas 7-8. $10,000, 150 points– ENCE, OG