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The BLAST Premier Spring Showdown witnessed some surprising upsets and resilient performances, showcasing the volatility and depth of talent in the competitive Counter-Strike scene.

In a remarkable turn of events, SAW managed to topple Team Liquid in a hard-fought series, securing a 2-1 (13-10, 14-16, 13-4) victory.

Liquid’s woes continued as they faltered once again, unable to solidify their supposed “super team” status.

Despite a valiant effort from Casper “cadiaN” Møller, Liquid struggled to find cohesion, particularly on their T sides, resulting in their elimination from yet another tournament.

SAW, on the other hand, showcased their growing prowess, capitalizing on strong CT performances and individual brilliance, notably from João “story” Vieira, to secure their place in the next round.

Meanwhile, OG staged an impressive comeback against Complexity, reversing the series with wins on Anubis and Ancient after a narrow loss on Inferno to claim a 2-1 (14-16, 13-5, 13-10) victory.

Despite fatigue from recent travel and a lack of preparation time, OG rallied behind the leadership of Nils “k1to” Gruhne to clinch victory.

K1to’s transition to an in-game leader role bore fruit as OG demonstrated resilience and adaptability, ultimately outclassing Complexity in dominant fashion.

With both Complexity and Team Liquid unable to qualify for the BLAST Premier Spring Final, big questions have to be asked of the North American Counter-Strike scene.

Only Complexity was able to qualify for the PGL Major Copenhagen from the Americas RMR after defeating Liquid, meaning one of the eight teams from the region qualified for the first Counter-Strike 2 Major.

Adversely, with the likes of SAW and OG showing signs of improvement in recent times, the CS2 scene is becoming more and more competitive at all levels of competition.

Friday’s Spring Showdown matches

  • Team Spirit (-20000) vs Elevate (+1600) @ 3:15pm CEST
  • GamerLegion (+100) vs BIG (-138.89) @ 6pm CEST
  • Cloud9 (-277.78) vs SAW (+200) @ 8:30pm CEST

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