It is time for the European finals of BLAST Premier Spring 2020! Some of Europe's finest teams will duke it out for two spots in the Global Finals in addition to $500,000 in prizes. We break it all down in our preview of the event.
It is time for the European finals of BLAST Premier Spring 2020. Some of Europe’s finest teams will duke it out for two spots in the Global Finals in addition to $500,000 in prizes. We break it all down in our preview of the event.
After the conclusion of the BLAST Premier Spring regular season and the most recent Showdown event, eight teams* have made it through to the European finals. Two spots in the Global Finals will be up for grabs this weekend, a separate event scheduled to take place in January of 2021, in addition to $500,000 in prizes.
This tournament will feature a double-elimination bracket and all matches will be best-of-three. It is worth noting that both finalists will advance to the Global Finals, but there is a significant pay jump from second to first which should ensure a competitive match.
First Round Matchups
*Note: The winner of NiP vs. MAD Lions in the third place decider June 15 will decide who moves on to play NaVi in the first round matchup. BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Europe Finals starts June 15 and will run through June 21.
BLAST Premier Spring 2020 Europe Finals starts June 15 and will run through June 21.
Note: All stats are from online matches only in 2020 with the most current rosters.
FaZe finished in third place in DreamHack Masters, a respectable showing considering that they are fresh off a roster change. Their latest addition, Bymas, has done well despite being plugged straight into olofmeister’s positions and he was particularly impactful in their win against NaVi. However, it is evident that Bymas isn’t completely comfortable on some of his positions on CT side, and FaZe have hinted at possibly making a few changes to better accommodate him. FaZe will likely need more time to really get to the level where they want to be with Bymas, but they are looking promising considering Bymas’ limited competitive experience and they are definitely among the top teams in this tournament.
G2 are coming off a loss to BIG in the finals of DreamHack despite going in with a one map advantage due to coming from the upper-bracket. For some reason, G2 have really struggled in grand finals and this is becoming a recurring theme at this point. They got second place in ESL One: Road to Rio and IEM Katowice earlier in the year, not to mention their second place at cs_summit where they were hugely favored to take down mousesports who were playing with two stand-ins at the time. It is worrying that they cannot get over the hurdle in the finals, but they are doing a great job at getting there in the first place which obviously not be taken away from them.
It has been a roller coaster ride for Natus Vincere so far this year. They looked atrocious in ESL One: Road to Rio CIS, but they did step it up and delivered a few solid performances in DreamHack Masters. Natus Vincere have really struggled for consistency which has really hurt them in some of these recent matches. However, it is a promising sign that electronic is returning to form, and we saw in their matchup against MAD Lions just how scary this team can be when it all comes together for them.
OG failed to qualify for DreamHack Masters, which is why we haven’t seen much of them recently. They have also really struggled for form in their recent online matches, losing games to c0ntact, forZe and HAVU which isn’t exactly promising as they are set to face off against a Complexity side that has been more successful recently.
ENCE qualified for this tournament through BLAST Spring Showdown, where they took down the likes of Astralis, mousesports and MAD Lions. The addition of Jamppi has definitely made ENCE a stronger team, and allu has looked incredible for this team, at times posting numbers that even s1mple would be proud of. They have a difficult first-round matchup against FaZe, but the Finns will still like their chances in this tournament.
With the exception of a few slip-ups, Vitality have looked very strong recently. They qualified for this tournament by topping the standings at BLAST Spring Showdown, where they were only defeated once in a surprising loss to the Portuguese team, sAw. Vitality will be taking on their French rivals in G2 in the first matchup, a team that they have a dead even H2H record against (3–1–3).
Complexity have been on the grind recently, and they have already played 134 online games so far in 2020. Complexity have taken down some big names so far this year, such as ENCE, BIG, MAD Lions and mousesports. They have also been very dominant in the Home Sweet Home series of cups, winning four out of the five that have been played so far. Their first-round matchup against OG is a favorable one, which makes them an interesting dark horse candidate.