The likes of FURIA and 100 Thieves will duke heads hoping to qualify for the Spring Finals. We break down the form of these teams and more in our preview of BLAST Spring Showdown.
The likes of FURIA and 100 Thieves will duke heads in BLAST Spring Showdown. We break down the form of these teams and more in our preview of the event.
BLAST Spring Showdown is a tournament that works essentially as a qualifier for the BLAST Spring American Finals which is set to kick off on June 16.
The eight teams in the competition have been split into two groups of five, and all but one team from each group will advance to the playoff round. The format used is round-robin, and all matches are best-of-one with no overtime. Three points will be awarded for a win, and one point for a draw.
The playoffs will feature two single-elimination gauntlet style brackets, with no grand final, and a third-place match will be played to determine who gets the last spot in the American BLAST Spring Finals. Unlike the group stage, all matches will be best-of-three.
BLAST Spring Showdown America kicks off June 1 and runs through June 7.
FURIA have been on fire recently, and with Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses struggling, the Brazilian side looks like the strongest team in the region. The fact that they have played and beaten Team Liquid four times this year is a very impressive statistic and shows just how much of an edge they have had in that matchup. Interestingly, the only teams to have given them trouble are Gen.G and Evil Geniuses, both of whom are in this tournament.
MIBR have acquired the services of the former TeamOne player trk, who has replaced meyern in the lineup. trk has already made his debut for the team, playing all three matches with MIBR in DreamHack Masters, where they failed to make playoffs after losses to FURIA and Liquid. trk hasn’t had the best of starts for MIBR, but he was added on short notice just like many of the other roster changes recently, and he will have a chance of redemption here as MIBR are set to take on FURIA, Chaos and Gen.G in Group A.
100 Thieves have looked pretty decent recently. They went 2–1 in the group stage in DreamHack Masters, narrowingly losing the final game to EG in overtime on map three. Before that, they took down both Gen.G and Cloud9 without dropping a single map. 100 Thieves have played really well in group stage matches, but have struggled to maintain that level of play in the latter stages of tournaments.
Gen.G have been a bit of a weird team so far. They have had proven to be a bit of a giant slayer, taking down the likes of Evil Geniuses and FURIA on numerous occasions, but they have struggled against domestic rivals Cloud9. BnTeT has proven to be an excellent addition to this team, and while he does have a clear weakness on a map like Nuke, you can tell that he is getting more comfortable day by the day.
Cloud9 will be going up against Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves and Triumph in Group B. They have a 2–0 record against Evil Geniuses so far this year, but 100 Thieves have proven to be incredibly difficult to deal with, as they have now been swept in their last two series against the Oceanic side. They also surprisingly lost to Triumph in ESL One: Road to Rio, but with three teams moving on to the playoffs, they should be more than fine.
As mentioned in the article for the European division, all of the group stage matches are BO1, so underdogs will definitely have a better chance than usual. Both Chaos and Triumph have proven that they can take maps against the stronger teams in the region. When we get to the playoffs, the big teams should come out on top, with FURIA having the best chance of qualifying.