Complexity will replace NAVI at BLAST Spring Finals

The North American team Complexity will replace Natus Vincere at BLAST Spring Finals as the Ukrainian team failed to... Shubh | 24. May 2023

The North American team Complexity will replace Natus Vincere at BLAST Spring Finals as the Ukrainian team failed to secure the visa due to the tight tournament schedule.

BLAST has announced Complexity Gaming as the eighth team competing in the upcoming BLAST Spring Finals as NAVI withdrew owing to visa issues. The Ukrainian organization also issued a statement on the matter earlier today, disclosing that not all members of the CS:GO team were able to get a visa for the event. It makes sense given that the team has two Russian players on it as well as the fact that the United States has made it much more difficult for Russian nationals to enter the country as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

NAVI had secured their spot in the Spring Final after defeating Complexity in an intense three-map series at the Spring Groups in January. During the match against Complexity, Andrey “⁠B1ad3⁠” Gorodenskiy’s men pulled off a clean victory at the opponent pick of Anubis, then struggled on Inferno before clinching the series 2-1 with an outstanding comeback victory on Overpass. However, now that the Ukrainian team is unable to attend the event, the runner-up from the Last Chance section of the Groups, which is Complexity Gaming, will replace them, according to rule 7 of the BLAST Premier rulebook.

The announcement follows multiple reports and speculation regarding potential roster changes for the Ukrainian team following the team’s disappointing showing at the BLAST.tv Paris Major. Amiran Ami Rekhviashvili, Natus Vincere Junior’s CS:GO coach, was reported to take over Andrey B1ad3 Gorodenskiy’s duties as head coach of the main team, according to a report from insider John Knyaziev. The report also suggests that Gorodenskiy might move up to the organization’s sports director post. While NAVI hasn’t officially announced any team changes as of yet, Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyljev’s close acquaintance has also denied the rumors.

North American fans will be delighted to see Complexity at Spring Finals

For North American fans, Complexity’s inclusion in the BLAST Premier Spring Finals is fantastic news because there weren’t expected to be any North American teams in the competition after all participating teams from the region performed poorly in the BLAST Spring Groups.

This additional opportunity to contend will allow Complexity to redeem itself after underwhelming performances at BLAST.tv Paris Major Challengers Stage and ESL Challenger Melbourne, where they were expected to win. With a $425,000 prize pool and a spot at the BLAST Premier World Final up for grabs, the BLAST Premier Spring Final will take place from June 7–11 in Washington, D.C.

All participating teams at the BLAST Premier Spring Final:

  • Vitality
  • FaZe
  • G2
  • Astralis
  • Heroic
  • Cloud9
  • Complexity
  • Imperial

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