Find out which teams have confirmed their fall final slots and which teams have been relegated to the fall showdown.
Following yesterday’s Last Chance matches, BLAST Premier Fall Groups have concluded with six teams qualifying. There are two more slots to take, and will be filled by teams making it through the Fall Showdown, with eight teams competing for a total prize pool of $425,000 and 8,000 BLAST Premier Points qualifying for the million-dollar World Finals. counting towards. end of year.
Blast Premier Fall Group Play-In Stage Format
A total of 12 spectacular Bo3 matches took place in the play-in stage, with three last-chance matches followed by three quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. The teams were placed in brackets according to their performance in the earlier group stage, which you can read about here. The losers of the semi-finals and finals will be pitted in a one-time Bo3 of Last Chance matches.
The first set consisted of OG vs Complexity, with the winners playing the FaZe Clan and the team going that matchup against Astralis. In the second set, G2 Esports faced BIG, with Team Vitality reaching the semifinals and Natus Vincere as the Red Boss in the final. The final set of matches began with Evil Geniuses vs. Ninjas in Pajamas followed by Team Liquid and Heroic.
No one expected Complexity or more from OG, especially after seeing his performance in the group stage. While COL remained ineffective, OG turned out to be a dark horse, defeating East 16-13 on Ancient and trampling them 16-4 on the overpass. Next, he will face world champion Faiz.
Most anyone thought OG would put up a good fight, but he commanded his own destiny in style. After surprising FaZe to a 16–10 win over Ancient, they lost 16–9 to Mirage and looked as though the wind had blown out of their sails. However, the underdogs showed great resolve to secure an unexpected 16-11 win over Inferno to seal a spot in the final.
Astralis certainly isn’t as intimidating an idea as FaZe is right now, and Ozzy was clinical in Dane’s own statement. He won both the Ancient and the Mirage equally, with a 16-12 scoreline and even the same number of rounds each time.
G2’s new recruits were far from confident leading up to these matches, but BIG was struggling even more. When the two met, the former showed how far the Germans had fallen, beating them 16-8 and 16-7 on Vertigo and Dust 2 respectively.
There are few things worse than one-off matches in any game or sport, and the other semi-finals had three of them. Vitality began by destroying G2 16-4 on Vertigo, G2 hit back at Nuke to beat the French side 16-5, and Vitality dashed G2’s hopes 16-6 on Inferno.
Try as vitality, however, they just can’t seem better than na ‘vi to look like they’ve always been. The Ukrainian quintet secured a long and secure qualification, winning 16–10 over Inferno and 16–13 over Mirage.
EG has been in serious trouble for too long, and this tournament certainly won’t help their confidence. Against the NIP, the American organization lost 16–7 to Nuke before coming back to win the overpass by the same margin. The third map, Inferno, saw a resurgent NIP best EG 16-11 to secure the semi-final against Team Liquid.
Unlike Easy, Liquid is not a confused squad of mismatched players. Undoubtedly the best North American squad at the moment, they knocked out NIP 16–13 on the overpass, thwarting a valiant return attempt by the Swedish side, as they secured just two rounds on the T side. After that, both teams went on to overtime on the Mirage, with Liquid barely leading the way with scores of 19 to 17.
The final match in the set was Veer, who showed up against the FaZe Klan in the group stage and became the first team to defeat them in the series in no time. Despite this pedigree, he was given short assignment by Liquid, who drew him 16-6 on Vertigo before pulling off a similar performance (16-8) on the overpass to qualify.
last chance match
With just one match separating them from qualification and too many roundabouts, with a precarious path to the same, Astralis would be going up against FaZe, Vitality would lock horns with G2, and Vir and Nip would be out of a Scandinavian classic. .
FaZe began the proceedings to dominate the fashion by winning the Inferno 16–9, but Astralis surprised many with a 19–16 victory over Ancient. Undeterred, FaZe then pulled off the kind of performance that has become typical in a 16-10 defeat to Astralis at Nuke, with Helweiz “Broky” Soukant to bring home the greatest ace clutch in recent memory. pulled.
Thereafter, losing by the lowest margin possible within regulation time to NIP on Inferno, came back with a bang to take Mirage 16–9, but again to lose 16–7 on Overpass. got out.
The previous series of play-in stages marked another match with several historically epic encounters between the two sides. G2 drew first blood by taking Vertigo 16-14, but Vitality equaled the task and Dust 2 grabbed 16-13. This being a Bo3, however, G2 struck again to win the Mirage 16–13, leaving Emil “Magisch” Reef and Peter “Dupreeh” Rasmussen to join their former teammates at Astralis in the Fall Showdown. Gave.
We’ll be continuing our coverage of the Blast Premier Series with Fall Showdown in October, but before that join us for more CSGO action with the ESL Pro League starting August 31st.