G2, NiP move forward at BLAST Spring European Finals
By Bob Garcia
The eSports powerhouses continue to show why their leaders in tournament action
The BLAST Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals continue running online and, so far, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) and G2 Esports have each won their first-round matches in the lower bracket. So, yesterday, both eSports teams advanced to the event finale. It wasn’t an easy path for NiP, but they were able to rebound after being defeated by Natus Vincere on Tuesday. The team was able to defeat OG in a 2-0 victory. NiP recorded a 16-6 victory on both Overpass and Mirage.
Team members Tim “nawwk” Jonasson and Simon “twist” Eliasson of NiP had outstanding performances with 35 kills each, which set the pace for the team. And across the street, Nathan “NBK-” Schmitt and Aleksi “Aleksib” Virolainen each registered 26 kills for the OG team.
The other team, G2 Esports, was able to make it to the second round of the lower bracket after winning 2-1 over ENCE on Wednesday. The teams had it a little bit easier and got 16-6 wins on Train and Dust II and a 16-8 victory on Mirage. For G2, the star of the day was Nemanja “nexa” Isakovic, who reported 59 kills and a plus-16 kill-to-death differential to lift G2 Esports. The rivals, on the other hand, were led by Jani “Aerial” Jissila’s, who registered 48 kills.
Now, the semifinals will continue of the upper bracket today, where team Vitality is facing FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere is battling against Complexity. This Counter-Strike: Global Offensive championship, the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, come with a $750,000 prize pool. This event was originally scheduled for Moscow, but it was moved online and split into two regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.