G2 Esports and Team Spirit each captured wins Friday to advance to the semifinals at the BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021.
Spirit engineered a reverse sweep to defeat Dignitas while G2 Esports had to rebound to pull off their 2-1 win against OG. G2 Esports and Spirit will face each other in the Round of 4 on Sunday.
OG and Dignitas are eliminated.
The 16-team, single-elimination tournament runs through Sunday, with the winner taking home $30,000 of the $162,500 prize pool. All matches are best-of-three, with the top two finishers advancing to the Spring Finals.
OG pushed G2 from the start, taking them to overtime before G2 won 25-23 on Nuke and then winning the second map 16-3 on Dust 2. G2 won the decisive map 16-12 on Inferno. Nemanja “huNter-” Kovac of Bosnia and Herzegovina paced G2 with 83 kills and a plus-10 kills-deaths differential.
After dropping the opening map to Dignitas 16-14 on Nuke, Spirit bounced back with a 16-9 win on Dust 2 and 16-7 victory on Inferno.
Russia’s Nikolay “mir” Bityukov led the Spirit with 69 kills and a plus-20 differential.
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BLAST Premier Spring Showdown prize pool
1st-2nd: TBD, $30,000, 1,500 BLAST premier points
3rd-4th: TBD, $16,250, 625 points
5th-8th: OG, Dignitas, TBD, $10,000, 187.5 points
9th-16th: $3,750: Astralis, Endpoint, Extra Salt, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, SAW, mibr, NASR Esports
–Field Level Media