The Best Players of the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals

At BLAST, the Gambit boys led the standings. But other players have also managed to attain quite strong ratings.... Fabio | 23. June 2021

At BLAST, the Gambit boys led the standings. But other players have also managed to attain quite strong ratings. Hobbit was crowned HLTV MVP, but the best rating was actually handed to a Dane!

The BLAST Premier: Spring Finals brought eight teams onto the server. We’ve been used to Natus Vincere, Gambit, and G2 performing well, but Evil Geniuses and FaZe Clan were a black box. After all, Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer had not played any official matches in months.

All things considered, he played really well! FaZe Clan exited after just two matches, but he still delivered a 1.00 rating. Of course that’s nothing spectacular, but under the circumstances, he should be happy. The rest of the team made lower places in the ranking – with the notable exception of Helvijs “broky” Saukants. The young player continues to be the frontrunner for the FaZe roster. With a 1.12 rating, he was clearly capable of keeping up with the competition. If only his colleagues had kept up, FaZe might have won their match over Natus Vincere.

Just like FaZe rely on broky, G2 are entirely dependent on Nikola “NiKo” Kovač. The Bosnian has been leading the charge for G2 for months now, leaving his teammates far, far behind. At least Nemanja “huNter-” Kovač, his cousin, put up a stronger performance this time around. His 1.12 rating helped them narrowly get past the Ninjas in Pyjamas.

The best players at the BLAST Premier: Spring Finals (via HLTV)


At the end, the trophy went over to Gambit Esports, who had sent an absolute monster of a player to the event. Abay “Hobbit” Khassenov shone with impactful kills, few deaths, and a strong 84 ADR. In the Group Phase, he dominated Evil Geniuses on Dust2 and managed to attain more than just positive ratings afterwards. He ended up with positive KD ratios for all his maps at the Spring Finals, something that none of his colleagues managed to achieve.


As it turns out, two players actually overtook Hobbit in the fight for the performance trophy. Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov earned a 1.23 rating and was clearly ahead in terms of KD ratio. But way above them, Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke found his place with a stunning 1.59 impact rating. So he didn’t just deliver lots of kills, but important and round-winning ones. Overall, this led to a 1.32 rating, which was also thanks to his 94 ADR and 0.87 kills per round.

Unfortunately, this didn’t really help Complexity all that much. The squad still bombed out against the Ninjas in Pyjamas, as Benjamin “blameF” Bremer was the only Complexity player to also secure a positive KD. This just goes to show that the average team performance matters more than individuals popping off.

So it’s the same story again: Gambit are #1! Their victory run is aided by the fact that Hobbit can dominate the scoreboard just as well as sh1ro and Sergey “Ax1Le” Rykhtorov. Unlike Vitality or Natus Vincere, they’re not as dependent on one specific player playing out of his mind.