BLAST Premier Spring Groups Day 4 recap

With two CS:GO teams already qualifying for the championship round, the BLAST Premier Spring Groups is almost halfway done.... Shubh | 22. January 2023

With two CS:GO teams already qualifying for the championship round, the BLAST Premier Spring Groups is almost halfway done. On the fourth day of the tournament, FaZe Clan and OG faced off in the upper bracket finals to determine the first Group B finalist, while Team Liquid and Complexity went head-to-head to secure a spot in the lower bracket finals.

FaZe vs OG

FaZe Clan has advanced to the Group B grand final following a 2-1 victory over OG. FaZe Clan went off to a hot start in the series, cruising to a 16-7 victory on Mirage behind stellar individual performances from Robin “ropz” Kool and Russell “Twistzz” Van Dulken.

The pair contributed 45 kills together, giving their squad an early lead and a lot of momentum going into the second map. After a bloodbath in which the scoreline hung delicately as a sea saw, OG pulled off a comeback with a 16-12 victory on Ancient.

OG put forth outstanding teamwork, consistently creating scoring opportunities, and taking advantage of defensive shortcomings to equalize the series 1-1. The storyline of Inferno was straightforward from beginning to conclusion. 

Starting off strong, FaZe soon surged away with a 16-4 victory to take the best-of-three series 2-1 and book their place in the Grand Finals. Twistzz’s outstanding individual play was a major factor in FaZe’s victory. Twistzz scored 30 kills alone on Ancient and finished the best-of-three series with 66 overall kills and an HLTV rating of 1.43.

Liquid vs Complexity

The series kicked off on the newly-added map Anubis, with Liquid completely destroying Complexity. Liquid effortlessly cruised to a convincing 16-2 victory, winning 12 of those rounds in a row.

Despite FaZe losing the early duels, the second map Overpass swiftly turned into Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski and Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gainskis’ show as the two barely missed any opportunity to sneak past defenses and score for Liquid.

EliGE recorded a total of 26 kills with an HLTV rating of 1.47, while YEKINDAR came in one kill behind with a total of 25 kills and an HLTV rating of 1.29. As the duo played their fragging duties perfectly, Liquid secured a 16:12 victory at Overpass to close the series 2-0.

The calm and composed victories on Anubis and Overpass will give Liquid much confidence boosts as they prepare for a lower-bracket rematch against OG following their shocking loss to the German team in the tournament’s opening round. 

Complexity, on the other hand, will need to go undefeated from this point forward in order to secure a spot in the $425,000 BLAST Premier Spring Final as they are knocked down to the deciding Play-in stage.

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