MIBR pulled away late in the decisive third map to beat MAD Lions 2-1 on Tuesday in the upper-bracket final of Flashpoint 1, earning a place in the grand final of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event.
In the lower-bracket third round, HAVU Gaming swept Cloud9 2-0 to advance to a Saturday matchup with MAD Lions in the lower-bracket final. The winner of that match will oppose MIBR on Sunday in the best-of-three grand final.
The champion will earn $500,000 of a $1 million prize pool, plus 1,400 BLAST Premier points. The runner-up team will pocket $250,000 and 700 BLAST Premier points.
The 12-team tournament began March 13 at FACEIT Studio in Los Angeles, but with the state of California’s stay-at-home order, action subsequently was moved online.
In the upper-bracket final, MIBR jumped in front with a 16-13 win on Train before MAD Lions leveled the match with a 16-11 victory on Mirage. MIBR led 10-5 at the break in the decisive map, Dust II, before reeling off six consecutive rounds for a 16-5 decision.
HAVU got past Cloud9 16-11 on Nuke, 16-8 on Vertigo.
Flashpoint prize pool ($USD, BLAST Premier points)
1. $500,000, 1,400 points
2. $250,000, 700 points
3. $100,000, 525 points
4. $50,000, 300 points — Cloud9
5-6. $35,000, 175 points — Gen.G Esports, Orgless
7-8. $15,000, 88 points — FunPlus Phoenix, Chaos Esports Club
9. c0ntact Gaming
11. Team Envy
12. Copenhagen Flames
–Field Level Media