BLAST Premier Spring Showdown 2020 Event Preview, Key Facts & Team Overviews
We’re running late, guys! At the time of writing this piece, the first group stage matches of the European BLAST Premier Spring Showdown event are just about the start. We’re two hours away! By the time you’re reading this, most of the first-round matches will have been all wrapped up. But, that won’t stop us from going through the key facts regarding this online event, analyze the most notable participants, and guide you through the schedule and livestream options!
BLAST Premier Spring Showdown Preview | Interesting Facts
BLAST Premier Spring Showdown gathers the unsuccessful regular season teams and gives them one last chance to clinch the Finals scheduled for later this month. Three spots are up for grabs in both European and American events. There’s plenty of money too ($325,000) to be more precise.
The action in both regions starts today, June 1 through June 7. Keep in mind that DreamHack Masters resumes just a few days after the end of Showdown.
Regional BLAST Premier Spring Finals start on June 15 and June 16, respectively. The American Finals are featuring $250,000 in prize money and four teams. The European Finals, on the other hand, are featuring double the prize money and double the teams. Arguably higher quality teams, too.
Team Liquid is the only American team that already qualified for the Finals. On the European, five teams are through – OG, Faze, NaVi, G2, and Complexity. Yep, Complexity is playing on the European event – that’s 2020 for you, right there!
The American event features eight teams divided into two groups. All group stage matches are Bo1 and are played in a round-robin format. Wins yield 3 points, draws yield 1 point. Top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs. Group winners advance to the semifinals; second and third-place teams play against each other for a spot in the semis.
European BLAST Premier Showdown features ten teams; two groups with five teams each. Only the bottom-place team in each group is eliminated right off the bat. Group winners advance to one of two finals, second-place teams advance to the semifinals, and third/fourth-place teams go through hell itself, way back in the quarterfinals.
Once again, instead of a massive BLAST Premier Finals LAN event, we’ll have two regional events with $750,000 total prize money. Both are going to be proper spectacles, rest assured!
BLAST Premier Showdown 2020 | Team Overviews
There comes the main portion of our BLAST Premier Spring Showdown 2020 preview – team overviews! We got six European and four American teams to tell you about, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Starting with the greatest CS:GO team of all time, Astralis. The Danish CS:GO superpower is back at it again, having won ESL One: Road to Rio and looking strong in the ongoing (now briefly paused) DreamHack Masters Spring competition. Even though Gla1ve is out of the starting roster, JUGi seems to be holding his strings quite well.
They did lose against G2 and have to go through the lower bracket, they’re still the favorite team to take home the trophy. The same goes for Astralis’ BLAST Premier Showdown 2020 qualification chances – it would be a massive surprise if Device and the co fail to reach the BLAST Premier Spring playoffs.
Vitality’s form has been a massive rollercoaster. They played poorly on ESL Pro League S11, IEM XIV World Championship and BLAST Premier regular season. On the bright side, they had a solid outing on ESL ONE: Road to Rio, and will be looking for more of the same on BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. They’ll want to snatch one of the three remaining tickets for the upcoming BLAST Premier Finals. It won’t be easy, though.
Vitality is in group A with Astralis, ENCE, sAw and NiP. It’s a pretty well-rounded group; a group which Vitality should have no problems in. It will only be a question of which particular place they’ll end up on at the end of all four rounds of matches. If they can get to the top spot, they’ll definitely have that snowball potential in the grand finals.
Ninjas in Pyjamas aren’t in the best of forms. Several poor outings coupled with the benching of lekr0 and the arrival of hampus means we probably won’t see NiP perform at their peak level. The fifth spot on ESL One: Road to Rio EU isn’t terrible, mind you, but the newest batch of issues could shake them to the core.
When it comes to individual performances, Plopski still seems to be the most notable player in this NiP lineup. Just one kill short of +150 k/d difference across the last 55 maps makes Plopski the best-rated player in the last three months. Nawwk and rez are there too, and I can’t wait to see what hampus throws at us this time around. While I don’t think NiP will reach far in the competition, they should take care of things in the group stage and advance to the playoffs.
Fnatic won ESL Pro League S11 EU and was at the top of the world, be it for a very short time. Their Pro League triumph was followed by a hefty wake-up call on ESL One: Road to Rio EU. They got eliminated pretty quickly. The same thing happened to them on the charity show match Gamers Without Borders where they lost against OG in the quarterfinals.
With just one win in the last five matches, we can’t say Fnatic is in fine form. However, brollan and flusha are in form, and they’re typically the deciding factors in Fnatic’s sticky wins. If they step up and make their presence know right from the group stage, they should clinch a spot on the playoffs.
Mousesports is not playing up to their usual standards. Even though they kickstarted the era of top-tier online events with an ESL Pro League banger (runners-up), they failed to impress on all following events. It’s a real shame considering the sheer firepower the current Mousesports roster possesses.
Ropz is still the player doing all the hard work in this Mousesports roster. But, even his marvelous performances haven’t been enough in recent times. Woxic and chrisJ aren’t doing particularly well. If they are to step their game up, I could see Mousesports reaching the semis. If not, I’m afraid they’ll drop out from the quarterfinals or even, God forbid, the group stage.
