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BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2021 Recap

With the two-week-long event coming to a close, its time to analyse the results of BLAST Premier Spring Groups and see who has risen to the top and who has faltered at the tournament.

This event, the first in the BLAST Spring circuit, has qualified six teams to the BLAST Premier Spring Finals that will take place in June.

The other six teams that didn’t make it will have another shot in the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown, which will be held earlier in April.

Teams Qualified for the BLAST Premier Spring Finals

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • BIG
  • Complexity
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Natus Vincere
  • FaZe Clan

Over at the Group A, BIG secured their place as one of the best teams in the World, having defeated OG and Astralis before getting revenge on the Ninjas in Pyjamas on the Group Final.

It was also impressive to see NiP find success with the last-minute addition of Erik ‘ztr’ Gustafsson. The 17-year-old had an astonishing debut, opening the event with a 2-0 win over Astralis.

With the return of Valentin ‘poizon’ Vasilev, Complexity smashed their way through Group B. In the same group, Evil Geniuses gave some hope for fans of NA CS, after a huge streak of poor results in Europe.

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Olof ‘olofmeister’ Kajbjer went out with a bang in what was his last event on FaZe Clan. The team managed to breeze past most of Group C and even present some difficulties for Natus Vincere in the first time they met, even if their second match-up ended on a landslide victory that fortified their dominance at the event.

Teams Qualified for the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown

  • Astralis
  • OG
  • Team Vitality
  • G2 Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • MIBR

A disappointing start of the year for OG, who continues to trail in comparison to their peers. Just like Astralis, they will have to improve on what they showed at BLAST if they want to stay on top.

With their In-Game Leader leaving for a break in the middle of the tournament and with super-star Mathieu ‘ZywOo’ Herbaut putting up an all-time low performance, this just wasn’t the event for Team Vitality.

BLAST Premier Spring
With Apex out of the picture, Vitality looked lost (Credit: HLTV)

Same could be said for G2, who are yet to live up to their expectations since their audacious acquisition of Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovač from FaZe Clan. On paper, they are one of the best teams in Europe. In the server, they still look de-jointed.

MIBR had an expected early exit from the Group C. Less expected, however, was the inconsistency from Liquid. This roster showed its first signs of fragility up against FaZe Clan, but hopefully, with some more time, Gabriel ‘FalleN’ Toledo can make the North American team bounce back.

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