Team Vitality and ENCE won their respective finals matches Sunday at the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown European event.
Vitality posted a 2-1 win over Ninjas in Pyjamas to claim $37,500 in prize money and a berth in the eight-team, $500,000 BLAST Premier Spring European Finals. They overcame a 16-7 setback on Nuke to Ninjas in Pyjamas to record a 16-14 victory on Overpass and 16-11 triumph on Vertigo.
Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut anchored Vitality with 70 kills and a plus-15 kill-death differential. Fredrik “REZ” Sterner had 66 kills to pace Ninjas in Pyjamas while his plus-12 kill-death differential matched Simon “twist” Eliasson for the team lead.
ENCE also pocketed $37,500 and a berth in the BLAST Premier Spring European Finals after sweeping MAD Lions on Sunday. They secured a 16-13 win on Train and 22-18 victory on Mirage.
Elias “Jamppi” Olkkonen recorded 60 kills and a plus-13 kill-death differential for ENCE, while Frederik “acoR” Gyldstrand also had 60 kills to go along with his plus-15 kill-death differential for MAD Lions.
Ninjas in Pyjamas and MAD Lions will battle in a play-in match on June 15. The winner will earn a third spot in the Spring European Finals, scheduled for June 16-21.
The Spring Showdown European event began with two five-team groups for round-robin play. All group games consisted of a single map, with three points awarded for a win and one for a tie. Standings determined seeding for two playoff brackets.
Five teams already earned spots in the Spring European Finals based on their results in the Jan. 31-Feb. 16 regular season: FaZe Clan, Natus Vincere, G2 Esports, Complexity Gaming and OG.
BLAST Premier Spring Showdown - Europe prize pool:
1-2. $37,500 — Team Vitality, ENCE
5-6. $13,750 — Fnatic, mousesports
7-8. $10,000 — Dignitas, Astralis
9-10. $7,500 — sAw, Virtus.pro
—Field Level Media