MAD Lions are the team that won the first-ever season of Flashpoint. They were among the favorites from the start but needed to step their game up to lift the trophy and take home a hefty pot. Bubzkji and sjuush were leading the charge, with acoR, roeJ and AcilioN limping behind them. MAD Lions are looking good, both collectively and individually. In my eyes, they are one of the most underrated teams in Europe.
Form-wise, MAD Lions are coming into this event with winds of victory in their sails. During the last five matches, MAD Lions defeated Fnatic, Mousesports, and MIBR, but lost against Complexity and Big. They’re known for their scalps, and they’ll need more if they are to make it out of group B of BLAST Premier Spring Showdown.
Next up is FURIA. At the moment, FURIA is not only the best South American CS:GO team but among the best of what the entire American region has to offer. They are consistent, have solid players across all fronts, and a pretty deep map pool that’s often the deciding factor in tightly contested Bo3 matchups.
Second place on ESL One: Road to Rio NA, third place on ESL Pro League S11 NA, and another second place on DreamHack Open Anaheim. Not to mention their successful Americas Minor Championship campaign which, in the end, resulted in nothing. As for DreamHack Masters Spring, FURIA is going up against 100 Thieves in the upper bracket final after sweeping through the group stage with three wins and no losses.
Gen.G is the second up-and-coming team in the American region. Even though they stopped FURIA in the grand finals of ESL One: Road to Rio last month, I’d like to argue they’re re weakest of the two. That’s not to say they’ll always remain in FURIA’s shadow, mind you!
This roster has a lot of potential, not just on the American scene but internationally too. Led by superb performances coming from automatic and BnTeT, Gen.G is performing better than most of us expected. I secretly hoped we’d see Cloud9’s core to shine once again, and I’m more than happy to witness their rise to NA glory.
Evil Geniuses need to get back up to their feet ASAP! They’re losing control over their region. A few months ago, only Team Liquid was better than Evil Geniuses. Now, there’s FURIA, Gen.G, MIBR – heck, even 100 Thieves and the new Cloud9 roster are closing in on Brehze and the boys.
And, mind you, I don’t think we can label Brehze as the problem. Despite his team’s rough patch, he’s been pretty well. If we’re about to drop names here, perhaps we should start with CeRq. The Bulgarian isn’t playing well out there. He’s still solid stats-wise, but his absence is more than noticeable.
The last team we’re going to say a few words about in our BLAST Premier Showdown piece is 100 Thieves. Even though they have no notable achievements in 2020, their last five matches paint a solid form. Three wins, (against Liquid, Cloud9 Gen.G) and two losses (against EG and Envy), that’s 100T’s performance in the last week or so. Not too shabby, right?
Jkaem is back in form after being absent for quite a while. He’s topping the stats, enjoying a 1.21 HLTV.org rating for the last month. Jks isn’t too far off either, just 0.01 short, followed by Gratisfaction who’s inching closer too. Liazz and AZR seem to be struggling, so it’s business as usual for the Aussies, I’d say.
BLAST Premier Spring Showdown 2020 Schedule (ET)
As mentioned earlier, we’re kind of running late with this piece. Usually, we publish our previews a few days earlier. This time around, we’re running against the clock since the first European matches are set to start in a matter of hours.
For everyone interested in the exact start times for both NA and EU group stage matches, here’s the list:
Here’s the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown NA schedule:
Monday, June 1
FURIA vs. MIBR – 4.30 p.m.
Chaos vs. Gen.G – 5.45 p.m.
Evil Geniuses vs. 100T – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2
Triumph vs. Cloud9 – 4.30 p.m.
FURIA vs. Gen.G – 5.45 p.m.
MIBR vs. Chaos – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3
Evil Geniuses vs. Cloud9 4.30 p.m.
100 Thieves vs. Triumph 5.45 p.m.
MIBR vs. Gen.G – 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 4
FURIA vs. Chaos – 4.30 p.m.
100 Thieves vs. Cloud9 – 5.45 p.m.
Evil Geniuses vs. Triumph – 7 p.m.
Here’s the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown EU schedule:
Monday, June 1
Vitality vs. ENCE – 9.30 a.m.
Mouz vs. Dignitas – 10.45 a.m.
Astralis vs. NiP – noon
Fnatic vs. MAD Lions – 1.15 p.m.
Astralis vs. sAw – 2.30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2
Fnatic vs. Virtus.pro– 9.30 a.m.
NiP vs. sAw – 10.45 a.m.
MAD Lions vs. Virtus.pro – noon
Vitality vs. NiP – 1.15 p.m.
MAD Lions vs. Dignitas – 2.30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3
ENCE vs. sAw – 9.30 a.m.
Dignitas vs. Virtus.pro – 10.45 a.m.
NiP vs. ENCE – noon
Fnatic vs. Mouz – 1.15 p.m.
Astralis vs.Vitality – 2.30 p.m.
Thursday, June 4
Mouz vs. MAD Lions – 9.30 a.m.
Vitality vs. sAw – 10.45 a.m.
Mouz vs. Virtus.pro – noon
Astralis vs. ENCE – 1.15 p.m.
Fnatic vs. Dignitas – 2.30 p.m.